Saturday, 31 July 2010

NOTICE FOR ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING

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Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Sangathan
Mumbai Pune
Ref. --- date:31stAug.2010

NOTICE FOR ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING

To all members,

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Sangathan that the 11th Annual General Body Meeting will be held on 22nd August 2010 at Mr. Vipul Sarma`s residence
at Vile Parle, near Santacruz Airport, Mumbai at 1600hrs.

AGENDA FOR THE MEETING

1. To approve the Minutes of the Annual General Body Meeting held in the month of August 2009.
2. To discuss and approve the Auditor`s report for the year 2009-10.
3. To receive and approve the balance sheet and income and expenditure for the year ending 31.03. 2010.
4. To appoint the Auditor for the year 2009-10.
5. To read out the highlights of 2009-10 by our Hon. Secretary.
6. To finalize the venue of Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur`s 141st Birthday Celebration, falling on 8th November 2010.
7. Any other matter with the permission of chair.

The AGM is one occasion when all of us get together, hence you are requested to attend it on time.
Note: 1).If there is no quorum at the above mentioned time and place of the meeting, the same will be adjourned for the half and hour and it shall be conducted at the same venue and whatever numbers present shall be the valid quorum.
2). The members desiring of raising any queries on accounts may look into the necessary documents made available 2hrs prior to the commencement of the meeting.

Rebati Mohan Sinha                Bibhulal Sinha               Manavendra Sinha (Bobby)
(Chairman)                           ( Hon. Secretary)                          (Treasurer)

Friday, 30 July 2010

Weekly paper 'Kaakai' goes online

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Here is a piece of good news for the readers of Kaakai, a weekly newspaper in Bishnupriya Manipuri and Bengali published from Tripura. They can read their favourite newspaper now online. The web address is http://sites.google.com/site/kaakainei/.

The first issue of registered newspaper was published on 23rd February, 1986 and was printed at " PC Press "Dharmanagar and from the year 1990 the paper started printing at Star Press, Dharmanagar, North Tripura, India.

The newspaper came out fortnightly and later became a weekly newspaper in 1998. It is circulated to all over India and abroad in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, US.

The publisher, owner and Editor of the newspaper is Anita Sinha.

Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council: Few Pertinent Questions (Part III)

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By Rebati Mohan Sinha

Read Part I, Part II

In an editorial of a monthly language paper the following lines were published on the Development Council: “The 25thMarch 2010 would be written in our BM history with golden letter. Our long cherished dream has come true.” Really, I don’t understand why we are so emotional on such a Govt. declaration. It was something quite over rated and exaggerated.

It is no doubt that the Mahasabha played a critical role in making this happen. And it is nice to be a part of an effort that has transformed images across the Bishnupriya Manipuri society. I feel a sense of happiness and joy, a sense of pride and gratefulness that we have been able to help the society for the people to build their own career.

The persons responsible to Mahasabha however should not be self obsessed by the fear of losing their popularity. It is necessary to work in the interest of the society and stop the society becoming a one man show.

A leader is one who is not only good in creating a vision, creating a big picture of himself; but also ensuring that he goes into the details of making sure that the vision is actually translated into reality through excellence of execution. In other words, great leaders have great vision, great imagination, great ideas; but they also implement those ideas through hard work, commitments and flawless execution. In doing so he must motivate his followers to visit villages to collect data of every rural household, its income, literacy status, type of housing, family food security, sanitation, availability of clothing, drinking water facility and so on. He must prioritize the core issues affecting the society.

A leader is an efficient decision maker and able to tackle issues at the grass root level. It is not just about being a good politician but also should be a good listener. One should have an ability to connect with maximum people and to be able to forge a tie with more and more people through action and not just words like politicians, who believe in extremely short-term vision and plays up to base emotions like hate, envy or greed.

