Sunday, 29 May 2011

Sony's X Factor shows X factors of two northeasteners

In the Sony TV’s much-hyped talent show “X Factor”, two contestants from North East will show their singing talent. Tushar Arjun from Assam, a Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contestant, and Smita Nandi from Tripura, a contestant of Zee TV Little Champ. X Factor starts on 29th May 2011.

Presented as world’s biggest singing talent show in India, Sony TV will be spending Rs 80 million on its marketing.

Those contestants who survive the first auditions graduate to "boot camp" and will then be divided into three categories: 16 - 25 years, individuals over 25 years and groups.

The singing talent show has roped in versatile playback singers Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghosal, and director Sanjay Leela Bansali, as judges.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Singha Gautam catches NBMM president on wrong foot, warns of action

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 27: Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahashabha (NBMM) vice-president Anil Singha Gautam has caught NBMM president Dr Devendra Sinha on the wrong foot on the suspension of five office-bearers of the Mahasabha and its literary and cultural wings. At an emergent meeting held recently at Silchar with its president Dr Debendra Sinha in the chair, the NBMM had suspended its vice-presidents Krishnabhallab Sinha and Anil Singha Gautam, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) working president Biresh Ranjan Sinha, NBMSP general secretary DILS Lakshmindra Sinha and Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parishad vice-president Banabir Sinha for “anti-organizational activities”.

Reaction to the suspension order, NBMM vice-president Anil Singha Gautam said that the modus operandi followed in the suspension was “unconstitutional and illegal”. “According to the NBMM constitution, only the central general Assembly can take disciplinary action against any office-bearers of the central executive committee of the Mahasabha. However, Dr Sinha has neither convened the Central General Assembly nor the Central Executive Committee of the Mahasabha while taking the decision for the suspension of the five office-bearers. He has taken the decision at a meeting with a few of his followers. The Bishnupriya Manipuri community will not tolerate such an illegal action. He (Dr Sinha) will be properly dealt with for this action.”

Talking to this reporter, Singha Gautam said that he was shocked when he had come to know that veteran leaders of the community like Biresh Ranjan Sinha, Krishna Bhallab Sinha and DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, who sacrificed their entire life for the well-being of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, had been suspended from their respective posts they were holding in the NBMM, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) and the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parishad (NBMSP).

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Wall of information

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Recently we witnessed gush of comments and reactions appearing in a Bishnupriya Manipuri group in Facebook. It accumulated over 300 reactions and some of the reactions were indeed excellent and logical. To any online enthusiast, it was a Halley ’s Comet, once in a blue moon occurance to watch the lightning speed, the enthusiasm of the members, and above all the crowd-knowledge that they generate within hours. Very hard to see! But alas! The thread was deleted.

comments revisited

Such incidents have happened earlier in Orkut as well. The whole discussions on some topics were deleted. Had I been the moderator or the owner of the group, I wouldn’t have deleted it. I would have preserved it. Reason being that we moderate the digital assets that are under our control, but hardly we care to tweak any type of myths about us that are flowing in the internet world and in the print. So everytime, we recreate history again and again.

Those who have read and followed Bishnupriya Manipuri blogs created by Ashim Singha and Name Doesnot Matter (before this blog), they might have observed that such negative reactions appearing in the comment section were very common. However, the trend came to nil. So far, this blog didn’t witness any such comments or reactions. Something distasteful reactions appearing in other sites about us were not republished here. Hitherto, those* people who trespassed here were resilient, and affirmed their ignorance about us, the Bishnupriya Manipuris.

We all have witnessed that ignorant people tag us with duplicate, non-Manipuri, lower caste of some community and blah-blah stuffs. To the word ‘duplicate’ — Are we ‘products’ like shampoo, soap, washing machines that could be remanufactured and duplicated? Culture and customs cannot be copied, it could only be assimilated and it takes centuries to assimilate and evolve. Such morons do come often online, and they have to be taught a bit of history, sociology, historiography, political science, and above all manners and respect for humanity.

To conclude, we had many a slip between the cup and the lip, and let it not happen again.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Winds of change

By Rishikesh Sinha (Pink Floyd)

Although I don’t remember the complete line but I once met a backpacker from US in Shillong who had this to say with great disappointment "everywhere I travel I only find America." Well I would not like to dwell much on his philosophical conclusion as deep thought numbs me but obviously he was only expressing his sadness with people's fascination towards western consumerist culture and which people are lapping it up as if there is no tomorrow and thereby changing their outlook at the expense of their own rich culture.

