Vol. 5 Num 574 Fri. January 06, 2006  

Bangladeshi awarded OBE
Dr Nazia Khanum, an expatriate Bangladeshi, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth recently for her services to community relations and to equal opportunities in Luton, says a press release.

The recommendation was submitted on behalf of a number of members of Bangladeshi community in Luton. They believe Dr Khanum should be given recognition for her distinctive contribution to the quality of life in the UK, and in particular for promoting community cohesion.

Through her work, she is helping the UK to develop as a model for the rest of the world of a successful and dynamic multi-faith, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society.

Dr Nazia Khanum has been deeply involved in community capacity building in the UK for over 20 years. Since 1983, she has promoted the development and empowerment of diverse communities in London, Bedfordshire and Luton.

She is the founder-chairperson of Luton Multicultural Women's Coalition (LMWC) and Purbachal (The Eastern Sky).