London Current Affairs - 2020

Annual Asian Achievers Awards: Anil Agarwal honoured with lifetime achievement award

Vedanta Resources Chairman Anil Agarwal was conferred lifetime achievement award at prestigious Annual Asian Achievers Awards in London, UK. The year 2019 marks the 19th edition of Annual Asian Achievers Awards.

Key Highlights

Novelist Jeffrey Archer helped raise GBP 150,000 for India-based charity group Yuva Unstoppable in an auction at awards night.

Theme for 19th Annual Asian Achievers Awards: ‘Inclusivity’. As inclusivity is not about diversity but about being inclusive of everyone therefore this year’s candidates included LGBT community also.


Onkardeep Singh MBE: Achievement in Community Services

Faisal Islam: Achievement in Media, Arts & Culture

Vipul Vadera: Businessperson of the Year

Kush Kanodia: Entrepreneur of the Year

Krishna Omkar: Professional of the Year

Harjit Singh Bhania: Sports Personality of the Year

Hafsa Qureshi: Uniformed, Civil and Public Services

Neeta Patel: Woman of the Year

Anil Agarwal: Lifetime Achievement Award

Rajesh Agrawal, London Deputy Mayor: Editor’s Award for Public Services

Dr. Nilesh U Patel MD: Editor’s Award for Contribution to Thoracic Surgery

Pradip Dhamecha: Editor’s Choice Award for Community service, Philanthropy and Entrepreneur

About Asian Achievers Awards

The annual awards are hosted by Asian Business Publications Ltd (ABPL). ABPL are publishers of Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar.

It recognises outstanding work from individuals from across all professions and businesses within Asian community as well as acknowledge accomplishments of finest in United Kingdom’s Asian community.

The award is now into its 19th year and is consistently favoured by Asian community as most prestigious and highly respected awards.

Kumar Sangakkara to become 1st Non-British President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

Sri Lanka’s former captain Kumar Sangakkara will become first Non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Key Highlights

  • He will take up charge of president post on 1st October 2019 and will serve for 12 months period.
  • His tenure at Lord’s will witness two England test matches against West Indies and Pakistan and also the launch of ‘The Hundred’, an England and Wales Cricket Board’s new 100-ball cricket format.


Now 41-year-old, Kumar Sangakkara was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the MCC in 2012. Later, he joined MCC’s World Cricket committee and remains an active member since then.

Marylebone Cricket Club

It was founded in 1787 and has been based at Lord’s (a cricket ground in London, UK). MCC owns Lord’s since 1814. It is the guardian (or custodian) of the Laws of the game.