Friday, February 5, 2010

India Journal - South Asian News for Southern California

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    • Mota Singh, who is the UK’s first Sikh and Asian judge, has been knighted by the British Queen.

      London-based Mota Singh, who is also a Queen’s Counsel, has  been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honors List for  “services to the Administration of Justice, Community  Relations and to the Voluntary Sector”.

      His decision to wear a white turban in court, instead of  a wig, came to be seen as a sign of a multicultural Britain.

      A Ramgarhia Sikh, Mota Singh was raised and educated in  Nairobi, Kenya. In 1954, he shifted to England to complete the  remaining part of his studies of Law. He joined the English bar in 1967.
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    • Dharni, 68, who is also the Chairman of Bradford’s Hindu Cultural Society, emigrated to the city from India in 1963. He worked as a bus driver, ran and sold his own insurance broker and travel companies.

      Dharni was a key figure behind the three million pounds project to build the Laxmi Narayan Hindu temple, in Leeds Road, which was opened by the Queen in May 2007.

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