Sunday, 29 July 2012

India in 80s


RK Rishikesh Sinha

India of 80s was probably the last peaceful India where people led a simple and sober lifestyle away from the rat-race of today. Your neighborhood was truly yours. Your nearby bazaar or shop was the extension of your life. The area in which you live was your extended family. That was the character of the time — life seemed to be so beautiful in its true meaning. People were happy in small things.

And those who began exploring the world in the 80s of India definitely miss the time since India never remained the same. What are the characteristics and symbols of India in 80s through which people relate to that period?

Doordarshan Days

Doordarshan logo

Having a black and white Weston or Tesla television set was a luxury. That was the time in which a passerby could enter anyone’s house to watch serials like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Chitrahaar, an 8.30 pm entertainment programme, was the one and only entertainment dose which seemed to be rationed to the mass (leaving the Sunday reserved for an oldie-goldie film).

Another aspect of that period; children feared death of a national leader since Doordarshan goes to the state of mourning. A house with a television set was easy to detect since the house had antenna.

Feisty Sunday

Sunday was full of fun and frolic. It was the day to catch entertainment programmes in a nearby house and play to the fullest with your neighbourhood friends. Sunday was not less entertaining than any festival. Children spent rest of the week talking about their activities with their friends.

Kerosene Stove

It was very common to find kerosene stoves in homes. It was the same period when kerosene stoves were being replaced by LPG Gas connection. 

The Richest had car and telephone

It was easy to recognize richest persons; they had Maruti car and telephone connections. Less rich person had Chetak Bajaj scooter or Rajdut motorcycle. To possess a telephone was the hallmark of power. The telephone was neatly covered and used to occupy a special place in a house.


Still the impact of Mithun Chakraborty in the 80s could be gauged today. Movies like Gangs of Wasseypur starred by Manoj Bajpayee carry the time and impression that Mithun had in that period. He was a hero and icon to imitate. It was the Disco period led by Mithun Chakraborty. The same period brought heartthrob Madhuri Dixit with her song ek, do, teen, char….


Sony's Walkman

Besides television set, it was the period of VCDs, VCRs, PHILIPS taperecoder, radio, and camera. There were video parlours that stocked movies in ones locality. There was another gadget for music lovers — Sony’s Walkman.

Period of re-discovery

It seems awkward today that movies like Sholay (released in 1975) and Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon (1971) were a topic of discussion on entertainment. Praise the technology that rediscovered the old stuff and brought it to homes.

No-Money talk

Discussion on money never entered into camaraderie. People abstain talking about money matters. A person was not judged with his bank balance but with his character.

Nil security

It was the last decade where people enjoyed true freedom of movement. Civilian localites without any type of questioning enter nearby defence establishments. They were seen watching even late night movies in the cinema halls that were under defence area. Today it is impossible. There is a fear environment with gun-trotting soldiers in the gates everywhere across the country. 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Clerical Cadre recruitment in Associates of SBI 2012

Jobs and Career

SBI Associates Bank Clerk Recruitment 2012

Associates of State Bank of India SBI invites application to the recruitment of Clerks in the Clerical Cadre. 

  • Educational Qualification: 10+2 or equivalent with aggregate 60 % OR Graduation from a recognised university
  • Age: (As on 01/08/2012) Minimum Age - 18 years; Maximum Age - 28 years (relaxation SC/ST (5 years), OBC (3 years)...)
  • Registration of Application form : 30/07/2012
  • Last date for registration of Application form: 13/08/2012
  • Dates of Written Examination: 07/10/2012 and 14/10/2012

Name of Associate Banks of SBI

  1. SBBJ (State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur)
  2. SBH (State Bank of Hyderabad)
  3. SBM (State Bank of Mysore)
  4. SBP (State Bank of Patiala)
  5. SBT (State Bank of Travancore)
Visit the official website of State Bank of India Recruitment 2012

BSF Head Constable (RO)/ ASI (RM) Recruitment 

Written test (First Phase) for the post of Head Constable (Radio Operator) / Assistant Sub Inspector (Radio Mechanic) in BSF will be held on 23 September 2012

Those selected in First Phase will appear in Second Phase on 15 October 2012. Documentation, PST, PET, Dictation Test, interview and final medical will be held on this day.

