Blair's wife Cherie Blair, inaugurates school in Punjab
Kapurthala, November 18, 2008
NRI Raj Loomba, 65, chairman of the Pushpawati Loomba Trust and
Bibi Jagir Kaur ex-president of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee
(SGPC) played a major role to inaugurate the renovated building
of a government school in Dhilwan village of Punjab's Kapurthala
district by Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister
Cherie Blair is also the president of the Loomba Trust. She addressed
students and started her speech with a 'Sat Sri Akal' and later
joined the school students for a traditional dance. She said:
- Loomba, who hails from Dhilwan, studied in this school and
presently provides scholarship of Rs 500 per month to 3,600 fatherless
students all over the country.
- Girls are encouraged from Bibi Jagir Kaur who became the first
woman SGPC chief only because of her education.
- I am really delighted to visit this school. I wish more girls
come to study here.
- NRI Punjabis have played a big role in the UK's development
It is her second trip within a year. In January, Cherie had visited
the school and gave a cheque of Rs 50 lakh on behalf of the Loomba
Trust to the deputy commissioner for the developpment of thre school.
The Punjab Gorvernment had also given a grant of Rs 50 lakh for
the school to match this donation.