OUR STAFF REPORTER KHANEWAL - With a view to extend quality educational services to the deprived communities who cannot send their children to schools because of lack of resources, the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has decided to launch its New School Programme (NSP) in 11 new districts in the province so that people of education-wise deficient districts could be facilitated. This was stated by PEF Chairman Raja Anwar while briefing the media men about holding of pre-quality assurance test at Circuit House, Khanewal, the other day. A total of 20,000 students of 205 schools in the districts took part in the test. New School Programme (NSP) was initiated to allure private sector entrepreneurs to set up schools in distant and remote areas where private schools were scarce or absent altogether, he said, adding, currently, NSP had 200 partner schools successfully working in 16 different districts. Raja Anwar pointed out that phase-4 of extension in the NSP had been launched and new NSP partner schools would be opened in the districts of Gujrat, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Nankana Sahib, Narowal, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Chakwal, Hafizaabad, Gujranwala and Attock. The NSP not only facilitates the enrolment of out of school children but also ensures their retention through effective policies, maintained Raja Anwar. Earlier, he visited different schools taking part in the pre-QAT. 144, ban on pillion-riding imposed: DCO Rashid Mehmood Langrial has imposed section-144 in district with immediate effect on Friday, and also imposed ban on pillion-riding in Khanewal. The DCO said that the foolproof security arrangements had been made for the remaining days of Muharramul Haram and there would be ban on gathering of five or more then five peoples near 1kilometre of mourning processions and 1/2kilometre from majlis in the district. Mehmood Langrial has also urged the religious circles and civil society for harmony and cooperation with the district administration to maintain law and order situation in the district.