Written Examination Syllabus

The written examination for the HC (RO) and ASI (RM) recruitment will consist of FOUR (4) parts. 
  1. Part I : Physics (60 marks)
  2. Part II: Mathematics (60 marks)
  3. Part III: Chemistry (60 marks)
  4. Part IV: English & GK (50 marks)
  • The syllabus for Part I, Part II, and Part III will be based on 10+2 CBSE or state education board.
  • Part IV includes Current Affairs, History, Geography and General Science
  • All the FOUR Parts will be Objective Type Multiple Choice. 
  • The question papers for all the Parts will be in English and Hindi. 

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Can Bishnupriya Manipuri Online become a "product"?


RK Rishikesh Sinha

Ramlal Sinha in his article proposed a model for the vitalization of Bishnupriya Manipuri language, art and culture. He wrote about media vacuum which is inflicting the community; in order to create one he proposed a profitable tie-up between litterateurs/artists and the industrialists.

He said that “the Bishnupriya Manipuris' is a virgin market that, if tapped in the right way, can pay a huge dividend”. Adding to it, one thing that he mentioned is very much futuristic, especially at this time — equalizing Bishnupriya Manipuri newspapers or magazines as “products”. So, whoever ventures into filling up the vacuum has to tread the road with care, with the “product” concept in mind and soul.

Equating “Market” with “Bishnupriya Manipuri”, today one can take it as a joke. But, who knows, these two stuff could become one; consequently creating a self-sustaining platform for the betterment of the Bishnupriya Manipuri people.

However, media history teaches us that establishment of such products has not been easy ever, especially when the market is limited. But it has not been impossible either. The sore truth about the present state of Bishnupriya Manipuri media ventures is not secret to anybody. Everybody knows it. There is time and money constraint whoever is devoted to it. And those who are running it are running for the sake of creative and intellectual juice which they get. 

At the present era, when communication is real time and there is no technological and geographical limitation, something that astounds us is the fact that a community of 5 lakh cannot, yes cannot create, one media house; it is irony that a population of 1 lakh is enough to grow and sustain a media venture.  

Besides it, I believe there is an urgent need for introspecting “being Bishnupriya Manipuri” since as of now the word itself channelize many do’s and don’ts, and it is very much stereotype; the magazine or newspapers has to create content not only for 1 per cent of literati but for the rest that is 99 per cent. It should be a product, a perfect product.

Taking cue from Ramlal Sinha’s article, can Bishnupriya Manipuri Online become a product? It cannot be said in one breathe. There is hell lot of problems. It is very remorseful that other community-based web entities of Northeast that forayed in the same period like this one have made a strong footing. Be late than never, at least, Bishnupriya Manipuri Online could give it a try to become a “web” behemoth of its own right. To say a little, since 2007, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Online has been taking the brunt of Google’s tyranny, not a matter of joke.

So, what should be the next step? Increase pageviews from 11,000 per month (the present figure, one can see in the left sidebar) to per day by January 2013. This figure has to be achieved, after that, hopefully, we could talk about the next milestone. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

IB ACIO Grade II Executive Recruitment 2012 (750 Vacancies)

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IB ACIO Grade II Executive Recruitment 

Intelligence Bureau IB, Ministry of Home Affairs, invites application for the post of Assistant Central Intelligence ACIO Grade II Executive.

  • No. of vacancies: 750
  • Age : 27 years as on closing date of registration of application. Relaxation for SC/ST/OBC/Departmental
  • Educational Qualifications: Graduation
  • Last date for receipt of application: 30 days after 16 July 2012

Candidates have to apply Online for the IB ACIO Grade II Exam 2012
For more information, visit IB ACIO Exam 2012

Union Bank Specialist Officer Recruitment 2012

Union Bank of India invites online applications for the below posts. 

  1. Asst. General Manager - MMGS (IT)
  2. Credit Officers - MMGS-III
  3. Security Officer
  4. Electrical Engineer 
  5. Civil Engineer
  6. Asst. Manager (Technical)
  7. Rural Development Officer
  8. Personal Officer
  9. Rajbhasa Adhikari
  10. Fire Officer
  11. Law Officer
For the Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5, Post 6, and Post 11, candidates have to appear for written examination &/ or Psychometric test &/ or Group Discussion &/or Personal interview. 

