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http://www.nbtindia.org.in/ Book is an indispensable friend of man. It provides every sort of knowledge to the learners. It is both directly and indirectly attached with all the human emotions and feelings thus having the imaginary power to grasp the anticipations and aspirations of human beings. Each book is a new taste to a learner. In order to bring new and variety of books to the book-lovers, society also needs publishers and good writers. Thus to cater to these necessities of the book lovers and learners, the government of India under the ministry of Human Resource Development established National Book Trust as an offshoot of the efforts of the scion of India-Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1957 with the objective to bring out a book revolution in India in inspiring the denizens to take unique pleasures from the reading of books. National Book Trust has never been visualized as a mere publishing house of the government of India but it acted as an inspiration for the other publishers to creep in to other areas of publishing books and inspired the authors the unexplored dimensions of life to write on thus giving a new taste to the learners. Children literature, fun and comedy are some of the marked areas advocated by NBT to write on in order to create aspiration in the heart of book lovers to grasp it. As an autonomous body of the government of India NBT laid down certain principles to carry out its goals and perspectives to encourage and enhance the learners to go for other new areas of reading, and to assure the public that the books are available in affordable as well as low prices. India for being the nation of varieties of language NBT took necessary measures to publish the important books in all the major languages recognized by the Indian constitution. Make people book minded is a major aim of NBT so that they will take a real taste in grasping the content of the book. Arranging seminars, workshops on current issues and literature is role of the National Book Trust. For the appropriate function of this nationalized organization government appoints a chairman as the head who is nominated by all the members of NBT and is noted litterateurs with good writing records. In order to bring a special interest and aspiration in the individuals for the book and it?s reading, National Book Trust has commenced a new measure-NBT Book club, the advantages of which is that any resident of India is eligible to be its member by the payment of Rs 50 and can subscribe the book with 20% less price as compared to market prices.
Port of Spain, May 22 (IANS/CMC) The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) has hinted that an investigation could be launched into unaccounted revenues generated by the federation from World Cup 2006.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was trading 0.29 percent up in the pre-afternoon trade Wednesday.
Washington, May 21 (IANS) As rescuers searched for survivors of Monday's devastating tornado that pulverized a vast swath of the Oklahoma City suburbs, authorities revised the death toll down to 24 from 91. Nine of the fatalities are children.
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tuesday sought a response from Haryana's director general of police and Kaithal police chief following media reports that a Dalit boy was assaulted by a man who was part of a group which had attacked Dalits earlier as well.
London, May 21 (ANI): Protesters from the Kashmir National Party (KNP) demonstrated in front of the Pakistan High Commission in London against the recent killing of their leader Arif Shahid in Pakistan.
Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was trading nearly 0.30 percent down in the pre-afternoon trade Tuesday owing to negative foreign cues and continued profit-booking.
Washington, May 21 (ANI): A new research has found evidence of a major cosmic event near the end of the Ice Age, which resulted in a climate change that forced many species, including wooly mammoths, to die.
Washington, May 21 (ANI): A new research has suggested that frequency of candy consumption is not associated with weight or certain adverse health risks.
Strong policy research is the cornerstone of policy formulation and a necessary condition for sustained good governance. However, it is widely acknowledged that the quality of policy research in India has been found wanting, both within and outside the government. Indicatively, not a single Indian think tank featured in the top 50 in 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Rankings, and only six of them made it to the top 150.
Moscow, May 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Police killed two suspected militants and detained another in a special operation outside Moscow Monday, preventing a terror attack in the capital, the National Anti-terrorism Committee said.
Sydney, May 20 (ANI): The Australian Crime Commission's (ACC) Illicit Drug Data Report 2011-12 has warned of an alarming increase in the use, seizure and arrests for illicit drugs in sports, especially in football.
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was trading nearly half a percent up in the pre-afternoon trade Monday on the back of sustained buying from foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and on positive global cues.
Islamabad, May 20 (ANI): An US-based Pakistani filmmaker has urged on a ban on Bollywood and Hollywood movies in Pakistan, and has offered his guidance and support to save the deteoriating Pakistani film industry.
Chennai, May 19 (IANS) Four lorries went up in flames inside the Chennai Port Trust area Sunday evening but tghe cause of the fire is not clear yet, officials said. The fire was brought under control by the tenders located in the port, they added.
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) BJP leader Tarun Vijay Sunday said India and China must improve their trust levels to have a sincere handshake.
