National Book Trust Current Affairs - 2020

World Book Fair, 2020 at New Delhi

The New Delhi World Book Fair organized by the National Book Trust is being held for 42 years now. The trust is an apex body of Government of India functioning under Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Highlights

The World Book Fair is to be held between January 4, 2020 and January 12, 2020. The fair is organized jointly by National Book Trust and India Trade Promotion Organization. More than 800 exhibitors and 40 foreign exhibitors are to participate in the fair. The fair also acts as a gateway to the intellectual world of South Asia. The theme of the fair is

Theme: Gandhi, the Writers’ Writer

Significance

The fair promotes readership policies and also supports the markets in neighboring countries. The fair is important for the Indian market as India is the third largest market for English publications with more than 12,000 publishers. The fair also attracts investors from other countries like USA, Japan, Bangladesh, France, Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany and Sri Lanka.

National Book Trust

The Indian Publishing House founded in 1957 functions under Ministry of Human Resource Development. It publishes reading material in several Indian languages that includes children books and new-literates. The Headquarters of the trust is located in New Delhi.

Books on teachings of Guru Nanak Dev launched

Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the three books on teachings of Guru Nanak Dev at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College in New Delhi. The books published in Punjabi were launched to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The book launch comes ahead of inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor which will be held on 9 November 2019.  The corridor will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

About The Books

The three Punjabi titles are- ‘Guru Nanak Bani’, ‘Nanak Bani’, and ‘Sakhian Guru Nanak Dev’. They have been published by National Book Trust (NBT) to spread the message of Guru Nanak Dev’s writings among readers of Indian sub-continent.

Guru Nanak Bani: The book contains various verses from original Bani of Guru Nanak Dev which have been collated theme-wise. It is compiled by Bhai Jodh Singh. The ‘Guru Nanak Bani’ has already published by NBT in five Indian languages (Urdu, Odia, Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati) and will soon be translated in 15 Indian languages so that the teachings of Guru Nanak Devji reach millions of Indians across the nation.

Nanak Bani: The book is a collection of five prominent writings (paanch bania) of Guru Nanak Dev. It is compiled by Manjit Singh.

Sakhian Guru Nanak: The book is based on these life stories of Guru Nanak Dev and contains ‘Janamsakhis’ (literally meaning birth stories) are writings which profess to be biographies of Guru Nanak. This is an illustrated book especially meant for children. It is compiled by Jagtarjit Singh