All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has warned it would launch a mass movement from August 1 if the Govt does not review the order of cancellation of grant-in-aid of 171 schools. ATSUM asserted that there are no other private schools in the hills unlike the valley areas where there are private schools. The State Govt will be failing in its Constitutional obligation of giving free and compulsory educa-tion to all children below the age of 14 years if it goes ahead with the pre-sent order, ATSUM added.
IED found planted at Khuga Dam
Lamka, Jul 18 : In a apparent attempt to sabotage the Government’s plan to inaugurate the Khuga Multi- purpose Project an IED was found planted near a canal about 1000 metres from the main structure of Khuga dam today by alert BSF troops who were on patrol duty.
Sources said the IED which was detected by a sniffer dog of the BSF patrol party early today was blasted at an isolated space, not far from the canal at around 10.20 am.
Frequented by farmers around the project and a thoroughfare often used by officials, the road over which the IED was planted was found was dug-out with a circular ring around it when this correspondent visited the spot.
Chinzalam, a former NPCC employee said he felt the tremor at his residence, about 300 meters from the blast site when the BSF personnel safely blasted the IED.
A highly placed source had earlier said that the department would not be averse of the idea to shifting their focus from Khuga to other projects undertaken by the IFCD if local contractors, who have put forward a slew of demands, including payment of their bills, continue to disturb their work.
Hoping that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would agree to inaugurate Khuga Dam, the IFC Department has been working overtime to complete the project that has been held up for more than twenty years.
A recent breach in the right canal during a trial run and the on-and-off agitation of the local contractors had made matter worse.