Monday, 30 August 2010

BMWSAP chalks out annual plan

From a Correspondent
ITANAGAR, Aug 30: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Welfare Society of Arunachal Pradesh (BMWSAP) has formulated plan and policies of the Society here on Aug 22.
In its first executive body meeting of the society it was resolved to preserve and promote the culture and traditions of the community in bigger way. Society also decided to help explore latent talent of the students and felicitate the brilliant students of the community in its annual general body meeting.
However, in order to make the scheduled program a grand success, society emphasized on monthly subscription by the community members in addition to donation and contribution from well-wishers.
Meanwhile, the Society appointed Brajogopal Sinha as its president while Rakhal Mishra (formerly president) has been elevated to the post of advisor.

Society mourns death of social activists

From a Correspondent

ITANAGAR, Aug 30: The rank and file of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Welfare Society of Arunachal Pradesh (BMWSAP) mourned the death of one of the working presidents of Nikhil Bishnpupriya Manipuri Mahasabha Padmasen Sinha who breathed his last in Bangladesh on Aug 14.

In a condolence meeting held at Itanagar on Aug 22, Society’s president Brajogopal Sinha said, apart from being an executive engineer, Padmasen Sinha was known as social activist both in Bangladesh and India. His contribution as working president of Mahasabha will be remembered by community people for ever.
The untimely demise of the devoted social worker is an irreparable loss to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, he added.

The Society also condoled the death of Sandhya Rani Sinha, a woman social activist and proprietor of the Nuwa Ela, (a Bishnupriya Manipuri literary journal) who died at Silchar (Assam) in recent past.
With her towering and amiable personality, Late Sandhya Rani was the torch bearer among the women section not only in Bishnupriya Manipuri society but in other communities also. Her contributions towards spiritual development, woman empowerment shall always be remembered for ever by the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, the Society said and added that it was for her determination and commitment towards society that the ‘Nuwa Ela’ is still blooming and igniting the society to reach the goal of perfection. The society also recalled the contribution of Sishir Sinha, (Guwahati), a silent and devoted social activist who breathed his last in 2nd week of August and also condoled the death of Satyajit Sinha, (Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh), a retired Govt official and senior member of the BM community of the state. He had passed away due to sudden illness in July last.

The members of BMWSAP observe 1 minute’s silence for eternal peace of the departed souls and pray to the Almighty God to bestow enough strength to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Kartik Sena Sinha name appears in the Rs. 1,000-cr PDS scam

Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service
Guwahati, August 24

Special Investigation Cell of the Arunachal Pradesh Police today arrested former Chief Minister Gegong Apang from Itanagar in connection with a multi-crore Public Distribution System (PDS) scam in the hill state.

The scam, which took place when Apang was the CM, involved embezzlement of around Rs 1,000 crore with the help of fake bills submitted through the Food Corporation of India (FCI). The bills pertained to Hill Transport Subsidy and Road Transport Charges.

Apang was booked under Sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has also been slapped on him.

The former CM was remanded in seven-day police custody. While being taken to the district and sessions court at Lakhimpur in Assam, Apang said: “It is a political conspiracy to malign my image. I am not involved in any PDS scam. The truth will come to the fore if the CBI is allowed to investigate the case.”

The special cell, constituted to probe the scam, had in October 2008 submitted a list of 40 persons to the Gauhati High Court. Apang’s name appears at serial number 5 of that list, with the first four being two former directors of food and civil supply, NN Osik and Hage Batt (IAS), ex-secretary, food and civil supply, JP Rai (IAS) and former special officer to Apang, SP Bhutia.

Names of two MLAs —Nikh Kamin (of Arunachal) and Kartik Sena Sinha (of Assam) — also figure in the list apart from another IAS officer V Abraham, who is a former transport director of Arunachal.

The special cell was formed at the instruction of the Gauhati High Court after it had taken up a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Bamang Anthony, who sought the court’s intervention after he came across certain anomalies in the state PDS. The HC has been monitoring the investigation into the case on regular basis.

Arunachal and five other hill states of the North-East get two types of reimbursements from the Centre for transportation of foodgrains under the PDS —- Road Transport Charges for lifting of foodgrains from the nearest railhead of FCI depots to the base depots and Hill Transport Subsidy for moving the stock from the base depots to the approved principal distribution centres.

Courtesy: The Tribune, Chandigarh (August 24, 2010) 

Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Rebati Mohan Sinha
By Rebati Mohan Sinha
Working President
Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, Mumbai

This is a tribute to Padmasan Sinha, my beloved colleague, and the Working President of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, who  left us on 14th August 2010 for his heavenly abode.

