PM to open Ekushey Book Fair today

UNB, Dhaka :
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday afternoon will inaugurate the largest ever month-long Ekushey Book Fair at 3 pm.
Bangla Academy authorities have taken all-out preparation to arrange the month-long ‘Amar Ekushey Book Fair’ hoping to witness an increased number of participating publishers.
The Bangla Academy hopes this year’s book fair will be the largest ever gathering of booklovers and there will be increased number of participating publishers as the venue of the fair has been extended
up to Suhrawardy Udyan. This year, the government institutions and organisations will set up their stalls on the Bangla Academy premises while all the publishing houses will set up their stalls at Suhrawardy Udyan.
All the necessary tasks like allocation of stalls, security measures and budget for the fair have already been taken care of. The final touch is going on as setting up book stalls is almost complete.
The authorities have allotted 262 stalls to publishers in three categories – 131 for single unit, 83 for double unit, and 48 for triple unit – out of 320 applications received from the interested publishers.
Meanwhile, publishers welcomed the decision of the Bangla Academy authorities for extending the venue up to Suhrawardy Udyan as it will facilitate the participation of more publishers at the book fair this time.
The authorities have made arrangements for tight security measures in and around the Bangla Academy premises and Suhrawardy Udyan to avert any untoward incident.
Close Circuit TV (CCTV) cameras will be installed at different points of the book fair. A temporary police camp will be set up in the fair while police, Rab and plainclothes law enforcers will be deployed at the fair venue, the Bangla Academy official said.