Thursday, 22 October 2015

Surendra Kumar Sinha takes oath as the 21st Chief Justice of Bangladesh

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The oath, administered by President Md Abdul Hamid, was held at the Bangabhaban at 11am.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, retired Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain and other previous chief justices were present at the ceremony.

The government appointed Justice Sinha to the office last Monday.

Justice Sinha, the most senior Appellate Judge in the Supreme Court, succeeds Justice Md Muzammel Hossain who retired on Jan 16.

He is the 21st head of judiciary in Bangladesh and the first non-Muslim to hold the top position in this Muslim-majority country.

He hails from the minority Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

Justice Sinha was on the Appellate Bench that heard the 13th Amendment appeal and scrapped the provision for caretaker government to oversee general elections.

He was also part of the bench that heard the 2009 appeals in the Bangabandhu Murder Case and has been an appeals judge in the ongoing war crimes trials.

He will be in office for more than three years with his retirement due in early 2018.

Bishnupriya Manipuri community takes initiative to rejuvenate their diminishing culture

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Agartala, Feb. 17 (ANI): The Bishnupriya Manipuri community recently organized a seminar-cum-cultural programme at the Muktadhara Auditorium here with the goal of rejuvenating their diminishing culture.

The two-day programme, which was organized by the Socio-Cultural Society of Bishnupriya Manipuri, was inaugurated by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in the presence of the state's Cultural Affairs Minister Bhanu Lal Saha.

The main focus of the programme was to generate awareness among the younger generation about the community's rich cultural heritage.

Chief Minister Sarkar assured the community of government's help in preserving their culture and language.

"For the development of socio-culture, language and education, you people have taken new initiative, and if you need any help from our side, then without any hesitation, please discuss it with us. We, with our limited resources, shall try our best to help you people in your goal for preserving your society, heritage, culture, language and economy," said Sarkar.

The Bishnupriya Manipuri are a group of Aryan people living mainly in parts of Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh. The religious customs and traditions of Bishnupriya Manipuris are unique and they speak a language of Indo-Aryan origin which is quite different from Bengali or Assamese.

"Bishnupriya Manipuri is one of the microscopic communities mainly residing in the north-eastern states (of India) and very few in Bangladesh. We do not have a land of our own, but possess own language, dress and a culture, which is very rich," said P.K. Shinha, one of the organizers.

"The community, which is without any infrastructure, is fighting for survival. For the survival of this microscopic community, there is no adequate infrastructure. The Socio Cultural Society of Bishnupriya Manipuri was raised in 2012 for development of this community's socio-culture and its revival," he added.

Towards the 18th century, Vaishnavism became very popular in Manipur during the reign of King Bhagya Chandra and as a result Vaishnav Palakirtan with Mridanga and Kartalaa became the most prominent influence in Bishnupriya Manipuri cultural activities.

The programme was organized to exhibit the rich socio-culture of the Bishnupriya Manipuri among the people of the state and especially the youths of the community aiming at reviving they culture in a systematic manner. (ANI)

Source: ANI News

Multilingual poets’ meet held

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April 20, 2015

GUWAHATI, April 19 – A multilingual poets’ meet was organised at the Guwahati Press Club here at 3 pm today, a press release said.

A number of poets who write in different languages like Bishnupriya Manipuri, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Mising, Rajasthani, Punjabi, Rabha, Boro and Hajong, attended the meet.

Lakshmindra Sinha, president of the Writers’ Forum presided over the meet. He warmly welcomed and greeted the poets and audience on behalf of the Forum and presented a brief outline on Bishnupriya Manipuri poetry.

Well-known poetess of the State Mira Thakur, conducted the meet and poet Kapurchand Jain delivered the inaugural speech.

The multilingual poets’ meet was organised in view of the completion of five years of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum since its inception in 2009 and also to celebrate Cherou or Bishu festival of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. It was aimed at fostering a sense of brotherhood among the poets of different languages in the region as well as to promote love for poetry among the people.

