TEL AVIV, Israel – President Donald Trump says peace in the Middle East can be achieved only by working together. He says, “there is no other way.”Trump spoke during a brief airport ceremony after he arrived in Israel on his first visit as president.Since taking office in January, Trump has been bullish about wanting to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace that so far has been elusive. Trump meets later in the day with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.On Tuesday, Trump sits down with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.At the airport, Trump urged both sides to take advantage of the “rare opportunity” that he says currently exists under his administration to bring security, stability and peace to the region and its people.
Banking giant HSBC is set to shut down 62 more branches in the UK in 2017, as the bank says more people are now moving to use internet and mobile banking. This is in addition to the closure of 55 branches the bank had previously announced to close in 2017.HSBC to use selfie verification to open bank accounts quicklyThe move will hit at least 180 jobs in the country. Last year, HSBC had shuttered 223 branches in the UK and figured as the top bank to close most branches in the UK for two years in a row.”More customers are using mobile and internet banking than ever before, innovation such as Touch and Voice ID has proved extremely popular, and fewer people are using branches,” Francesca McDonagh, HSBC Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for UK and Europe, said.”We will have fewer but better branches, with more empowered front line colleagues using a greater range of technology to support all our customers’ needs,” he added.HSBC said more than 90 percent of its interactions with customers are now through digital channels, up from 80 percent last year.Antonio Simoes, chief executive of HSBC Bank plc, said: “This marks the end of our branch restructuring programme. We now feel we have the right branch network that complements the other ways in which customers now choose to interact with us. We will continue to invest for the benefit of our customers as we build HSBC UK, a better bank for our people and customers.”
While Alia Bhatt may have finally found her ‘kursi’ (you’d know what I mean if you’ve watched Dear Zindagi) in Ranbir Kapoor, there was a time when the talented actress was linked up with a number of celebrities. While few names held some truth, few others were nothing more than friends for the actress. Let’s take a look at the 5 men apart from Ranbir Kapoor that Alia Bhatt was linked with.Arsalaan: Alia Bhatt had revealed about her boyfriend Arsalaan on Neha Dhupia’s podcast show. Talking about her ex, Alia had said, “Yes, Arsalaan was my first boyfriend. He was sweet and also very possessive…wanted me to wear kurta and jeans constantly.” Further adding to it, she said, “I follow him on Snapchat and he is always in the gym. He is doing graphic designing….he is happy.”Ali Dadarkar: Alia and Ali Dadarkar have been childhood friends. And as per reports, the duo dated before Alia made her big-bang debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year. A TOI report stated that Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra also had a tiff over Ali, who wanted Alia back while she was with Sidharth. At their bestie, Akansha’s wedding too, Ali had apparently bared his heart out to Alia about how he wanted her back, a report in Spotboye stated.Kavin Mittal: Right after her break-up with Sidharth Malhotra and in between the rumours of her dating Ranbir Kapoor, Alia was also making headlines for her alleged closeness to Hike Messenger founder Kavin Mittal. Kavin Mittal, the son of billionaire Sunil Mittal, met for the first time at the World Economic Forum. “They want to take time to let their friendship evolve. Given their commitments, they see little of each other. But it’s certainly a friendship that can go a long way,” Mid-day had reported.Varun Dhawan: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan’s closeness made headlines to such an extent that the duo even said on Karan Johar’s chat show that they wouldn’t like to dine together with better halves and each-other.Sidharth Malhotra: Sidharth Malhotra and Alia fell-in-love during the shoot of Kapoor and Sons and even spoke about their breakup publicly.
JhenaidahAn upazila chairperson was reportedly arrested with 12 bombs while devising subversive acts from a house in Kutchadpur upazila of Jhenidah on Tuesday, reports UNB.The arrestee is Nazma Khatun, acting upazila chairman of the upazila.Acting on secret information, police conducted a raid at the house around 7:00pm while the chairman along with her men was planning subversion and recovered 12 bombs from the house, said officer-in-charge of Kutchadpur police station Biplob kumar Saha.Nazma became senseless seeing the law enforcers at her house and later she was sent to the Kutchadpur Upazila Health Complex for her treatment, said the OC, adding that Nazma is serving as secretary of Kutchadpur Upazila Jamaat Female unit, the OC added.
Prothom Alo illustrationTwo minor girls have reportedly been raped in Jashore and Netrakona districts as sexual perversion has become an order of the day in this society, reports UNB.In Jashore, a five-year-old girl was violated allegedly by the friend of her father at Altapol village in Keshabpur upazila on Sunday.Police detained the accused, Nazrul Islam, 35, son of late Insar Ali of Bherchi village in the upazila.Quoting victim’s father, police said Nazrul came to their house on Sunday morning.At one stage, he took the minor girl to a nearby fish enclosure and violated her there.Hearing the victim’s screams, locals rushed in, caught Nazrul red-handed and gave him a good beating before handing him over to police, said Mohammad Shahin, officer-in-charge of Keshabpur police station.The girl is now undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital.A case was filed with Keshabpur police station in this regard.In Netrakona, a teenage girl was violated by a neighbour at Dhanshira village in Durgapur upazila on Saturday.Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Durgapur police station, said the victim who used to work as a domestic help in the capital returned home recently.Saiqul Islam, 21, son of Dulal Mia of the village, stormed their house on Saturday noon and violated the girl when she was alone.Later, the mother of the victim filed a case in this regard.The victim was sent to Netrakona Modern Sadar Hospital, the OC said, adding that they were trying to arrest the accused.