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Lord Raj Loomba
the High Commissioner of India, Mr. Nalin Surie congratulating
Raj Loomba Named to U.K. House of Lords
Raj Loomba, Chairman of the Loomba Foundation and GOPIO International Regional Vice President (Europe), has been selected to become a member of the House of Lords in the UK. While Mumbai-born Sir Gulam Noon, a leading entrepreneur popularly known as the 'Curry King', was nominated by the Labour Party, Loomba becomes a Peer on behalf of the Liberal Democrat party. They are among the appointment of 53 new members to the House of Lords.
Widely known today as the pioneer of widows' rights and instigator of International Widows Day, Raj Loomba's campaigning achievements are founded on a successful business career as founder of Rinku Group, the fashion and clothing company of which he is Executive Chairman. Mr. Loomba received CBE - "Commander of the British Empire" award in Her Majesty Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2008. In 2006, the Loomba Trust organized an International Widows Conference at the Foreign Office in London.
The International Widows Conference was chaired by Cherie Booth QC and it received support from the Prince of Wales and Sir Richard Branson as patrons, and heard contributions by Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon, India's cabinet minister for Women and Child Development Mrs. Renuka Chowdhury, UK cabinet minister and leader of the upper house Baroness Amos, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, politician and Aids campaigner Baroness Margaret Jay and representatives of widows organizations from many countries in Africa and Asia. Senator Hillary Clinton addressed the conference via video link and messages of support were received from Conservative Leader David Cameron and Liberal-Democrat Leader Sir Menzies Campbell.
Raj Loomba was born on 13 November 1943 in Dhilwan in the Punjab, India. He was educated at D.A.V. College in Julllandhar (1958-1960) and State University of Iowa, U.S.A. (1960-62). He and his wife Veena have two daughters and one son. They have three granddaughters. Raj Loomba has British nationality. He hold several prominent positions in various organizations such as University of East London, Safer London Foundation and many others. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards such as NRI Institute of India Achievers Award 2008, The Asian Who's Who "The Charity of the Year Award, Pride of India Gold Medal (India) and many others.
Majestyís special representative, Mr. Robert Leader DL
Sun Mark Ltd celebrated receiving the Queens Award for Enterprise for consecutive years 2009 & 2010 in style on 20th November 2010 at the Radisson Hotel, Portman Square, London.
The Queen's Lieutenant, Mr. Robert Leader DL, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, presented Dr. Ranger with the two awards and praised him and the company for such a coveted honour, not once but twice in a row. He said that this was indeed a rare achievement as this award represented the "best of Britain" and there were only 21 companies like this in the whole of London.
The celebration was attended by many Members from both the Houses of Parliament and European Parliament including Baroness Verma, Baroness Prashar, Lord Popat, Lord Sheikh, Lord Rana, the Rt. Hon Dominic Grieve MP, Attorney General, Mr. Richard Harrington MP, Mr. Bob Blackman MP. Mr. Mike Freer MP, Mr. Stephen Pound MP, HE the High Commissioner of India, Mr. Nalin Surie, the Deputy High Comissioner Mr Rajesh Prasad and Minister Coordination at the High Commission, Mr Asif Ibrahim, Dr Charles Tannock MEP and Mr Syed Kamall MEP all graced the occasion with their presence.
Many overseas clients, suppliers who are some Britainís blue chip companies and other prominent members of society attended the spectacular event. The entertainment was provided by Karan of K Spark Entertainment.
Upon receipt of the awards Dr. Ranger addressed the guests and paid tribute to his late mother for instilling the right values in him so he could succeed. He thanked his wife, staff and suppliers. His special thanks went to Sun Markís General Manager, Mr. Mohan Khurana, who he said was the architect of the business and his son in law and Head of Operations, Harmeet Ahuja, who had taken the business to the next level. He thanked Ray Perkins and the staff of his shipping Company Sea Air & Land Forwarding Ltd for all their hard work in working on the documentation involved for the shipping of over 6000 sea containers of goods to 92 countries. He praised the British sense of tolerance and fair play which allowed an ordinary man like him to realise his ambitions and become an asset for the nation.
The Rt. Hon Dominic Grieve MP., Attorney General, started the speeches by praising Rami for his hard work and his foresight to take his company forward to becoming one of the best in Britain in terms of generating wealth and employment.
The Deputy High Commissioner HE Mr Rajesh Prasad of India praised Rami and said that he was proud of the achievements of Sun Mark Ltd. He said he was proud of the diaspora in the UK which contributes so positively to the country of their residence.
Baroness Verma praised Rami for all the work he did outside his business and for the community to make them more politically and publically spirited. She said he deserved to be recognized further by the British Government.
Lord Popat said he greatly admired Rami on a personal level and was proud to be his friend. He said he was proud of the work Rami had done for the party, country and the community.
Baroness Prasher said she was proud that Rami had mentioned his late mother and said she firmly believed that it was these values which led to Ramiís success in business, politics and the community.
Lord Rana, who had flown in especially from Belfast, praised the work Rami has undertaken in building bridges between British communities.
Lord Sheikh also praised the work Rami does to benefit society.
Mr Richard Harrington MP praised the business achievements of Rami and Sun Mark Ltd and good work it was doing for Britainís economy during difficult economic times.
Mr. Stephen Pound MP praised Rami and said that even though he was from a different political party, he felt proud to be associated with Rami.
The Mayor of Ealing was delighted that Sun Mark was generating wealth and employment for the area.
Ramiís eldest daughter, Reena Ahuja, hosted the evening in a confident, articulate and witty manner. She managed to hold the attention of over 450 guests throughout.
A sumptuous meal was served by Laguna catering. The DJ was the famous Tonni Patti and the dance floor was heaving to the beat of English and Bollywood music as guests danced into the early hours of the morning.