The poets who attended the poetry festival were, Debabrata Talukdar, Nishuti Majumdar, Jiten Payeng, Ratneswar Miri, Tushar Kona Bandopadhyay, Bani Phukan, Abha Rani Chakraborty, Tarun Barman, Ratan Kumar Rai Hajong, Dr Sourabh Bhuyan, Ramen Kalita, Ajay Roy, Rajib Bhattacharjya, Binandi Ram Das, Sushmita Mazumdar, Sangirath Kalsi, Tapan Kr Sarma, Nirupama Parajuli, Binod Ringhania, Narendra Kr Sinha, Hareswar Sinha, Pratibha Sinha, Mrinal Sinha, Samar Sinha, Nanigopal Sinha and others.

Ashok Sinha, secretary incharge of the Forum, thanked the participating poets as well as the audience for the success of the meet, the release added.

NBT to work for reviving dying NE languages

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Aug 9, 2015

Guwahati: The National Book Trust would make a concerted effort to revive languages of the northeast that are facing the threat of extinction, said newly-appointed director of the organization and noted writer Rita Choudhury on Saturday.

On the measures planned by NBT to save NE languages that are dying, the director said NBT would lay emphasis on it on the basis of priority after carefully considering all factors.

UNESCO's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger has listed more than five NE languages as vulnerable, definitely endangered, severely endangered, critically endangered and extinct. 

Unesco's list is based on the extent of endangerment and on intergenerational language transmission.

A language is vulnerable when it is spoken mostly by children but only at their homes. It is endangered when it no longer enjoys the status of mother tongue. It is severely endangered if it is only spoken by elder generations. Critically endangered means the usage of the language is restricted to elder generations and even they speak it infrequently.

As per its update in June, Bishnupriya Manipuri language has been listed as vulnerable. Some other languages that featured in the atlas are Tai Phake marked as endangered, Adi and Galo listed as vulnerable, Pasi as definitely endangered, Ahom as extinct, Ao as vulnerable and Hmar also as vulnerable. The Sahitya Akademi awardee writer said stress should be laid on folk tales and oral traditions in some of the indigenous languages.

How to Change SBI Branch Online?

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How to

Is there any way to change / transfer SBI Branch from one place to another?

Yes, one can easily transfer SBI Branch from one city to another. That is without visiting the home branch.

Recently I had to move my saving account from SBI Guwahati University Branch (Assam) to SBI Chhawala Branch, New Delhi. I was bit emotional to my decision since there would not be any reason in future to visit Gauhati University, and alongside the areas like Azara, Borjhar. 

The same procedure I followed to change my wife SBI Saving Account from Guwahati Airport Branch to the same bank in New Delhi.

Anyway, here is the process:

For the sake of simplicity, let us assume that you would like to transfer your SBI Saving Account from City A (SBI-A) to SBI Branch (SBI-B) located in city B. Presently you are staying in city B. 

1. Write an application to The Manager, SBI Branch i.e., SBI-A mentioning the reason of the change. The reason might be that you no longer stay in the city A and you are residing in city B. That would be enough.

In the application, do mention the city B SBI Branch name, IFSC Code, address etc.

2. Support your application with signed photocopy of your SBI Saving Account Passbook.

3. Do mention in the application, previous personal details like your address and mobile number and your present address and mobile number. 

4. Sign it. Don't forget to put date on the application. 

5. Send the application with supporting documents by India Post Speed Post service to SBI-A. Note down the article no so that you can track it online later.

6. Wait for a week time. Log in SBI Online website, you will find the change of bank's name.

7. Now you visit SBI-B branch with supporting documents to fulfill the KYC (Know Your Customer) norms. Take it with you photocopies of identity proof, residence proof, passport size photograph. And submit it. Don't forget to take the original documents, the clerk would like to cross-check it. 

Note:
There would not be any change to your ATM/Debit Card Pin No and SBI Netbanking details.

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