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NRIs in Queen's honours list - Moment of Pride for all Indians In UK

Published on: Thursday, 1st January 2009 02:36 AM     By      Administrator

LONDON: Two NRI journalists are among several other professionals of Indian origin to have been included in the Queens New Year honours list announced on Wednesday. Anita Kumari Bhalla, editor of Public Space Broadcasting BBC, has been honoured with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to broadcasting in Britain. Lakhbir Kaur has also been awarded an OBE for services in Asian broadcasting and to the Media. NRIs Tarun Kapur, executive head teacher Ashton-on-Mersey and Broadoak Schools, Trafford and Indarjit Singh, director of the network of sikh organizations (UK) and a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 today programmes Thought for the Day slot received the Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Other OBE awardees include Kuldip Kaur Bharj, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Lead Midwife for Educ, School of Healthcare, Leeds University and Uday Kumar Dholakia for services to business and to the community in Leicestershire. Asha Khemka, Principal and Chief executive, West Nottinghamshire College and Kumar Muthalagappan, managing director of the Pearl Hotels and Restaurants Group have also been awarded OBEs. Individuals of Indian origin honoured with the Member of the British Empire (MBE) are Chitra Bharucha for services to the Animal Feed industry, General Medical Practitioner Parvin Bhatia, founder of Wick Surgical Courses Pradip Kumar Datta, Prof Jagdish Dave, Surinder Singh Jolly, Ranjula Madhani and Narendra Mehta. The OBE for military personnel included Col Rakesh Kumar Bhabutta.