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Front Pagearrow Hasina arrested, sent to sub-jail
The joint forces yesterday arrested Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence in the city at around daybreak and later a court sent her to jail on charges of extortion.
 arrow This is no way to strengthen democracy
The only reason that the caretaker government has survived six months in power, and the chief advisor acknowledges it every time an occasion arises, is because the general public think of it to be aninstrument
 arrow She accuses govt of conspiring to disqualify her from election
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the military-backed caretaker government is conspiring to disqualify her from running in the next parliamentary elections by implicating her in
 arrow No one above law
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has categorically said no one is above the law and anybody found corrupt or lawbreaker, whoever he or she may be, will be brought to justice.
 arrow Tense hours
2:00am: Hasina's police protection is withdrawn.
4:40am: Around 40 joint forces vehicles enter through Dhanmondi road 5/A towards Sudha Sadan.

 arrow Follow due process of law
The United States and the United Kingdom have urged the caretaker government to ensure due process of law and international standards in dealing with former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who was arrested
 arrow AL activists enraged
Amid the state of emergency leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and its different front organisations staged demonstrations at different places across the country protesting the arrest of their
 arrow 27 years in politics no cakewalk for her
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina was arrested and put under house arrest many times before, between 1983 and 1990, for her stance against the erstwhile military ruler and for her role in thefight
 arrow Most people decry arrest
The majority of people The Daily Star talked to yesterday about Sheikh Hasina's arrest, expressed deep resentment over the government's move while a few termed the arrest as a significant step taken by
 arrow Moments before the arrest
"Can I use my phone?" Hasina asked as members of the joint forces entered her room on the first floor of Sudha Sadhan at around 6:00am.
 arrow The case against her
The case in which Awami League President Sheikh Hasina was arrested yesterday was filed on June 12 this year by Azam J Chowdhury, managing director of Eastcoast Trading Private Ltd, with Gulshan Police
 arrow Unfortunate, unnecessary
Political leaders yesterday said the arrest of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina is unfortunate and unnecessary.
 arrow Joy vows to wage movement at home, abroad
Former prime minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy and younger sister Sheikh Rehana consider her arrest part of a 'conspiracy' and protested this.
 arrow Her statement to party men before arrest
Awami League (AL) President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in her pre-arrest statement yesterday, urged the countrymen and the leaders and workers of her party not to lose moral strength and
 arrow Arrest, thereafter


 arrow 11 tax-dodging cases filed against Shajahan Siraj, family
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former jute and textiles minister Shajahan Siraj, his wife Rabeya Haider and son Rajib Siraj after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed eleven
 arrow Govt firm on establishing honest politics
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government is committed to establishing honest politics and it is not desirable to arrest people on minor corruption charges while leavingthe
 arrow US hails EC roadmap to election
The United States yesterday commended the Election Commission (EC) for releasing a roadmap to general election in Bangladesh but said a specific, time-bound goal to hold credible elections is the best
 arrow SUV, laptop, CDs seized from Sudha Sadan
Joint forces yesterday seized a Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle (SUV), a laptop, some compact disks (CD), two mobile phone sets and some documents from the Sudha Sadan residence of the former premier
 arrow ACC official held for bribery
An Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) official was arrested here on Sunday night by the joint forces for taking bribe and an extortion case was filed with Shahbagh Police Station in this connection.
 arrow Dr Wazed hospitalised
Eminent nuclear scientist Dr Wazed Miah was admitted to Labaid Specialised Hospital with chest pain yesterday noon, hours after his wife Sheikh Hasina's arrest.
 arrow Authorities asked to serve summons issued against Khaleda, 3 others
A Dhaka court yesterday again directed the authorities concerned to serve summons issued earlier upon former prime minister Khaleda Zia and three others in connection with a case filed for not submitting
 arrow 5 killed in Chittagong road crash
Five people died and three others were injured when a bus ploughed through the passengers of another bus that met with an accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Mirersarai upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow BCL calls student Strike today though banned
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of Awami League (AL), has called a strike at all educational institutions of the country today protesting the arrest of Sheikh Hasina although enforcing
 arrow Civil society for equal application of law for Hasina
In reaction to the arrest of Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, civil society members yesterday said the government has to prove that everybody is equal to the law and that nobody is harassed in the
 arrow 4 Sri Lankan ministers arrive
Four Sri Lankan ministers, led by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, arrived in Dhaka last night on a 4-day visit at the invitation of Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury.
