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Price to pay for month of fasting

The prices of essential commodities, especially fruits and vegetables, skyrocketed during the month of Ramazan, for no apparent reason. This made it difficult for a lower income-group family to enjoy iftar. Such unethical practices by a section of businessmen must be checked by the authorities. At the Bright Street crossing, local clubs allowed a daily market to be set up. However, the members of the clubs collected money from the hawkers, making the prices of the goods soar for customers.

Md Ayub, Bright Street.

Unfair fare hike

Whenever petrol and diesel prices increase, private and mini-bus owners tend to hike the fares. However, the buses are often unfit for travel, from leaky roofs and windows that donít open or close, to old, patchy tyres and no bars for standing commuters, giving passengers a rather rough ride. The vehicles should be properly maintained if prices are to be hiked. Also, fares should not be increased more than twice a year.

B.N. Bose, Dum Dum.

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