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British Indian women win Asian Awards

Leading Indian-origin women from the fields of journalism, art, education and finance are among the awardees at this year's Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

world Updated: May 26, 2008 14:03 IST

Leading Indian-origin women from the fields of journalism, art, education and finance were among the awardees at this year's Asian Women of Achievement Awards announced at a high profile event here.

Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and actress Liz Hurley looked resplendent in saris as they attended the ninth annual awards event at the London Hilton to honour ten dynamic Asian women from various fields.

Co-founded by Pinky Lilani and organised by Real Business magazine, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards recognise achievements of Asian women in the UK.

The winners included Arti Lukha, the home news editor of ITN. She was selected for the award for her "determination to get to the heart of cutting-edge news stories as a hard-hitting journalist".

In the Arts and Culture category, the winner was Shobana Jeyasingh, a choreographer who has directed the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company since 1988.

Asha Khemka, another Indian-origin woman, won the Public Sector award for her role as the principal of the West Nottinghamshire College.

The Social and Humanitarian Award went to Bala Thakrar, who has championed the needs of vulnerable people for 20 years.