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‘Starry eyed’ Gurdaspur awaits Sunny Deol

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Gurdaspur may be one of the least developed Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab but it does not lack a fascination for Bollywood bigwigs.

Having elected actor Vinod Khanna as its Member of Parliament (MP) four times from 1998 to 2014, voters are now awaiting the arrival of Sunny Deol, the new film star the BJP has chosen as its candidate for the constituency.

Sunny Deol, who has done blockbuster movies such as ‘Border’, ‘Betaab’, ‘Gadar – Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Ghayal’, replaces former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Khanna, who died in April 2017.

“We will not only get to see Sunny Deol but also the evergreen hero Dharmendra (Sunny’s father), his brother Bobby Deol and other members of the film fraternity during the campaign,” said Jugraj Singh, a youth from Gurdaspur town.
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Sunny Deol, whose real name is Ajay Singh Deol, 62, was born in Sahnewal near Ludhiana in October 1956.

Though Vinod Khanna had his own star appeal, his actor sons, Akshay Khanna and Rahul Khanna, gave it a boost during campaigning.

He stormed the Congress bastion on his electoral debut in 1998, defeating five-time Congress MP Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder.

Khanna remained popular in the constituency despite accusations of being away from the constituency most of the time. Strangely, even during Khanna’s absence from the area, his wife Kavita worked extensively in Gurdaspur.

Following his death, the BJP chose Swarn Singh Salariya, a Mumbai-based millionaire businessman, as its candidate for the October 2017 bypoll, over Khanna’s widow, Kavita Khanna. Salariya lost the bypoll to Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar by over 1.93 lakh votes.

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Beauty With Brain! Former Miss India Finalist Aishwarya Sheoran Now An IAS Officer!

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Aishwarya Sheoran: 23-year-old Aishwarya Sheoran, a former Miss India finalist topped the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) that was announced on August 4. This  ‘beauty with brains’ hailing from Rajasthan has secured an all-India rank of 93. The daughter of a colonel in the Army, Sheoran was one of the top 21 finalists of 2016 Miss India pageant. According to Miss India pageant agency, Femina Miss India and she was also the Campus Princess Delhi 2016, and was also the Fresh face winner Delhi in 2015.

In an Indian Express report, Sheoran has said that it was her dream to become an IAS officer and that she did modelling only as a hobby. She also talked about the leadership roles she took up in school and college.

“I always wanted to be a civil servant. I did modelling as a hobby. At that age, I wanted to explore so many things. I was the head girl in my school and, in college too, I was an active member of the debate society and participated in the social service, et al.’ Sheoran said in the report.

According to Sheoran, in the one and a half years that she walked the ramp she was flooded with offers for modelling and many prominent designers such as Manish Malhotra noticed her talent. But academics remained her first love and she decided to return to it.

“Manish Malhotra who encouraged me to participate in fashion shows. Once I returned to Delhi, I was flooded with offers. The thrill of walking on the ramp kept me going for over a year-and-half. However, as I am a nerd, I wanted to return to my first love — academics,” said  Sheoran in the report.

Due to her father’s postings, she has traveled and lived in various places across the country. She had also cracked the Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2017 and got a seat in IIM-Indore but did not join.

“The Internet proved to be the biggest boon in my preparation. From books, old interviews to current affairs and newspapers, everything is easily available on the Internet. I started my basic preparations from there only. I chose only one book for a topic and revised it repeatedly. Strategy holds the key in UPSC preparation,” she said in the report.

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