For the rest of the posts, candidates should be qualified in the IBPS CWE. The selection procedure will be through Psychometric test &/ or Group Discussion &/or Personal interview.
  • Opening date for making online applications: 17 July 2012
  • Last date for submission of applications: 31 July 2012
  • Date for written examination: 7 October 2012
Download Notification/advertisement of Union Bank of India Specialist Officer Recruitment 2012
More information, visit Union Bank Specialist Recruitment 2012

Bishnupriyas seek central support for welfare

Post Bureau, Guwahati (July 22): The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Yuva Parishad (NBMYP) has urged the Centre to take steps to ameliorate the living conditions of the Bishnupriyas. The annual general meeting of NBMYP held here on Sunday noted with concern that the community was still lagging behind due to lack of appropriate facilities from the government.
“We are always neglected from every aspect of life. We are deprived of government’s welfare schemes as we are yet to be listed under the OBC category by the central government. So we urge the central government to take appropriate steps in this regard,” said Shankha Sinha, NBMYP general secretary.
He also demanded that Dispur increase the number of seats in the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council. “We want the number of members be increased to 25, from the present 12, so that more focus can be given on the developmental works,” he added.
The NBMYP said measures should be taken to develop language and culture of the community in the state. “We are a part of this state and, if every tribe and community has the right to move ahead, we too have that right. We urge the government to regularise Bishnupriya Manipur language teachers in 152 schools across the state and provide them regular salaries,” said NBMYP publicity secretary Pradeep Sinha.
The NBMYP regretted that Doordarshan and All India Radio did not broadcast programmes in Bishnupriya. “Being a government broadcast medium, it is their duty and responsibility to broadcast our programmes like others. We urge the Union information and broadcasting ministry to have a look in this regard,” he added.

How to get into media


Jobs and Career
RK Rishikesh Sinha

It’s been two years I am out of the media sector. Now, I don’t sit around newsmakers and I don’t get free lunch! A privilege of a media person.

Today, if someone asks me how to get into the media sector. I don’t have definite answer to the question. I have seen in the newsroom, there are journalists who entered with sheer luck, some with reference of a big shot, and some with talent of their own.

It is surprising I have seen many collegemates and others who failed to get into the media despite having all the educational qualification, references, and skill.

There is no direct and easy path to join media houses.

However, here are some of the tips (or steps) that I have followed to get into the media. And I hope these tips would help anyone who is interested to land a job in this sector.

Get a Bachelor/Master degree in the Mass Communication and Journalism.

One will find in the newsroom, many journalists in their prime age are without any formal degree in the journalism. At this age and time, however it is better to have a degree. At least the degree would acquaint you with the difference between Slander and Libel.

Keep track of recruitment in News agency

You have got a degree; now keep track of the recruitment in news agencies like PTI, UNI, and ANI.

Regional/Local Press

Visit and submit your resume in the local and regional media houses. This is the best platform for just-out-of-college graduates to hone their skill.

Practice Writing

Nothing supersedes your talent than your writing skill. Practice, practice, and practice. Practice news writing, practice to write human interest stories...


As a journalist you should update your knowledge and awareness of everything under the sun. For this, the only mantra is to read extensively. Read newspapers, magazines, books on different topics to update yourself.

Develop knack for news

In the newsroom, there are reporters who don’t find news; opposite to it, there are reporters who have abundant of stories in their draft. So, develop nose for news.


Try to publish your pieces. At the beginning it is very tough to publish your work, but if you try hard with good sense of timing, you can hit the nail. Write on relevant topics.

 Maintain a blog

Create a blog and give it a shape that reflects your talent (that is your writing talent). This would not only help you to show your writing skill but also your web savvyness since most of the media houses have gone online. 

Start with Print Media

Try to work first in the print media. Since, I believe only print media can nourish you to become a good journalist. This is the piece of advice given by my senior which I didn’t follow.

