[caption id="attachment_300" align="aligncenter" width="637" caption="Baroness Sandip Verma handing over the award to Major (Retd.) Tikendra Dal Dewan in London."][/caption] A well-known Nepali community leader, Major (Retd.) Tikendra Dal Dewan, has been awarded with the Asian Achievers Award UK for 2011.

He is the first expatriate Nepali in the UK to bag the prestigious award.

Baroness Sandip Verma, member of the House of Lords and currently a government whip and spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, handed over the award to Major Dewan amidst a ceremony at the Great Hall of the Wembley Stadium in London last Friday.

Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Vince Cable, was the chief guest at the 11th Asian Achievers Award distribution ceremony attended by over 1,000 people from the British Asian community. Addressing the function, British MP Keith Vaz said, “The Asian Achievers Awards demonstrate the fact that we need to recognize the talent of all the communities.”

Founder president of the British Gurkha Welfare Society (BGWS) and currently chairman of the Greater Rushmoore Nepalese Community (GRNC), Major (Retd.) Dewan was chosen for the award for his relentless contributions to the Nepalese/Gurkha community and his contributions to promote communal harmony among various communities in the UK, the organisers said.

“Major (Retd.) Dewan has made outstanding contributions for the cause of Gurkhas in the UK,” said Surya Gurung, former President of the Non-Resident Nepalese Association UK chapter. “As a leader of the GRNC, he has conveyed community’s concerns to local authorities as well as the parliamentarians. He deserves such a recognition and has made the Nepalese community proud,” he added.

Dr Rami Ranger, OBE, was recognised as Business person of the year while Prof Bhupendra Jasani was recognised as Professional of the year. Similarly, Mitesh Patel has been recognised as Young Entrepreneur of the year and Rajiv Ouseph has been recognised as Sports personality of the year. Bobby Singh Bansal was recognised from the Media, Art & Culture sector while Shernaz Engineer was recognised for her contributions to the Asian community from the business sector. Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO of Mitie, the first female Asian FTSE-250 CEO, received the Women of the year award.

The award was instituted by the Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar newspapers published from London. C. B. Patel, Publisher and Editor of the Asian Business Publication Ltd, who started these awards, said that the awards were decided by an independent panel of judges.