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Inflation hits two-year low

Inflation hits two-year low

Inflation continued its fall in November, coming down to 6.21 percent -- the lowest in 24 months. The inflation rate, which has been showing a downward trend for the last several months, was 6.60 percent in October. In October 2012, inflation was 5.16 percent, which rose to 6.55 percent in November the same year. Food inflation...

President declares elderly people as 'senior citizens'

President declares elderly people as 'senior citizens'

President Abdul Hamid has declared the elderly people as "senior citizens" of the country and urged all quarters to work sincerely to ensure their social dignity and security, and other facilities including food, clothing and treatment. "I'm declaring all elderly people of the society as senior citizens of the country to pay respect to their contribution to the society and state," said the President while speaking at a programme here today. Ministry of Social Welfare organized the programme to declare the elderly people as senior citizens of the country. Social welfare minister Syed Mohsin Ali, national professor Dr M R Khan, social welfare ministry secretary Nasima Begum and secretary general of...

HC orders govt to buy new formalin kit

HC orders govt to buy new formalin kit

The High Court today ordered the government to form an expert committee by a week in order to select a new and proper detector kit to determine formalin levels in food items. The order came following reports published in frontline media that the formalin detector Formaldehyde Meter Z-300 was found faulty by the country’s...

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UNITE to stop this crime

This is not to push the panic button. But as studies suggest, chemicals are recklessly and deliberately added to most of our food items making them harmful, and sometimes fatally so.  Slowly but surely, we're poisoning ourselves, day after day. The government sometimes wakes up to the reality after media reports. Some fruits are destroyed, traders fined and then the government goes back to sleep and the whole affair goes into oblivion, as the media change focus. Sadly and strangely too,...

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HARDLY ANYTHING SAFE TO EAT

HARDLY ANYTHING SAFE TO EAT

Pinaki Roy and Shahtub Siddique Anik Gazi Shahab Uddin, a retired government employee, has lived his life. He now worries about his family, especially his six-year-old grandchild. In his youth, food adulteration meant, at best, watering down milk or tampering with mustard oil. But now almost every food item, from rice to candies, is either adulterated or tainted with toxic chemicals. The more the grandfather learns about food adulteration from media reports, the more helpless he feels. What will his grandchild eat? What is the future of the next generation? “There is no food item that can be served without hesitation,” said Shahab Uddin, a resident of Monipuripara in Dhaka and a regular...

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Why adulterate food, fruit

Profit, more profit

Profit, more profit

Helemul Alam and Jamil Mahmud with Robin Gazi It is mainly the wholesalers who are to blame for food adulteration. If not at equal level, growers and producers are also indulging in such unlawful and criminal activities. Not many retailers use chemicals like formalin and calcium carbide in food items, but they all know which...

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WHO GAINS FROM PESTICIDES?

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

Porimol Palma with Suhas Shankar Chowdhury Apart from the pervasive adulteration of food, excessive use of pesticides, often of below par quality, in the cultivation phase poses serious threats to human health. A new study finds that almost one-third of the pesticides used in farming vegetables and fruits in the country are substandard. This is forcing...

At cost of people

At cost of people

Abu Bakar Siddique, a vegetable grower at Shibganj of Bogra, became frustrated after his neighbour bagged higher profit from growing bitter gourd on a piece of land smaller than his. He was certain that his neighbour's success lay in applying pesticides twice a week. But Siddique, 50, who also works as a mason sometimes, had time constraints and could spray pesticides only once a week. He also had this faint idea that excessive use of pesticides is harmful for humans. But his neighbours and millions of farmers across the country are least bothered about it....

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WHO GAINS FROM PESTICIDES?

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

PESTICIDES USEd 15 times the limit

Apart from the pervasive adulteration of food, excessive use of pesticides, often of poor quality, in the cultivation phase poses serious threats to human health. A new study finds that almost one-third of the pesticides used in producing vegetables and fruits in the country are substandard. This is forcing farmers to apply excessive doses of...

Part-2
Why adulterate food, fruit

Profit, more profit

Profit, more profit

It is mainly the wholesalers who are to blame for food adulteration. If not at equal level, growers and producers are also indulging in such unlawful and criminal activities. Not many retailers use chemicals like formalin and calcium carbide in food items, but they all know which items are chemical-free and which are not. Experts...

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