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Crystals from Turkey, jute from Bangla
- Capital to host 11-day international trade fair at Morabadi grounds from tomorrow

Ranchi is all set to host Jharkhand’s first international trade fair providing its aspirational residents an opportunity to acquire the best of home décor and consumer goods for setting up a new house or refurbishing an existing one.

The India International Mega Trade Fair, an 11-day affair between June 6 and June 16, will be held at Morabadi Ground.

A home and décor fair, exclusively devoted to housing, housing finance, real estate and allied industries, will also be held side by side, organisers said on Tuesday.

“The twin fairs will facilitate both business- to-business and business-to-consumer interactions,” said Prakash Shah, CEO of G S Marketing Associates (GSMA) that claims to have organised 170 such fairs over the past 25 years.

There would be 12 air-conditioned pavilions housing 575 stalls, displaying consumer and lifestyle products, textiles, jute products, handloom, handicrafts, packaged food and electrical and electronic products, he said.

Besides Indian companies, various brands from at least seven other countries — namely, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand and Turkey — will be on show at the fair. “These countries will showcase their new, beautiful, unique and innovative products that people will really enjoy,” Shah said.

On display, he said, would be jute and textile products from Bangladesh, marble products from Pakistan, jewellery from Myanmar and crystals from Turkey. “These will surely attract visitors,” Shah said confidently.

Bikash Kumar Singh, president of Federation of Jharkhand Commerce and Industries (FJCCI), explained that the aim of the fair was to bring Jharkhand to the forefront by increasing business relations with other states and countries.

The state government would also participate in the fair and showcase activities of its departments at an exclusive pavilion, he added.

National Small Industries Corporation had also offered heavy subsidies to registered small entrepreneurs — 60 per cent of the rent to men and 95 per cent to women — who have booked stalls, said Jharkhand Small Industries Association president ArunKhemka.

The fair would also provide a platform to hold a number of seminars and conclaves to discuss business and trade issues, said Kumud Kumar Jha, president of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI, Jharkhand).

Besides, GSMA, the fair is being organised jointly by FJCCI and CREDAI, Small Scale Industries Association, Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Jharkhand chapter of Builders Association of India.