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Trump ban on transgender service members alarms some military officers

US President Donald Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender personnel from serving in the military has alarmed some senior military officers who were caught off guard by it.

Gulshan attack suspect ‘Rash’ arrested in Natore 

Counterterrorism officers have arrested Aslam Hossain Rashed, a key suspect of the Holey Artisan attack, in the northwestern district of Natore.

Cook stands firm for England in 100th Oval Test

Alastair Cook ensured a quality launch to The Oval's 100th Test with an innings of familiar patience and defiance that guided England to 171 for four against South Africa on an absorbing but rain-disrupted opening day of the third Test on Thursday.

WASA managing director says city mayor 'more liable' for Dhaka waterlogging 

WASA Managing Director Taqsem A Khan has come out all guns blazing in response to Dhaka South Mayor Sayeed Khokon's comments blaming his agency for waterlogging, insisting it is the city corporation that is more liable than the utility.

Boy Scouts of America apologises for Trump's 'political rhetoric'

The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologised to members of the youth organisation on Thursday for the "political rhetoric that was inserted" into its national gathering this week by US President Donald Trump.

Shia Ismaili leader Prince Karim Aga Khan’s role lauded in Bangladesh

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has praised the Shia Ismaili community’s spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan for his global role.

Bangladesh drawing up strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis

Bangladesh is devising a strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, an expert involved with the process says.

Agri ministry says Tk 1.66 bn needed to rehabilitate flood-hit farmers

Tk 1.66 billion will be needed to rehabilitate farmers in northeast Bangladesh who are still smarting from losses following flash floods that damaged their crop fields in early April this year, the Ministry of Agriculture has estimated.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos unseats Microsoft's Bill Gates as world's richest person: Forbes Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos briefly took the crown from fellow tech billionaire Bill Gates as the richest person in the world, profiting from the e-commerce company's meteoric stock rise to reach a fortune of $91.4 billion, according to Forbes.

India plans 800-mile highway embankment along Brahmaputra to curb floods in northeast

Indian government officials said they plan to build a 1,300 km highway along the Brahmaputra River in the northeastern state of Assam to limit damage from annual floods, even as environmentalists said it would be ineffective.

New chairman appointed to UN mission probing Myanmar abuses

The United Nations' Human Rights Council has replaced the chairwoman of a team investigating allegations of killings and rape by Myanmar's security forces, it said on Thursday, amid concerns over her perceived bias.

Bangladesh gold prices hiked up to 2.67%

Jewellers in Bangladesh have raised gold prices by up to 2.67 percent three months after lowering them.

Biman suffers Tk 3.05bn loss as it leases two Egypt Air planes

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has suffered a Tk 3.05 billion loss because of two Boeing 777-200ER airplanes brought in on lease from Egypt Air, a parliamentary watchdog’s investigation has found.

Eder strikes twice as Inter ease past Bayern in Singapore

Inter Milan striker Martins Eder scored two first-half headers as the Italian side continued to impress on their pre-season tour of Asia with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich at the Singapore National Stadium on Thursday.

India take charge of first Test against Sri Lanka

India amassed 600 in their first innings and returned to blow away the top half of the Sri Lankan batting order to tighten their grip on the first Test at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday.

Singapore slings? Taking on Alibaba, Amazon launches Prime Now in the city state Inc launched its two-hour delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, marking the e-commerce giant's biggest push into Southeast Asia and its first head-on battle with Chinese rival, Alibaba Group Holding.

Judges’ service rules: Law minister submits draft gazette to Chief Justice Sinha

The law minister has finally submitted the draft of service rules for lower court judges to Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, after a long delay that caused tensions between the judiciary and the executive.

Bangladesh’s population is its asset, not burden: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina does not see Bangladesh’s population something to worry about, rather she believes this manpower could be turned into its best resources with the right education.

Hypothetically speaking, US Admiral says ready for nuclear strike on China if Trump so ordered

The US Pacific Fleet commander, addressing a security conference in Australia, said in answer to a question on Thursday that he would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike on China if President Donald Trump so ordered.

Bangladesh Bank raises farm loan target by 16% in FY2018

The central bank has raised the target for banks to disburse agricultural loans by 16.24 percent to Tk 204 billion in fiscal 2017-18 year.

Inu wants realistic campaign against child marriage

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has called for realistic campaign against child marriage and dowry instead of ‘wasting’ time and money doing researches and projects on the issues.

