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TT-Clean: 77.1 | TK BC-Selling: 78.1
TK OD-Sight: 76.88 TK | TC-Selling: 78.1 TK


TT-Clean: 77.1 | TK BC-Selling: 78.1
TK OD-Sight: 76.88 TK | TC-Selling: 78.1 TK

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Daily Business News Flash March 03, 2021

Internet banking gaining traction

Internet banking transactions have surged in recent months as people increasingly embraced the digital mode while opting not to visit branches. The transactions amounted to Tk 8,093 crore in December, up 33.47 per cent year-on-year. Banks now promote different types of digital financial services, including internet banking, which attracted clients, said Dhaka Bank Managing Director Emranul Huq. A good number of banks have already introduced app-based financial services, allowing customers to settle financial transactions hassle-free, he said. Some of the facilities include the transfer of funds from one account to another, payment of tuition fees and utility bills and adjustment of loans taken against credit cards. There were 23.44 lakh such transactions in December, which was 41.88 per cent higher year-on-year. Md Shafquat Hossain, head of SME and retail banking of Mutual Trust Bank, said internet banking gained momentum soon after the government imposed the lockdown as people opted to mostly stay at home to keep the virus at bay. Clients are allowed to transfer a maximum of Tk 5 lakh per day against a previous ceiling of Tk 2 lakh. People are using the internet banking platform more than ever before to maintain social distancing and protect themselves from the rogue virus, said a high official of the central bank. The central bank also doubled the ceiling of a single transaction to Tk 1 lakh from Tk 50,000. The uniform digital payment method named “Bangla QR” will help clients pay bills for goods and services by using the mobile apps of banks and mobile financial and payment service providers.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/internet-banking-gaining-traction-2054009

Key index goes past 5,500-point mark as stocks rebound

Stocks bounced back yesterday to go past 5,500-point mark after two weeks as investors are increasingly showing interest in the market after a recent fall made many shares lucrative.The DSEX, the benchmark index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), was up 81.4 points, or 1.50 per cent, to close the day at 5,508.26. Around 32 per cent turnover of the DSE had been concentrated in five to six companies in the last couple of weeks. They were Beximco Ltd, Beximco Pharmaceuticals, BATBC, LankaBangla Finance, and Robi Axiata. Turnover, an important indicator of the market, rose 34.9 per cent, to Tk 833 crore on the DSE. On the DSE, 233 stocks rose, 42 declined and 84 remained unchanged. Peninsula Chittagong topped the gainers’ list as it rose 10 per cent, followed by Emerald Oil, LankaBangla Finance, eGeneration, and Anwar Galvanizing. British American Tobacco Bangladesh was at the top of the turnover list as its shares worth Tk 104 crore changing hands, followed by Beximco Ltd, Beximco Pharmaceuticals, Robi Axiata, and LankaBangla Finance. Padma Life Insurance shed the most as it dropped 3.72 per cent. Sonali Ansh, Eastern Insurance, Shyampur Sugar, and Zeal Bangla Sugar Mills were also among the major losers. The port city bourse also rose yesterday. The CASPI, the general index of the Chittagong Stock Exchange, gained 329 points, or 2.09 per cent, to close at 16,016. Among 240 stocks traded, 168 rose, 27 dropped, and 45 remained the same.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/key-index-goes-past-5500-point-mark-stocks-rebound-2054001

ADP outlay slashed by 3.26pc

he government has slashed the development budget for the current fiscal year by 3.26 per cent, keeping the local portion of the fund almost unchanged while trimming the foreign part. As a result, the size of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) has come down to Tk 197,643 crore from Tk 205,144.79 crore in the original plan. The allocation of the government fund to the revised ADP was trimmed by only Tk 7 lakh. In the original ADP, the government had contributed Tk 134,643.07 crore for 2020-21. Its revised allocation now stands at Tk 134,643 crore. The portion of foreign funds has been slashed by 10.64 per cent, or Tk 7,501.72 crore, to Tk 63,000 crore from Tk 70,501.72 crore. The local government division got the highest raise, of Tk 3,038.87 crore, taking its total from Tk 31,131.32 crore in the original ADP to Tk 34,170.19 crore. It was to give a boost to the rural economy. The health services division witnessed the second-highest increase, of Tk 1,925.48 crore. Its allocation now stands at Tk 11,979.34 crore, up from Tk 10,053.86 crore. For the primary and mass education ministry, the increase was by Tk 1,282.26 crore, while for the water resources ministry Tk 1,095.43 crore and the road transport and highways division Tk 936.01 crore. Among those witnessing a cut, the science and technology ministry witnessed the biggest downing of Tk 6,485.25 crore. Originally it was allocated Tk 17,388.94 crore, meaning the figure had now reached Tk 10,903.69 crore.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/adp-outlay-slashed-326pc-2053981

