More than 1,500 informal education and vocational centres will be opened in the backward districts across the Punjab during the current financial year, it was officially learnt here the other day.

According to the plan, besides providing basic education to children, the women will also be imparted training in skills like sewing, stitching, knitting, embroidery etc.

In this connection, the provincial government approved Rs93 million for the purpose recently. The government will ensure provision of all necessary funds and equipments to the Literacy Department to enable it to achieve the target of hundred per cent literacy as well as to provide skills to the women in remote villages to supplement their household expenses.

FUN RACE: A fun race of elderly persons and dwarfs was held under the unjab Sports Festival here.

The interesting race between the dwarfs was won by 3-ft Muhammad Saleem while Muhammad Nadeem and Saeed Ahmad got second and third position respectively. Falak Sher won the first position while Naeem Akhtar Chadhar and Allah Ditta won second and third position respectively in the race between old-men. MPA Malik Fayyaz Ahmad and DO Sports Majed Hussain gave away cash prizes to the winners.

MAN HELD: The Sukheke Police have arrested Zahoor Ahmad, son of Umar Hayt, a resident of village Kanwanwali and have recovered 1,025 grams heroin from his possession.

The accused was arrested while he was attempting to board a van to transport the contraband in Lahore. A case under Anti-Narcotics Act was against the accused.

ALL SET FOR EXAMS IN ATTOCK: All arrangements have been finalized for primary and middle level examinations scheduled to be held from February 6.

A total of 335 centres have been established where more than 50,000 students will take examinations. For middle level examinations, 155 centres have been established including 28 centres at Attock, 34 at Jand , 27 at Hazro, 23 at Hazro, 23 at Pindigheb, 28 at Fatehjang and 15 centres at Hasanabdal.

For primary level examinations, 180 examination centres have been established including 32 at Attock, 37 at Jand, 31 at Hazro, 30 at Pindigheb, 35 at Fatehjang and 16 at tehsil Hassanabdal.

More than 50,000 students will appear in these centres for primary and middle level exams. Roll Number slips of regular students have been dispatched to their respective schools while those of private candidates have been dispatched at their respective addresses. If any private student does not receive his roll number slip till  January 15, he/she may contact the Attock board.

SCHOOL INSPECTED IN NP THAL: District Officer Education Malik Zahoor Ahmad Chohan paid a surprise visit to Tehsil Noorpur Thal and inspected 11 schools here the other day.

He inspected government primary school Warhi Gujranwala and praised the efforts done by the Headmaster and other teachers. He directed the school staff to improve quality of education. He also directed the Headmaster of school to motivate parents to get their children enrolled to enhance literary rate.

While talking to the newsmen, he said that he inspected 11 the visit. Later, he met centre Headmasters and directed them to observe office timing otherwise stern action would be taken against them, DO Information Abid Hussain Bhatti was also present on the occasion.