Book fairs and literature fests are always on our radar because we’re all about immersing ourselves into the world of book-sniffing, given any chance. So if you’re gonna be in the capital this January and want to attend an event which would propel the gears of your mind, we’ve got some news for you!

New Delhi World Book Fair is back with its 48th edition and it’s dedicated to all the bookworms around. This literary event promises to pack a punch with literary programmes, publishing conferences and of course, it paves the way for aspiring writers too.

Jan 2020 is gonna be LITerary AF!

The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) is a major calendar event in the publishing world and is scheduled from 4th - 12th January 2020, at the centrally located Pragati Maidan.

The central theme of 2020 edition of the fair is titled as ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’, which will talk about the influence of Gandhi on Indian literature. This event will also bring into focus the aspects of Gandhi as a writer, editor, journalist, publisher, printer, a mass communicator and it’s surely gonna be a treat for Gandhians.

Special exhibits around the same will be part of the fair, specially organised to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Knock Knock

The fair will witness participation from various publishers from the country and abroad and it’s also an ideal venue for promoting titles and co-publication arrangements! So if you're a writer or need some inspiration to drive you towards the literary world, here’s where you can find it.

Railway's renovation project to bring a World-class, Airport-like station in Kanpur

Proposed project keeps the benefit of passengers as the focal point behind all interventions.

After the Indian Railways successfully completed the redevelopment of the Habibganj station in Bhopal, Kanpur is one of the two stations chosen for the next initiative. As per reports, the Central Railway station is all set for a revamp by the Railway Authority in line with the airport standards. On Friday, a group of officials from different agencies conducted a meeting and deliberated on various issues regarding the renovation project.

IRSDC, RLDA and other central agencies roped in for the project

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The plan for the redevelopment of the railway stations has been prepared by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and other central agencies. With an aim to speed-up the process, IRSDC and RLDA have already started their work to check the technological feasibility and financial viability of the redevelopment project.

As per the current proposal, the exercise will be divided into different stages based on the feasibility reports. While discussing the various areas of renovation, a senior official pointed out that the benefit of the passengers must be the focal point behind all interventions. He added that it is important to consider unusual circumstances like heavy rains or dense fog while working out on the implementations.

Enhancing & upgrading passenger amenities a top priority

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The official further stated that the development works of the station must be envisioned upon the needs and requirements of the next 40 to 50 years. A representative from IRSDC delivered a PowerPoint presentation covering the various facets of the redevelopment project. He emphasised the fact that enhancing and upgrading passenger amenities must be the first priority of the innovative scheme.

India has got its first world-class, airport-like railway in Bhopal which would be inaugurated soon. With the current initiatives in line, the country's rail-travel system is bound to be changed soon.

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The Indian Institute of Management Indore will take the pivotal position to lead the state of Madhya Pradesh on its journey to be self-reliant or 'Aatmanibhar'. Harbouring its expertise for the benefit of the state, this institute will help draw new industrial policies which are conducive for culturing the state's landscape to accommodate growing businesses here. This will also facilitate the ease of doing business here which will attract new ventures as well as boost domestic talent.

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The temperature fall will be more evident in the following week.

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