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Unlike other studies, which found differences between men's and women's thoughts during disagreement, a new study found only one statistically significant sex-based difference in thoughts: women were more likely than men to blame their partner.
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Scientists have used a new X-ray method to record a living frog embryo's internal structure and cell movement.
Buenos Aires, May 18 (IANS/EFE) The Conservation Land Trust, a project of US philanthropists and environmental activists Douglas and Kris Tompkins, donated 15,000 hectares for the expansion of Perito Moreno National Park in southern Argentina.
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said his government was willing to engage constructively with trade unions to address issues like curbing inflation, generating employment and strictly implementing labour laws.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): An important advance in the race to develop carbon-neutral renewable energy sources has been achieved.
Mumbai, May 17 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was trading flat in afternoon trade Friday, two days after its biggest rally in a year.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): Angelina Jolie, who revealed on Tuesday that she had a double mastectomy and reconstruction in February, was determined to keep her family's lives as normal as possible during her difficult phase.
Los Angeles, May 17 (IANS) Actor Macaulay Culkin's increasing cigarette intake, reportedly almost 60 buds a day, is worrying his friends and family.
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) India's sports minister Jitendra Singh Thursday said a roadmap has been finalised with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and it will take another one or two months to get the ban lifted from India.
London, May 16 (ANI): Children are spending more time reading on electronic devices than on print medium including books, magazines and comics, a new study has revealed.
Wellington, May 16 (ANI): With the cars becoming more powered and connected to the Internet and operated by computers, the risk of cyber attacks have arisen.
Moscow, May 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin will take up the issues of missile defence and cooperation between the US and Russian security and intelligence services in a written reply to US President Barack Obama's recent message to him, a presidential aide said.
Accra, May 15 (IANS) Unlike India, China is not assisting in the fight against counterfeit medicines even though the influx has been mainly from that country, Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says.
New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Coordinated efforts by NGOs and the private sector are necessary to take various government schemes to grass roots level and to reduce the maternal mortality rate (MMR), National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma said Tuesday.
London, May 14 (ANI): A British Muslim peer Lord Ahmed has resigned from the Labour Party ahead of a disciplinary hearing on charges that he made anti-Semitic comments about a Jewish conspiracy.
Washington, May 14 (ANI): Researchers have identified the dose of dengue virus in human blood that is required to infect mosquitoes when they bite.
Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) The National Stock Exchange (NSE) Monday said it recorded a traded value of Rs.691 crore in gold exchange traded funds (ETFs) this Akshaya Tritiya, up by nearly 14 percent compared to last year.
Amritsar, May 13 (ANI): In a major initiative, the Pakistan Muslim League (N) which has registered a landslide victory in Pakistan elections, today nominated first Sikh member Ramesh Singh Arora to the provincial assembly.
Chennai, May 13 (IANS) Known for playing the most unconventional roles in his career so far, Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi says he chooses roles that he thinks will suit his image and doesn't usually believe in custom-made roles.
Islamabad, May 13 (IANS) The Election Commission of Pakistan summoned a meeting Monday to review complaints of rigging in last week's polls, a media report said.
Islamabad, May 13 (IANS) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has emerged as the majority party in Sindh and now looks set to form the government in the province on its own, a media report said.
Mumbai, May 13 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was trading below more than half a percent in the pre-afternoon trade Monday.
Beijing, May 13 (IANS) China's urban fixed asset investment growth slightly accelerated to 20.6 percent year on year to 9.13 trillion yuan ($147.29 billion) in the first four months, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Monday.
Dhaka, May 13(ANI): Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus has appealed to foreign firms in Bangladesh to fix a common minimum wage for garment industry workers.
Washington, May 13 (ANI): The world's first graphene single-electron pump (SEP) could pave the way for redefining the ampere in terms of fundamental constants of physics, say researchers.
Beijing, May 13 (IANS) China's industrial value-added output rose 9.3 percent year on year in April, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Monday, reported Xinhua.
Washington, May 13 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has hailed the National Assembly election in Pakistan, calling it "a significant milestone" in the country's democracy building.
New York, May 12 (ANI): American football player Tim Tebow has addressed the public for the first time in a motivational speech since his termination from the New York Jets.
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said nursing has evolved into a modern medical profession and nurses have become an indispensable part of the country's health care system.
New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to nursing personnel on the occasion of International Nurses Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) Nawaz Sharif, who has twice been Pakistan's prime minister, is set to lead the country for the third time after unofficial results placed his party in a comfortable position against his political rivals.
