widenews desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated on Wednesday the month-long ‘Amar Ekushey Boi Mela’ and the three-day ‘International Literature Conference’ on the Bangla Academy premises. He expected the children will be there on the right track when there will be more and more literary and cultural exercise. “And this is my belief.”
PM said, “We can rescue our children from the wrong path they are following these days through our literature”.
The International Literature Conference will begin at the fair venue on Thursday, the 2nd day of the book fair. There will be a seminar at the main stage of the fair at 4 pm everyday from February 5-28.
Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor presided over the inaugural function where Bangla Academy director general Dr Shamsuzzaman Khan delivered the welcome speech.
The Prime Minister also distributed the Bangla Academy Shahitya Puroshkar among the winners. She also visited different stalls of the book fair.
The authorities have allotted a total of 663 units – 114 at the Bangla Academy ground to 80 organisatons and 549 at Suhrawardy Udyan to 329 organisations.
Strict security measures have been taken in and around the book fair venue to avert any unpleasant incident during the fair.
‘International Literature Conference Writers’ Honorary Award’ will be given to six prominent personalities of Bangladesh on the 2nd day of the fair.
The six personalities are National Professor Mustafa Nurul Islam, Language Movement veteran and researcher Ahmad Rafiq, Professors Emeritus Serajul Islam Choudhury , Anisuzzaman and Rafiqul Islam, and Dhaka University Political Science teacher Prof Dr Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir.
A total of 27 foreign poets, writers, intellectuals from seven countries will participate in the conference.
She said Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela got the recognition as the biggest book fair of the world in terms of duration. This book fair is not only a centre of buying and selling books now, but also a name of traditional non-communal knowledge and festival for the Bangalee nation.
The Prime Minister reiterated that there would be no room for militancy and terrorism on Bangladesh soil as it will be made the most peaceful and prosperous nation in South Asia. All the achievements, including the establishment of the rights of mother tongue were earned through blood shedding.
At the beginning of the function, a one-minute silence was observed as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the Language Movement martyrs.
‘Nirbachita Prabandha’, authored by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ‘Ocean of Sorrow’, a translation of noted Bengali novelist Mir Mosharraf Hossain’s famous novel ‘Bishad Sindhu’ and ‘Hundred Poems From Bangladesh’, published from Germany, a compilation of Bangladeshi poems published in Swedish language were handed over to the Prime Minister at the function.