Dhaka stocks plunge further on persisting sale pressure


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Share prices continued to fall across the board on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) as a persisting sale pressure created high supply-demand mismatch.
The daily transaction increased at the bourse mainly because of voluminous shares’ offloading by the investors on selling spree, which at the end of the session pushed all the three indices towards record low in past few months.
After hitting over 8-month to close the previous session, the broader DSEX lost 52.22 points to finish Tuesday’s session at 4345.03, with the blue-chip DS30 and Shariah DSES plunging at 1669.16 and 1064.21 respectively.
The trade volume at Tuesday’s close rose to 6.90 crore shares and the value to Taka 325 crore from Monday’s 6.53 crore worth Taka 305 crore. The higher activities on the supply side effectively created a mismatch with the demands on the market, forcing issues from all sectors to close lower.
Out of traded 308 issues, 246 incurred losses when only 39 managed to close moderately higher and 23 remained static.
Prime Textile, Shurwid Industries, Union Capital, Samata Leather and Continental Insurance were the worst losers.
Among major advancing issues, United Power finished the session significantly higher with over 15.0 percent rise on its post disclosure trading. The company got good response from investors after announcing Taka 59.64 crore profit after tax.
The other major gainers were Pharma Aid, IFISLMF1, Ambee Pharma and Reliance Insurance.
United Power topped the trading list followed by Ifad Autos, ACI, MJLBD and Grameenphone. (source: bss)

Oman welcomes Bangladeshi manpower in SMEs sector


Omani Minister of Manpower Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Bakri has appreciated the contribution of Bangladeshi workers in Oman’s economic development, especially in agricultural and construction sectors.
The appreciation came when State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam met with Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Bakri in Muscat on Monday, said a foreign ministry press release.
The state minister is on a two-day official visit to Oman. Oman is currently hosting more than half a million Bangladeshi workers—both male and female.
Shahriar Alam told the Omani minister that Bangladesh was ready and willing to provide more skilled and semi skilled manpower in the rapidly growing industrial and service sectors of the Sultanate, based on the demand of the Omani government as well as the private sector.
In this regard, he also said that Bangladesh has professional, technical, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled young workforces who can be employed in the Sultanate for its further economic development.
Omani Minister opined that there were opportunities in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector. He stressed the need for strengthening development co-operation between the two countries.
He heartily welcomed Bangladeshi skilled and semi-skilled workers to work in Oman abiding by the rules and regulations of the Sultanate.
The Omani minister stressed on regular consultation and discussion between the two governments to create more opportunities for Bangladeshi workers.
He mentioned that Oman will host Bangladesh-Oman 4th Joint Committee Meeting (technical committee) on all issues related to employment of Bangladeshi workers in Oman.
Shahriar Alam also held a meeting with Saeed bin Saleh Al Kiyumi, Chairman, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who also enjoys the status of a cabinet minister.
The Chairman showed keen interest to enhance bilateral trade and investment cooperation between the two brotherly countries.
The Chamber leader also showed interest to form a Bangladesh-Oman Joint Business Council with the participation from businessmen from both the countries, who can enhance cooperation further in the field of trade, commerce and investment.
He reiterated that both Bangladesh and Oman should engage constructively to enhance bilateral trade considering huge Bangladeshi expatriates working in Oman.
Shahriar Alam said that Bangladesh has the potential to offer a lot of products and services with higher quality and at competitive prices, like readymade garments, textiles, software, frozen food, ceramic, agro-based products, plastic, wooden furniture, regular furniture and steal products, pharmaceutical products, etc.
He added that both the countries sometimes lose these opportunities due to the time consuming visa obtaining procedure for Bangladeshi businessmen.
He sought the Chamber’s cooperation in facilitating an expeditious visa procedure for Bangladeshi business people.
Shahriar Alam invited the Chairman to lead a high level Omani business delegation to Bangladesh to explore opportunities in different sectors, especially in the maritime sectors.
The Chamber president agreed to lead an Omani business delegation to Bangladesh very soon.
He also advised that after formation of the proposed Joint Business Council, Bangladesh side could consider sending a high level business delegation.
The chairman assured him of all cooperation from his side to improve further bilateral trade. (source: bss)

