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Ekushey book fair to begin on March 18

Not virtually, Amar Ekushey Boi Mela-2021 will be held as usual from March 18 after a long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Habibullah Sirajee, director general of Bangla Academy, confirmed the date yesterday.  He said, “The book fair will start on March 18. I can’t say more at this moment.” “We will give details on the duration of the book fair. Many people were in confusion, so I am just confirming the date. “Our designers will make design of locations of the stalls, considering the coronavirus situation,” he added.
Usually, the book fair begins on February 1 each year.
The decision of holding the book fair at the usual venue was made earlier, but the date was not confirmed.
A Bangla Academy official yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed on the inauguration date.
Meanwhile, Bangla Academy Literary Award 2020 was announced yesterday at a press conference in the Bangla Academy.
DG Habibullah announced the names of 10 award winners.
The awardees are: Dhaka University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad Samad in poetry, Imtiar Shamim in fiction, Begum Akhtar Kamal in essay/research, Suresh Ranjan Basak in translation, Rabiul Alam in drama, Anjir Liton in children’s literature, Sahida Begum in Liberation War research, Ferdousi Majumdar in memoirs/travelogues, Aparesh Bandhopaddhaya in science fiction and Muhammad Habibullah Pathan in folklore,
Each awardee will get Tk 3 lakh and a crest, said the DG.

-With The Daily Star input

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