His demise was a great shock to us. We barely thought about this that happened so soon. He was introduced to me at Silchar by Dr. Debendra Kumar Sinha, President, NBMM on the occasion of “World Conference 2003” organized by Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha. Within no time we became close because of a common habit, that of chewing tobacco paan. At that time, I knew very little of his personal and family back ground. He told me that he was from village Sripur of Bhanugachh and his father`s name was Tanuba Sinha, and he holds a diploma in Engineering. I learned from him that he has fought for the Independence of Bangladesh as a Mukti Yuddhwa. I remember, when I told him about my involvement with Mukti Vahini in Diamond Harbour, a southern suburb of Kolkata located on the banks of the Hooghly River. He stood up and embraced me. Those days (pre-Bangladesh Liberation war time), being a Bengali speaking Naval Architect, I had been given a responsibility of monitoring the stability of boats being loaded with mines and depth charges for saboteur work in rivers like Pushur in erstwhile East Pakistan.

His long cherished wish of visiting Mumbai remained as a distant dream as he could not attend “Sylhet 2010” which was recently concluded in Mumbai. When I, on behalf of Sreehatta Sammilani, Mumbai, had extended an invitation to join us for the celebration, he expressed his inability. Whenever there was a function or an occasion like Mahasabha Adhiveshan in India, days before he used to plan out all details, so that at the grand finale nothing was found amiss. He used to address others problem, as if it were his own with a smile, without ever sharing his own worries. I came to know that it was a very moving sight to see hundreds of people following him on his final journey. People from all walks of life had joined the procession.

The deeds of this eminent personality are very difficult to pen down in mere words. He was a philanthropist, a philosopher and a guide whose very life itself was like a living example of how to lead ones life. He lived his life with courage and dignity, strong values and honesty, commitment and generosity. He had just started Padma Memorial Public High School in Islampur, he was the President of Manipuri (Bishnupriya & Meitei) Samaj Kalyan Samiti and donated a piece of land for its offices; but he could not complete the full project.

He was an active member of Rotary Club of Sylhet and the President of Manipuri Adivasi Forum of Bangladesh. He left us at this time when we needed him the most. Few people in this world have his refined qualities. His absence has left a serious vacuum.

Today as we look into mirror of time, we see his honesty, hard work and vision that enabled people around him to grow constantly from one milestone to another.

His incredible optimism and wonderful sense of humour brought rainbows in the cloudy (weather) moments. We are grateful for the gentle guidance and immense love with which you led us ahead and we pray that God grants you eternal peace and joy that you so richly deserve. We salute this true soldier and bid him adieu. May his eternal soul rest in peace and inspire us to tackle our routine life.

Bishnupriya Manipuri writers condole death of B’desh social activist

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Aug 16: The Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF), Guwahati, condoled the death of Bangladesh Manipuri Samaj Kalyan Samiti president Padmasen Sinha, who was one of the working presidents of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM). The social worker died in Bangladesh on August 14. Talking to The Sentinel over telephone, BMWF president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha said that Padmasen Sinha, who was the executive engineer of the Sylhet Municipal Corporation (SMC), had led a group of muktibahini during the Bangladesh Liberation War. He was actively associated with many Bishnupriya Manipuri organizations in Bangladesh and India, DILS Sinha said, and added that the untimely demise of the social worker would create a void that would be very difficult to fill.

Courtesy: The Sentinel (August 16, 2010)

Monday, 16 August 2010

United Bank Clerk recruitment Aug-2010

( A Govt. of India Undertaking)
11, Hemant Basu Sarani, Kolkata – 700001

United Bank of India, a leading (Nationalised) Public Sector Bank having one of the highest business productivity and profitability growth rate with all India presentation, invites applications from Indian citizens for following posts : 
Clerk : 700 posts (UR-378,SC-109,ST-60,OBC-153) in various states of India, Age : 18-28 years, Qualification :  10+2 with minimum 60% marks, 5% relaxation for SC/ST/OBC or Graduate in any discipline, should have 3 months course from State/Central Government or AICTE recognised insitution, Pay Scale :  Rs. 7200-19300/-

Applicaton Fee :  Rs.200/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PWD/XS candidates) to be deposited at any of the Branches of United Bank of India, through a Deposit Challan as per the format given on the Bank’s website in the account no. 0098012426107

How to Apply : Apply online at United Bank website only from 23/08/2010 to 22/09/2010.  Take a printout of the submitted application form and keep it for future use and reference only. Please do not send it the bank.: 

Important Dates :
Opening Date for online Application : 23/08/2010
Closing Date for online Application : 22/09/2010
Tentative Date of Written Test  : 28/11/2010

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Hanuman Meets Rama

By Ritwick Sinha, Class-IV, Section-A
Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Guwahati.