Bangladesh inflation rises to 6.27 percent in March


Bangladesh marked upward trend in the rate of inflation for the second time in the current fiscal year 2014-15 as it stood at 6.27 per cent in March as against 6.14 per cent in February, according to the latest data of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
“Recent communication disruption has increased the cost of transportation that pushed the inflation slightly up in this month” Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal told reporters today while releasing the monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) at a press conference at the NEC conference room in the city’s Sher-e-Banglanagar.
The rate of inflation in March 2014 was 7.48 per cent.
Apart from the general inflation, rate of food inflation has also increased. The non-food inflation, however, witnessed downward trend.
The food inflation in national level stood at 6.37 per cent, which was 6.11 per cent in February while the non-food inflation came down at 6.12 per cent from 6.20 per cent in February.
On the other hand, the rate of inflation in the urban level stood at 6.77 per cent and rural level at 6.01 per cent.
In the rural level, the food inflation stood at 5.95 per cent, up from 5.72 per cent in the previous month, while the non-food inflation decreased to 6.13 per cent as against 6.22 per cent in February.
Besides, in the urban areas the food inflation stood at 7.36 per cent, up from 7.02 per cent. But, the non-food inflation witnessed downward trend and it stood at 6.11 per cent as against 6.18 per cent in February.
The national wage index rate witnessed a 9.27 per cent growth in March with 9085.62 point which was 8986.37 point in February.
The average year to year rate of inflation from April 2014 to March 2015 stood at 6.66 per cent, which was 7.55 per cent from April 2013 to March 2014. (source: bss)

Bangladesh exports increases by 7 percent on garment sales


Bangladesh’s exports increased by 7.4 percent in March from a year earlier to $2.59 billion, increasing for a fifth straight month, driven by stronger sales of ready-made garments, official data showed on Tuesday.
Exports from July to March, the first three quarters of the financial year, rose nearly 3 percent from the same period a year earlier to $22.9 billion, 5 percent short of the target, the Export Promotion Bureau said.
Sales of ready-made garments, comprising knitwear and woven items, totalled $18.63 billion in the July-March period, compared with nearly $18.05 billion a year earlier.
Garments are a vital sector for the South Asian nation, whose low wages and duty-free access to Western markets have helped make it the world’s largest apparel exporter after China.
However, political unrest over the past few months could cast a pall over the garment industry, which has already been under pressure after factory accidents, including the collapse of a building housing factories in April 2013 that killed more than 1,130 people.
Exporters said achieving growth target would not be possible.
“Buyers are expressing their concern over the current political violence. They are ready to give us more orders but political uncertainty preventing them from placing more orders,” Shahidullah Azim, vice-president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said.
Bangladesh’s exports in the 2014-15 financial year are expected to rise 10 percent from a year earlier to $33.2 billion.
Garment exports for the current financial year have been targeted at $26.9 billion, up 10 percent from previous year’s $24.5 billion when clothing sales surged 14 percent.
“It won’t be possible to achieve the growth target for this current fiscal year,” Azim said. (Source: Reuters)

Premier Bank opens new branch in Faridpur


Dewan Anwarul Latif, honorable Deputy Managing Director The Premier Bank Ltd has opened another new branch (92nd) at Faridpur Branch, Faridpur (Karim Chamber, 2nd Floor, 83/1, Mujib Road, Faridpur) recently on 31st March 2015 as Chief Guest.
Aolad Hossain Babar, President, Chamber of Commerce of Faridpur and Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Syed Nowsher Ali & Branch Manager with along with local distinguished guests. (source: press release)

IFIC Bank gets new DMDs


Fariduddin Al Mahmud and Shah Md Moinuddin have recently been promoted to Deputy Managing Directors (DMD) of IFIC Bank Limited with effect from April 1, 2015.
Prior to their new position, both of them were Senior Executive Vice Presidents (SEVPs) of the Bank.
Farid started his Banking Career in IFIC Bank Ltd. in the year 1984 as a Probationary Officer. He completed his Master of Commerce in Marketing from Dhaka University. He has diverse experience in banking including trade finance, credit administration, corporate banking and Internal Control & Compliance (ICC).
He attended trainings, seminars, workshop in different countries in Asia.
Moinuddin joined IFIC Bank Limited in 1986 as a Probationary Officer. He completed his Master of Commerce in Accounting from Dhaka University.
He also has wide experience in banking including trade finance, credit and corporate banking. He attended seminars, workshops and training programs in different countries in Asia and Europe. (source: press release)