Basically, we believe in gossiping, criticizing and mud slinging, no matter what is our status in the society? We are no longer looking at improving the quality of life of our people, encouraging talent and self employment, making justice, and health care, more affordable homes. We talk about Bishnupriya Manipuri language and language teachers; but no one monitors to ensure that these teachers actually impart lessons to our children in schools or not! Our big task ahead will be to restore people’s faith. We have to work hard for that. Time has come to re affirm our enduring spirit, to carry forward that noble idea: the God given promise that all are free.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

National Talent Search Examination-NTSE 2011

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The purpose of the NTSE scheme was to identify talented students and nurture their talent. Talent refers to the potentiality that manifests itself in a high level of performance in one or more specialized areas. The scheme, therefore, covers areas like Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law. It honours and helps talented students by providing financial assistance in the form of a monthly scholarship. For the courses in Basic Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce, this assistance is provided up to Ph.D. level. For professional courses like Engineering, Medicine, Management and Law this assistance is given only up to Post Graduation. The NCERT conducts the National Talent Search Examination for students studying in Class VIII only.

1. Scholarships: On the basis of the examination conducted, 1000 scholarships will be awarded for each group of students appearing for Class VIII examinations. The amount of scholarship will be Rs.500/- per month as per NTS rules.

2. Selection: There will be two-stage selection process for award of scholarship. For Stage-I, selection will be done by States/UTs through a written examination. Students who qualify Stage I will be eligible to appear for Stage II examination conducted by NCERT.

3. The States/UTs will also conduct the selection test for National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme along with the Stage-I written examination for NTS.

4. Important Dates: Dates for Submission of Application Form and conduct of examination are given below:

Stage I (State)
Last Date for Submission of Application Form 31 August, 2010

Examination in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
20th November, 2010 (Saturday)

Examination in All other States and Union Territories 21st November, 2010 (Sunday)

Stage II (National)
Examination in All States and Union Territories 8th May, 2011 (Sunday)

5. Eligibility: Students of Class VIII studying in recognized schools are eligible to appear for the respective Class VIII Stage I examination conducted by the States/UTs in which the schools are
located. There will be no domicile restriction.

6. Examination: The pattern of written examination for Class VIII will be as follows:

* Stage I examination at the State/UT level will comprise two parts, namely (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT) and (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics.

* Stage II examination at the National level will comprise (a) Mental Ability Test (MAT), (b) Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) covering social sciences, sciences and mathematics, (c) Interview. Only those candidates who qualify the written examination at the National Level will be invited for interview.

7. Application Form: You may contact the State/UT Liaison officer for procuring application form. However, application form can be downloaded from NCERT website http://www.ncert.nic.in also.

Fees: States and Union Territories may notify the fee required which will be paid for the Stage-I examination. Therefore, before submitting the application form you may find out the fees charged for 2010 Stage-I Examination and also the mode of payment from the respective State Liaison Officers (LOs). However, NCERT does not charge any fee for Stage-II examination.

Indian Students Studying Abroad can appear directly for Stage II NTS Examination under conditions prescribed in the NTS brochure for class VIII which is available on the NCERT website. Candidates may fill up relevant items of the Application Form available on the NCERT website and send to the undersigned along with a photocopy of the mark sheet of previous examination latest by 31 March 2011

For more information contact-:
NTS National Level Examination
Inquiry: Phone No. : 011-26560464,

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

In the name of matrimony

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By RK Rishikesh Sinha

A year back I wrote an article on Lohong – the one and only Bishnupriya Manipuri matrimonial site. Again I am hitting on this site since with the passage of time my appreciation towards it is increasing manifold. I have great regards with the whole concept behind the development of the site. Also there is a sweet pain seeing the web environment that is around it.

I expect few of the matrimonial sites might have popped up around this post. These sites depending upon your geographical location would have thrown upon you many known and unknown matrimonial sites. If you are in India you might see images and links associated with sites like Jeevansathi.com, Shaadi.com, SecondShaadi.com, SimpleMarry.com, Bharatmatrimony.com, Communitymatrimony.com etc.

To be noted that Jeevansathi.com is a Naukri.com venture of Info Edge (I) Ltd – India’s first Internet-based company which went public. Here, for the sake of an example, Jeevansathi.com has been taken for consideration. You can visit any site.

What you have seen visiting the site(s)? You would notice there is:

Community-based categorization: Assamese Matrimonials, Bihari Matrimonials, Bengali Matrimonials, Oriya Matrimonials, Gujarati Matrimonials, Marathi Matrimonials, South
Kannada Matrimonials, Kerala Matrimonial, Tamil Matrimonials, Telugu Matrimonials,
Marwari Matrimonials, Parsi Matrimonials.