 Work free

If all your efforts still fail to get into the media houses, give an offer to the Editor to work for free. Though I didn’t work free, I had friends who worked free in their early career but now they are into media doing their job well. 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Blog readership increase by 10.30 %


Bishnupriya Manipuri Online has seen marked increase of 10.30 per cent in the number of visits from the last year. There has been total 17,808 visits last year and 19,642 just during 1 January 2012-22 July 2012. And it has resumed loyal base of 2935 readers.  

Beside it, there has been drastic decrease of people (-18.41 per cent) leaving the blog. In corollary, the readers are enjoying the content published in the blog.

In addition to it, the blog has witnessed an interesting trend, a spike of 101.09 per cent of mobile users. The number of readers using mobile phones to access the blog has doubled. New Delhi leads the trend, followed by Calcutta.

After Google India and, Facebook is in the third position to bring more visitors. And it has been observed readers landing on the blog from Facebook are more loyal and they consume the content profusely.

The top 10 Indian cities where the blog is accessed are: New Delhi (there is 4.62% increase in readership), Bangalore (16.26%), Calcutta (75.29%), Hyderabad (74.56%), Pune (76.94%), Chennai (35.29%), Mahape (703.23%), Noida (36 %), Ahmedabad (42%), Lucknow (100%).

However, the number of visitors from Guwahati has decreased by -26.39 %, Mumbai (-18.68%), and Silchar with -42.39 %.

Something that enchants about the blog from the previous year is the increase in its readership and increase in the loyal base of readership in 2012. 

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council


Inquiry committee to probe alleged corruption

SILCHAR, July 17: In view of the charges of alleged corruptions against the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council levelled by different bodies of the community and the threat held out by Gopidas Sinha, member of State Linguistic Minorities Development Board and the Chief Advisor of Bishnupriya Manipuri Krishak Sangstha and Bishnupriya Manipuri Unemployed Youths’ Association, to undertake fast unto death, the Minister of Welfare of Plains Tribes and Backward Classes, Rajib Lochan Pegu, has agreed to constitute one-man inquiry committee headed by the divisional commissioner to the Government of Assam, hills and Barak Valley division, to probe and submit its report within three months to the government.

The commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, WPT and BC department, convened a meeting with the office-bearers and members of the Bishnupriya Manipuri bodies to discuss their various demands at Dispur on July 14.It is to be recalled Bishnupriya Manipuri Krishak Sangstha, Bishnupriya Manipuri Unemployed Youths Association, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha and Bishnupriya Manipuri Sangram Parishad have been raising their voice against the alleged corruptions in the Development Council and pressing for a fair and thorough probe. These bodies have cited specific instances of anomalies and irregularities as well as malpractices.

They have been persistently hammering for the dissolution of the irregularly formed interim committee of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council headed by Kartik Sena Sinha, former MLA, on grounds of questionable utilization of government allotted funds of Rs 2.60 crore during 2010-11 and 2011-12. They have at the same time been clamouring for action against the members of the committee involved in corruption and formation of a new committee of the Development Council. All these demands came up within the ambit of discussions held in the conference hall of the minister, Rajib Lochan Pegu.

The meeting was convened by the commissioner and secretary at the initiative of the Minister, Rajib Lochan Pegu, who chaired the proceedings. It was decided after threadbare discussion and taking serious note of the points raised by Gopidas Sinha and others that the very role of Ex-Chairman Kartik Sena Sinha and other office bearers and members involved in corruption in the utilization of government allotted funds, the inquiry committee would go deeper to unfathom the allegations. After the inquiry committee submitted its report, the present interim committee would be dissolved.

Significantly, it was also resolved that criminal cases would be filed against the committee members if found guilty of corruption and that the government fund would not be released till the inquiry was over and a new committee formed. Regarding another allegation against Kartik Sena Sinha, Ex-Chairman of the Development Council, that he used the designation without any authorization from the government, it was decided to refer the matter to the legal department. After receiving the views of the legal department, criminal case would be filed against the Ex-Chairman. For, it amounted to deceiving the government and the people. After the process of inquiry was over, the formation of new committee would be discussed.

