Indian NRI woman selected to carry Olympic torch meets PM

January 13th, 2008 - 10:26 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh
By Ashok Dixit Beijing, Jan.13 (ANI): A Non-Indian Indian (NRI) woman will be one of eight Diaspora to carry the Olympic torch into Beijing for the Beijing Olympics, which is scheduled to be held in August this year.
Speaking exclusively to ANI TV, an emotional Meena Barot said that the love of the people of India had got her this rare honour, and she was particularly overwhelmed to meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today at the Beijing Olympic Exhibition complex. Barot, 36, said she is a business manager and Chief Representative Officer with Shalini Laboratories, a pharmaceutical concern here for the last three years, and that she had been selected to carry the Olympic torch through an advertisement in The China Daily newspaper that was placed by the Lenovo (software) Group. “I was among the eight short-listed to carry the Olympic torch through an online poll. More than 200 people competed for the rare honour. When I met the Prime Minister today, he told me that he had heard about me and expressed pride about my decision to take up the challenge. He said: ” God bless you.”
“I am here because of the people of India. It is the greatest day of my live (to meet the Prime Minister),” she said. (ANI)

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