Rising imports choking port with containers

As commodities start to be imported in increasing quantities ahead of Ramadan, containers have started piling up at the Chattogram port as traders are not promptly receiving consignments. Apprehending a congestion in the coming days, the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) on February 25 requested importers to take their goods away fast. It threatened that storage charges will otherwise be doubled from the 12th day of containers being unloaded from vessels. According to the CPA traffic department, the port received 4,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of import-laden containers from vessels on an average every day in the 14 days to February 28. In contrast, only 3,500 TEUs of containers were taken away from the port on an average every day. As of March 1, some 40,000 TEUs of containers were inside the port, meaning some 82 per cent of its capacity to store 49,018 TEUs had been used up. The yard dedicated to storing import-laden containers was holding 38,063 TEUs against a capacity of 39,518 TEUs.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/rising-imports-choking-port-containers-2054005

Pran bags $3.5m export orders at Dubai’s Gulfood fair

Bangladesh’s leading food processor Pran has bagged $3.5 million worth of export orders from buyers in 76 countries at the Gulfood fair, one of the largest food fairs in the world. Biscuit, noodles and confectionery items accounted for about 50 per cent of the order. The five-day fair at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE ended on February 25. About 2,500 exhibitors from 85 countries took part in the showcase. Rahman said the company secured most of the spot orders from Germany, England, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, and Yemen. The group displayed around 500 products in 10 categories, including juice and beverage, confectionary, snacks, biscuit and bakery, culinary, dairy, spice and frozen items. Pran exports products to 145 countries.

Source: https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/pran-bags-35m-export-orders-dubais-gulfood-fair-2053985

Local and Global Stock Indices *

Index NameClose ValueValue ChangePercentage Change
DJIA$ 31,391.52
↓ 143.99↓ 0.46 %
FTSE100$ 6,613.75↑ 25.22 ↑ 0.38 %
Nikkei 225$ 29,475.94↑ 67.77↑ 0.23 %

World Commodities *

CommodityClose ValueValue ChangePercentage Change
Crude Oil (WTI)$ 59.92 ↑ 0.17↑ 0.28 %
Crude Oil (Brent)$ 62.97↑ 0.27↑ 0.43 %
Gold Spot$ 1,735.65↓ 2.71↓ 0.16 %

Major Currencies Exchange Rates Movement in Last Seven Days *

Exchange Rates
USD 1BDT 84.8007
GBP 1BDT 118.0935
EUR 1BDT 102.1933





Dear Valued Patrons,

At the very onset, let me express my heartiest gratitude for allowing us to serve you and I also wanted to reach out to you directly with an assurance that Dhaka Bank is fully equipped to support you during this difficult time.

Last couple of weeks ago we all were living in a peaceful condition, performing our daily tasks freely and perfectly. Entire economy and business environment was also in a good shape, until COVID-19 put a forceful stoppage to the overall life style and economy of the world. We all know that social distancing and cleanliness are the keys to prevent this pandemic. Hence, we urge your conscious effort to limiting public interaction and suspending wherever possible.

In this current situation, Dhaka Bank and its employees are beside you where we are fully online, either working from home or at our offices under a robust Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to serve you with limited branch banking and a full-fledged alternate delivery channel services.

Our state of the art Mobile App, Dhaka Bank GO (Click https://bit.ly/2WVfieu) and Internet Banking - Dhaka Bank Direct gives you the freedom of banking online anytime from anywhere. You can check the balance and transfer money to any designated Banks including any Dhaka Bank or bKash Account, make utility bill payments and mobile top-up through our Mobile App and Internet Banking Services. Our ATMs are also running efficiently with availability of sufficient cash for your convenience where you can make cash withdrawals whenever the need arises. Mentionable, the withdrawal of cash from any ATMs within Bangladesh with Dhaka Bank Debit Cards are absolutely free of charges up till April 30, 2020 (Dhaka Bank will bear the cost). Our corporate customers can also use our completely safe and secured online platform Dhaka Bank C-Solution for Payments, Inter Bank Fund Transfers, etc.

Moreover, to fulfill your urgent requirement, we have a limited no. of branches up and running by ensuring all kinds of precautionary and safety measures for you.

In case of extreme emergency and facing difficulties in conducting banking transactions, please let us know through our 24/7 Contact Center number 16474 (or, dial +8809678016474 for ISD/Overseas Calls). We are always with you to combat your difficulties.

As you know we are going through a critical phase and the situation is novel to all of us. We are getting lot of new information from various sources everyday about COVID-19 which will be shared at www.dhakabankltd.com.

Thank you for your trust and continued support to us. I firmly believe that jointly we will be able to combat this situation and win against all the odds.

Please stay home, stay safe and take care of yourself and family.

Best regards,

Emranul Huq
Managing Director & CEO
Dhaka Bank Limited