Several NRIs in Queen's New Year Honours List
Two NRI journalists are among several other professionals of Indian origin to have been included in the Queen's New year Honours List.world Updated: Dec 31, 2008 16:31 IST
Two NRI journalists are among several other professionals of Indian origin to have been included in the Queen's 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 Organisations (UK) and a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 today Programme's 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. Those on the annual list, announced by the Cabinet Office, will receive their gongs from Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies at the Buckingham Palace in the coming months.
Best selling author Terry Pratchett, whose books have sold 55 million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages received a Knighthood.
The 966 honours in the list, which is dominated by medal winners from the Beijing Olympics, also included rock legend and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.
Honors range in descending order from knighthoods, to the CBE, OBE and MBE. Though the honors are bestowed by the queen, the recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public. Knights are addressed as "Sir" or "Dame".
Recipients of CBEs and OBEs have no title but can put the letters after their names.