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Expo goods to win hearts

Oil paintings from Southeast Asian countries and handmade carpets from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh are just a few of the attractive items waiting for residents at the Fifth National Expo 2013 in Patna.

Industries minister Renu Devi inaugurated the expo organised by non-government organisation Nice and Resham Bunkar Khadi Gramodyog Sangh at Patliputra Ground on Friday.

Naushad Ahmad, the chairman of Bihar State Minority Commission, present at the inauguration urged the residents to purchase products made by the state’s weavers.

Shabbir Ahmad, managing director, Resham Bunkar Khadi Gramodyog Sangh, said: “Around 250 stalls have been set up at the expo. Several small and big companies, along with weavers from across the country, have put up their stalls. At the expo, visitors can buy handloom and handicraft products, artificial jewellery, khadi, jute and silk products and other items.”

The expo will continue till February 5. Residents can visit the expo between 11am and 8pm at a nominal entry charge of Rs 10.

At Delhi-based businessman Rajeev Kumar’s stall, visitors can find the oil paintings imported from Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. “I had come here in 2009 and had made a profit of around Rs 5 lakh. This time, I am hoping to double the profit,” he said.

Handmade carpets made by artisans from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, are another attraction. Artisan Shadab Alam said: “Bhadohi is known for its handmade carpets. We provide customers good- quality carpets.”

The organisers said a lucky draw based on the entry tickets would be organised on the last day of the expo.

The winner would get a small car. The next four persons whose tickets would be drawn would get a chance of getting a motorbike, washing machine and tablet PC and water purifier, said one of the organising committee members.