Abheek Sinha
Take for instance the way the new cool kid Abheek Sinha’s (Bollywood fame) Gothic or Transsexual style statement with rings all over the face. There is no way you can now deconstruct a Bishnupriya Manipuri in a generic sense whether in terms of looks, sensibilities or habits as all boundaries are now being busted. In my time, it was difficult to reflect a rebellious and daring style statement with our sense of being Bishnupriya Manipuri. At best, I have sprouted a ponytail during my college days but my dad ruined it with his distasteful trenchant comment “hi de, Isalpa go para sot.” Though I did carry the Nazi Germany’s famed fanatic unit Schutzstaffeln (in short SS) bald head look for quite sometime after having discovered twisted Nazi ideology but to my dismay no one cared a hoot and instead became an object of ridicule.

Herein my objective of narrating Abheek’s style statement was purely metaphorical to reflect the changes we see in the society and not to take pot shots at him.( We all love him by the way.) Till a decade or so meat eating was considered a taboo at least in our villages but the myth has now busted. I was more attuned and aware of the idea of people indulging in their spiritually corrupt carnal pleasure of eating meat outside the confines of their homes but it shocked me no end to find today's youth bringing it to the confines of their village homes. Matters which was in Whispers has now become Bold and Loud.

Once again I wish to reiterate, I am not voicing my displeasure towards those who take meat as I am no Holy Cow either. I had my own shares of vices in my time (still do), have rebelled without purpose so that I look Hip and Cool and have also experienced near death owing to my experiment with Joints and Stuff (you name it). It is another matter meat eating is something I didn't do as my parents raised me like a true blue Bishnupriya Manipuri in my formative years; although by high school I thought of them to be alien but didn't have the heart to give a heart attack to my Dad. By the time I grew up and began to live independently, I never felt the urge.

Anyway, now coming back to the point, cross dressing, weird hair styles or taking taboo food does not shock us anymore.

Which brings to the pertinent question knocking my head what does it mean to be a Bishnupriya Manipuri in this fast changing times? Are we drifting apart from our spiritual ideals or we don’t care? What does the future hold for us as a community? Are we really going strong as far as our cultural, philosophical and spiritual development is concerned? Are we as a community really making an effort to leave a strong legacy behind? Do people and especially youngsters really believe, if we are really going to survive the next wave in a global assault of self-indulgent culture? What should be an ideal Bishnupirya Manipuri be? Are Inter caste marriage acceptable? Is conversion to other faith acceptable and if so is it right for the person to call himself/herself Bishnupriya Manipuri? Are same Gotra marriages acceptable? Will it be good if our community elect a spiritual leader in the lines of Dalai Lama or Catholic Pope? Do we really love our community or feel it as a burden for being born into it?

Politically, Is it morally right for a Bishnupriya Manipuri to vote for a overwhelmingly Bangladeshi Muslim party like AIUDF?

I have lot more serious questions but no clear answers yet.

NBMM suspends 5 office-bearers

Courtesy: The Sentinel
From a Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 22: At its emergent meeting held today at Silchar with its president Dr Debendra Sinha in the chair, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMM) suspended some of its office-bearers and office-bearers of its literary and cultural wings for what it said their anti-organizational activities.

Talking to this reporter from Silchar, vice-president of the Assam State committee of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Simu Sinha, said: “At its emergent meeting today, the NBMM has suspended its vice-presidents Krishnabhallab Sinha and Anil Singha Gautam, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) working president Biresh Ranjan Sinha, NBMSP general secretary DILS Lakshmindra Sinha and Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parishad vice-president Banabir Sinha for anti-organizational activities.”

Sinha further said that today’s meeting declared the convention called on May 29 at Patharkandi by the dissident NBMM leaders as illegal.

The meeting also congratulated Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for making it to Dispur for the third time in a row.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Fire in Facebook Group

Members of a Bishnupriya Manipuri group in Facebook went berserk and it virtually stirred the hornet's nest when a post questioned the identity of Bishnupriya Manipuris.

Within no time, mountain of reactions started pouring, so far it has collated 210 reactions on that particular thread.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Five years of Kartik

Kartik Sena Sinha failed to win from the Patharkandi constituency in the Assam Assembly election.

