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Exceptional achievements shine bright in the King’s New Year Honours: Over 1,200 recognised for generosity and impact, including knighthoods for Sajid Javid and Newcastle’s Professor Amritpal Singh

In a celebration of extraordinary accomplishments, this year’s King’s New Year Honours has proudly awarded over 1,200 recipients for their exceptional contributions, with a special emphasis on those who have demonstrated exceptional generosity towards others in need. From dedicated community champions and inspirational figures in sports to pioneering artists, passionate health workers, and devoted supporters of young people, the diversity of the honourees mirrors the myriad ways individuals can positively shape our society.

Under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the honours are distributed across the entire UK, reflecting and celebrating the incredible contributions of people throughout the country. Notable among this year’s honourees is the Knighthood awarded to former Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Professor Amritpal Singh HUNGIN OBE DL, Emeritus Professor of General Practice at Newcastle University, for his outstanding services to Medicine. Professor Singh’s illustrious career spanning over 30 years in general practice and clinical research has left an indelible mark on patient care, clinical innovation, and medical education.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak remarked, “The New Year Honours List recognises the exceptional achievements of people across the country and those who have shown the highest commitment to selflessness and compassion. To all honourees, you are the pride of this country and an inspiration to us all.”

Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Oliver Dowden CBE MP, extended warm congratulations to the honourees, stating, “This year’s New Year Honours List celebrates the most selfless, compassionate people in the UK. I send them all my warmest congratulations for what they have achieved.” He highlighted the historic significance of the honours system, designed to spotlight heroic contributions and inspire others to nominate deserving individuals for future recognition. The captivating stories from across the entire UK are hoped to kindle a spirit of nomination and honour for the remarkable deeds of individuals in the years to come.

Here is a list of British South Asians who have been honoured in the King’s News Years 2024 list.

Order of the British Empire Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Naguib KHERAJ Chair, Rothesay Limited. For services to Business and to the Economy (London, Greater London)

Dr Mala RAO OBE Senior Clinical Fellow, Imperial College London. For services to Public Health, the NHS, and to Equality and Diversity (Colchester, Essex)

Bidesh SARKAR Chief Financial Officer, Department for Business and Trade. For Public Service (London, Greater London)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Baldev Parkash BHARDWAJ For services to the community in Oldbury, West Midlands (Oldbury, West Midlands)

Dr Dipankar DATTA Chair, South Asia Voluntary Enterprise. For services to Charity (Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire)

Dr Darrell Carmel DESOUZA Lately Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Harrow College and Uxbridge College. For services to Further Education (London, Greater London)

Mahboob HUSSAIN JP For services to the community in Buckinghamshire (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)

Salim Hassanali Moledina JANMOHAMED For charitable and voluntary services to Faith Communities (Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire)

Munir PATEL Chief Executive Officer, XRAIL Group. For services to Rail Exports (London, Greater London)

Dr Shriti PATTANI Lately President, The Society of Occupational Medicine. For services to Occupational Health (London, Greater London)

Rajwinder SINGH Principal Project Sponsor, Prison Infrastructure Team, Ministry of Justice. For Public Service (Leicester, Leicestershire)

Ushaben Ladwa THOMAS Race Adviser, Welsh Government. For services to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)

Zehra ZAIDI For services to International Development, to Humanitarian Action and to Community Cohesion (Longhope, Gloucestershire)

Members of the Order of the British Empire

Taslima Parveen AHMAD Founder, Creative Design and Manufacture UK. For services to Disadvantaged People and to the Minority Ethnic Community (London, Greater London)

Shabnam AHMED BUTT Lead for Adult Safeguarding, Camden London Borough Council. For services to Social Care (London, Greater London)

Tajinder Kaur BANWAIT Founder, Urban Apothecary London. For services to Business and to the Beauty Industry (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)

Dr Sanjay BHANDARI Chair, Kick It Out. For services to Sport (Potters Bar, Hertfordshire)

Dr Manav BHAVSAR Lately Clinical Lead, Critical Care. For services to Healthcare, particularly during Covid-19 (Londonderry, County Borough of Londonderry)

Chitraleka BOLAR Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher. For services to South Asian Dance (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Nilesh Bhasker DOSA Founder, icanyoucantoo. For services to Social Equality (London, Greater London)

Dr Dinendra Singh GILL For services to Pre-Hospital and Trauma Care in Wales (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)

Dr Gian Parkash GOPAL Founder, Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre Project. For services to the Hindu Community and to Multi-Faith Cohesion in Oxfordshire (Abingdon, Oxfordshire)

