Rain mars Ekushey book fairSardar Mahabbat Ali
Rain and inclement weather left the Amar Ekushey Book Fair in a dismal condition on Sunday.
A small number of booklovers visited the fair at the Bangla Academy and its extended part at Suhrawardy Udyan as both venues became muddy and slippery owing to the daylong drizzle.
Publishers and their stall attendants, fair organisers, law enforcers and also makeshift vendors beside the fair grounds were found passing lazy time, with a few visitors to deal with.
Youngsters, sheltering themselves from rain under umbrellas, however, headed towards the fair.
‘I love such drizzle,’ said a Dhaka University student Prianka Kundu who came with her boyfriend and got drenched in the late afternoon.
She said they would like to hang out in the drizzle with her beloved one, and expressed her satisfaction over visiting the fair.
Rain water, which collected here and there on the fair premises, caused discomfort to the visitors.
The stall representatives had to cover their collections with polythene sheets to protect them from getting soaked. Electricity also remained off.
Water trickled inside some of the stalls and reportedly damaged books, a number of stall representatives complained, ‘because of the poor infrastructure provided by the fair organiser’.
Oitijjhya chief executive Arifur Rahman Nayeem said the some book lovers visited the fair defying the rain but in the evening they left the fair as they were not able to browse their favourite books in the absence of power.
Stalls of copyright office, Brail Publication, Micros Digital Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Unnayan Gonbesana Pratisthan, Banalata Prakashani, Sandesh Prakashani, among others, were found closed at around 6:00pm.
When asked, the fair organising committee member secretary Shahida Khatun said electricity was off with a view to averting accident of short circuit during rain.
Meanwhile, only 59 new titles hit the fair on the day, while 13 others were unveiled. Collections of poetry with 17 books led the tally, followed by 11 books of stories and eight novels.
A discussion on knowledge-based society and digital Bangladesh was held. Nazrul Islam Khan read out the keynote paper and Jamilur Reza Choudhury presided over the session. A cultural programme was held later on.
Today, the academy will hold a discussion on Mahmudul Haque. Abu Hena Mostafa Enam will read out the keynote paper, while Hasan Azizul Haque is scheduled to chair the programme.
A cultural programme will follow the seminar.
The fair is open from 3:00pm to 8:30pm, but on weekends and holidays, it remains open from 11:00am till 8:30pm with a break for two hours beginning at 1:00pm.
comments powered by Disqus
The Election Commission expects to announce the date for the 5th phase of the upazila polls later this week, election commissioner Shah Nawaz said Sunday. The EC wants to hold the elections in all the remaining 90 or so upazilas in... Full story
The inspector general of police, Hassan Mahmood Khandkar, on Sunday said that the investigation of Twaki murder case was at the final stage. The body of Tanvir Mahmud Twaki was found on the banks of Shitalakkhya river on... Full story
The admission tests for the first year honours courses under 2013-14 academic session at Jahangirnagar University began Sunday with about 35 per cent admission seekers absent. Teachers said that this year the number of... Full story
A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house after being gang raped at Kaliganj upazila in Jhenaidah Saturday night. Kaliganj police officer-in-charge Monir Uddin Mollah, quoting the victim’s family, said... Full story
A total of 54,412 students got primary scholarship this year, the minister for primary and mass education minister, Mostafizur Rahman, said on Sunday. Of the 54,412 students, 21,978 received talent-pool scholarship and 32,434 students... Full story
Rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at a few places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions till 6:00pm today. Night and day temperature may remain... Full story
The High Court on Sunday asked the government to explain in 10 days the constitutionality of a provision of the Representation of the People Order 1972 that empowers the Election Commission to declare a candidate elected unopposed... Full story
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, who also holds the labour ministry portfolio, on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to ensure that factory owners comply with all the laws related to labour welfare, officials said. Full story
Two crime suspects were shot dead by the police in ‘gunfights’ Jessore and Moulvibazar on Sunday. New Age correspondent in Jessore reported that a robbery suspect, Rajab Ali alias Kala Rajab, 45, was shot dead in ‘gunfight’ at Miarzanagar under... Full story
The high court on Sunday stayed the further legal proceedings of two cases lodged against four blogger for three months. The cases were lodged against Masiur Rahman Biplob, Subrata Adhikary Shovo, Rasel Parvej and Asif Mohiuddin... Full story
