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Creation of Political Platform: Dire need of the time

We need a political image to succeed in our mission, a personality whom we can trust and respect. A political platform is urgently required else our Imaar Thar is indeed in danger. Dr Sarmila Sinha, London The more I think about it, the more I feel myself unfit to write about it. I am a Bishnupriya Manipuri, my parents are both Bishnupriya Manipuris, and they raised me in Assam. My father was very particular about the Bishnupriya Manipuri language insisting that all of us should speak at home only in Imar Thar. However we did not grow up with the real Bishnupriya Manipuri culture, and honestly I don't know much about it. But while growing up, I never felt I was missing anything and in fact always held my identity in high esteem. I could compete with confidence and always felt I could be better than anyone. It was only after settling abroad and finishing my studies and getting a job, do I now have time to reflect on my "Roots" and now want to contribute back in wha

There is no ‘Love’

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi Languages never remain static. It always evolves, imbibing words and phrases from other languages, or with the invention of words. According to BBC, if “You” and “I” are century-old words, it fears the word “dirty” would vanish very soon as people have stopped using it very often. About the Bishnupriya Manipuri language, you all would agree the words and phrases that were in use decades ago are not in usage now. The words have lost its sheen to other languages. The words from other languages have been widely accepted in our daily use. An effort was made years back to record the words and the sentences that are of common use here in the site. (It is available on the right panel with Learn Bishnupriya Manipuri ) So far it has recorded over 175 entries. The importance of the exercise was that the translation to Bengali, Assamese, English and Hindi was done. Supposedly ‘many’ people tried their hand to fill in the meaning of “I love you” in the Bishnupriya

Is Imaar Thar in danger?

For many, ‘Yes’ our Imaar Thar is in danger. But it is not the case for many. They feel it is not susceptible to any change or danger. And both have strong reasons to support it. However, this is one question that always lingers in the back of our mind. What is the state of our Imaar Thar in our life? Is it safe only in our villages? Or will it altogether become extinct from the metro cities? We all are concerned! Fill in the form below and voice your concern. (Those who have filled in the form, they can ignore it.) Loading... Please subscribe: receive email. Get Free alert on your mobile! Click here . Subscribe: The Bishnupriya Manipuri

Hunger strike by Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers on June 5 in Silchar

News Water has gone above the roof for the 149- strong Bishnupriya Manipuri teachers appointed in the LP schools of Assam. They are sitting on an indefinite hunger strike to draw attention of the state government to their plight on June 5, 2009 in front of the Silchar DC Office. In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Silchar, the Bishnupriya Manipuri Language Teachers Association, intimated that due to failure of the government to regularize their services they are taking this course of action. The Teacher’s Association has submitted similar memorandums to the Deputy Commissioners of Karimganj and Hailakandi districts. In 2001, altogether 149 Bishnupriya Manipuri Language teachers were appointed in LP schools in three districts (Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj) of Barak Valley. But they have not been receiving any remuneration as their services were not regularized. The Bishnupriya Manipuri Gana Sangram Parishad and Bishnupriya Manipuri Students Association had extende

I.T. Rules amended to enforce prompt payment for supplies taken from small & medium enterprises

India Business In a recent amendment to Income-Tax Rules, delayed payments to MSEs will incur payment of interest at 18 % per annum compounded annually; in addition it will entail liability to pay income-tax on such interest. “Delayed payments to MSEs will not only entail payment of interest to the affected MSEs at 18% p.a. compounded monthly (effective rate 19.56%) but will also entail liability to pay income-tax (at as much as 33.99% presently) on such interest, which is inadmissible as expenditure deductible from taxable income,” reads a notification released by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.  The decision would assuage millions of small and medium enterprises who have been facing payment default to their services.  According to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Act, 2006, manufacturing enterprises which investment in equipment is up to Rs 10 lakh are Micro, above Rs10 lakh and up to Rs 2 crore are Small; above Rs.2 crore and up to Rs. 5 crore are Medium.  Manufactu

