>Ramadan begins with fresh spike in essentials prices

>PRICES of vegetables, fruits, meats and other essentials used for preparing iftar items shot up further in kitchen markets of the capital yesterday on the eve of Ramadan. (Full report)
Taking the opportunity of weak market monitoring, traders in kitchen markets are charging high prices at will, alleged many shoppers.
The state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) is going to sell some essential commodities for fair prices during the month of Ramadan that starts today.
TCB will sell sugar, soybean oil, chickpea and onion through its mobile outlets on trucks, and in its retail sales centres everyday through the month except Fridays.
Visiting different city markets, The Daily Star correspondents found different prices of the same commodity in different shops, and an unusual wide gap between wholesale and retail prices.

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