The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Calcutta Column

Colour of freshness runs fake

In most markets across the city, vendors soak vegetables in some chemical solution to give them a fresh look. A few days ago in a central Calcutta bazaar, I found vendors selling bhindis suspiciously deep green in colour. Often excessive use of pesticides gives a bright tinge to the vegetables which customers usually mistake for a mark of freshness. These are potential health hazards which most of us fail to recognise. The government must restrict the use of pesticides and occasionally check the products in the markets.

A.F.K. Ahmed,
Collin Lane.

Pinned down

The Reserve Bank of India had issued a directive to all banks, government departments and credit societies, prohibiting the process of stapling bundles of notes. But an acquaintance of mine was recently issued a stapled bundle of currency in a bank. People often end up damaging the notes while trying to rip off the pin.

Gunjeet Wadhwa,
Rai Bahadur Road.
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