Mamata extends Book Fair by three days

The duration of the Kolkata Book Fair 2013 has been extended by three days on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's request, keeping the interests of small and medium publishers in mind. The 37th edition of the fair will now begin on January 26 instead of Jan 29 and will end on February 10. "The chief minister suggested that keeping in mind small and medium-scale publishers from the state, the duration of the fair be increased," said Tridib Chatterjee, general secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild. Last year, the fair generated business of over Rs 20 crore. Writers, dramatists and musicians from various countries are expected to take part in the Kolkata Literary Meet to mark the centenary of poet-writer Rabindranath Tagore winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay, who passed away in October, will also be remembered at the event.

Students' poll row at Jaipuria College

Kolkata: At least 21 professors of Jaipuria College resigned from the election committee citing irregularities in filing of nominations for the upcoming students' union election. The professors submitted a written complaint with the principal Ashok Mukhopadhyay stating "employment of unfair proceeding" during the filing of nomination forms. The teachers also alleged that the tokens that were issued to the members of the SFI unit of the college were snatched by Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parisad members. Mukhopadhyay admitted that 12 teachers had resigned from the election committee. He added that there had been a few irregularities, which were sought to be rectified within a stipulated time but the students failed to meet the deadline.

Vehicle falls into Teesta, 6 dead

Darjeeling: Six persons were killed and as many seriously injured when a vehicle fell into the Teesta river on the national highway near Kalimpong in Darjeeling district on Saturday. Thirteen people were returning from a fair when their multi-utility vehicle fell 400-ft into the turbulent river late last night, Additional SP S Lepcha said.

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