In his 5-year journey of being an MLA, we readers all across India and abroad came to know about him in different shades : As a chief-guest in each and every social gatherings of Bishnupriya Manipuri; a politician who changed party, an architect of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council; and also as a producer of Bishnupriya Manipuri films and music. His alleged involvement in multi-crore PDS scam came as a surprise to us. Kartik Sena Sinha was also the third richest MLA in the last Assam Assembly.

Back in 1997, when there was no news and updates about him and all-knowing Google gave a blank result, “Who is this Bisnupriya Manipuri guy Kartik Sena Sinha?” was the first article in the Internet to appear about him. 

Time went on, news and updates started pouring in from different sources: from Sentinel, and from our own people.

Here are the few important articles/ news that appear in this blog. The list is not exhaustive.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

SCERT ‘blamed’ for late submission of manuscripts

Courtesy: The Sentinel

'Textbooks of the minor languages like Bishnupriya Manipuri, Manipuri, Garo, Nepali and others are very late’

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 4: Due to late submission of manuscripts of textbooks by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to the Assam State Textbooks Production and Publication Corporation (ASTPPC), the latter has not been able to publish textbooks on time, leading to scarcity of textbooks in the market. Though students of the government schools have got almost all of their textbooks free of cost, students of private schools have not been getting them.

As the procedure goes, the SCERT has to submit manuscripts of textbooks of class I to VIII to the ASTPPC by September-October every year so as to enable to the Corporation to publish and distribute the books among the district headquarters by January. The cost of the production and publication of the textbooks is borne by the Sarba Siksha Abhiyan (SSA).

However, this year, the SCERT submitted manuscripts to the Corporation till February 26 leading to the delay in production and publication of textbooks. According to sources, textbooks of the minor languages like Bishnupriya Manipuri, Manipuri, Garo, Nepali and others were very late. According to sources, the corporation publishes on its own the textbooks that are just reprinted. However, in the event of publication of textbooks in accordance with the new syllabi, the Corporation cannot do anything unless it gets the manuscripts from the SCERT on time. This year, about 140 of the 257 manuscripts submitted by the SCERT to the ASTPPC are fresh textbooks in accordance with the new syllabi.

Sources in the ASTPPC alleged that the manuscripts of textbooks sent to them by the SCERT in the ‘DBD form’ were done with inexperienced people, and as a results the manuscripts had a large number of errors. “We had to correct the errors ourselves, and that also took extra time,” the sources said.

“Textbooks of a number of classes have not been received as yet. The students and their guardians keep coming to collect textbooks, but we fail to provide them,” an employee of Guwahati Book Depot, a book shop located at Panbazar in the city, told this reporter. An employee of Gyandeep, another book shop also at Panbazar, also told this reporter the same story.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Congress wins 13 out of 15 seats in Barak Valley

Courtesy: The Sentinel

From our Staff Reporter

SILCHAR, May 13: Keeping abreast with the rest of the State, the Congress in Barak Valley recorded a thumping as well as unbelievable victory by winning 13 out of 15 seats. In 2006, the Congress could not even win a single seat in Karimganj, but this time the ruling party, in spite of acute intra-party fight, won all the five seats. Even in Cachar, where the Congress had four MLAs, had bettered its tally by winning six out seven seats. On the other hand, Hailakandi could retain its tally of two intact, but this time Rahul Roy, who represented Algapur in the State Assembly, has lost the battle to Sahidul Alom Choudhury of the AGP. Other prominent leaders who had tasted defeat included Mission Ranjan Das, the leader of the BJP in the Assembly, and his party colleague Parimal Shuklabaidya of Dholai. Two more MLAs of the last Assembly also were defeated. They were Kartik Sena Sinha and Anwarul Haque. Prominent among the winners were two Ministers Gautam Roy and Dinesh Prasad Goala, two Parliamentary Secretaries Ajit Singh and Siddeque Ahmed, Silchar Municipal Board chairperson Susmita Dev, Officer on Special Duty to the State Irrigation Department Anamul Haque, Dr Rumi Nath, who got the nomination in a last minute drama.

