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World Book Fair has 48 Pakistani participants

The 17th World Book Fair at New Delhi has eighteen foreign countries participating this time.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 21:26 IST

As many as 48 Pakistani publishers and authors will participate in 17th New Delhi World Book Fair here, commencing from January 27.

The 16th edition of the biennial event only had eight participants from Pakistan.

The Pakistan government's National Book Trust, which did not participate in the last New Delhi World Book Fair, will also put up a stall at the nine-day event with the theme of 'Composite Culture in a Multicultural Society'.

The Pakistan Publishers' and Booksellers' Association will bring in a delegation of 40 participants at the New Delhi World Book Fair.

"Pakistani books are very popular among our people.... The books from that country are not easily available in India," National Book Trust chairman Bipin Chandra told a news conference at the preview of the 17th NDWBF here.

He said it will be an opportunity for people here to get an exposure to Pakistan writing and literature.

Seventeen countries, including France, the US, the UK, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are participating in the book fair, to be inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 17:57 IST