At the discussion were present Minister of WPT and BC, Rajib Lochan Pegu, Commissioner and Secretary of the department, R K Das, Joint Secretary, Director, Jiten Borgoary, Deputy Secretary and In-Charge of Development Council, Dipima Malakar. Gopidas Sinha, member of State Linguistic Minorities Development Board and the Chief Advisor of Bishnupriya Manipuri Krishak Sangstha, Bijoy Sinha (Retd Col), Vice President of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, Shyamal Sinha, advisor of Sangram Parishad, Bijoy Kumar Sinha, President, Krishak Sangstha, Gopesh Sinha, president, Unemployed Youths Association and Krishnadas Sinha, general secretary, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, represented their respective bodies.

Gopidas Sinha was to sit on hunger strike till death from Monday in front of the Assembly Secretariat on the opening day of the monsoon session of the legislative House. But, he agreed to reconsider his decision and withdraw the agitation for the time being on the assurance of the Minister of initiating the steps for an inquiry committee and follow up action.

Courtesy: Sentinel

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Recover deleted files

How to

Deadline has to be met at any cost. And you are racing with time. But the file in which you have been working accidently bypass the recycle bin. It has been accidently deleted from the system. You search all the drives in your computer and you don’t find any trace of it. It has gone from your system. 

But, if such accidents happen, don’t panic. Relax. You can retrieve the deleted file. 

Follow these steps. 

1. Download TOKIWA DataRecovery. The freeware gets downloads in seconds. The filename is DataRecovery_EN 
2. Unzip the download file. 
3. Run the DataRecovery.exe file. 
4. Select the drive from where the file got deleted. 
5. Click on the scan tab. 
6. It will show the list of deleted files from the selected drive.
7. Find the deleted file. 
8. Click on the Recover tab. 
9. The deleted file is recovered. 

You will save your day. Hope you will not PANIC in future.

The section will accommodate practical tips of doing things in our day-to-day life activities. Readers are requested to send their experiences of doing things so that their suggestion and tips help many stranded people.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Wake up Media!


Pranati Sinha

This is not a proud moment for me and for many who loves Guwahati. Guwahati to me is a city of love and exuberance; a city that unbinds itself in the songs of Bihu and bestows upon couples the freedom of togetherness. When I first came to the city, I found enchantment in seeing young hearts throbbing every nook and corner; in park, in bazaar, in restaurants.  I was then wondering isn’t there a sense of insecurity, a sense of risk in them? I understood culture administers life. If I am not exaggerated, I would say Guwahati accepts “love”, the most reproached thing in some of our Indian societies. In my opinion, Right to Love is one of the major attributes of a liberal humanist society. In such a mighty-heart city, where people are given freedom to live their dreams and wishes, what rot had taken over those city dwellers who brought disgrace to a teenage girl publicly with no reason. The newspapers and TV channels are making their headlines over the incident and web is going wild by videos and comments. I am pondering and persuading myself to the incident.

What is shocking is the role of public and the regional media. The incident took place for half an hour and the public; the onlookers turned mere bewitched spectators of some raging street drama. What incited those men to act like beasts? They ignored law and order. They disregarded culture; trespassed all morals and values. Added to this mayhem, is the regional media’s frivolity in the name of news. I have observed TV channels of the state, especially one TV channel is tilted towards making news from social networking sites like Facebook; consequently creating sensationalism, scandals and making the masses more confused, aggrieved and frenzied.  There are certain ethics for the media to follow and violation of these ethics will be threatening to the welfare of society. It is noteworthy that there is an indistinct line between ‘private’ and ‘public’ in social networking sites. And a media person should be mindful of this fact. In the run for ‘byte’ and ‘exclusive’ news pieces, the TV journalist fraternity in the regional television networks has become Goebbels’ clones. There are 10 news-based Assamese TV channels which is equal to  the number of other regional TV channels in India like Bengali, Tamil, Telegu! But are they aware of the tools and techniques of their job? 

There are editorial policies especially for social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. In this regard, BBC has outlined long back Do’s and Don’ts for their journalist. The BBC Editorial Policy reads, “The growth of social media has undoubtedly created a generation of people who are willing to make personal information about themselves available online, and much of that information may be considered to have been placed in the public domain - but the fact that material has been placed in the public domain does not necessarily give us the right to exploit its existence, disregarding the consequences.

