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Book Fair crosses demonetisation hurdle

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Book Fair crosses demonetisation hurdleWorld Book Fair unaffected by demonetisation

By Karan Kaushik

Delhi is one city which is known for its love for reading and what could have been a better option to spend the much-awaited Sunday holiday for Dilliwallahs than being in the company of books. The World Book Fair is on at Pragati Maidan and people are flocking in large numbers to buy their favourite books and explore new authors and their works. At a time when demonetisation has badly affected the purchasing power of people, the book fair seemed hardly impacted.

In fact, this is the first time at the book fair that publishers and stall owners are encouraging their customers to use digital payment methods. While point-of-sale machines are being used in significant numbers at the fair, it is mobile wallet Paytm which is helping most customers and sellers. One could see Paytm boards at every other bookstall and sellers still dependent on cash payment are planning to transition soon.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]”The fair is a big hit after the note ban and we are witnessing a bumper sale, we have not received a single complaint about cash hassle so far,” informed Kumar Samresh, Deputy Director, Publicity, Establishment and Training, of the National Book Trust, the organiser of the event. Kumar added: “This year, we are celebrating 60 years of NBT and the theme for this year is Manushi, which is writing on women by women, which is getting a good response from visitors.”

img_20170108_165635Kumar also said that children’s books and fiction are the best-selling genres and that NBT has seen the best crowd this year because of the theme of Manushi and also because schools are closed and children are coming with their parents in huge numbers. “We expect a footfall of one lakh on Sunday,” he said.

Speaking about digital payments, Beyaz Hashmi of the Indira Gandhi National Centrefor the Arts said: “Yesterday, we did the first sale of Rs 5,000 through digital payment and this is the first time we are using POS machine at our stall because we did not have one at the Cochin Book Fair and we suffered losses. So this time we rushed to our bank and got the machine issued so that our sales don’t dip.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]But not every stall is using digital payments. Mudasir Ahmed of the Kashmir Book Trust said that they are still making do with cash payments and plan on switching to Paytm soon. Talking about the response of visitors, Ahmed said: “We are getting a good response and books mainly about conflict are the best-sellers. People want to know about the real picture of Kashmir and we want to spread knowledge through our books. Lost in Terror by NayeemaMahjoor is the best-seller this time.”

The stalls which are witnessing the largest rush are the ones selling novels and books at prices as low as Rs99. You can buy classics—Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Shakespeare—at Rs99.

The fair also has educational books to offer with topics as varied as criminal courts,the cuisine of Punjaband mechanical vibrations and engine failure analysis to human rights, gender issues and the environment.

img_20170108_173531Then there are those amazing coffee table books that book lovers are always attracted to. Some impressive ones are Memorials of Jaypore Exhibition of 1883, Raja Ravi Varma– Painter of Colonial India, The Drawings of Adimoolam and Kalighat Painting.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Rashmi Gupta, a student who is preparing for the civil service exams, seemed interested in reading about issues of international importance. “I am buying books on military strategies, mass mediated terrorism, nuclear diplomacy and insurgency and counter insurgency. I love reading about all these issues,” Gupta said.

The Theme Pavilion at the book fair is displaying some of the finest works on and by women over centuries. The Pavilion will also host talksas well as cultural programmes throughout the duration of the fair.

The fair will continue until January 15. Entry tickets cost Rs 30.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Election Commission advises Bengal Governor to not visit Cooch Behar on voting day

The Election Commission advised the Bengal Governor to call off his proposed visit to Cooch Behar on April 19.

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West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose has been warned by the Election Commission of India (ECI) not to visit Cooch Behar on April 18 and 19, since the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls will begin with a silence period on Wednesday evening.

According to those familiar with the situation in the EC, the poll body informed the governor’s office that no local program could be planned for the governor on April 19 due to the Model Code of Conduct and the election day.