Permjit GOSAL (PAM GOSAL) MSP Member of the Scottish Parliament for West Scotland. For services to Business, to Racial Equality and to Charity in Milton Keynes (Dunbartonshire)

Zahid HAMID Lately Member, Peak District National Park Authority. For services to National Parks (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)

Dr Muhayman JAMIL Founder, Wheels and Wheelchairs. For services to People with Disabilities (London, Greater London)

Rizwan JAVED Station Assistant, MTR Elizabeth Line. For services to Vulnerable People (London, Greater London)

Jasdeep Hari Bhajan Singh KHALSA Founder, The Sikher Project. For charitable services to the Sikh Community (London, Greater London)

Mostaque Ahmed KOYES Director, Community Interest Luton. For services to the community in Luton, Bedfordshire (Luton, Bedfordshire)

Mohammed Gulam Moula MIAH Chairman, Rajnagar Business Group and Moula Foundation. For services to the Bangladeshi Community and to Charity (Solihull, West Midlands)

Dr Meenakshi NAGPAUL (Meena Thakur) General Practitioner, Honeypot Medical Centre and Clinical Director, Harrow East Primary Care Network. For services to the NHS (London, Greater London)

Satish Manilal PARMAR Senior Policy Adviser, Department for Work and Pensions. For Public Service (London, Greater London)

Imran Adam PATEL For services to the community in Blackburn, Lancashire (Blackburn, Lancashire)

Jayshree RAJKOTIA Trustee and Vice Chair, Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Institute of Indian Art and Culture. For services to Indian Culture (London, Greater London)

Sadia SADIQ Manager, Community Care and Wellbeing Services. For services to Minority Ethnic Communities in Wales (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)

Savraj Singh SHETRA Field Intelligence Officer, Home Office. For Public Service (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)

Dr Hamsaraj Gundal Mahabala SHETTY Consultant Physician, University Hospital of Wales. For services to Stroke Services in Wales (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)

Nirmal SINGH Chaplain, North West Prisons HM Prison and Probation Service. For services to Community Development and Interfaith Integration (Preston, Lancashire)

Dr Muhammad Saleem Khan TAREEN Psychiatrist, Northern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Mental Ill Health and to Community Development in Northern Ireland (Belfast, City of Belfast)

Suman VOHRA Vice Chair, Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre. For services to the community in Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh)

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

Dr Jahangir ALOM Doctor and Campaigner, NHS. For services to Tackling Health Inequalities, particularly during Covid-19 (London, Greater London)

Waqas ARSHAD Chair, Bradley Big Local. For services to Families with Mental Health Issues in Lancashire (Nelson, Lancashire)

Saeqa ASHRAF For services to Law Enforcement (London, Greater London)

Chandra Shekhar BIYANI Consultant Urological Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Medical Education (Wakefield, West Yorkshire)

Asad Mehmood BUTT Volunteer, Chance to Shine. For services to Young People and to the community in the London Borough of Croydon (London, Greater London)

Sundeep KAUR Director, United Sikhs. For services to the community in the West Midlands during Covid-19 (Kingswinford, West Midlands)

Azam Ahmed KHAN Executive Officer, Department for Work and Pensions and Founder, The Akhirah Team. For Charitable Services (Leeds, West Yorkshire)

Mubarak Hussain MAHMED Wellbeing and Engagement Coordinator, First Bus North and West Yorkshire. For services to Mental Health (Batley, West Yorkshire)

Moez Kass Amali NATHU Chief Executive, Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association. For services to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Peterborough (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Sukhdev Singh PHULL Engineer, Department for Transport. For services to Transport Technology and for charitable services through the Ekom Charity Trust (London, Greater London)

Mahbubur RAHMAN For services to Charity and to the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester (Oldham, Greater Manchester)

Rehana Khanam RAHMAN For services to the Bangladeshi Community (London, Greater London)

Sanjay SHAMBHU Councillor, South Gloucestershire Council and Chair, BAME Conservatives. For Political Service (Patchway, Gloucestershire)

Versha SOOD-MAHINDRA Lately Dementia Lead, BUPA. For services to Community Cohesion and to People with Dementia in Cardiff (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)

Don’t forget anyone can nominate someone for an honour. If you know someone who has achieved fantastic things worthy of recognition, go to https://www.gov.uk/honours to find out more about how you can put them forward.

For the full list for 2024 visit: The New Year Honours 2024 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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