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NRIs honoured for community services in UK

The Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) has honoured three NRIs for their outstanding contribution to the community.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2005 10:37 IST

The Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) has honoured three non-resident Indians, including Pavan Varma, the Director of Nehru Centre in London, for their outstanding contribution to the community.

The NRI body awarded gold medals to Varma, Sonjoy Chatterjee, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank, UK and Dilbagh Singh Chana, MBE, President of Sikh Temple Ramgarhia Sabha at Southall in London on Wednesday night.

Indian High Commissioner to Britain Kamalesh Sharma presented the medals at the function organised to celebrate the 59th Independence Day.

After bringing about a transformation at the Nehru Centre, the Cultural hub of the Indian High Commission, during his three-year stint, Varma leaves for New Delhi next week to take over as the Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Prominent among those present at the function included Food and Supply Minister of Punjab Avtar Henry, Minister, Press and Information in the High Commission, Kuldeep Singh Bharadwaj, Mayor of Hounslow Darshan Singh Garewal and IOC (UK) Chairman Manjit Lit.

Chatterjee, as Vice President and Head of the ICICI, was responsible for many of the strategic initiatives undertaken by the Group, thus transforming it into a technologically enabled diversified financial services group from a financial institution.

Dilbagh Singh Chana, who served as Chairman of Ealing Race Equality Council for four years, was awarded an MBE for services to community relations in the Borough of Ealing in January 1999.

First Published: Sep 01, 2005 10:25 IST