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NRI hotelier wins Community Award

Britain's leading NRI hotelier Joginder Sangar has been presented the Community Award in recognition of his outstanding philanthropic work in the UK.

world Updated: Feb 27, 2010 14:14 IST

Britain's leading NRI hotelier Joginder Sangar has been presented the Community Award in recognition of his outstanding philanthropic work in the UK.

At a ceremony held in the House of Commons, Rev Jesse Jackson, well known African American civil rights leader presented the award to Sangar.

He described Sangar as a "gentleman who has devoted much of his time to fundraising and philanthropic work with success."

Accepting the award, Sangar said he was "humbled and honoured".

"I only did what everyone is expected to do," he added.

Sangar, who had started business with a small travel agency in East London in 1965, has managed to build up a number of businesses including 5 star hotels, properties, travel agencies and Life Insurance Company and is now Chairman of Mast Craft Ltd.

As Vice Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sangar is instrumental in raising over a million pounds for building the new building for the Bhavan.

He also played a key role in raising funds for constructing the largest Hindu temple in the UK for Lord Venkateswara (Balaji) in Tividale near Birmingham.