Bangladesh, Dhaka (BBN) – Bangladesh Business News prepares Wednesday’s evening business round up compiling reports, published by different newspapers and news portals.
Bangladesh begins Covid-19 vaccination drive
A nurse of capital’s Kurmitola General Hospital has become the first Bangladeshi to receive a Covid-19 vaccine as the country began the inoculation drive on Wednesday afternoon. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the Covid-19 vaccination programme, which aims to vaccinate for 20 percent of its population that means for 3.40 crore people, with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine- Covidshield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
Covid-19 vaccine registration app, site now open
“Surokkha” – the application and website made for online registration of Covid-19 vaccine recipients – has been declared open for entries. People can download the “Surokkha” app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. They can also use the link – https://www.surokkha.gov.bd/ – to complete the online registration for the Covid-19 vaccine.
Asia-Pacific markets mixed as IMF raises global economic growth forecast
Stocks in Asia-Pacific were mixed on Wednesday as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its growth forecast for the global economy this year. The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.31% to close at 28,635.21 while the Topix index gained 0.65% to finish its trading day at 1,860.07. South Korea’s Kospi closed 0.57% lower at 3,122.56.
USD/INR: Indian Rupee Robust After IMF Double Digit Growth Forecast
Yesterday, the IMF projected India as the only major economy with double digit growth in 2021 which puts the Asian powerhouse on track toward the ‘$5 trillion economy’ status. Lockdown measures implemented by Indian government were viewed positively by the IMF as a better than expected economic recovery ensued after the lockdown period.
Oil steady as U.S. oil stockpiles drop, new Chinese Covid-19 cases decline
Oil prices were steady Wednesday as industry data showed U.S. crude stockpiles fell unexpectedly last week and China, the world’s second-biggest oil user, reported its lowest daily rise in Covid-19 cases, bolstering hopes of a pick-up in demand. Brent crude futures climbed 10 cents, or 0.18%, to $56.01 a barrel, adding to a small gain on Tuesday.