No police clearance for Yunus Centre’s Social Business Day programme

Yunus Centre has cancelled a two-day event to mark Social Business Day after being denied security clearance by police.

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' success a win for cinema: Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor, presenter of Prakash Jha's production "Lipstick Under My Burkha", says the film's success is a win for cinema.

No police clearance for Yunus Centre’s Social Business Day programme

Yunus Centre has cancelled a two-day event to mark Social Business Day after being denied security clearance by police. 

Filth spreads Yemen's deadly cholera outbreak

Yemen's cholera outbreak is so widespread that just drinking water can lead to death.

DCs will get stronger police force to operate mobile courts: Home Minister Khan

District heads will get necessary police personnel and Ansar men to operate mobile courts, Home Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said.

'Wonder Woman' returning for 2019 movie sequel

"Wonder Woman" is coming back for more.

EU's top negotiator warns of possible delays to Brexit talks

Talks between Britain and the European Union on their future relationship are now less likely to start in October, the EU's top negotiator has said, because of lack of progress on Brexit divorce issues so far, EU officials said.

South Korean shelter dog basks in presidential glory as 'First Dog'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday welcomed a rescue dog to his official Blue House residence, delivering on a campaign promise to boost awareness of the fast-growing numbers of abandoned animals accompanying a surge in pet ownership.

'High Times' ready to roll with public offering: sources

The publisher of iconic marijuana enthusiast magazine, "High Times," plans to take the company public in the fall, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters this week, as an increasing number of US states legalise the drug.

ICT finalises two probe reports against 16 war crimes suspects

The investigation agency of the International Crimes Tribunal or ICT has finalised two reports over 16 people accused of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War.

Dhaka court sentences three to death for murdering man during mugging

A court in Dhaka has awarded the death penalty to three persons in the 2009 murder of a man during a mugging attempt.

Pakistani council orders 'revenge rape' of 16-year-old girl

Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl.

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing.

US lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

US lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the US Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress' approval.

Retired teacher, wife found dead in Tangail home

A couple has been found dead at their home in Tangail, which police believe was a case of homicide.

Govt considering independent prosecution service, law minister says

The government has agreed in principle to an independent public prosecution, says Law Minister Anisul Huq.

Corruption cannot be so prevalent without the involvement of everyone, says Finance Minister Muhith

Corruption is so prevalent in Bangladesh because everyone is involved in it, either directly or indirectly, says Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

Israel removes all security apparatus from Jerusalem holy site after unrest

Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, stepping up its efforts to diffuse political and religious tension.

Two get life sentences for rape in Lakshmipur

A Lakshmipur court has sentenced two people to life in prison for a 2005 rape in Sadar Upazila.

Mourinho satisfied with United's progress despite Barca loss

Manchester United ended their pre-season tour of the United States with a defeat to Barcelona but manager Jose Mourinho was satisfied with his team's overall performance and fitness level ahead of the new season.

College student Siddiqur wants to see PM Hasina on return from treatment in India

College student Siddiqur Rahman, who may lose his eyesight after being struck by a police teargas shell, has left Dhaka for India's Chennai for treatment.

Neymar cleared in tax evasion case, Brazilian court says

Barcelona striker Neymar has been cleared of any criminal charges in a long-running tax evasion case in Brazil, a Brazilian court said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia to recruit 3,000 more Bangladeshi workers in 2017

Saudi Arabia will recruit 3,000 more Bangladeshis to work in various sectors in 2017, according to a major recruiter.

Bangladesh plans to build smart voting system

The Election Commission, or EC, is taking steps to use modern equipment at polling centres as part of smart election management.

Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign: Sources

Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a US congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

Astronomers find ‘nearly half’ our bodies’ atoms formed outside the Milky Way

Nearly half of the atoms that make up our bodies may have formed in galaxies beyond the Milky Way and travelled to the solar system on intergalactic winds driven by giant exploding stars, The Guardian reports.

Four Nigerians among nine arrested for fraud, trafficking in Dhaka

Police have arrested nine people, including four Nigerian nationals, in Dhaka with alleged links to human trafficking and fraud.

Man beaten to death in Jhenaidah on suspicion of thievery

A local mob has beaten a suspected thief to death in Jhenaidah, police say.

Study links rising US e-cigarette use to rise in smokers quitting

A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to a significant increase in the numbers of people quitting smoking, researchers said on Wednesday.