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Student bodies call indefinite Manipur bandh from today


IMPHAL, July 5 - A string of student organisations which include the Thadou Students� Association, Rongmei Naga Students� Organisation, North East India and Liangmei Naga Katimai Ruangdi have called an indefinite Statewide bandh from 6 am tomorrow over the alleged failure of the State Government to recruit tribal language (MIL) teachers in higher secondary schools of Manipur.

On June 26, these student bodies had served an ultimatum to both the Chief Minister and the Education Minister, demanding �immediate action� by issuing a notification for recruitment of MIL teachers on or before June 30. But the authorities have turned a deaf ear to the demand, the student bodies alleged.

However, the Kuki Students� Organisation (KSO), Imphal branch, has opposed the indefinite Statewide bandh as it challenges the authority of the apex tribal students� organisation � All Tribal Students� Union, Manipur (ATSUM), according to a press release. The Senapati District Students� Association and the Zeliangrong Students� Union, Manipur have also opposed the bandh.

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