 arrow Hasina's arrest welcomed
Sadek Siddique, one of the initiators of a new political party, coming out from sickbed led a procession yesterday under police protection welcoming the arrest of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Twin car bombings kill 80 in Iraqi city
Twin suicide car bombings exploded within 20 minutes of each other in Iraq's north yesterday, killing at least 80 people and wounding around 150 in attacks targeting a Kurdish political office and ripping
 arrow Japan quake kills 7, injures 700
At least seven people were killed and nearly 700 others injured in the powerful earthquake that struck central Japan on Monday, officials said.
 arrow Musharraf drops charge against ousted judge
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Monday dropped one of the charges he has levelled against the country's ousted top judge, who has become an icon of opposition to his military rule.
Businessarrow Steps taken to check misuse of bonded warehouse products
The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) has taken a number of restrictive measures so that the duty-free bonded warehouse products cannot be illegally channeled to local market from export
 arrow Tight monetary policy to hurt economy: FBCCI
The tight monetary policy will cast a negative impact on the country's economy, the country's apex trade body said yesterday.
 arrow India faces threat from China
India remains the world's top outsourcing hub but is facing increasing threat from rival China due to India's high attrition rate, poor infrastructure and rising wages, a global research group said.
 arrow India among largest job creators in UK
Indian investment in Britain during 2006-07 created 5,130 jobs -- the second largest number of new jobs created after the USA, whose companies created 13,326 jobs during the year, figures with the department
 arrow Oil prices above $74
Oil prices rose Monday amid concerns over production in the North Sea. Opec also said it feared refinery problems may affect the market next year. August Brent rose 9 cents to $77.
 arrow Bajaj Auto eyes buying European plants
Bajaj Auto, India's second largest motorcycle manufacturer, is looking at forging a partnership with or buying Italy's Ducati or Britain's Triumph, both iconic marques, a report said Monday.
 arrow Warid Telecom introduces economy ISD facility
Warid Telecom has introduced economy ISD facility allowing subscribers to make international calls at lower rates, says s press release.
 arrow China blames US media for fanning food fears
China's top quality control official accused foreign media of raising unnecessary alarm about the safety of the country's food and drug exports, complaining in particular about U.S. reports. TheU.S.
 arrow Profit up 36pc at India's Tata Consultancy Services
India's largest software exporter Tata Consultancy Services said Monday that its first quarter net profit rose by 36 percent despite sharp gains in the rupee this year that hit earnings.
 arrow StanChart faces heavy taxes in S Korea
South Korean tax authorities have sent bills totalling tens of millions of dollars to a US and a British financial group over the sale of a local bank, a newspaper said Monday.
 arrow NZ keen to resume FTA talks with Malaysia
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark on Monday said her government is eager to resume free-trade talks with Malaysia and sees the services sector as a central component of an agreement.
 arrow Euro nears 1.38 dollars; pound hits new 26-yr peak
The euro neared a record dollar high on Monday, while the British pound struck the highest level since 1981 against the struggling greenback amid ongoing concerns over the US economy, dealers said.
 arrow US criticises Turkey-Iran gas deal
The United States on Monday spoke out against a preliminary agreement between Turkey and its eastern neighbour Iran to carry natural gas from Iran and Turkmenistan to Europe, the Anatolia news agencyreported.
 arrow Yuan hits new high against US dollar
China's currency, the yuan, hit a new high against the US dollar on Monday, according to the Chinese Foreign Exchange Trading System.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Focus shifts to ODIs
Recovering from their nightmarish Test series experience is the biggest challenge facing the Bangladesh team ahead of the three-match one-day series against the World Cup finalists Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique again!
