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NRI radio presenter wins British award


London : Radio presenter Lucky Dhillon, who has worked in the Asian media in Britain for the last 20 years, and entrepreneur Sharon Kaur have been selected for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards this year.

The awards were presented by model-actress Elizabeth Hurley and Cherie Blair, wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair, here on Wednesday night. Both Hurley and Blair looked resplendent in saris at the event.

Dhillon moved to London from India at the age of 13. She went on to produce and present a daily talk show on Sina Radio, which later became Sunrise Radio in 1989.

She left in 1996 to start her own company and produced two original programmes including Amrit Vela for Spectrum Radio, which transmits daily from the Golden Temple, Amritsar.

Blair presented the Media Professional of the Year award to Dhillon while Hurley handed the Entrepreneur of the Year award to Kaur.

Kaur founded Sahara Homes Ltd in Forest Gate, East London, in 1998, to provide residential care for women with learning difficulties. The company now has three homes across London.

Blair told the ceremony she was "delighted" to be a patron of the awards, and said all the women should be "extremely proud of their achievements

The yearly event was launched by Pinky Lilani and Munir Samji to recognise all levels of achievement made by Asian women in the UK.