20% cashback at Deshi Dosh through bKash payment



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bKash Limited, the largest mobile financial service provider in the country offers 20 percent cashback on payment through bKash while shopping at Deshi Dosh outlets across the country on the occasion of Ramadan and Eid-ul- Fitre.

Under this offer the maximum cash back limit for a customer in lifestyle category is TK 1000 during the campaign period and TK 500 per day after fulfilling certain terms and conditions.

Deshi Dosh offers the best of the country's boutiques under one roof. The purpose is to promote the development of creativity, culture and heritage of local taant and weaving industries. Under the banner, the ten boutiques that make up Deshi Dosh are: Nipun, Rang Bangladesh, Banglar Mela, Bibiana, Sadakalo, Anjan's, Srishti, Nogordola and Kay Kraft.

This offer is valid for payment through bKash app. To make the payment, the customer has to tap Make Payment icon from home screen of the app, then enter merchant number or simply scan the QR Code at Merchant point to automatically enter the Merchant number, then enter the purchased amount to complete the transaction.

Launched in 2011, bKash, a joint venture of BRAC Bank, US based Money in Motion, International Finance Corporation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Ant Financial, operates as a payment service provider offering broad range of mobile/digital financial services under the regulation of Bangladesh Bank.

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Business cost will be reduced by 5 percent if the capacity of Chattogram port is enhanced



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If the capacity of Chattogram port is increased, it will be possible to reduce the cost of doing business in the country by at least 5 percent. At the same time, the interest of foreign entrepreneurs to invest in this country will also increase. Moreover, if production starts in full swing in Bangabandhu Industrial City and other economic zones of the country, the pressure on Chattogram port will increase several times. So now the FBCCI President Jasimuddin has called for increasing the capacity of the port.

He made the call at the first meeting of the FBCCI Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping on Thursday (January 6) at noon.

Speaking as the chief guest, Jasim Uddin said that at present the speed of cargo vehicles on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway is 40 kilometers per hour. If this speed is doubled, the competitiveness of the export sector will increase by 6 percent.

Chemicals imported through Chattogram port have to be tested separately before unloading. However, Chattogram Customs does not have adequate laboratory. It takes traders 10 to 12 days to get the test done. Quick steps should be taken to solve these port problems.

FBCCI President Md. Jasimuddin urged the standing committee to find short, medium and long term solutions by identifying the port-centric problems.

At this time, FBCCI's vice-president Md. Amin Helali said some more ports will be opened in the future. If we can work according to the plan, the progress of the country can be further accelerated by utilizing the potentials of these ports.

FBCCI vice-president Md. Habib Ullah Don alleged that importing vehicles through Chattogram port would cost double the fare as compared to Mongla port. He remarked that different fares in different ports of the same country are unreasonable.

Standing Committee Director-in-Charge A.M. Mahbub Chowdhury said the profit of Chattogram port has increased several times in the last few years. He alleged that despite being a non-profit service organization, it was taking steps to increase the tariff again to increase the amount of profit.

The chairman of the committee Md. Parvez Sajjad Akhtar called for not increasing the tariff in order to create a business-friendly environment. At the same time, he said, most tariffs have to be paid in dollars. So if the tariff increases, the cost of foreign exchange will also increase. Moreover, foreign ship owners can also increase the fare in this opportunity. In that case, there will be fear of an increase in the price of imported goods.

In the open discussion, the members of the standing committee hoped for the cooperation of the port and customs officials to speed up the import-export activities.

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TCB goods are on sale again from today



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Dhaka: Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), a government marketing agency, has started selling goods at fair prices through mobile trucks. From Monday, low-income consumers will be able to buy soybean oil, lentils, sugar and onions. The agency said in a press release on Sunday.

It is said in the notification, on the occasion of the founding anniversary of TCB, the sale of products at subsidized price has started. There was no change in the price of the product and the amount of allocation per buyer. From the truck, a buyer can buy a maximum of 2 kg of sugar, oil and lentils as before. In addition, you can buy two to five kg of onions. Sugar will be available at Tk. 55 per kg, lentils at Tk. 60, onion at Tk. 30 and soybean oil at Tk. 110 per kg.

This sale program will continue till 27th January except Friday. Every day 400 to 450 mobile trucks will be used to sell goods in all metros, districts and upazilas. 

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Record remittances received



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Dhaka: Due to the second wave of pandemics and various crises, the remittance income has come down to a record amount in the last year, despite the fact that the expatriate income has been low for six consecutive months. However, despite the increase in remittances in a single year, in the first six months of the current financial year (July-December) it has decreased by about 21 percent as compared to the same period of the previous financial year.

In 2021, the expatriates sent a record 2,207 crore US dollars to the country. Never before has there been so much remittance.

According to central bank sources, expatriates sent remittances worth 164.90 lakh dollars in December. As a result, remittances of 2,207 crore US dollars have come to the banking channels in the just-concluded 2021. In domestic currency the amount is more than Tk. one lakh 69 thousand 36 crore; (85 taka 80 paisa per dollar) which was the highest remittance in a single year in history. The previous highest remittance was 2,174 crore dollar in 2020 and 1,833 crore dollar in 2019.

However, despite the increase in remittances last year, the expatriate income is still in a negative position considering the financial year. In the first six months (July-December) of the current fiscal year 2021-22, remittances reached 1023 crore dollar. Which was one thousand 1294 crore dollars in the same period of last financial year. As such, remittances in the first six months of the current financial year decreased by 270 crore dollar or 20.91 percent.

Meanwhile, the government announced an incentive at the rate of 2 percent in the budget of 2019-20 fiscal year to increase the income of expatriates in a legal way. But at the end of last year, remittance inflows have been reduced for six consecutive months, which has further increased since the New Year.

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Oil price falls by 3 dollars in the world market



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Dhaka: Omicron is spreading rapidly all over the world. This has increased the panic of the traders. And it has had a negative impact on the international oil market.

On Monday (December 20), the price of crude oil in the world market fell by more than 4 percent. However, the price of natural gas has increased.

As of 7:30 p.m., West Texas Intermediate (WTI) in the United States fell 4.81 percent, or 3.41 dollars, on Monday, according to OilPrice.com. On that day, WTI was sold at 67.45 per barrel. Monday's drop was a full four percent, or 2.94. Brent crude traded at 70.58 dollar a barrel on the day. The price of heating oil has also come down. It fell 3.77 percent to 2.135 dollar on Monday. However, natural gas prices have risen. On Monday, it rose 3.77 percent, or 0.139 dollar to 3.829 dollar per unit.

According to analysts, the rapid rise due to Omicron transmission around the world and the return of social restrictions in Europe and America have raised fears that oil demand will decline again. This is why the price of oil in the world market is declining.

The Netherlands has been locked down again since last Sunday (December 19). With Christmas and the English New Year looming, it is expected that austerity measures will be taken in a few more European countries.

In the meantime, Italy has signaled a return to the rule of social distance. After the cabinet meeting on December 23, the Prime Minister can announce the new health rules.

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