In North Karimganj, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha of the Congress polled 45,027 votes where the outgoing and four time MLA Mission Ranjan Das could garner only 27,257. Abdul Muktadir Choudhury of the AIUDF polled 23,497 votes. In South Karimganj, Siddeque Ahmed of the ruling party won the seat by polling 45,336 whereas his nearest rival Iqbal Hussain of Trinamool Congress got 22,266 and Sipra Gun of the BJP got 20,443 votes. In Ratabari, former MLA Kripanath Mallah of the Congress won the seat polling 33,034 votes. His nearest contestant Nikhil Shuklabaidya polled 20,609 and Priyada Mallik got 17,499. In Badarpur, Congress candidate Jamaluddin Ahmed won the seat with his 35,843. Helal Ahmed of AIUDF finished second with 28,465 and BJP candidate Biswarup Bhattacharjee came down to the third position by polling 24,567.

In Katlicherra, Excise Minister Gautam Roy polled 62,315 votes to register his sixth consecutive win. AIUDF candidate Jyotish Dev was second by polling 32,001. The BJP candidate Joydeepa Paul got just 1,800 votes. In Middle Hailakandi, veteran Congress leader Abdul Muhib Majumder made a comeback in the state politics by winning the seat. He polled 37,030 votes. His nearest rival was BJP’s Subrata Nath, who got 27,983. The outgoing MLA Salimuddin of the AIUDF finished third with 17,207 votes. In Algapur, former Minister Sahidul Alom Choudhury polled 57,331 votes defeating Rahul Roy who got 42,116. BJP’s Sudip Dev could manage only 3,759 votes.

In Silchar Susmita Dev outclassed BJP’s Rajdeep Roy. Susmita got 56,278 votes where Rajdeep had to remain content with 42,328. CPM candidate finished third with just 5,826 votes.

In Lakhipur, Dinesh Prasad Goala won for the seventh time. He polled 51,950 whereas BJP’s Reena Singh got 21,887. In Borkhola, Dr Rumi Nath could keep her fort intact by polling 44,443 votes where the former Minister Misbahul Islam Laskar got 33,322 votes. In Sonai, Udharband and Dholai too the Congress had won but the details were not yet published.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

D-day for Kartik Sena Sinha

Come what may, May 13 will decide fate of many of the Assam legislators. The counting of votes of Assam election is due on Friday i.e., May 13, 2011. With bated breath, people are anxious to know which party will form the next government in Dispur. In addition, our eyes are set on the fate of Kartik Sena Sinha*.

Will he again win from the Patharkandi constituency? — is a million-dollar question to many. It has to be seen whether Kartik’s keen interest on “uplifting the economic status of his constituency and thereby improving people's living standards” (his Facebook page states) has been well taken by the people of Patharkandi or not?

* May 13, 2011 — Defeated by Monilal Gowala (INC)

Photo credit: Facebook

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Let History And Facts Speak About Manipuris: Book Review

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

It is pathetic that we all have been consuming in the name of ‘history’, the ‘traditional history’ i.e., the ‘history seen from above’ which is concerned almost exclusively with the political, social, and religious elites, and the history of the major communities. Our mind is full of this ‘history seen from above’ stuff, and it is empty with ‘history seen from below’ i.e., the history of common people; a history which is concerned with the activities and thoughts of those people and regions and even communities that were neglected by the so-called official historians.

The book Let History And Facts Speak About Manipuris, authored by Bhim Sen Singha and published by Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Sabha Parishad in 1984, is one such book which throws light in this direction i.e., from the perspective of Bishnupriya Manipuri community to its identity crisis.

The 50-page portrait size book gives an interesting read to the history of Bishnupriya Manipuri up to early 1980s. What is more riveting about this book is that it was published at the time when Assam was passing through a tumultuous period and the Bishnupriya Manipuri language struggle was at its peak.

More than that, what is more stirring and stimulating to read about this book is that it is not a figment of author’s imagination or his created hypotheses. The book is interlaced with facts, and facts from history. It comes as a concise compendium of sources and references of Bishnupriya Manipuri history.

The book will jolt you, will astound you, with its speedy layout. Intermeshed with characters of contemporary world and official letters, a reader will find that he or she is very near to all the events that get unfold page-after-page in the book. This book will supposedly end any misconception to a reader whose intellectual growth or understanding about the great Bishnupriya Manipuri language struggle is based on oral tradition.

Extending this thought, the book Let History And Facts Speak About Manipuris, supposedly breaks all the myths that are presented in the name of ‘history’ to the world about the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. It is an eye-opener to all the writers and authors who pen down without research about the community to read it at least read once from the few available books. 