Caste matrimonial: Baniya, Bhandari, Bhavsar, Billava, Brahmin, Bhumihar and lot more.

Here, the point I would try to make is that with so much money flowing around these sites, nobody heed to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, and doesn’t see it is as a money-spinning business around it. However, these sites see money in the Parsi community, which I suppose would be numerically small community in comparison to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

And here, our small (well in comparison to this big sites) site Lohong.com doing the same for a small community – matching alliances in one corner of the World Wide Web.

I find Lohong.com a beautiful site. Beauty coming from its being small, catering to a small community, with a small URL ‘www.manipuri.com’.

I wish the Lohong.com to grow and become one of the favourite destinations for all the Bishnupriya Manipuris worldwide. Alas! Here, something is missing – we don’t have enough web traffic.

In some other post, I will discuss whether we have constant Bishnupriya Manipuri web traffic or we have to generate it.

Monday, 26 July 2010

ITBP Constable GD vacancy July-2010

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Advertisement for recruitment of Constable (General Duty - GD) in ITBP

Applications are invited for filling up the 850 posts of Constables in ITB Police from Indian citizens. Last date for receipt of applications is 22/09/2010. Last date is 29/09/2010 for the candiates from far-flung areas.

Constable (General Duty - GD) : 850 posts in various states of India, Age : Between 18 to 23 years as on 01/08/2010, Qualification : Matriculation or 10th class pass.

Application Form : OMR application will be used for this recruitment which will be available in the Head Post Offices of district in the all states for which this recruitment is being done. This OMR form will be available from 23/08/2010 onwards on payment of Rs.40/-

How to Apply : OMR Application Form should be sent to reach the DIG (Pers-2 & Rectt.), Director General, Indo Tibet Border Police Force, Block No. II, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 on or before the last date 22/09/2010.

For complete detail of the advertisement, visit Recruitment section at http://itbp.gov.in/

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Literary meet

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By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 22: An executive committee meeting of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) was held at Maligaon with NBMSP’s loutak Guwahati branch president Sashi Kumar Sinha in the chair recently. The meeting was also attended by NBMSP’s Assam State committee general secretary Manasi Sinha who visited Guwahati recently.

Courtesy: The Sentinel [July 22, 2010]

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Nine day long Lord Jagnnath Puja ends with return Yatra in Arunachal Pradesh

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Pasighat: The nine-day-long Jagnnath Puja (Rath Yatra) ended with the return Yatra of Lord Jagannatha, his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra entering into the Manipuri temple, situated at Pasighat Bazaar (opposite of Balaji temple).

The Bishnupriya Monipuri community celebrates the Rath Yatra annually with devotional favour and joy. Hundreds of devotees thronged revered Manipuri Jagnnatha temple and offered puja.

This spectacular Puja/festival is celebrated in the month of Asadha, on the second day of the lunar fortnight that falls during June-July. Popularly known as Rath Yatra, this is celebrated in the honor of Lord Jagannatha who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Rath Yatra commemorates the journey of Lord Krishna from Gokul to Mathura. It also symbolizes a journey to light from the dark.

Courtesy: Orissadiary.com July 23, 2010

Friday, 23 July 2010

Rath Yatra celebrated in Itanagar

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From a Correspondent

Along with the rest of the devotees of Lord Jagannath in India and abroad, the Bishnupriya Manipuri community residing in Itanagar has celebrated the famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath with religious fervor at Gohpur Tinali, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on July 18 last.

Around 150 devotees from Kimin, Doimukh, Naharlagun and Itanagar thronged the festival venue with great enthusiasm and offered puja to the Lord Jagannath. Jugal Arati and Jagannath Arati performed by the devotees reverberated through the hillock that surrounded the festival venue. The most important and much awaited part of the festival was the kechurir pali organized by Haridas Sinha and Sudhir Sinha on behalf of the community. The joy of women folk knew no bound when they took part in the devotional song and dance performance of ‘Jaydev.’ The prasad – kechuri along with delicious cuisine “ushair khar” (made with bamboo shoots) was talk of every household after the celebration. However, rath yatra was symbolic as the chariot could not be erected due to some unavoidable circumstances in the hilly town.