Islamabad, May 12 (IANS) The elections have been a "resounding victory for democracy", said a Pakistani daily which noted that for the very first time power will be transferred in the manner laid down by the constitution.
Islamabad, May 11 (IANS) A photograph showing a Pakistani ballot box that had been forcibly emptied of ballots went viral on the internet Saturday.
Mumbai, May 11 (IANS) Southern superstar Dhanush, who is set to debut in Bollywood with Aanand L. Rai's love saga "Raanjhanaa", says his choice of films will always depend on script no matter how many offers he get from Bollywood in future.
Millions of Pakistanis are expected to cast their ballot to decide the fate of over 23,000 candidates in National Assembly and provincial assembly seats.
Islamabad, May 10 (IANS) Pakistan was on the edge Friday, a day before it goes to the polls to decide the fate of 23,000 candidates who stayed on despite a volatile run-up that saw at least 100 people being killed in a series of terror attacks and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son being abducted.
London, May 10 (ANI): Prince Harry has said that his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who believed passionately in anti-landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, would have been so proud of his association with the organisation that she championed if she were alive today.
Islamabad, May 10 (ANI): Votes of the non-Muslim sections in Pakistan are likely to play a decisive role in the final result of May 11 polls, according to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman, Tariq Malik.
Islamabad, May 10 (IANS) The fate of 23,079 candidates in the race for Pakistan's National Assembly and provincial assembly seats will be decided Saturday.
London, May 10 (ANI): A new scalp-cooling system is being rolled out in parts of London to help chemotherapy patients prevent hair loss during therapy.
Washington, May 10 (ANI): The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a guide to 'help you understand how to use the Internet more efficiently'.
London, May 10 (ANI): YouTube has launched a trial scheme for paid channels on its website.
New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) The Cabinet Thursday approved amendments in a law for disqualifying MPs for holding an office of profit to exempt the chairpersons of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from its purview, said official sources.
New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) To harmonise and coordinate the skill development efforts of the government and the private sector, the Cabinet Thursday approved the setting up of an autonomous National Skill Development Agency, a minister said.
Beijing, May 9 (IANS) China will hike petrol and diesel retail prices by 95 yuan (around $15) per tonne starting Friday, the country's top economic planner said Thursday.
Islamabad, May 9 (IANS) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday condemned the kidnapping of the son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after an attack on a political gathering, a presidential spokesman said.
London, May 9 (ANI): Ahead of the forthcoming elections, none of Pakistan's leading political parties are set to achieve a majority in the National Assembly, a recent survey on Pakistan's electoral politics has revealed.
Chennai, May 9 (IANS) India's premier atomic energy research institution Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) will showcase its achievements in the fields of agriculture and food sciences at an exhibition Friday in Mumbai as part of the National Technology Day celebrations.
Beijing, May 9 (Xinhua-ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday put pre-conditions for inking the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, saying one of conditions is to ensure durable peace in the militancy-plagued country.
Mumbai, May 9 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was rangebound Thursday, trading at around the 20,000 points mark, as gains in IT, realty, power and banking stocks offset losses in healthcare, metal and oil and gas scrips.
Beijing, May 9 (IANS) China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, grew 2.4 percent year on year in April, up from 2.1 percent in March, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Thursday.
Beijing, May 9 (IANS) China's consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, grew 2.4 percent year on year in April, up from 2.1 percent in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday, reported Xinhua.
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) An awareness campaign on tuberculosis, similar to polio, is necessary to curb the easily preventable disease, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Wednesday.
Chennai, May 8 (IANS) Local rider S. Dinesh Edwin, who was hospitalised following a crash during "pay and practice" session at the Madras Motor Sports Trust (MMST) race track here Sunday, succumbed to injuries here Wednesday.
Mumbai, May 8 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets Wednesday crossed the 20,000-level-mark for the first time in more than three months gaining 119.23 points as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and bank stocks rallied.
Washington, May 8 (ANI): 56 per cent of Americans trust Clint Eastwood, compared with the 45 percent who trust President Barack Obama, a new survey has revealed.
Mumbai, May 8 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was trading flat in afternoon trade Wednesday following heavy selling pressure in capital goods, banks, automobile, metal and realty stocks.
Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Dancer-actor Javed Jaffrey, who tasted success as a producer with "Inshallah, Kashmir", says he now plans to direct a film and that it will happen soon.
Los Angeles, May 7 (IANS) Scientists have zero-ed in on a gene linked to Parkinson's disease that plays a role in delaying ageing in fruit flies, says a US study.