The book Let History And Facts Speak About Manipuris is out of print. Hope, very few copies are available that too under the custody of private bookshelf.

Readers of this blog could help this book to go public.

The book has been completely photographed (and will be converted to text by me).

They have to correct the ‘converted’ text. That’s all.

The number of pages: 45
Format: Portrait

Readers can send their request with their email ID, the number of pages they are willing to work. Visit Contact Us page.

UPSC CDS-II Examination 2011

Jobs and Career

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS) (I), 2011 on 18th September, 2011 for admission to Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy amd Air force Academy for the Cources commencing in July, 2012 and Officers Training Academy, Chennai for the cources (Men and Women) commencing in October, 2012.


Vacancies :

  • Indian Military Academy, Dehradun : 250 posts
  • Naval Academy, Goa : 40 posts
  • Air Force Academy, Hyderabad : 32 posts
  • Officers Training Academy , Chennai : 175 posts
  • Officers Training Academy, Chennai (Women) : 25 posts

Conditions of Eligibility

(A) Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status:
For Indian Millitary Academy : Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1988 and not later than 1st January 1993 only are eligible.

For Naval Academy : Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1990 (2nd January, 1988 in case of NCC Naval wing 'C' certificate holders) and not later than 1st January 1993 only are eligible.

For Air Force Academy : Unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd January, 1989 and not later than 1st January 1993 only are eligible.

For Officers' Training Academy - (SSC Course for Men) : Male candidates (Unmarried or Married) born not earlier than 2nd January, 1987 and not later than 1st January 1993 only are eligible.

For Officers Training Academy - SSC (Women Non- Technical) Course : (a) Unmarried Women, issue less widows who have not remarried, and issue less divorcees (in possession of divorcee documents) who have not remarried are eligible. They should have been not earlier than 2nd January, 1987 and not later than 1st January, 1993.

(B) Educational Qualifications:

For Indian Millitary Academy and Officers' Training Academy : Degree of a recognised university or equivalent.

For Naval Academy : B.Sc. (with Physics & Mathematics ) or Bachelor of Engineering.
For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognised university (with Physics and Mathematics at 10+2 level) or Bachelor of Engineering.

Candidates who are studying in final year Degree Course and yet to pass final year degree examination or equivalent examination can also apply for the Examination, but they will be required to submit proof of passing the Degree Examination or equivalent examination by the specified dates.

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2. C.D.S. Mathematics
Dr. H. B. Pandey
Upkar Prakashan
Rs 180

3. CDS Exam Guide
R-47 / 978-81-7812-380-6
Ramesh Publishing House
Rs 295

4. CDS—Previous Years Papers (Solved)
R-1347 978-93-5012-047-7
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5. CDS Exam Previous Solved Papers
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8. Combined Defence Services Exam.
Jain & Kishore
Upkar Prakashan
Rs 310

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10. CDS Exam Guide
R-584 / 978-81-7812-437-7
Ramesh Publishing House
Rs 295

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12. Combined Defence Services Solved Paper
Upkar Prakashan
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Friday, 6 May 2011

An unexpected surprise

Personal Jottings

By RK Rishikesh Sinha

Surprises come in many hues.


While maintaining this blog for five years, I have encountered lot of astonishing surprises from the readers. Some readers take me

  1. as an old person.
  2. as a retired person.
  3. as a person having a wide network of contacts.
  4. as a person who knows each and every Bishnupriya Manipuri people.
  5. as a person who is an expert in the subaltern subject, the Bishnupriya Manipuri.
  6. with surprise that I am the person who maintains this blog! 
And some, do not even want to acknowledge me as a person who does many invisible work behind this blog.

All the above four points are wrong. I am not old and retired. Neither I am an all-know person nor I know each and every individual. About the fifth point, ‘Yes’ I would like to understand it.

Besides this, I didn’t know that there was another surprise stored for me. How it was unfurled?

Recently I got introduced to a boy who recently came from Guwahati to Delhi. As soon as he came to know that I am a Bishnupriya Manipuri, he said: Assamese papers in Guwahati were awestruck with our Bishnupriya Manipuri achievements in the Internet. It had created lot of discussions there [in Guwahati]. In his words: How a small community could have created a mammoth online literature in Wikipedia? — is the centrality of the discussion.

