Honour for Indian-origin frontline staff in UK

London, December 31

Indian-origin frontline workers, academics, actors and musicians are among 1,239 people recognised for their extraordinary contributions in the UK’s annual New Year’s Honours List released on Thursday.

Among the year’s highest honours, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been knighted and British actress Sheila Hancock is made a dame in the list released on New Year’s eve.

The majority of awards are for the contributions people have made in their communities, with 14.2 per cent of recipients coming from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background.

British Indian television and Bollywood actor Nina Wadia is conferred an OBE for services to entertainment and charity alongside Dipanwita Ganguli, Principal of Sutton College, for services to adult education in London. Prof Partha Sarathi Kar, a consultant and endocrinologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, gets an OBE for services to people with diabetes and Belfast-based businessman and peer Lord Diljit Rana is honoured for services to business and to the economy in Northern Ireland. — PTI

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