The alleged cameraman is no wonder an embodiment of savagery. He committed cruelty and crime against the privacy and dignity of the victim and her family. He didn't restrict himself from broadcasting the content which doesn't have any public interest. I suppose, he knew the airing of such inappropriate news would incite or lead to disorder. He intentionally ignore all. If this is the role of media, days are not far when crime could be created and served to the public. 

This awful incident has also many other aspects to it. The transitional period of the society, the overwhelming artificiality, and the blinding materialism are also taking their toll. There seems to be an indefinable, incurable morbidity threatening the society. I wonder would it be possible to stop such atrocious crimes? 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

SSC Higher Secondary Level Exam 2012

Jobs & Career

1. SSC holds Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Exam 2012 for the recruitment of Data Entry Operators (DEO) and Lower Division Clerks (LDC).

  • Last date of receipt of application: 10/08/2012
  • Date of written examination: 21/10/2012 & 28/10/2012
  • Minimum Qualification: 12th Standard Pass or equivalent
  • Age Limit: 18 years to 27 years (age relaxation to SC/ST/OBC/PH/PH+OBC; PH+SC/ST; Excervicemen)
For more information, visit SSC 10+2 Exam 2012

2. IDBI Bank invites applications from candidates for the post of Executive (on Contract)

  • Last date for submission of ONLINE application : 23 July 2012
  • Date of written examination: 2 September 2012
  • Minimum Qualification: Graduation from a recognised university
  • Age Limit: Minimum-20 years; Maximum-25 (as on Cut-off date June 01, 2012(upto and inclusive of May 31, 2012))

For more information, visit IDBI Bank Executive (on Contract) Recruitment 2012

Jobs & Career will be updated once in a week.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Science Express: A learning trip


Ritwick Sinha
Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School, Guwahati

Science Express Biodiversity Special Guwahati
Science Express Biodiversity Special
Science Express --- Biodiversity Special is a unique and innovative mobile science exhibition which was inaugurated on 5th June, 2012. It is a specially-designed 16-coach AC Train which started travelling to 52 locations across India from 5th June and will conclude its journey on 22nd December, 2012.

I visited the Science Express on 25th June at the Kamakhya Railway Station, Guwahati, Assam. The main theme of the Science Express was Biodiversity and Climate Change. In the first coach, I saw different models and samples of different kinds of animals and got some information about their habitats. I also got information about micro-organisms. The second coach was mainly on the Trans-Himalaya and the Himalayas. There, I gathered information about the places, animals, birds and plants located in the Himalayas. I also gathered information about the lifestyle of the people living there and the type of climate in the Himalayas. The third coach was mainly on the Gangetic Plain. There, I gathered information about the places and the kinds of flora and fauna found in the Gangetic Plain. I also learnt that the Ganga river provides many benefits to the people, plants, animals and birds living in the Gangetic Plain. The fourth coach was about North East India. In this coach, I got information about all the seven sisters of North East India and the type of flora and fauna found there. The next coach was mainly on the Desert and Semi-Arid Zone. I gathered information about Rajasthan and Gujarat. I learnt about the type of animals, plants and birds found there and also learnt about the culture of Rajasthan. There were many models describing the culture of Rajasthan. The sixth coach was mainly on the Western Ghats. It was very interesting. The seventh coach was mainly on the Deccan Peninsula. In this coach, I gathered information about the types of soil and vegetation found in the Deccan Peninsula. The next coach was mainly about the Coasts and Islands. I saw different kinds of models and samples in this coach. Information was also given about them. The ninth coach was mainly on Climate Change. In this coach, I got a lot of information about how to save our planet earth. I also learnt that global warming is causing a lot of harm to our environment and if global warming keeps on increasing, the ice at the poles will melt and the low-lying countries will get submerged under the water. This coach was really interesting. Coach No. 13 had facilities for training of teachers on Environment Education. In another coach, students could participate in the Joy of Science (JOS) Lab. I participated in the Joy of Science Lab and had a great experience in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics in the lab. The Science Express -- Biodiversity Special team explained everything very lucidly. It was my best experience ever in the Science Express -- Biodiversity Special.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Meingal scholarship schemes announced