Public grievances made easy

Click away T hanks to the launch of the web portal by the Department of Administrative Reforms And Public Grievances, a nodal agency of the Government of India, people can now redress online their complaints pertaining to various Government’s Departments and Ministries.  The Departments and Ministries that have been brought under the ambit of this people-centric initiatives are: Railways, Posts, Telecom (including the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) & Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)), Urban Development (Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Land & Development Office (L&DO), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), etc), Petroleum & Natural Gas, Civil Aviation (Air India, Airports Authority of India, etc), Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Tourism, Public Sector Banks, National Saving Scheme of Ministry of Finance, Employees' Provident Fund Organization, Regional Passport Authorities, Central Government Health Scheme, Central Boar

Bishnupriya Manipuri music finds new buyers

Music Unlimited! By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi It’s been more than 6-months, the Bishnupriya Manipuri song “Aar More Nigsing Nais” was released online. At the time of writing this article the song was downloaded over 225 times by music enthusiast. What’s more one can expect? The songs not only crossed geographical areas, but it gave an impetus to non-existent Bishnupriya Manipuri music industry. The music album which was about to vanish, got a new lease of life, and it brought a tectonic shift to our approach, the way we consume music. People started crooning the songs, identified the singers, the producers; and their interest on the Bishnupriya Manipuri music was again resumed. Swapan Sinha recently hunted the CD of the songs while visiting his village in Cachar, Assam. It’s not that he has not heard the songs before it was released online. But the release of the songs in the new ‘online’ medium sprouted in him the desire to possess it physically. Not enough! The release of the al

Mahasabha Central Committee meets on 24 May in Silchar

A fter the 43rd conference held at Tripura, the newly-elected Executive Members of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha Central Committee are meeting on 24 May, 2009 at Srila Bhubeneshwar Sadhuthakur Sevasram community Hall, Silchar. The meet will be discussing on the resolutions, adopted in the 43rd conference held in Tripura, and on its implementation. The meeting convened by NBMM will be attended by two of its own body - Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parisad and Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parisad. The meeting will be marked with the oath-taking of the newly-elected Executive Members. Discussions on fund and on the Constitution will also take place, according to a communiqué released by the Office of the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha. In the 43rd conclave, NBMM raised the demand for introducing the Bishnupriya Manipuri language in the primary stage of education, appointment of Bishnupriya Manipuri language teachers and SI of schools, and establishment of De

Sreehatta Sammilani Mumbai unveils ‘Cancer Patients Project’

Under the Project the pain and suffering of the out-station cancer patients will be assuaged C ancer is a deadly disease and dreadful enemy of human existence. Since many past decades human life is fighting against this frightful disease of Cancer. Medical scientists are constantly making extensive research into this context to eradicate the disease utterly. They have also succeeded to a significant extent in reducing the death rates owing to the disease. However, due to costly treatment, scarcity of funds and social unawareness of the disease, many patients die untimely death. Mumbai is a recognized place for cancer treatment. Hundreds of patients come to the place to avail themselves of the best treatment. To help and support these destitute patients of cancer who come to Mumbai, ‘Sreehatta Sammilani Mumbai’, an organization, which was founded on 14th July, 2002, is playing an active role. The main objective behind its establishment is to provide accommodation, medicine, food and sol

Increase Interaction

E- World W ith the increase in the number of articles, photos and videos, readers’ experience, how they are going to interact with The Bishnupriya Manipuri , has become a daunting task. Not only the articles, photos and videos has to be fetched conveniently, making it visible to the present readers, but it has to made always-fresh, readily available to all possible channels of online communication for the future. Uploading an article/ video/ photos is not everything! The story doesn’t end there itself. It has to be checked when search engine had crawled it, indexed it. And so, so…Chances are there, and it is high, the article/ video/ photos is visible to you, but it is/ will not be visible to present time and for the future. Here are the few modes of communication that will enhance your interactivity: (1) Email Subscription : Subscribe, you will be receiving updates through email. (2) Mobile Subscription : Subscribe, you will be receiving updates in your mobile. FREE! (3) Google Reader

