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Bengali literary fest in Kolkata on Saturday

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Kolkata: India’s first Bengali literary festival to be held here on Saturday (October 10) will bring together litterateurs from West Bengal and Bangladesh, the organisers said on Tuesday.

Curated by the Oxford Bookstores in association with PatraBharati publications, the day-long Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob (ABSU) will explore trends and changes in Bengali literature through debate, discussions and poetry sessions.

“Though there are three literary festivals held in Kolkata each year, there is no festival dedicated to Bengali literature,” said Tridib Kumar Chattopadhyay, managing director, PatraBharati Group of Publications.

“Not only will it help to widen visibility but also bring controversial writings to the limelight,” he added.

Participants include eminent authors Shirshendu Mukherjee, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Samaresh Majumdar, Sankha Ghosh, Imdadul HaqMilon (Bangladesh), Bani Basu, amongst others.

To highlight the connect between cinema and literature, filmmakers Goutam Ghose, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Mainak Bhaumik as well as Bengali musicians Nachiketa, Surojit Chatterjee and Kalika Prasad will engage in interactive sessions.

Themes of discussion include “Epar Bangla Opar Bangla. Sahityer Bhasa Ki Bodle Jacche“(Is the language of Bengali literature changing across the border?), “Bitorko Na Holey Sahitya Jonopriyo Hoena!” (Literature has to be controversial to be popular!) and “Barshik Pujor Phosol! Ete Ki Sahitya Samriddha Hoye?” (Do the Novels, stories and poems published every year during the festive season contribute to enriching Bengali Literature).

This apart, topics such as adaptations to movies and vice versa, modern-day Bengali poetry and lyrics will also be debated upon at the event to be held at the bookstore.

(IANS)

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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
Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls, flickr

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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Petrol station, flickr

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)

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