Chief Minister Inaugurates Book Fair in Patna

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the opening of the Patna Book Fair on Saturday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday inaugurated the 24th Patna Book Fair jointly organized by the Art, Culture, and Youth Department and Center for Readership Development (CRD) at the newly-built Gyan Bhawan where he also launched a book written by Food and Civil Supplies Minister of Jharkhand Saryu Roy.

Called 'Samay Ka Lekh', the book is a collection of writings on economic issues by Roy who wrote them in the early parts of the '90s prior to the carving of Jharkhand state.

Unlike previous years where the book fair has been largely held at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan in Patna, this year it is being held at the Gyan Bhawan adjacent to the Maidan.

Dedicated to women and girls by adopting pink as its theme color, the book fair aims to promote women's empowerment by educating the people about the changing role of women in the 21st century and its positive effects on the society.

With more than 100 book stalls in the fair representing most major publishing houses like the Sahitya Academy, Prakashan Sansthan, Prabhat Prakashan, Vani Prakashan, and Rajkamal Prakashan, there is something for everyone at the fair where book lovers could avail 10 to 20 percent discount on nearly any publication of their choice.

Starting tomorrow, the fair will also feature a number of cultural programs and a slew of contests for school and college students. Seminars, lectures, and Q&A session featuring prominent writers, teachers, and social activists will also be part of the fair, officials said.

The Patna Book Fair will conclude on December 11.

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