Hakim Md Yousuf Haroon Bhuiyan elected director of Social Islami Bank


Hakim Md Yousuf Haroon Bhuiyan, Chief Motualli and Managing Director of Hamdard Bangladesh Ltd, has recently been elected to the Board of Social Islami Bank Ltd as Director in the Shareholders’ vote at the recently held AGM of the Bank.
Hakim Md Yousuf Haroon Bhuiyan has been instrumental in the management of Hamdard in Bangladesh and brought this age old medical system to a modern shape. He is a pioneer in promoting unani medical system in Bangladesh and has transformed it to a valuable alternative medical system to benefit health for all specially for the general public of the country. He is a renowned social worker and philanthropist. He engaged himself in setting up many socio-educational institutions like Hamdard Unani Medical Collage and Hospital in Bogra, Hakim Sayeed Eastern Medical College & Hospital in Dhaka, Rawshan Jahan Eastern Medical College & Hospital in Lakshmipur, Hamdard Public College in Dhaka, Ayesha (R.) Women's Kamil Madrasha in Lakshmipur and many other organizations.
Hakim Md Yousuf Haroon Bhuiyan attained highest academic degree in Madrasha education and also attained DUMS in Unani Medicine System. He is a fellow of World Association of Integrated Medicine. He attained Doctorate degree from World University of USA.
He received many prestigious awards like Ibn Sina Award, Shilpacharja Zainul Abedin Gold Medal, National Human Rights Journalist Organization Award, Bangladesh National Literature Association Gold Medal, Dhara Social and Cultural Organization Gold Medal, Al-Amin Journalist Foundation Award, Social and Economical Development Centre Award, National Social Journalist Society Award and many others in recognition of his service to humanity.
Md Yousuf Haroon Bhuiyan was born to a renowned Muslim family in Lakshmipur in 1953. He is widely traveled. (source: press release)

NCC Bank holds foundation training course


A month long Foundation Training Course for the Officers of NCC Bank concluded recently at Bank’s Training Institute. Golam Hafiz Ahmed, Managing Director & CEO of the Bank attended the closing ceremony as chief guest & distributed certificates to the participants.
Managing Director Golam Hafiz Ahmed in his speech as chief guest advised the officers to acquaint themselves with banking knowledge as they gathered from the training and prepared them to take over the future leadership of the Bank.
Deputy Managing Director Akhtar Hamid Khan attended in the function as special guest. Senior Executive Vice Presidents Md. Fazlur Rahman, A. Z. M. Saleh and M. Wahedur Rahman also addressed to the participants while Principal of the Training Institute Jagadish Chandra Debnath presided over the function. Guests are seen in the picture with the participants. (source: press release)

Midland Bank launches new SME loan products


Midland Bank Limited (MDB) launched 03 new SME Loan products through a Product Launching Ceremony held recently in the Jahangir Alam Conference Hall of Bangladesh Bank. The Honorable Governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr. Atiur Rahman inaugurated the new SME Loan Products as Chief Guest, along with high officials of Bangladesh Bank and Md. Ahsan-uz Zaman, Managing Director & CEO of Midland Bank. The new SME products are MDB Krishi, MDB Nari Uddog and MDB Green Loan.
The Managing Director of MDB explained in detail the features of the new products launched, targeting farmers and women entrepreneurs. He reiterated Bank’s commitment in bringing in more customized and attractive echo-friendly products soon, targeting the SME sector.
As Chief Guest, Dr. Atiur Rahman expressed his satisfaction about the Bank’s commitment towards green finance and agri-loan, and gave thanks to MDB to introduce new products.
A number of Print and Electronic Media personnel were present in the ceremony. (source: press release)

First Security Islami Bank holds managers' conference


Managers’ Conference of First Security Islami Bank Limited (FSIBL) was held at Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort Ltd. on 04 April 2015. The Conference was presided over by Mr. Syed Waseque Md. Ali, Managing Director, First Security Islami Bank Limited. Mr. Quazi Osman Ali, Deputy Managing Director, Zonal Head(s), Branch Managers’ & Divisional Heads of Head Office attended the Conference. The conference reviewed the operational performance of individual Branches and Divisions of Head Office for the period of January’ 2015 to March’ 2015 and set various targets for the next 9 Months for the year 2015. (source: press release)

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