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BB asks customs, banks to stop malpractice in import
Unveils guidelines
In a bid to stop malpractice in import procedure through land ports, Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday directed the banks and customs houses to set up direct communications between themselves through telephone,
Lacklustre response at Dhaka int'l trade fair
Organisers eye high turnout as Eid nears
Nine days into its inauguration, Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) witnessed a low turnout of visitors yesterday with organisers expecting considerable crowd ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha next month.
Emerging Asia tipped to grow 7.2pc in 2006: ADB
East Asia, excluding Japan, will grow 7.2 percent next year, up from 7.1 percent in 2005 on the back of a rise in demand for electronics products, the Asian Development Bank said Monday in Manila.
WTO Agreement
Summary of gains and concessions
What key parties gained and gave up in the latest WTO trade agreement.
UCBL no more a 'problem bank'
United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL) has at last got rid of the problem bank status.
WTO talks a boost to Hong Kong brand
Politicians hailed it as a success, a boost to Hong Kong's worldwide image, while citizens, businesses and the police will breathe a sigh of relief that it has finally ended.
WTO bell tolls for farmers
The angry South Korean farmers who protested against the WTO meeting may have had some immediate success, but analysts say their way of life cannot be safeguarded in the long term.
NBR clarification
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has contradicted a news item headlined 'NBR hints at raising VAT rate' printed on this page Sunday.
Office bearers of crop protection association
Ruman Hafiz of Shetu Corporation Limited and Musfiqur Rahman of Haychem (Bangladesh) have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Crop Protection Association, says a press release.
Gemini Sea Food declares 25pc dividend
Gemini Sea Food Ltd has declared a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004-05.
Eastern Housing okays 10pc dividend
Eastern Housing Limited has declared a 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year ending in July, 2005.
New MD of IPDC Bangladesh
Shah A Sarwar has been appointed managing director and chief executive officer of Industrial Promotion and Development Company (IPDC) of Bangladesh Ltd with effect from December 18.
Oil steady at $58
Oil prices steadied Monday after sharp losses late last week as forecasts for warmer weather in the United States and high crude stockpiles in the world's highest energy consumer piled pressure on the
WTO makes modest move on road to trade accord
The ministerial conference in Hong Kong enabled the WTO to make a modest advance toward freer global trade but steered clear of the pesky details that could cause fresh headaches for negotiators in the
India floats global tender for mustard seed export
India, a net edible oils importer, has floated a global tender for export of mustard seed procured from farmers.

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