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No hike is justified. Unlike a few years ago, when milk prices used to be hiked once a year, it is done frequently now. Of late, the prices are increased at least twice a year and this apparently has become the new phenomenon. The excuses stated by the organisation are nothing but lame. Moreover, the quality of milk available in the market is not worth the price we pay. Since sweet-makers and tea stall-owners are permanent customers and buy the product in bulk, they can gauge the quality of milk through lactometer before purchasing it, which is an advantage. Moreover, because of the bulk purchase, premium quality milk is hardly available for the masses.

Deven Dutta, public activist

Given the current situation, the reason for the hike in the price of milk seems to be relevant. Hike in diesel price is bound to increase the cost of transportation of cattle fodder. But a new trend of changing the price of milk twice a year has been set up. Since it is an essential commodity, the government cannot intervene in change of price. Although milkmen are said to indulge in adulteration, we don't compromise on the quality of milk we purchase. Before closing the deal, we test the milk to ensure quality. Moreover, I have strictly told my milkman that if at all water has to be added to the milk, he should use drinking water and not contaminated water, milk powder or other chemical items.

Joydeep Ghosh, co-proprietor of Kalpana restaurant

The move to hike the price of milk is not welcome as it is bound to push up the price of dairy products. Moreover, I do not think an increase in price will improve the quality of milk supplied. In fact, over the years, the quality of milk has deteriorated. When we were in Tezpur, we used to get milk far superior in quality than what we get in Guwahati. So we have switched to packaged milk and have been consuming this for the past six years.

Seujee Nath, homemaker

As told to Akankshya Chaliha

WHAT’S NEW

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos has taken the Guwahati market by storm.

With a faster processor and the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system, the model arrived last month at the BLB International Samsung Smart Phone Café in Dona Planet. Already, over 70 have been sold.

According to Rupchand Baid, the managing director of the store, as the product is available at Rs 16,900, the positive response from the customers is imperative.

The dual SIM phone not only allows one to engage in group chatting or video streaming but also multi-tasking on a 4-inch display screen.

What's more, the user will be able to receive calls when he is connected to the Internet or even if he is already talking on the phone on the other SIM card.

The Galaxy S Duos, which has a 1GHz processor, offers one swift operation while accessing several applications at one go. The battery has a capacity of 1500 mAh.

The phone has an upgraded version of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich as an operating system. It has an inbuilt memory of 4GB ROM and 768MB RAM wherein an external memory of 32GB can be added.

The model has a 5MP primary camera with an LED flash. Moreover, it also has a secondary VGA camera in front. The phone is available in pearl white colour and is accompanied by accessories such as a quick start guide, data cable and a travel adaptor.

A staff reporter


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