Whether Ekushey Book Fair will be held?
Dhaka: Corona infection has started to increase again in the country. Therefore, the Cabinet Division imposed several restrictions yesterday to restrict public gatherings. In this case, no one will be able to go to restaurants, shopping malls and fairs or get on the plane and train without the certificate of double dose vaccination. Mohammad Nurul Huda, director general of Bangla Academy, the organizer of the book fair, said that a decision will be taken today on whether the book fair will be held or not in this upward situation of corona infection.
The Director General of Bangla Academy told the media, "We are preparing for the Ekushey Book Fair from February 1. The work of making stalls has started. However, as the Corona pandemic is on the rise again in the country and a number of restrictions were imposed yesterday to avoid public gatherings, we will hold a meeting with the concerned authorities, including the ministry, on organizing the fair. There, after reviewing the overall issues, a decision will be taken about organizing the fair.
The Amar Ekushey Book Fair was organized a month and a half back last year due to the Corona pandemic. The fair started on March 18 and ended before the scheduled time. Although the book fair was postponed last year, this time the Bangla Academy has already started preparations for the fair from the first day of February. In order to maintain the hygiene rules, work has been started to make the fair premises empty in front of each stall.
Amar Ekushey Book Fair-2022 Steering Committee Member Secretary and Director of the Bangla Academy Jalal Ahmed told the media, "Despite the fears of Omicron, we have already made all kinds of preparations to organize the book fair using the experience of the last time." We hope that the Amar Ekushey Book Fair, nurtured in the spirit of the great language movement, will be well-planned and well completed.
Meanwhile, the government has again imposed new restrictions to prevent the transmission of the new type of corona, Omicron, in the country. Earlier, the latest ban was lifted in August. After that, the situation was under control. But due to Omicron, the infection has been on the rise for the past four weeks and has reached alarming levels this week. In view of this, the ban was imposed again five months after the last ban.
The Ministry of Public Administration has issued a notification regarding the restrictions on Monday. It said the ban would take effect next Thursday and would remain in force until further notice. During the restrictions, the bus-train will again carry half the passengers. Any social and religious ceremonies or political gatherings in the open are prohibited.