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U.S. Consulate gifts books to legislature library

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Helen La Fave, acting Consul for Public Affairs in the U.S. Consulate, handing over a book to M.V. Venkatappa, Speaker, Legislative Asembly, in Bangalore on Monday. The Chairman of the Legislative Council, B.L. Shankar, is seen. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

Bangalore Sept. 22. The Karnataka Legislature Library, one of the oldest of the kind in the country, will have a section of books on public affairs concerning the United States of America.

The U.S. Consulate in Chennai today gifted books worth $ 8,000 to the library.

They were received by the presiding officers of the two Houses of the State legislature, M.V. Venkatappa (Assembly) and B.L. Shankar (Council) from Helen La Fave, acting Consul for Public Affairs in the consulate.

Thanking the American Consulate for the gift of the books, Mr. Shankar said the Karnataka Legislature Library was almost as old as the Legislative Assembly which was founded in 1881 as the Mysore Representative Assembly.

The Upper House (Legislative Council) was set up in princely Mysore in 1907.

he library had over one lakh books and those donated by the consulate would add to its richness and variety.

The Speaker noted that though a good number of legislators made use of the library, many of them preferred books in Kannada.

The 177 books pertain to public administration, inaugural addresses of all American Presidents from George Washington onwards, State and local government politics in the U.S., Constitutions of the world, Congressional procedures, the American legal system, fundamental rights, landmark documents on U.S. Congress, role of women in transforming the U.S. Congress, lobbying in U.S. politics, campaign finance in American elections, and encyclopaedias on democracy, human rights, terrorism, American legal system, historic U.S. court verdicts, and American law.

The Secretary to the Legislative Assembly, T. Rajanna, welcomed the gathering.

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