Mohammad Rafique has a history of picking up a fight on every overseas tour and this trip to Sri Lanka is no exception either.
 arrow Football: Muktijoddha host Russel today
The 19th weeks of the B. League begins in Dhaka today with the clash between struggling heavyweights Muktijoddha and Sheikh Russel.
 arrow Football: New coach Nayeem picks young squad
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday officially appointed Syed Nayeemuddin as the national football coach till December this year.
 arrow Football: Brazil belittle Argentina
Brazil stunned bitter rivals and overwhelming favourites Argentina 3-0 to win their eighth Copa America title on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: India's practice match drawn
Dinesh Karthik warmed up for the first Test at Lord's with 51 against England Lions on the final day of India's tour match here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Lawson new Pak coach
Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson has been named as Pakistan's new cricket coach, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed Monday.
 arrow Football: Pragmatism beats romanticism
The romantics met the pragmatists in the final of the Copa America. Brazil's 3-0 win means that it was a resounding triumph for the pragmatists.
 arrow Football: New buys delight Casillas
Real Madrid, who pipped Barcelona at the wire for their first title in four seasons, have laid down solid foundations for the future with a clutch of top summer signings, goalkeeper Iker Casillas says.
 arrow Tennis: Italy set up Russia final
Defending champions Italy defied 40-degree temperatures to come back from 2-1 down to beat France 3-2 and reach the Fed Cup final on Sunday.
 arrow Cycling: O'Grady's tour over
Australian Stuart O'Grady escaped serious spinal injuries, according to hospital officials who treated him after a crash in the eighth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Henry unties the knot
French striker Thierry Henry has split with his wife of four years, his lawyers said in a statement released late on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Torres set for Reds debut
Liverpool's record 20 million pound signing Fernando Torres is set to make his debut for his new club in a pre-season friendly in Switzerland on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Japan, Australia in qtrs
Defending champions Japan stormed into the Asian Cup quarterfinals Monday, and were joined by Australia, minnows Vietnam, and Iraq.
 arrow Cricket: ZC slams few ICC nations
Peter Chingoka, chairman of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), has hit out at certain boards who, he claimed, tried to block Zimbabwe's return to Test cricket.
 arrow Cricket: SA's tour on: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has insisted that South Africa's tour to Pakistan later this year will continue despite the ongoing political crisis in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Either Broad or Anderson
England's selectors are set to decide between the uncapped Stuart Broad and James Anderson for the final place in their pace attack to take on India in the first Test at Lord's starting on Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Sharif, Sayantan chasing title
Sharif Hossain of Nakhalpara School and Sayantan Das of Kolkata Scottish Church School shared lead in the 9th Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament (Class VI-X Group) with full five points afterthe
 arrow Cricket: PCB not with ICL
Officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have distanced themselves from the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
 arrow Football: MU pushing hard for Tevez
Manchester United are hopeful of sealing the "over-complicated" transfer of Argentina striker Carlos Tevez from West Ham within the next week or so, according to chief executive David Gill.
 arrow Football: Mourinho warns Ballack
Jose Mourinho warned Michael Ballack yesterday that he has lost his "untouchable" status and is facing a difficult fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Advocaat tipped for Aussie role
Dutchman Dick Advocaat is to be installed as Australia's new football coach in time for next year's 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Australian media reports said Monday.
 arrow Football: Cops raid London clubs
British detectives raided three football clubs Monday as part of a probe into alleged corruption in the game, police said.
 arrow Football: Erratic form worries Iran coach
Iran coach Amir Ghalenoei admits he is concerned after another Jekyll-and-Hyde performance from the three-time Asian Cup champions.
 arrow Tennis: Santoro takes Newport title
Fabrice Santoro captured his first ATP title in five years here Sunday, defeating Nicolas Mahut in straight sets in an all-French final at the 416,000-dollar Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
Metropolitanarrow Declare ship breaking an industry
Speakers at a view exchange meeting in the port city yesterday demanded the caretaker government should declare ship breaking an industry and formulate a policy in this regard.
 arrow 7 killed in road crashes
Seven people were killed and 29 others injured in separate road accidents in Magura, Satkhira, Netrakona and Faridpur yesterday.
 arrow Exhibition of clothes designed by Chakmas begins
With a view to promoting designs of Chakma community, Nogordola, a concern of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), is organising a month-long exhibition of clothes suitable for rainy season in the city.
 arrow CA inaugurates indigenous fish preservation campaign
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday formally inaugurated a countrywide campaign to preserve indigenous fishes, many of which are becoming extinct due to destruction of their natural habitats andunplanned
 arrow Release of Hasina demanded
Different organisations at home and abroad condemned the arrest of former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and demanded her immediate release.