Seven physicians have been suspended for their unapproved absence at work on Sunday. In last one month the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare suspended a total of 18 doctors for their absence at the workplace. Full story
A court in Dhaka sent opposition BNP’s joint secretary general Amanullah Aman to jail on Sunday in connection with four cases filed with Keraniganj police station during opposition’s hartal and blockade programmes in last year. Full story
A girl was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend as she rejected his proposal in the capital’s Gendaria area Sunday afternoon. The girl, aged around 20, employee of Delta Diagnostic Centre, was stabbed by her ex-boyfriend Liton... Full story
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and other organisations on Sunday observed the 15th anniversary of the death of Kazi Aref Ahmed, an organiser of the war of independence and founder of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal. Full story
Students of Khulna Polytechnic Institute on Sunday demanded the reopening of all the four hostels after required renovation works. The halls were closed on June 3, 2009 after a clash between two rival student groups, which made... Full story
A Judicial Magistrate’s Court in Dhaka on Sunday remanded six people including a police assistant sub-inspector and a retired army man in police custody for four days for interrogation in two cases. Full story
The High Court on Sunday asked the authorities to explain in four weeks why marketing and distribution of drinking water, soft drinks, beverages, medicines and other food products in plastic bottles should not be banned. Full story
Families of the two people killed in a ‘gunfight,’ according to the police, alleged that they had been murdered after being detained. The two victims Salahuddin, 28, and Jewel, 30, were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with the police in... Full story
None of the six listed domestic products are packaged in jute bags in gross violation of the mandatory jute packaging law. The government made it mandatory to package rice, wheat, sugar, maize, pulses and fertilizers in jute bags... Full story
The Bangladesh Bar Council on Sunday said that 668 people had been killed in extrajudicial means between January 2009 and February 10, 2013. At a press conference, the statutory regulatory body of the country’s lawyers demanded... Full story
The cabinet committee on purchase is scheduled to review today a proposal for enhancing the construction cost of a yard to be built for protecting the river bank at the Janzira point of the proposed Padma Bridge. Full story
The Power Development Board has decided to set up a 400MW power plant at Bibiyana in Sylhet using the money from the Electricity Maintenance and Development Fund which was created out of increased price of electricity. Full story
Awami League lawmaker Abdul Rahman Badi who faced a three-hour interrogation at the Anti-Corruption Commission head office on Sunday over his alleged illegal wealth, claimed he had become a victim of ‘media conspiracy’. Full story
A special court in Dhaka on Sunday again deferred the framing of charge against opposition BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, among others, in connection with Zia orphanage and Zia charitable trust graft cases. Acting judge of special court-5, Md... Full story
Politicians, farmer leaders and academics on Sunday called on the government to take steps to save the potato farmers from huge loss. This year, the farmers saw bumper production of the potatoes, but they were getting a minimal... Full story
Teachers and employees of Magura Polytechnic College continued work abstention on Sunday, demanding punishment of a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of ruling Awami League, who allegedly beat up... Full story
A minor boy was burnt alive and two of his siblings were injured after their shanties caught fire at Sheharchar under Fatulla thana in Narayanganj Sunday noon. The deceased was Rakib, 5, and injured were Rayhan, 3, and Khokon... Full story
The customs authority arrested a man with 26 gold bars weighing over three kilograms from the city’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Sunday. The arrestee was Morshedul Islam, 28. Customs assistant commissioner Wajed Ali said... Full story
A youth was electrocuted and two others injured at village Kumaridanga in Gangni upazila on Saturday noon. The deceased was identified as Sazzad Hossain, 30, of the village. Sazzad was electrocuted as he came in touch with a live... Full story
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard recovered 23,310 Yaba tablets worth about Tk 1.18 crore from Shahparir Dwip in Teknaf upazila on Saturday night. The law enforcers also seized a wooden boat used for carrying the contraband tablets. Full story
Businessmen of Chashara Hawkers’ Market formed a human chain in front of the Narayanganj press club on Sunday demanding eviction of illegal traders from footpaths. The participants alleged that some toll collectors made space... Full story