Darjeeling: The Salesian College Publication participating in the 23rd Annual Darjeeling District Book Fair held from 14 to 17 March 2019 won laurels for being the only college publication at the fair.
The anuual book fair was organized by Darjeeling Book Fair Committee in Darjeeling's iconic Capitol Cinema Hall - a stone building with a clock standing 100ft high and used to house a 600-seat theatre from 1921 to 1984.
The annual feature was hosted under the aegis of West Bengal State Department of Mass Education Extension and Library Services which promotes the Literacy and Library Movements in the State for the benefit of the common people.
It is for the third consecutive time that Salesian College Publication is participating in the event.
This year there were 12 book stalls for publishers from Kolkata, Siliguri and Darjeeling participating at the fair. Among them was the one and only college publication and that too from Sonada.
“We had invited all colleges (4 in Darjeeling, 2 in Sonada, one each in Kurseong and Mirik) to participate in the Book Fair. However, only Salesian College has been turning up in the last 3 years,” said District Library Officer Mr Amrit Subba complimenting on Salesian College participation.
“We were not able to conduct several student related programs this time, as the Lok Sabha Elections compel us to follow the Model Code of Conduct by not enumerating several government schemes for students such as books and scholarships for minorities,” said Mr Subba.
Salesian College alumnus, a visitor from Gitdabling, Kalimpong, Mr Prabhat Rai (2010 English Honours batch) who has been working in Kalimpong Rural Library Division since 2011 had words of appreciation for the presence of his alma mater at the Book Fair.
Started in 1996 with the publication of ‘Life With an Author’ Salesian College Publication includes a peer reviewed journal SALESIAN (Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences) published twice a year since 2010 and some 30 other titles in English and Nepali.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi reviewed the state’s over all development scenario when he interacted with the Deputy Commissioners through video conferencing on Thursday.
Negi outlined the time bound settlement of land acquisition and progress of Trans-Arunachal highways for early completion of the ongoing project. He further had detailed discussions on home issues and disaster assessment.
Briefing the DCs on development agenda for the year and its effective implementation on ground, Negi asked the DCs for early submission of pending utilization certificates.
Kokrajhar: Security forces are fanning in the nook and corner of BTAD areas in search of the rebels who keep mongering trouble at regular interval in some pockets. The stepped up counter operation has been paying huge dividends during the last couple of months.
This was what Inspector general of police(IGP) Anurag Agarwal said in Kokrajhar as he was addressing the media in the sidelines of the 32nd Raising Day of the 7th Assam Police Battalion at Choraikola in Kokrajhar on Wednesday. He said the state police force has stepped up operations against the rebel outfits and miscreant elements and that some NDFB-S rebels died while many others surrendered.
According to the IG, some active rebels have come overground after years of camping at the deep jungles in the region. Agarwal observed that policemen have been investigating the two sensational incidents of murder at Baksa and Kokrajhar districts where some leads have surfaced. Abdul Karim of Panbari in Kokrajhar and Banajit Haloi of Baksa were murdered by unknown miscreants few days back.
“The miscreants would be nabbed in a short span of time,” Agarwal said. A multi cultural demonstration was also organized highlighting different communities on the occasion.