Post Bureau 


Meingal has announced three welfare schemes – Meingal Scholarship- 2012, Monthly Educational Allowance-2012 and Meingal Exemplary Talent Award -2012 – for Bishnupriya Manipuri students and women. Under the scholarship scheme, one-time scholarship of Rs 5,000 will be awarded to meritorious Bishnupriya Manipuri students who have passed HSLC board exam-2012 with 60% and above. The scholarship will be awarded to six students (highest merit among the applicants and a student each from Kamrup, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailkandi, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, said Meingal general secretary Pratap Sinha. 

Courtesy: Seven Sisters Post

BM literary bodies recall Bhattacharyya

Post Bureau GUWAHATI, June 5 The Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad (NBMSP) and the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF) have separately condoled the demise of eminent poet Hiren Bhattacharyya, fondly called as Hiruda. 

In a condolence meeting at Silchar with its Assam state committee president Jyoti Prakash Sinha in the chair on Thursday, the NBMSP held a detailed discussion on the works of the Sugandhi Pokhila-repute poet, also known as the ‘poet of love and sunshine’. 

The parishad has also held such a meeting at Jorhat with its state committee vice-president Simu Sinha in the chair. Meanwhile, BMWF president Dils Lakshmindra told this reporter over telephone that the demise of Bhattacharyya has created a void in the Northeast literature as a whole, and it will be very difficult for the posterity to fill. He also said that the writers’ forum would include a programme on poet Bhattacharyya in a function slated to be held in the first week of August this year in memory of Pocha Ojha, an epoch-maker in the field of Bishnupriya Manipuri rasakirtan. 

Courtesy: Seven Sisters Post

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Scholarship for Meritorious Students, Talent Award for Woman achievers announced

ITANAGAR, Jul 01: The Meingal, a Guwahati-based socio-cultural non-governmental organization (NGO) has announced the educational scholarship and monthly educational allowance - 2012-13 for the meritorious students of Bishnupriya Manipuri (BM) community. 

In additional to this, the NGO also announced Meingal Exemplary Talent Award – 2012-13 to encourage the woman of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community who excel in their respective field of activity. 

The BM students from Kamrup, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailkandi districts of Assam and states of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, who have excelled in class X/HSLC board exam 2012 with 60% and above mark can apply for the Meingal one-time Scholarship of Rs. 5000. 

Selection of candidates for the scholarship will be based on merit and only six applicants -- one each from Kamrup, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailkandi districts and one each from Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh – will be selected for the Meingal scholarship. 

On the other hand, a total of 10 meritorious BM students studying in Class – IX to XII standard (in any stream) will be selected from among the applicants from Assam (8), Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh (one each) for Monthly Educational Allowance of Rs 750. The students who have secured 60 per cent or above marks in the annual exams (from class – VIII to XI) are requested to apply for the annual scholarship with required testimonials including school certificates from respective school and income certificate of their parents. Parents of the applicants for Educational Allowance should not be a Govt employee and their income should not be more than Rs.1 lakh. 

For the Meingal Exemplary Talent Award, any woman achiever or group of woman achievers (18 years and above) from Tripura and Assam can submit her/their nominations with supportive documents. The woman achievers may be recommended by any organization or competent authority with documents in favour of excellent performance of women in their respective field of activities for the Exemplary Talent Award. The Talent award carries citation, trophy and cash. 

The NGO also announced essay writing competition on the topic -“Exemplary Role of Women in my life and in the Bishnupriya Manipuri Society” or “Mor Jivone baro Bishnupriya Manipuri Somaje Beyapar Dristantomulok Bhumika”. The essay within 1200 words should be written either in English or Bishnupriya Manipuri and all the BM people of India and abroad (age 18 and above) are eligible to participate in the competition. The participants who will secure 1st, 2nd and 3rd position will be awarded with cash amount of Rs 3000, Rs.2000 and Rs.1000 along with certificate respectively. All other participants will also be honoured with Consolation prizes and certificates. 