On the concluding day of Rath Yatra on July 21, Bishnupriya Manipuri of the Naharlagun, organised Kechuri Pali and Rath Yatra at the residential premises of Amal Sinha, Polo Colony, Naharlagun. Around 200 people from various parts of the state capital gathered at the celebration. Jaydev and devotional aratis were performed with much enthusiasm during the celebration.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Bisnupriya Manipuri Welfare Society Itanagar formed

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From a Correspondent

Around 196 languages in India including about 120 in Northeast are included in endangered list, according to the UNESCO report - 2009. What is more pathetic is that one of the 10 Great Andamanese languages died due to death of last speaker of this language Boa Sr. in the recent past. Though such kind of information cannot deter the unwavering mind set of Bishnupriya Manipuri community, involvement of each and every community members to be in the forefront of the civilization in the world is necessary.


Keeping this view in mind, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Community of Itanagar, state capital of Arunachal Pradesh unanimously formed an organization, christened as Bishnupriya Manipuri Welfare Society in a meeting held at the side line of Kechuri Pali on July 18. A 21-member executive body was also formed with Rakhal Mishra, Shashi Kumar Sinha and Haridas Sinha as president, vice president and general secretary respectively.

However, it was a testing time for the convener of the meeting to have such an organization as our community people were determined to turn the glorious moment into a merriment with memoirs of their village life.

The meeting started with retired Govt official Shashi Kumar Sinha on chair had speakers like Brajo Gopal Sinha (SBI Itanagar), Haridas Sinha, and Satya Sinha and others.
Brajo Gopal the chief guest of the meeting in his addressed said, the community needs a malthep first in order to facilitate exchange of ideas and pave the way for marching forward. Haridas Sinha put emphasis on having a fund for organizing cultural and traditional events and look into individual problems of community people in the hours of need in Itanagar. Satya Sinha advocated for formation of an organisation to stand together.


Earlier, Convener Ranjit Sinha explained aim and objective of the meeting and called upon the participants to stand together in order to contribute in the development of the community. He also gave a brief lecture on the need of united effort to promote our culture and tradition.

The participants expressed their sincere thanks to the organizers of the Keshurir Pali and Rath Yatra. They also lauded Ranjit Sinha for bringing awareness among the community people here in Arunachal Pradesh.

L.L Production releases music albums and books

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By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

A day before the Sri Sri Jagannath’s Ratha Yatra festival on July 12, 2010, L.L Production released a devotional video ‘Dasho Avatar’, a Bishnupriya Manipuri western music album ‘Gomnei’, a collection of poems ‘Hridir Bina’, and a three act play ‘Gaj Tal’.


The songs in the ‘Dasho Avatar’ DVD are in the voice of Tushar Arjun and Prabhas Kanti Sinha. It contains original composition of Bhakta Kavi Jayadeva’s “Praloy Payodhi Jole” and “Shrito Kamal” along with six other composed “jaidev” songs in Bishnupriya Manipuri by Prabhas Kanti Sinha and Hirendra Sinha. Pramila Sinha(Punu) is the Producer of the album, directed by Hirendra Sinha and Project concept by Prabhas Kanti Sinha. Instruments played by Gopinath Sinha (Mridango) and Chandan Saikia (Flute). Other artists in the album are Ravi Sinha, Bibhul Sinha, Sarojini Sinha and Sudevi Sinha. The shooting of the DVD took place at the Malthep of Dakhingaon, Guwahati.


The Bishnupriya Manipuri western music album ‘Gomnei’ is produced by (the first Bishnupriya Manipuri) Rock Band JAM STATION. Dr. Debendra Kr. Sinha, President, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, released the audio album. All lyrics and music is composed by Vishal Sinha and Sudarshan Sinha (except one song by Henry Sinha (Track-3) and one by Bryan Adams (Track-7)). Vishal Sinha is the lead singer in the album. In the instruments, Vishal and Sudarshan played the guitars, Jaan in the bass guitar and Tapan in the drums.