The poll body added that if they had to provide local security cover for this unexpected proposed visit without a imminently known requirement, the tour would be a diversion because the district administration and police force will be completely occupied with election management on April 18 and 19.

As a result, under Section 126 of the Representation of People Act, campaigning is prohibited in Cooch Behar starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

In order to ensure a free and fair election process, the poll board has asked all district election officers and district police chiefs to make sure that all prominent individuals, campaigners, and political workers who are not local voters leave the polling area once the silence period begins.

The seven phases of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will take place between April to June. Polls will be conducted in seven phases: the first on April 19 and the seventh on June 1. On June 4, the results will be announced.

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Lamborghini Gallardo worth nearly Rs 1 crore set on fire over business dispute

A video circulating on social media shows the luxury car Lamborghini Gallardo being burned and reduced to ashes. The police officials said a complaint has been registered by Neeraj, a car reseller who had bought the luxury car from its original owner.

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A person who deals in the sale and purchase of old luxury cars and a few others has allegedly burnt an old but expensive model of Lamborghini Gallardo on a road in Hyderabad over a dispute with its owner on Monday. The police said the owner of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Neeraj wanted to sell off the vehicle, estimated to be worth up to Rs 1 crore, and had informed some of his friends to look for a buyer.

The police added that the main accused Ahmed had called a friend of Neeraj and asked him to bring the car. The said friend of Neeraj was known to the Ahmed. When the luxury car was brought to Mamidipalli Road which is situated on the city outskirts Ahmed along with a few others, burnt the luxury car using petrol and claimed that Neeraj owed him money.

A video circulating on social media shows the luxury car Lamborghini Gallardo being burned and reduced to ashes. The police officials said a complaint has been registered by Neeraj, a car reseller who had bought the luxury car from its original owner. By the time fire department vehicles arrived at the scene it was too late as the luxury car was engulfed in flames and badly damaged. A video of the burning Lamborghini Gallardo has been circulating on social media.

The incident is a proof to the lengths to which disputes can rise. An expert spoke about the car that got burnt and said it was the Gallardo Spyder. He pointed out that it is a substantially older gen model which can only be found in the resale market. The expert further added the car has a powerful 5-litre NA V10 engine that made 513 horse power and 510 Nm of peak torque.

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2024 Lok Sabha elections: TMC releases manifesto, Mamata Banerjee vows to scrap CAA, stop NRC

The Trinamool Congress has today released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections

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West Bengal CM Mamta Banarjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) today released its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In its manifesto, the TMC pledged to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), stop the development of a National Register of citizens and the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), and stop its implementation nationwide.

The manifesto was unveiled by Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien, West Bengal Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, and Amit Mitra, who is the Special Advisor to the Chief Minister. However, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was not present at the event.

As Derek O’Brien unveiled the manifesto, he said, this is what they will do when the TMC, as part of INDIA bloc, forms government.

The Citizenship Amendment Act has long been opposed by the Trinamool Congress. Five years after it was approved by Parliament, the central government finally put the CAA into effect last month.

The party led by Mamata Banerjee has also expressed resistance to the National Register of Citizens proposal, claiming that West Bengal will never adopt it. 

The manifesto titled Didi’s 10 sapaths, alludes to 10 oaths made by Mamata Banerjee, popularly known as Didi.

The Mamata Banerjee-led party additionally pledges to raise the daily allowance under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to Rs 400 per day in addition to the UCC and CAA. Everyone has also been offered pucca houses by the party.

A monthly pension of Rs 1,000 for people over 60, free home delivery of 5 kg of ration for every ration card user, 10 free LPG cylinders annually for families below the poverty line, and universal healthcare coverage worth Rs 10 lakh are among the other significant commitments made.

Additionally, the Trinamool Congress has pledged to establish a price stabilization fund in order to control the cost of gasoline and LPG.

The party has assured the youth that every student will receive a monthly stipend up until the age of 25. A student credit card of Rs. 10 lakh will be awarded to those who choose to continue their education.

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