The Ultimate Solution

I don't Know! By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi M y friend working in a private company in Delhi has found a way out to gain the same respect and confidence what his friends who are in government jobs are getting from the Bishnupriya Manipuri society! I was mused to his findings. And to the cobweb of logic that he applied while coming to the conclusion. In his authoritative voice, he said, “Rishi, people love to SEE”. I nodded to his first logic as if I am listening to a sermon from a great person. I didn’t question to his new-found knowledge! Just I went on listening, and listening, without daring to ask a question. Well, he accepts that there exists a disparity in the treatment meted to the two sections of the people – government job holders and those who are working away from their villages in the private jobs. “You know Rishi, the disparity is very visible in the society”, he blurts out. To make an impression that I am attentive to his evolved topic. In a knee-jerk reaction, I s

When business fails to bloom!

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi T his is what an entrepreneur Biswajit Sinha has to say when his venture Eastern Television went bankrupt in the mid 80's: I was perplexed for quite some time. I was not sure whether it was a right decision to start a venture at Silchar, Assam, after leaving a job in Delhi. As it was not possible to start any venture in Delhi without having a financial base, I opted for my home town. But eventually I was bankrupt. Though I did assure my bankers that I would return the money in due course of time, the bank had no option but going to court; there I expressed my desire to return the money. The bank, of course, negotiated and asked me to pay the principal amount in installments within a span of 1 year, which was made after I joined for the same job I had left. Below are the excerpts from the book: Towards Establishing Modern Insolvency and Bankruptcy Codes for Small Enterprises in India The record-breaking entropy in the financial market has had its cas

Mumbai's Assamese community celebrates Rongali Bihu with gaiety

I t was a day of celebration for the Assamese community living in Mumbai and in its adjoining areas on April 18, 2009. The national festival of Assam “Rongali Bihu” was celebrated with much fanfare and gaiety at Assam Bhawan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. The celebration which drew attendance from all walks of life underwent with songs, dances, Jeng Bihu, and Hoosari. The day also marked the felicitation of Amrit Pritam Dutta, Sound Engineer of the Oscar movie Slumdog Millionaire, Debojit Thousen, Executive Member, North Cachar Hills Autonomus Council and Abhilash Phukan, Guitarist. The evening started with the welcome address by Shyama Prasad Borthakur Vice President, The Assam Association, Mumbai, followed with the Banti Prajalan by Devasish Sharma, Dy.Resident Commissioner of Assam Bhawan, and Paban Kr.Kotoky, President, The Assam Association, Mumbai. It came as a special day for the attendees as they were able to enjoy in one platform the traditional Bihu and the modern songs sung by luminar

How to read all the articles of a web site

E- World If someone at this time wishes to explore any site, and wish to read not all but a section of the published articles. Very sure – with the volume of articles of the site it is going to be a daunting task, preferably a never-ending process. Forget reading, one can only pick-and-choose articles of ones choice of a site. However, this is also not going to assuage the pain that one has to pay clicking the archives: ‘n’ number of times! There is a way out! Note: the web site must be feed-enabled. Go to Google Reader Log in with your username and password Click on the Add a subscription tab on the left panel Write [the name of the site] here The Bishnupriya Manipuri and press Add button Look for the URL [of the site], here: Click on the Subscribe tab, Now the site will appear below the Subscriptions tab on the left panel Click on the name of the site tab, here The Bishnupriya Manipuri  In the middle central panel all the articles will appear No

Assam-Tripura information gap

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2009 Special VIII The participation of The Bishnupriya Manipuri in the largest exercise of democracy is indeed a matter of prestige and a milestone set in its journey. Its involvement in the 15th Lok Sabha election hasn’t been exclusive; it can’t be. However, the series of special seven power-packed articles do carry weight and uniqueness. Not only all the articles were timely released but it was published with some special objectives. The objectives were: (1) Self-reliance: The so-called media group national and regional, it has been seen, utterly fails to cater to a particular segment like us that has a divided population cutting across states/ constituencies. Here with these articles we have been able to cater content to the respective constituencies where we have a sizable population like in Guwahati, Silchar, Karimganj and in the state Tripura. (2) Content-monotony: The articles break a sort of prevailing myth that only media hou