“Hridir Bina” – a collection of poems in Bishnupriya Manipuri language -- is written by Pratap Sinha, Superintendent of Police, Hamren, Karbi Anglong, Assam. Jogendra Kumar Sinha, President, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parishad, released the book.






Gaj Tal” – a three act play in Bishnupriya Manipuri written by Dramatist Shyam Sunder Sinha of Gorarband and President of Radha Madhav Seva Puja Parichalan Samiti was released by Chandrakanta Sinha, Working President of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha.

The event was organised at the Community Hall of Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Sevashram, Silchar.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council: Few Pertinent Questions (Part II)

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By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

The Government of Assam has been making concerted efforts in fulfilling the aspiration of people of the backward regions and backward communities relating to their socio-cultural identity, language, education and economic development. Therefore, its objective is to create the self governing Autonomous/Development Councils and provide the constitutional protection to these communities, under the sixth schedule, to fulfil the economic, educational, and linguistic aspiration and the preservation of socio-cultural and ethnic identity. This concept of village centric councils in contiguous area without a defined boundary was from the recommended constitution of the Bhupinder Committee of village councils and regional councils.

Let us talk about our Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council which was said to be granted to us. It has been reported that the most of the Bishnupriya Manipuri people have been kept in dark as far as their aspiration vis-a-vis the aims and objectives of the Development Council, is concerned. There has been no news of Community meeting so far held to discuss upon aims and objective of the council after last March 25th declaration by Government except a meeting of Assam NBMM State committee on formation of executive committee of the council on last Buddha Purnima day, the 27th May 2010. Again it has been reported that there was an NBMM central committee meeting recently held on last 4th July 2010 at Silchar to discuss inclusion of NBMM recommended candidates with the already prepared list of executive members of Development Council committee. 

Sorry to mention here that the very purpose of arranging the meeting was defeated as the final list could not be declared at the meeting because of the prepared list (at Guwahati) was not available and at the same time there was no mention of fresh date of declaration of final list. There was a rumour spread in Guwahati and Silchar that a supplementary budget being prepared, and our Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council is being considered for the allotment of fund. 

One cannot understand without the ground work on formation i.e the area of the development council comprising the Bishnupriya Manipuri villages as per an annexure prepared and notified by the state Government -- how can an allotment be made? The villages are be constituted, say Anchalik Unnayan Parishad. The state Government would provide an amount to be decided every year on population ratio basis, as grant in aid in installments for executing development works. Has the council prepared a plan with the amount likely to be available for development works both under State/Central share? Has Government intimated the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council about its formation of organisation to run the Council i.e will there be any chief or Dy chief of council along with executive members to run the council?

Bishnupriya Manipuri community wants to know (1) Aims and objectives of the Development Council, (2) The formulation of ACT to run the Council (3) What are the Plan Programs so far submitted to Government and so on.


Saturday, 3 July 2010

Mahasabha thank Gogoi for separate OBC serial number

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By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 2: The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) thanked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for the Cabinet decision taken yesterday to give a separate serial number for the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in the OBC list. Talking to this reporter, NBMM secretary general Uday Sinha from Silchar said: “It’s the fulfilment of a long-standing demand of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. We thank the Chief Minister for this Cabinet decision on issuance of a separate serial number for the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in the OBC list and the recent notification for the setting of a development council for the wellbeing of the community.”

According to Sinha, the Assam Other Backward Classes Commission had issued a corrigendum on March 18, 1996 amending the serial No. 13 of the OBC list through a notification (TAD/OBC/92/94/PT/3) stating that serial number 13 in the OBC list would read as “Manipuri including Bishnupriya Manipuri, Brahmin Manipuri and Manipuri Muslims”. “Against this decision of the Commission dated September 29, 1095, K Kumardhan Singh filed a writ petition before the Gauhati High Court. In its order issued on April 9, 1999, the High Court directed that the Bishnupriya Manipuri should be included in the list of OBC under a separate serial number of the said list for the purpose of reservation in public service in Assam under Article 16 (A) of the Constitution,” Sinha said, and added: “Against this decision of the Gauhati High Court, the State of Manipur and K Kumardhan Singh filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court that upheld the order of the Gauhati High Court.”

Courtesy: The Sentinel (July 2, 2010)
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