Rama and Lakshmana
Hanuman with Rama and Lakshmana
During the period of Rama’s Vanavasa, Sita was abducted by Ravana, the powerful king of Lanka. Rama and his brother Lakshmana were determined to find her and rescue her. When Rama and Lakshmana were wandering about, the fugitive king Sugreeva was alarmed to see the two mighty heroes as they approached the mountain, and his mind filled with dread.
Sugreeva sends his minister Hanuman to ascertain their identities. Hanuman approached the two brothers in the guise of a Brahmin. He addressed them, praising them is sweet voice, “Who are you two young heroes?” You look like young kings or royal sages. What brings you to this region?” “We are Rama and Lakshamana, the sons of Dasharatha of Ayodhya. Sita, my beloved wife, has been abducted by some rakshasas in our absence. I have come here to seek the help of Sugreeva – the king of vanaras,” Rama said. Hanuman was delighted and fell at Rama’s feet. He said, “I am Hanuman, son of Vayu and Sugreeva’s minister. It is Sugreeva’s good fortune that you should sought him out and come to him.” Hanuman then brings about a friendship and alliance between Rama and Sugreeva; Rama helps Sugreeva regain his honour and makes him king of Kishkindha. Sugreeva and vanaras, most notably Hanuman, help Rama defeat Ravana and reunite with Sita. An emotional Rama hugs Hanuman, declaring him as dear to him as his own beloved brother.

Hanuman, after having met his lord Rama never left his side and continued to devoted to him for rest of his life.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Dr. Krishnadas Sinha Sastri awarded Ph.D by Gauhati University


Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) has been awarded to Dr. Krishnadas Sinha Sastri on 30th July by Gauhati University. The title of the thesis is "A Study of Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa and its relevance to Bishnupriya Manipuri Community". Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa is a magnum opus composed by Gopala Bhatta Goswami, one of the six Goswamis of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Philosophy. It is a great Vaisnava Smriti/ Agama on which entire Vaisnava ritualism, regulation and superstructure stands. A critical study has been made by Dr. Krishnadas Sinha Sastri in his research work and it is first of its kind that has been carried out. Dr. Krishnadas Sinha has MA degree in two subjects- Philosophy and Sanskrit Literature. Besides, he has been honoured with the title of Sastri in Sahitya (Kavya) and Saraswat Vyakarana in Sanskrit. He is a Sr. Civil Service Officer of Tripura.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Return road rough for expelled Assam BJP MLAs

SILCHAR: The four BJP MLAs, who were expelled from the party for supporting the Congress in the last Rajya Sabha polls, are eager to get re-entry to the party. They have already "applied" for the same at different levels of the party. But sources said the BJP leadership is in no mood to get the "corrupt" and "politicians with dubious character" back to the party fold. 

The four MLAs included: Rumi Nath (Borkhola), Sambhu Singh Mallah (Ratabari), Kartik Sena Sinha (Patharkandi) and Abhijit Hazarika (Rangapara).

The sources said the MLAs led by Rumi Nath from Borkhola constituency in Cachar met senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley last month during his visit to Silchar. They requested him to withdraw the expulsion and treat them as regular party members. They even are ready to beg pardon for the role they played during the Upper House elections. The sources said the legislators cited the examples of some other expelled party leaders who were brought back to the BJP after an interval. 

The MLAs not only got in touch with president Nitin Gadkari and urged him to get them back, but also they have been continuing with their requests over the months. The four MLAs Rumi Nath (Borkhola), Sambhu Singh Mallah (Ratabari), Kartik Sena Sinha (Patharkandi) and Abhijit Hazarika (Rangapara) had instead of voting for the opposition's combined candidate Jayanta Baruah whom the BJP was supporting, voted for Congress candidate Silvius Condopan. The BJP soon suspended the four and later Gadkari expelled them for their "unpardonable indiscipline and anti-party activities". The sources said the four MLAs started believing that the Congress leadership would nominate them as party candidates during next assembly elections on the basis of reported "promise" made by the leaders after cross-voting. 

But now it became clear to them that Congress leadership is not ready to consider them as candidates. This made the expelled legislators eager to come back. 

Political observers understand that even if the four go on with contesting the next assembly elections as independents, it will prove to be a doom for their political career, as the people are fuming against them for defying party discipline. 

Courtesy: The Times of India (August 9, 2010)
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