It was a huge surprise for me. I quickly asserted to my new friend that whatever he has read is the secondary effect of the first article published in the Assam Tribune. And I am the writer of that piece: Online Culture.

It was a great surprise for me since I didn’t know that an article written by me would be travelling a distance. Indeed! It travelled.


Writers from Assam, Tripura take active party International Manipuri meet in Bangladesh

Courtesy: The Sentinel 

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, April 25: A number of Bishnupriya Manipuri intellectuals and litterateurs from Assam and Tripura actively participated in the International Manipuri Sahitya and Sankriti Festival, 2011 held in Moulabi Bazar in Bangladesh recently. The participants in the grand Manipuri congregation from the two Northeast Indian States were Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha (NBMS) vice-president Hemkanti Sinha, Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF) president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, cine artiste Ashutosh Sinha (Rabi) and artist Shakti Kumar Sinha, all from Assam, litterateur and journalist Samarjit Sinha, writer Haridas Sinha, noted story writer and journalist Anukul Sinha and journalist Pratim Sinha, all from Tripura. This apart, noted Manipuri dance guru Padmashree Darshana Javeri of Mumbai took part in the grand two-day congregation organized by the Bangladesh Manipuri Kalyan Samiti.

Talking to this reporter DILS Sinha, who took active part from Assam in the grand Manipuri congregation, said that Hemkanti Sinha, Prabhasini Sinha, Darshana Javeri, poet and philosopher Nripendralal Das, noted Manipuri dance exponent Tamanna Rahman, DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, Prof. Ranjit Sinha and essayist Ahmed Siraj had taken active part to make the programme on “Influence of Manipuri Dance on Rabindra Songs and Dance” a grand success. In the programme meant for songs, dance and recitation, Gaurahari Chaterjee, Suniti Sinha, Mira Sinha, Mrinmoy Sinha, Rabikanta Sinha, Sananda Sinha and cine artiste and singer Ashutosh Sinha (Rabi) kept the audience spell bound.

In the programme on Bishnupriya Manipuri Literature, Samarjit Sinha, noted poet and dramatist Subhashish Sinha, Anukul Sinha, writer Shyam Sundar Sinha and others had a detailed literary discussion. It was followed by a seminar on “the Role of Culture in the Uplift of Standard of Living of the Manipuris” in which Hemkanti Sinha, noted essayist Mofidul Haque, Rajkanta Sinha and Ashutosh Sinha (Rabi) spoke.

Justice Md Habibur Rahman,
former Chief Justice of Bangladesh
Justice Md Habibur Rahman, former Chief Justice of Bangladesh, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Talking to this reporter, DILS Sinha said that they (all who had taken part from India in the grand Manipuri festival) were a happy lot to see the unity, integrity and agility of the Manipuris in Bangladesh for the development of their language, literature and culture. DILS Sinha thanked the Bangladesh Manipuri Kalyan Samiti for holding the grand congregation.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Bank of India Officers vacancy May 2011

Jobs & Career
Bank of India (BoI) , India's International Bank, invites Online applications for recruitment of General Banking Officers : 

  • General Banking Officers Scale-IV : 100 posts, Age : 21-30 years, Pay Scale : Rs.30600-36200
  • General Banking Officers Scale-V : 25 posts, Age : 21-33 years, Pay Scale : Rs.36200-40400
  • AGM Marketing : 01 post
  • AGM CMS : 01 post
  • Agricultural Officers Scale-I : 500 posts
  • Chartered Accountants Scale-II : 200 posts
  • Law Officers Scale-II : 13 posts
  • HR/IR Officers Scale-II : 43 posts
  • Finance Executive Scale-III : 09 posts
  • Finance Executive Scale-II : 20 posts
  • IT Officers Scale-I : 56 posts
  • IT Officers Scale-II : 15 posts
  • Security Officers Scale-II : 09 posts
  • System Auditor Scale-II : 05 posts
  • Technical Officers (Appraisal) Scale-II : 36 posts
  • Technical Officers (Appraisal) Scale-I : 20 posts
  • Statistician Scale-II : 01 post
  • Official Language Officer Scale-II : 07 posts
  • Security Advisor : 01 post on contract)

Application Fee : Rs.500/- (No fee for SC/ST) to be deposited in any branch of Bank of India through a payment challan.

How to Apply : Eligible candidates are advised to apply 'ONLINE' at the Bank of India Website only upto 21/05/2011.

