Book fair: Pat for NLC effort

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: Justice A. Kulasekaran, Judge of the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, has lauded the Neyveli Lignite Corporation for successfully conducting the book fair for the eighth consecutive year. The fair will act as a catalyst to inculcate and improve the reading habit among the people, he said.

Delivering the valedictory address at the conclusion of the 10-day book fair at Neyveli last Sunday, he said the reading habit among the people of Tamil Nadu was less compared to Kerala. He called upon other organisations to emulate the NLC in promoting such literary activities.

Of late, the agricultural and industrial sectors are not getting the attention they deserve; all focus seems to be on communication technology. It must be borne in mind that the development of a country hinged upon both sectors, he said. He cited the example of China, which was gradually capturing the world markets ahead of other developing countries.

Interlinking of rivers

Mr. Justice A. Kulasekaran said that interlinking of rivers was imperative to effectively deal with the flood situation in the north and the drought in the south, which occurred almost simultaneously. S. Jayaraman, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NLC, said that 1.5 lakh people, excluding children, visited the fair and bought books worth Rs. 1.5 crores. He released the souvenir of the fair.

Tamil novelist and Sahitya Akademy Award winner Asokamithran was honoured on the occasion. He said through the annual event the NLC was providing an avenue to book lovers to keep abreast with the new titles.

It also greatly enthused writers and publishers.

Rajasuriya, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Cuddalore, said if one bookshop were opened, it signified that one jail would be closed.

He hailed the contribution of the NLC towards nurturing intellectual activity through the book fair.

Prizes were distributed to winners of various competitions conducted by the Neyveli Book Fair Committee.

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