Bandarban, Brahmanbaria, Chandpur, Chittagong, Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Feni,Khagrachhari, Lakshmipur, Noakhali, Rangamati.










Chittagong Division(11):
Bandarban, Brahmanbaria, Chandpur, Chittagong, Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Feni,Khagrachhari, Lakshmipur, Noakhali, Rangamati.



Fulbaria erupts into violent protests
15 shopping centres closed, roads barricaded for hours over death of a salesman

Salesmen of Bangabazar shops in the capital barricaded the nearby Fulbaria intersection yesterday over the alleged killing of a salesman by his employer. Photo: SK Enamul Haq
Alleged killing of a salesman by his employer sparked violent protests and closure of at least 15 shopping centres yesterday in Fulbaria area in the capital.
The salesman, Aminur Rahman Rana, 35, an employee of SK Traders in Bangabazar market, died Sunday night after he had finished work and gone home.
Kamal Hossain, one of the owners of SK Traders, is said to have beaten up Rana earlier in the evening the same day.
At around 11:30 yesterday morning, agitated over the news of Rana's death, several hundred employees from different shopping centres in Fulbaria area poured in to the street and staged demonstrations in the area for hours.
As the workers barricaded the streets and shouted slogans demanding immediate arrest and punishment of Rana's killer, the surrounding streets witnessed a massive gridlock for at least a couple of hours.
A large contingent of police took position in the area and tried to calm the agitators. Police finally used force to disperse the agitators at around 2:00pm.
Elder brother of the deceased, Afsar Ali, said, "My brother threw up after coming home in the evening. At one stage he asked us to take him to the hospital and he died on the way to Dhaka Medical College Hospital."
Afsar however said until yesterday morning, he was unaware that Rana's employer had beaten him the day before. They already buried Rana at Azimpur cemetery in the morning, he added.
A relative of Kamal Hossain, who owns six stores in the area and employs over 30 workers, said Kamal only slapped Rana on the day of the incident as he did not show up for work for a week without prior notice. Rana started working for Kamal six months ago and skipped work for over a total of two months on different occasions, he added.
One of Rana's co-workers told The Daily Star requesting anonymity, "We were stunned to find out that Rana had died due to the beating."
Police said Rana's brother filed a murder case with Shahbagh Police Station accusing Kamal Hossain, his business partner Khandaker Sirajuddin and a few others late last night, but no one was arrested till filing of this report early this morning.
Rana’s body is scheduled to be exhumed today for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death, police said.

Collected News Update

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - European researchers said on Monday they discovered a batch of three "super-Earths" orbiting a nearby star, and two other solar systems with small planets as well.
They said their findings, presented at a conference in France, suggest that Earth-like planets may be very common.
"Does every single star harbor planets and, if yes, how many?" asked Michel Mayor of Switzerland's Geneva Observatory. "We may not yet know the answer but we are making huge progress towards it," Mayor said in a statement.
The trio of planets orbit a star slightly less massive than our Sun, 42 light-years away towards the southern Doradus and Pictor constellations. A light-year is the distance light can travel in one year at a speed of 186,000 miles a second, or about 6 trillion miles.
The planets are bigger than Earth -- one is 4.2 times the mass, one is 6.7 times and the third is 9.4 times.
They orbit their star at extremely rapid speeds -- one whizzing around in just four days, compared with Earth's 365 days, one taking 10 days and the slowest taking 20 days.
Mayor and colleagues used the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher or HARPS, a telescope at La Silla observatory in Chile, to find the planets.
More than 270 so-called exoplanets have been found. Most are giants, resembling Jupiter or Saturn. Smaller planets closer to the size of Earth are far more difficult to spot.
None can be imaged directly at such distances but can be spotted indirectly using radio waves or, in the case of HARPS, spectrographic measurements. As a planet orbits, it makes the star wobble very slightly and this can be measured.
"With the advent of much more precise instruments such as the HARPS spectrograph ... we can now discover smaller planets, with masses between 2 and 10 times the Earth's mass," said Stephane Udry, who also worked on the study.
The team also said they found a planet 7.5 times the mass of Earth orbiting the star HD 181433 in 9.5 days. This star also has a Jupiter-like planet that orbits every three years.
Another solar system has a planet 22 times the mass of Earth, orbiting every four days, and a Saturn-like planet with a 3-year period.
"Clearly these planets are only the tip of the iceberg," said Mayor.
"The analysis of all the stars studied with HARPS shows that about one third of all solar-like stars have either super-Earth or Neptune-like planets with orbital periods shorter than 50 days."
(Reporting by Maggie Fox; Editing by John O'Callaghan)


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