Visitors complain about lack of toilet facilities at book fairSardar Mahabbat Ali
Thin crowd and tight security marked the third day of Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Monday.
The stall representatives were found wearing gloomy faces, waiting for the visitors to their stalls.
Talking to New Age, they, however, expressed their hope for better days ahead during the upcoming public holidays.
Katha Prakash stall attendant Md Nazrul Islam said the number of visitors was very much poor as it was the beginning of the fair. ‘It’ll become vibrant from the next Friday, the public holiday,’ he said.
However absence of directive maps of stall location, lack of drinking water and inadequate toilet facilities are still the weaknesses the fair organisers must strive to overcome.
The stall attendants complained that the customers suffered as they could not find the location of their expected stalls.
‘The visitors cannot find our stall for lack of the direction map at the fair ground,’ said Nalanda stall representative Nipu Sarkar Erick.
Jatiya Grantha Prakashan stall representative Shudipta Biswas urged the authorities to immediately address the lack of drinking water and toilet facilities.
Visitors were seen queuing in front of some publishing houses for the titles of the late author Humayun Ahmed.
Anya Prakash, Anwesha Prakashan, Ananya and Kakali began getting response from the beginning as the visitors were found looking for the titles of Humayun, said the stall representatives.
They have been getting the good response from the visitors, they claimed.
Anya Prokash brought more than 100 titles of Humayun Ahmed and three series (7, 8 and 9) of his essays would hit the fair this year, said its press coordinator Mojammel Haque Shishir.
Also a total of 23 titles of the popular author brought out by Anwesha Prakashan attracted the visitors, said its representative Anwar Hossain.
Farouqe Ahmed of Ananya said 34 titles and 12 collections of Humayun Ahmed were brought.
A Dhaka University student, Raida Kaiyum, of law department said, ‘I have come to the fair to buy Humayan Ahmed’s books. I already bought a book Tetul Bane Jyothsna.’
A total of 60 titles hit the fair on the day with 13 collections of poetry, nine novels, eight story books, six travelogues, five collections of essays and four on liberation war.
The academy held a discussion on Maulana Akram Khan, presided over by Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque.
Abdus Sabur Khan presented the keynote paper. A cultural programme followed the seminar.
Today, the academy will hold seminar on Momtazur Rahman Tarafdar. Pervin Hasan is expected to read out the keynote paper while Ajoy Roy will preside over the programme.
A cultural programme will be held later on.
The fair usually begins every day at 3:00pm and runs till 8:30pm and on holidays it begins at 11:00am and continues till 8:30pm. On Fridays, there is an interval from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Visitors browse through books at a stall in Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan on Monday, the third day of the fair. — New Age photo
comments powered by Disqus
A senior U.S. advisor for Burma said here on Monday that Washington is actively engaged in dialogue with the Myanmar government on a number steps including on increasing security, starting development activities... Full story
The Communist Party of Bangladesh and the Socialist Party of Bangladesh on Monday called on the government to arrest the armed activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League responsible for the attack on the students in Rajshahi University... Full story
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad has been made managing director and chief editor of the state-run news agency, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Full story
The journalists of Rajshahi University on Monday formed a human chain demanding immediate withdrawal of the deputy police commissioner [east], Proloy Chisym, and suspension of four assistant proctors... Full story
Weather may remain dry with partly cloudy sky over the country till 6:00pm today. Moderate to thick fog may occur over the river basins and light to moderate fog may occur elsewhere over the country during midnight till... Full story
The High Court on Monday gave the government a week more to pay compensation to the Tazreen fire victims who had not been awarded damages. A bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain passed... Full story
A local leader of Jamaat-e-Islami was killed during a clash with police at Kalsi Road under Pallabi police station in the city’s Mirpur on Monday morning. The deceased was identified as Belal Hossain, ameer of Jamaat’s Darus Salam... Full story
Prosecution witness Nasiruddin Chowdhury said Monday that in 1971 the members of Islami Chattra Sangha, the then student wing of Jamaat, had grabbed Mohamaya Hotel, owned by a Hindu in Chittagong and renamed... Full story
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology administration on Sunday served show-cause notices on 14 students, who are leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, asking them to explain why they would not be expelled... Full story
The number of migratory birds flying to the country has increased this year despite continuous destruction of wetlands, said bird experts. A team of bird experts and environmentalists last month conducted a census of migratory birds... Full story
A sector commander level meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh and Indian Border Security Force BSF was held at Benapole on Monday. Colonel Nurul Huda, BGB Khulna sector commander, led the seven-member... Full story
In a reshuffle in the administration, five secretaries have been transferred and given new postings. The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard on Monday. Full story
Faridpur correspondent of Bangladesh Television Mantu Ranjan Das Gopi died of cardiac arrest at Faridpur Heart Foundation Hospital early Monday at the age of 61. Mantu Das fell sick and was rushed to the hospital where he... Full story
The High Court on Monday directed the home secretary and the inspector general of police to hand over the probe into the sensational Sonali Bank heist to the Rapid Action Battalion in 48 hours. Full story
The much trumpeted Hanif Flyover brought little relief from traffic jams at the busy Gulistan and Jatrabari intersections as most drivers avoid using it due to exorbitant toll rates. The hopes that the flyover built at high cost... Full story
A Chittagong court on Monday indicted five people in the Himadri Majumder Himu murder case. Himadri Himu, an A-Level student of Summerfield School and College of Chittagong, died on May 23, 2012 after being assaulted and pushed off a... Full story
The cabinet on Monday sent back the draft of the Informal Education Bill, 2014 to the ministry concerned for further scrutiny. The primary and mass education ministry had placed the draft bill for final approval... Full story
A Dhaka court on Sunday adjourned the hearing of arguments in the cases on 2001 Ramna Batamul blasts till Thursday as the prosecution, after making arguments in part, sought time. Additional metropolitan... Full story
Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of the eight left leaning political parties, on Monday demanded early general elections dissolving the 10th parliament. The alliance coordinator, Abdus Satter, at a press... Full story
Saraswati Puja will be celebrated throughout the country today with traditional gaiety, religious fervour and spirit of pursuit of art and knowledge. The Hindus worship Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, art and culture, on... Full story
Application forms for Dhaka University evening MBA admission test will be available from Sonali Bank branch on the campus. The admission test for evening MBA programme under Business Studies Faculty of Dhaka... Full story
A woman allegedly committed suicide jumping off the roof of a building in Old Mowlovipara area of Sadar upazila Saturday night. The victim was Asha Begum, 30, wife of Khokon Mian. Comilla Kotwali police officer-in-charge... Full story
The police recovered the body of an unidentified young man from the River Turag in Kathaldia area of Tongi on Monday. Tongi police officer-in-charge Md Ismail Hossain said the man drowned on Sunday while taking a bath in... Full story
Customs officials seized 15 gold bars, weighing 1.75 kg, at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on Sunday. Airport customs assistant commissioner Mashiur Rahman Mondal said they found five gold bars in... Full story
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion arrested 52 people at Sonapara beach on the Marine Drive Road under Ukhia upazila in Cox’s Bazar Sunday night. They were set to go to Malaysia by two trawlers illegally. Full story
A Juba Dal leader was allegedly killed by the activists of Awami League in Sarishabari upazila on Sunday night. The victim was Sujan Kha, 30, son of Chan Kha from Bhatara area. Locals said leaders and activists of Awami League... Full story