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Cameron honoured for services to Sikh community

PTI  London, November 10, 2013
First Published: 17:41 IST(10/11/2013) | Last Updated: 17:44 IST(10/11/2013)

Ahead of his visit to India, British Prime Minister David Cameron has been presented with an award in recognition of services rendered to the Sikh community.

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"David Cameron, during his visit to India earlier this year, became the first serving Prime Minister to pay respects at the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple)," the citation by the Sikh Awards 2013 said.

The British Prime Minister is scheduled to make his third visit to India in two years from November 14.
"At Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Cameron laid a wreath at the memorial to the 1919 massacre. Writing in the memorial book of condolence, Cameron described the massacre as 'a deeply shameful event in British history', adding that 'we must never forget what happened here'," the citation said.

"Cameron is also the first serving UK Prime Minister to host a Baisakhi celebration reception at Downing Street, where 'kirtan' was performed at his residence for the first time. The Baisakhi reception is now a firm fixture in the Number 10 Calendar," the citation added.

After receiving the award on Saturday night at 10 Downing Street, Cameron said: "It is a tremendous honour and privilege to receive the award. These awards are all about highlighting the very best of the Sikh faith both here in Britain and abroad.

It was such a privilege to visit the Golden Temple at Amritsar earlier this year and on that visit, I learnt a huge amount about the values that are so important to Sikhs across the world   a devotion to God, earning an honest living, sharing your community."

"These are the values that run right through the heart of this great faith, and they're the values you're here to celebrate tonight," Cameron said.

Navdeep Singh, publisher of the Sikh Directory Ltd and founder of the Sikh Awards, presented the award to Cameron.

At the Sikh Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, India-based Harpal Singh Saggu received the Sikh Businessman Award. Saggu operates Synergy Group, which has an annual turnover of $200 million (around Rs. 1,200 crore) and more than 4,000 employees.

In November 2012, Saggu revolutionised the construction industry across the globe with the launch of INSTACON, an ultrafast smart building solution manufactured in a controlled factory environment and shipped to a prepared building site for installation.

India-based Harpreet Kaur won the Sikh Businesswoman Award. She was only 11-year-old when she began investing in the stock market. Kaur is the founder of GICF Group, which consists of GICF Education, Finance, Productions and Soch Trust.

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