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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.

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

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. 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 Manipur

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 sen

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

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.

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 app

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

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 Mini

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

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

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

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 as an old person. as a retired person. as a person having a wide network of contacts. as a person who knows each and every Bishnupriya Manipuri people. as a person who is an expert in the subaltern subject, the Bishnupriya Manipuri. 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

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 ac

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) Applic

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 att

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-9

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