Kolkata: It is difficult for book-lovers to control themselves when they see their favourite volumes stacked in stalls. However, despite the temptation, it is seldom possible for them to buy all the books they desire. However, at the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair, it has become possible thanks to the stall of National Digital Library of India (NDLI) put up by IIT Kharagpur.NDLI has a huge catalogue of free content in over 300 languages as books, papers, theses, audio books, simulations, short-stories and multiple other formats and any number of books can be downloaded for free, using QR codes at stall no. 383 at the book fair. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseRegistration is absolutely free and volunteers at the stall are more than happy to assist the visitors to log in via computers or install the app on their mobile phones. This is the first time an online library has established a physical presence at the book fair, with the initiative being sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and developed by IIT KGP. Bibhas Samanta from team NDLI said: “If you go into any of the other stalls, you might be buying one or two books to fit your budget. The best part of our stall is that you can walk in without a single rupee in your pocket and take home as many books as you want at the click of a button.” The stall has been seeing massive footfall since day one as learners of all ages and interest groups have been visiting the stall and downloading books of their choice.
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress has fielded 24 candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in other states, party supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. The states are Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar and the Union Territory of Andaman. In Odisha, the TMC has fielded two candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha and 10 candidates in the Assembly elections. Agni Charan Jena will contest from Bhadrak (SC) seat while Subhrangshu Sekhar Padhi will fight from Bhubaneswar seat. Suvendu Adhikari has been appointed as the Observer for Odisha. The candidates for the Assembly seats are Sibnarayan Biswal (Bhadraipokhari), Ramahari Das (Bhadrak), Natha Bairaigi Behera (Basudevpur), Bishnu Mallick (Jayadev SC), Trinatha Sahoo (Central Bhubaneswar), Pramod Parihari (North Bhubaneshwar), Jadumani Pradhan (Jatani), Soubhagya Kumar Panda (Beguna). The nominees for Ekamra Bhubaneshwar and Khurda are yet to be decided. The TMC has fielded three candidates in Jharkhand. Ajanta Mahato will contest from Jamshedpur while Mondol Hansda will contest from Rajmahal and Sanjay Kumar Pandey has been fielded from Ranchi respectively. Arjun Singh will be the party’s Observer for Jharkhand. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAyan Mandal will fight from Andaman seat. The TMC has fielded six candidates in Assam. Chandan Das will contest from Karimgunj (SC seat) while Hitabrata Ray and Nurul Islam Chowdhury will fight from Silchar and Dhubri seats respectively. Kamala Kanta Daimary will contest from Kokrajhar while Ashak Ali Dewan and Manoj Kumar Sarma will contest from Barpeta and Guwahati seats. In Bihar, the party has fielded Javed Islam Khan from Kishangunj and Sunil Singh from Maharajgunj.