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Stock markets to remain shut until May 16

FE Online Report | Published: May 06, 2020 15:57:16 | Updated: May 09, 2020 09:56:14


Stock markets to remain shut until May 16

The country’s two bourses will remain closed until May 16 as the government further extended the ongoing holidays to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus.

The government has further extended the ongoing shutdown until May 16 as the death toll from Covid-19 and the number detected patients keep rising.

The trading and settlement activities on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will remain closed in line with the government holidays, said a DSE statement issued on Wednesday.

However, the DSE has sought permission from the Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) for resumption of trading and settlement activities from May 10.

“If we receive permission from the BSEC, the trading and settlement activities will be started from the date instructed by the regulator,” the DSE statement said.

The DSE has also sought some exemptions from complying with various rules and the trading could not be resumed without the waivers amid ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

BSEC officials, however, said the commission could not provide the waivers without a commission meeting, while the commission now faced a quorum crisis.

The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), will also remain closed until May 16, said a CSE official.

The CSE earlier said that if the government extend the ongoing holidays further, the trading and official activities will also remain shut in line with the government holidays.

Earlier on March 23, the government initially declared 10 days general holidays, including weekly holidays, for all public and private offices effective from March 26 to April 4.

Later the government extended the general holidays until May 5 in phases due to rising cases of Covid-19 in Bangladesh.

The death toll from the deadly virus has reached to 186 and the number of total infected person stands at 11,719 as of Wednesday (May 6).

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