The Meingal NGO has requested the students, woman aspirants and participants in essay writing competition to submit their applications on or before August 15, 2012. The aspirants may download the application format from or contact for more details on mobile Nos 9435105340 & 9613576287.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Meingal scholarships for Bishnupriya Manipuris


GUWAHATI, July 3 – Meingal, a Guwahati based NGO has announced three welfare schemes for the Bishnupriya Manipuri students and women for the current year, a press release stated.
The schemes are Meingal Scholarship, Monthly Educational Allowance and Meingal Exemplary Talent Award.

Under the Meingal Scholarship, one time scholarship of Rs 5000/- will be awarded to the students who have passed HSLC Exam with 60 per cent and above. The scholarship will be awarded to six students from the district of Kamrup, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailkandi, one from Meghalaya and one from Arunachal Pradesh.

The NGO had decided to extend financial support to bear the monthly expenditure incurred in education with an allowance of Rs 750/- per month for a year to 10 students. Under this scheme, students who are reading in Class IX, X, XI and XII in any stream in the current academic session are applicable. The annual income of the parents should be less than Rs1,00,000 /- and should work in non-government organisation/private firm, self employed, unemployed, casual labours etc. The valid income certificate of the parents along with the school reading certificate has to be submitted.

The NGO has also decided to introduce an award named as Meingal Exemplary Talent Award. Under this scheme for the current year, the women (“Beyapa”) group from the society have been selected for the award. All women of 18 years age and above are eligible for the award irrespective of unmarried or married or widow and unemployed or employed who are original residents of Assam and Tripura. The nomination can be sent by self or recommended by others supported with documentary proof of their outstanding performance and achievements in their respective fields/areas of excellence. The awards includes a trophy, certificate and a cash award.

The NGO has also decided to conduct an essay writing competition on the on the topic - “Exemplary role of women in my life and in the Bishnupriya Manipuri Society”. The same essay can be written in Bishnupriya Manipuri language on the topic - “Mor Jivone baro Bishnupriya Manipuri Somaje Beyapar Dristantomulok Bhumika”. The essay should be written either in English or Bishnupriya Manipuri within 1200 words. The competition is open for all Bishnupriya Manipuri people of India and abroad and should be above 18 years of age and above. Detail informations can be downloaded from the website, the release added.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Unemployed Youth Association for dissolution of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council


From our Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, July 1: Bishnupriya Manipuri Unemployed Youth Association based here has demanded dissolution of the committee of Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council and its reconstitution with 25 members to be nominated afresh by the people of the community. In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, with a copy to the Deputy Commissioners of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Kamrup (metro), the Association has stated that through an RTI, it has come to know that the development council was instructed by the department concerned to distribute auto rickshaws to unemployed youths of the community. But, the beneficiaries were from ex servicemen and affluent families and the unemployed youths were deprived.

The Association took up the cases of these neglected and deprived youths several times with the department concerned and also through representations, but nothing tangible happened. It was alleged that the committee collected lakhs of rupees from the beneficiaries to provide them auto rickshaws. According to their information, each beneficiary was made to pay Rs 30,000 to 40,000 as commission. The Association demanded an inquiry into it by the vigilance cell of the Chief Minister.

Even in the distribution of sewing machines, the beneficiaries again were rich families, sidetracking the unemployed youths for their self employment. Specific instances have been cited by the Association. Runu Sinha, wife of lecturer of Maibong College, and Purna Lakshmi Sinha, wife of a bank employee, got the benefit of sewing machines, depriving the unemployed women. With regard to the distribution of financial assistance to clubs and self help groups, it has been further alleged that fake names of such clubs and SHGs have figured on the list and each of them received the financial help to the tune of Rs 8.24 lakh.

In view of these anomalies and irregularities, Bishnupriya Manipuri Unemployed Youth Association has demanded closure of the office of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council and its reconstitution with new members elected by the people of the community. While the Chief Minister of Assam has been urged upon to conduct through investigation into the allegations levelled against the Council and the Deputy Commissioners of the the areas concerned have been impressed upon to take action against the members of the community for their alleged corrupt practices and issue necessary proclamation to close down the office of the Council. A note of caution has been given. If the demands are not responded positively, the Association will be left with no option than to take resort to agitional course of action.

Courtesy: The Sentinel
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