Kolkata: The 12-day-long International Kolkata Book Fair has registered a record sale of Rs 21 crore, the organisers said. It was Rs 1 crore more than the sales figure at the book fair in 2018, according to data available till Monday evening. Curtains came down on the annual event on Monday. Altogether 23 lakh people had visited the book fair, since its inauguration on January 31. Russia will be the focal theme country of the 44th International Kolkata Book Fair to be held in 2019, the organising body, the Publishers and Book Sellers Guild, said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Delegation of writers from Russia had attended the Book Fair and the literature festival in past editions and the two countries share cultural ties, Guild general secretary Tridib Chatterjee said. The next edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair will therefore fittingly make Russia as the theme country which will be in sync with the tradition to name one theme country every year to create awareness about that nation among the people and boost cultural ties, Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata He was addressing the closing ceremony of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair. Guatemala was the theme country of the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair in 2019. The guild has felicitated a teacher from Chakdah in Nadia district for buying books worth Rs 2.42 lakh from this edition of the book fair as “such people should be brought to the limelight for setting an example for the new generation of book lovers,” Chatterjee said. Four winners of a lottery, held to promote buying of books, were also gifted a designer book shelf each by the organisers. The shelf was filled with books of their choice, worth Rs 1 lakh. Several countries from across the world attended this edition of International Kolkata Book Fair which witnessed participation of authors from Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh and Guatemala.
Kolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim inaugurated the toll-free New Town helpline number at a programme in Salt Lake Sector V on Tuesday evening.The residents of New Town can now call up the toll-free number 1800-103-7652 for any information on New Town, as well as for registering complaints. Hakim, who has decided to talk to the residents of the city every Wednesday on a toll-free number, said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the civic authorities to provide better service to the people. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said intense campaign on garbage segregation is required. It may be mentioned that the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) had organised a day-long seminar on garbage segregation to create awareness among the residents. Later, the residents of New Town took part in a rally and agreed to segregate garbage at source. Hakim also inaugurated a 350 m stretch of road connecting the parking plaza and Ring Road in Sector V, on Tuesday. The road falls under the jurisdiction of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA). Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said Sector V has become saturated and IT companies are moving out to New Town, where the country’s biggest IT hub is coming up. Some companies have also moved to Bantala in South 24-Parganas. Hakim thanked Debashis Sen, chairman of HIDCO, NDITA and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), who is also the additional chief secretary of the IT department, for his personal efforts to bring several IT firms to Bengal. The New Town IT hub will follow the model of Silicon Valley and the roads will join the IT hubs in New Town, Sector V and Bantala, he maintained.