 arrow 'Initiate master plan to save jute industry'
Speakers at a press conference yesterday called for immediate initiation of a master plan to save the country's jute industry from destruction.
 arrow Dropout rate at primary level still alarming
The dropout rate at the primary level is still alarming although several initiatives like the second primary education development programme (PEDP-II) have been taken, Directorate of Primary Education
 arrow 32 girl students fall unconscious at Savar school
At least 32 girl students and a teacher fell unconscious in classes of Polashbari Hajee Joyenuddin High School in a mysterious disease yesterday.
 arrow Outlawed party leader arrested in Khulna
The police arrested a leader of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) from Dumuria upazila parishad compound in Khulna yesterday morning.
 arrow Buddha's hair relic to be handed over tomorrow
Most of the members of the Sri Lankan delegation including Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama and five other senior ministers are likely to arrive here in the port city today to collect hair relics of
 arrow Police prevent journos from holding memorial meeting
The police did not allow journalists to hold a meeting in memory of slain journalist Shamsur Rahman at the IDEB auditorium in Jessore yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
Syed Rahadh Amin, a patient of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), has appealed for financial assistance to save his life.
 arrow Photo exhibition of Bangladeshi Diaspora in UK
A photo exhibition of Bangladeshi Diaspora in the United Kingdom began at British Council in the city yesterday.
 arrow Rath Jatra celebrated
Hindu devotees yesterday celebrated the annual Jagannath Rath Jatra (chariot procession), one of their major religious festivals, across the country amid festivity and religious fervour.
 arrow Iajuddin undergoes medical checkup
President Iajuddin Ahmed underwent a medical check-up at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore yesterday.
Nationalarrow Blood crisis hampering emergency treatment, surgery at SBMCH
Crisis of blood in Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) is seriously hindering emergency treatment and surgery.
 arrow 1 killed as land subsides in Nilphamari
One person has been killed as an agricultural land near a rock extraction site subsided at a village in Dimla upazila.
 arrow Tornado lashes 2 dists
About 400 houses were damaged and several hundred trees uprooted by tornado that lashed Rangpur and Sirajganj areas yesterday.
 arrow A school for underprivileged children in Pirojpur
A school has been established for underprivileged children who earn a living by collecting leaves at a remote area in Pirojour.
 arrow JMB militant arrested
Police yesterday arrested an active member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Bhogdaburi Patwari Para village in Domar upazila, police said.
 arrow 20 injured by highwaymen in Netrakona
Twenty people were injured and valuables worth Tk 15 lakh looted by highwaymen from the passengers of 20 transport vehicles at Baghra in Atpara upazila on the Netrakona-Madan Road in the early hours of
Point-Counterpointarrow Private universities: Balancing the debate
Private universities have suffered sustained criticism over the last few years. While the state of the sector has warranted scrutiny, the criticism has, until now, been quite imbalanced.
 arrow Mercy, forgiveness and honour
As a judge and magistrate I was trained not to prejudge any event. I have tried to live up to that basic training till now. But I see and hear prejudgements of all varieties.
Culturearrow Ashraful Hassan on similes between man and tree
Artist Ashraful Hassan has won the Honourable Mention Award for his work Tree-man and Wall 3 at the 17th National Art Exhibition organised by the Department of Art, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Dhaka Film Society: Focusing on Asian cinema
Since its inception in 2001, Dhaka Film Society, a wing of Centre for Asian Art and Culture, is working to create an encouraging environment for film enthusiasts in the country.
 arrow Raju Alim receives "Rtv CGFB Performance Award '06"
TV producer Raju Alim recently received the "Rtv CGFB Performance Award-2006", held at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre. The jury board selected him for the Critics' Award.
 arrow Ang Lee eyes Venice comeback
Filmmaker Ang Lee has said his latest movie will compete for the main prize at this year's Venice Film Festival.