London, May 7 (ANI): Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has said that he would have loved to race against racing legends Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet in the golden era of F1 in the late 1980s.
Washington, May 7 (ANI): Researchers believe ancient plankton DNA might be widely preserved in Black Sea lake sediments and can likely be used to reconstruct past life in the majority of oceanic and lake environments.
New Delhi, May 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday condoled the passing away of veteran Assamese journalist Profulla Chandra Borua.
New York, May 7 (ANI): A US Navy training film produced in 1967 offers advice on how to succeed with brunettes.
Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets was trading nearly half a percent up in afternoon trade Tuesday, following positive international cues and a renewed buying spree by foreign institutional investors (FIIs).
New York, May 7 (ANI): The National Rifle Association's annual convention in the US unveiled an assortment of female-friendly gun accessories, including a bright pink bra with a gun holster.
New Delhi, May 6 (ANI): Sanjay Dutt, along with his sister Priya, recently inaugurated and handed over a mobile mammography unit to a leading oncologist Dr. Advani's 'Helping Hand' Foundation on behalf of the Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust in Mumbai.
Washington, May 6 (ANI): Adding the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, or both to a formulation of antioxidant vitamins and minerals that has shown effectiveness in reducing risk of progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) did not further help reduce the risk, a new study has found.
Kabul, May 5 (IANS) The Taliban-linked militancy and violent incidents claimed lives of nine soldeisr of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Saturday, turning the day the bloodiest one since this January for the alliance in the conflict-ridden country, ISAF confirmed in a statement.
New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Cinema must be beyond a "few reels of entertainment" as it is a good medium to channelise the positive changes in the country's socio-cultural milieu, says filmmaker Nitin Kakkar, whose debut feature "Filmistaan" was named the best film at the 60th National Film Awards.
New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Pakistan may be headed for a real crisis, with Islamists openly targeting secular forces and the Pakistan Army unwilling to combat Islamic zealots, says a strategic year book.
Canberra, May 4 (IANS) The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has introduced new rules forcing athletes and officials to "truthfully answer" questions from the country's doping authority.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) A trust headed by a Goa cabinet minister has been issued a notice by the state Human Right's Commission for funding a poetry book, in which a poem has been called derogatory to Goa's tribal community.
Panaji, May 4 (IANS) A parliamentary committee may have asked the central government to hold back the setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), but a former RAW chief insists that India does not need such an apparatus.
Washington, May 4 (ANI): Superoxide-producing bacteria form away from sunlight and live in dark places like lake, ocean depths and underground soils, it has been revealed.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Indian author Saniyasnain Khan has bagged the Sharjah Children's Book Award for his book, 'The Story of Khadija'.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) National Democratic Alliance (NDA) MPs Friday met President Pranab Mukherjee over Chinese incursion in Ladakh.
Hyderabad, May 3 (IANS) Some 35 young racers will take part in the JK Tyre-Meco Motorsports Rotax Max Kart Open 2013 scheduled to be held over the weekend at the Lahari Resorts Kart Centre here.
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) More special schools can create awareness among parents and help in social acceptance of children with neurological disorders, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said here Friday.
Chennai, May 3 (IANS) After successful Tamil films such as "Pollathavan" and National Award winning "Aadukalam", actor Dhanush and filmmaker Vetrimaaran will team up to work in an untitled Tamil venture to be produced by Dhayanidhi Alagiri.
Beijing, May 3 (IANS) China's non-manufacturing sector contracted in April, according to official figures issued Friday.
Bogota, May 3 (IANS/EFE) The Bogota International Book Fair, whose guest of honour was Portugal this year, drew 18,000 more visitors than the 2012 edition, with total visitors hitting 433,000, organizers said.
New York, May 2 (ANI): Most Americans get around 13 percent of their calories from added sweeteners, a new study suggests.
Washington, May 2 (ANI): A new research from Johns Hopkins has found that blood levels of vitamin D or so-called "sunshine vitamin" higher than the top of the range suggested by the Institute of Medicine confer no additional benefit.
Washington, May 1(ANI): A new study has found that in experiments in mice, a class of drugs commonly used to treat asthma by targeting mast cells in the immune system could help treat vascular symptoms associated with dengue infections.
Shanghai, May 1 (IANS/EFE) An 89-year-old man has died in Shanghai from bird flu, raising the toll from the outbreak of the H7N9 strain of the disease to 24, media reports said.