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Bank Agriculture Officers Exam Guide
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Bank Agriculture Officer Exam.
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Bank IT Officers' Exam Guide
Ramesh Publishing House
R-912 / 978-81-7812-593-0
Price: Rs 595

Monday, 2 May 2011

Of Lies and Deceit

By Rishikesh Sinha (a.k.a Pink Floyd)
Courtesy: North-East Indian

I have been pondering what is the toughest challenge a man faces in this extreme crazy globalized environment. I guess it is to live up to the expectation of being god’s greatest glory i.e. being human.


In an increasingly competitive tough globalized world, our identity among our peers, friends or families is overwhelmingly defined by our economic success. No one has time for aesthetics. It is instant gratification and the amount of materialistic wealth that we can garner is all that matters.

Sadly, it is this darkening of our soul has made today’s simple common man (including yours truly) susceptible to lies and deceit as we have a convenient rational argument most everybody cheats or lies some time or the other.

I went through a wave of moral dilemma whether to cheat or not while attending a competitive examination. I kinda wondered whether it is fine to make an honest attempt and fail or make a dishonest attempt and succeed. On one hand, success attained by cheating gives no satisfaction while on the other hand a well deserved failure gives no satisfaction either.

Again I thought, cheating in one little test isn’t such a big deal. It does not hurt anyone and I am quite sure many other candidates are using unethical means and it is quite justified I try to out maneuver them using all and every means. But then I wondered, if I was rationalizing my lazy approach towards preparing for the exam.

Still in the big bad crazy world, people only care about success and not principles. Then again, that’s why the world is such an unhappy mess. What a dilemma. To do or not to do remained the eternal question……………..

Alas my painful ordeal came to an abrupt halt when I realized the exam time has gone past and I haven’t attempted any question. But on the brighter side my moral compass stayed intact and I floated on higher ground as I rationalized my escape from the ordeal with this lovely quote “The only way you will never be criticized is if you do nothing, say nothing or have nothing.” But my momentary bliss went downhill when a great modern thinker has added to the quote “you will end up being a big nothing.”

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Recruitment of Sub-Inspector (Male/Female) in RPF/RPSF

Jobs & Career

Applications are invited from eligible male / female candidates for filling up the following posts of Constables in Railway Protection Force / Railway Protection Special Force:

  • Sub-Inspector : 511 posts (UR-311, SC-69, ST-40, OBC-91), Pay Scale : Rs.9300-34800/- Grade Pay Rs.4200/, Qualification : Graduate or equivalent, Age : 20-25 years as on 01/07/2011

How to apply : The applications in the prescribed format should be sent to the Chief Security Commissioner of North Central Railway/ South Eastern Railway/ Central Railway/ Southern Central Railway as the full address is provided in the detailed advertisement within 30 days (37 days for the candidates from far-flung areas) (published on 30/04/2011)

For more information and application form, please visit or please see Employment News dated 30/04/2011 to 06/05/2011 page no. 2.

Reference Books:

1.RPF/RPSF—Sub Inspector Recruitment Exam
Medium: English
R-990 / 978-81-7812-674-6
Ramesh Publishing House
Rs 245

2. RPF/RPSF—Sub Inspector Recruitment Exam
Medium: Hindi
R-991 / 978-81-7812-675-3
Ramesh Publishing House
Rs 245

Sunday, 1 May 2011

UCO Bank IT Officers vacancy March-2011

UCO Bank invites applications On-line only from Indian Citizens for the posts of Information Technology (IT) Officer in MMGS-II grade :

  • Information Technology (IT) Officers MMGS-II : 43 posts (UR-18, SC-6, ST-3, OBC-16) ([PH-2]), Pay Scale : MMGS-II Rs.19400 - 28100/-, Age : 25-40 years. Relaxation in age as per rules.

Application Fee: Rs. 400/- for General/ OBC and Ex-servicemen (Rs. 50/- for SC/ST/PH candidates). The fee should be deposited in the cash at CBS branches of UCO Bank through Payment Challan only.

How to Apply: Candidates are requested to apply On-line between 30/04/2011 and 15/05/2011 only through UCO Bank's website

Further details and onlinse submission of the application, please visit or download the PDF file.

Reference Books: 

Bank IT Officers' Exam Guide
Medium : English
Ramesh Publishing House
R-912 / 978-81-7812-593-0
Price: Rs 595
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