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Nine-day Delhi Book Fair peaks up; initial thin attendance was caused by Dera violence
The 23rd edition of the annual 9-day Delhi Book Fair, promoted by Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in association with the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP), kicked off at Pragati Maidan from 26 August.

However, initially the crowds were thin due to Dera related violence and fear that gripped Delhi and Noida. But, now, the fair is being thronged by book lovers and retailing of books has picked up.

According to the organisers, the fair aims to promote literacy and good reading habits. "Delhi Book Fair is playing a pivotal role in reiterating the might of the pen and the printed world and has come to be recognised as the biggest book bonanza keenly awaited by students, teachers, scholars, authors, intellectuals, librarians and book lovers," stated ITPO's website.

The fair is being marked by transactions, co-publishing contracts, translation and copyright arrangements, reprinting of old and rare books, conferences, seminars, book release functions, book discussions, literary activities, and meet-the-author sessions, award functions, and many more events.

Union Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma gave away Awards for Excellence in Book Production on August 31 and called upon the book industry to bring out more quality books for the betterment of Indian masses, stated an official release.

"Publications Division under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting bagged 11 Awards & two Certificates of Merit in various categories in Hindi, English & Regional languages. DPD's journal Kurukshetra has won first prize while children books on swachhta: Swachh Jungle Ki Kahani – Dadi ki Jubani in Hindi & Assamese & Buddhopadesha in Kannada have won second prize," stated the release.

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