Internationalarrow Pakistan in talks to save peace deal with militants
Pakistan held crisis talks with tribal elders yesterday to save a peace deal with pro-Taliban militants, amid fears of fresh violence after three weekend suicide attacks left more than 70 dead.
 arrow Ethiopia slaps life sentences on 35 opposition figures
Ethiopia's high court yesterday sentenced 35 opposition leaders to life imprisonment for inciting rebellion, after the prosecution had asked for the death penalty.
 arrow 'Pak al-Qaeda zone poses dilemma for Musharraf'
With Pakistan at boiling point, President Pervez Musharraf faces a tough dilemma in the rugged and militant-infested frontier zone where al-Qaeda's leaders are allegedly holed up, analysts say.
 arrow Lanka seeks foreign aid for captured province
The Sri Lankan government said yesterday it would seek foreign aid to rebuild a key province recently wrested from the Tamil Tiger rebels after months of fighting.
 arrow Bush admn battles to keep Iraq strategy on track
The White House Sunday dismissed calls by two respected Republicans to refashion its unpopular Iraq strategy, but the drumbeat of demands for an early withdrawal of US troops grew louder.
 arrow Quake kills 7 in Japan
At least seven people were killed and nearly 700 others injured in the powerful earthquake that struck central Japan on Monday, officials said.
 arrow Pyongyang confirms closure of N-reactor
North Korea confirmed Sunday that it had shut down its Yongbyon atomic reactor under UN supervision, the first step in a process designed to rid the communist state of nuclear weapons.
 arrow Britain believes 30 Islamist militant cells plotting attacks
Britain's security services believe up to 30 Islamist militant cells are plotting attacks and they are monitoring 2,000 suspects and another 2,000 sympathisers, the new security minister said yesterday.
 arrow US to pour $750m into Pakistan's tribal areas
The administration of President George W.
 arrow Peres sworn in as Israeli president
Israeli elder statesman and Nobel peace laureate Shimon Peres was sworn in Sunday as president, pledging to keep up peace efforts in his new post that crowns an unparalleled career lasting more than half
 arrow Viral fever claims 193 lives in India's Kerala state
India's southern coastal Kerala state is reeling from an outbreak of mosquito-borne Chikungunya viral fever infections that have claimed 193 lives, a minister said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Sheikh Hasina's arrest
Politics enters a heightened state of tension and confrontation with the arrest of former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Editorial: Ghastly crime
If acid-throwing is a ghastly crime, and everyone will agree that it is, its enormity increases further when it is committed by a pir -- a spiritual leader. That is what happened in a village in Brahmanbaria.
 arrow Clean candidates remain elusive
With the roadmap given by the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday, the prospect of holding the next general election(s) looms large before the nation.
 arrow Stagflation and monetary policy
The controversy surrounding Bangladesh Bank's (BB) recently announced contractionary monetary policy to hold down inflation and Centre for Policy Dialogue's (CPD) contention that the "menace" isn't demand-push
 arrow Time for soul-searching
The arrest of three Indians for attempted terrorist bombings in London and Glasgow is landmark.
Letters to Editorarrow Population boom
The other morning, as I was travelling by a local bus, I came across a shabby, young woman dressed in a dark veil.
 arrow Lal Masjid tragedy
The eventful drama at Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) by a section of hard core Islamic fundamentalists was finally over, after hectic maneuvering by Pakistani law enforcing authorities who subdued the highly
 arrow Motia Chowdhury's stand
I was really shocked at the sudden outburst of Motia Chowdhury for democracy, being herself collectively responsible for destruction of democracy in the country (during the AL rule).
 arrow "Impatient" reformists
It is very amazing to watch how the discredited politicians turned reformists are trying to come out with formulas for inter-party reforms.
 arrow Smoking on campus
A few years ago, the government framed a law that no one would be allowed to smoke in public places, transports and in the streets. It was a very bold step which was appreciated by all.
 arrow Should political parties be banned?
The article written by the DS Sr. Asst. Editor reflects peoples' views, except the most unscrupulous and most corrupt politicians. Yes, the political parties and politics should be banned for ever.
 arrow Comments
The analytical article "The 'Confessional statements' and journalistic ethics" written by Mr. Anwarul Kabir has inspired me to write this short note. Like Mr.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's arrest
Sheikh Hasina's arrest has not come as a surprise to the country. It has been rumoured for the last few days that both the ladies ( Hasina & Khaleda) would be interrogated by JIC.
 arrow Attention: NBR
Last year, as you are aware, the NBR allowed whitening of black money (money earned in illegal ways) through payment of 7.5% tax to the govt.
 
   
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