The two-day colorful festival 'Swat Youth Gala' organised by the Pakistan Army concluded here on Tuesday.

On the 1st day of festival, youth of the area participated in different indoor and outdoor activities. Events of English quiz and Urdu speech for both boys and girls were organised at the Wadudia Hall.

Next day, indoor games table tennis and badminton were arranged at the District Indoor Badminton Court. Marathon and cycle races were arranged at the Grass Ground Mingora.  Around 300 students of different schools and colleges were participated in the youth gala.

The main aim of the gala is to promote sense of competition among youth in addition to provide them a forum to carry out healthy activities.

Teachers of the various schools and colleges, elders of the area and people from all walks of life enjoyed the two-day festival and also appreciated the efforts made by the Pakistan Army for engaging youth of the valley in healthy activities. On this occasion, a large number of female supporters were also present.

Abbas Khan, student of local private school of the city, told TheNation that this type recreational activity was encouraging to polish students' skills in extra-curricular activities.

On this occasion, students of different institutes thanked Pakistan Army for organising such a sportive event for them because after military operation it was second time that they have availed the opportunity to participate in youth festival.

The ending ceremony was held in Wadudia Hall here where Commissioner Malakand Division Dr Fakhr-uI-Islam was the chief guest.

Brigadier Akmal and other Army official were also present on the occasion. 

Addressing the participants at the Wadudia Hall, Commissioner Malakand Dr Fakhru Islam said that though the resources were limited but the spirit was high. He said that the civil administration along with Army tried to provide healthy activities to people of Swat as holding sports events portrayed a healthy society.

He said that the youth gala was part of the year plan and every year the government would provide platform for youth of Swat.

He further said that engagement of youth in healthy activities was better for society. At last the commissioner Malakand distributed prizes among the winners.

Moot on photography

 The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication on Tuesday organised a one-day training workshop on photography at the University of Swat for the students of journalism.

An expert in photography from Peshawar taught different techniques of photography to future journalists.  At the workshop, students were asked to tell a story through their lens. Students were taught about the techniques, angles and frame and particularly about the subject and message that a photojournalist wanted to convey through his camera. 

Students actively participated in the activity. Purpose of this one-day activity was to train the journalism students in the art of photography.

Later on, these pictures will be displayed at the education expo in the University of Swat, which is going to be held next week.