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Kolkata: ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’, an autobiography by Sheikh Muzibur Rahaman, was the main attraction of this year’s Bangladesh Book Fair (September 5-September 13) in Kolkata. The book tells about the atrocities of the then Pakistan Government on the people of Bangladesh and how the fight of 10 lakh Bengalis for the respect of their mother tongue gave birth to Bangladesh on December 16, 1971.

The book was written by Muzibur Rahaman when he was in prison between 1967 and 1969. But after his assassination, the copy slid into oblivion, coming into limelight again in 2004 after its recovery from the room of his associate, Sheikh Moni. It took 8 years to give a final shape to the book and it was finally published in 2012 with the collaboration of the Penguin Publication.

But due to some problem with the publication house, the book was not available in the city since it gained popularity in 2012. The people of Kolkata were glad to gain access to Muzibur Rahaman’s rare memories  and they appreciated the effort by the Bangladesh High Commission to make the book available in the city.

NewsGram talked to a few people at the fair, and they were very much delighted to have an opportunity to read his autobiography. School-goer Sumana Bannerjee said, “My parents witnessed the genocide during the Bangladesh independence movement; the book will help me reconcile their memories”.

On September 12, the commission arranged a discussion on the life and contribution of Muzibur Rahaman in the Bangladesh independence movement. The panelists talked about his contribution and they agreed that the recent condition in Bangladesh was not the way Rahaman dreamt of. “Bangabandhu is still remembered for his immense dedication and effort behind the independence of Bangladesh”, said noted writer Sirshendu Mukherjee.

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
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Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

Also read: Petrol price slashes by 32 paise and diesel price by 85 paise

On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)