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Sunil Chhetri awarded at 5th Times NOW & ICICI Bank NRI of the Year Awards 2018 honours Global Indians!

English news channel Times NOW from the Times Network and ICICI Bank hosted the 5th edition of NRI of the Year Awards 2018 in Mumbai. The NRI of the Year Awards salute the spirit of global Indians who have been an inspiration and made a mark for themselves worldwide. Sunil Chhetri, Indian football team Captain was presented with the prestigious Global Indian Icon and Prem Watsa, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Fairfax Financial Holdings was conferred with the Special Jury NRI of the Year Award, amidst a glittering evening.

To celebrate NRI of the Year Awards 5th edition, a coffee table book was launched by Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India; M.K. Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network; Vijay Chandok, Executive Director ICICI Bank; Lt. Gen Sudhir Sharma, Advisory Board – India, GIIS; and Farokh Balsara – Partner and National Director – Consumer Products and Health Services, Ernst & Young.

A new trophy designed by renowned jewellery designer Poonam Soni was also unveiled at the ceremony by Bollywood actress, Chitrangada Singh. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India was the chief guest for the evening and the event was graced by notable personalities including Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri, actress Chitrangada Singh, singer Akriti Kakar many more from the TV and Bollywood industry. Anukreethy Vas, Miss India 2018; Meenakshi Chaudhary, First Runners-Up; and Shreya Rao Kamavarapu, Second Runners-Up made their first appearances on the red carpet after winning the Miss India titles. The gala event was hosted by Sameer Kochhar and Mandira Bedi. The evening also witnessed a mesmerizing dance performance by Terrence Lewis Dance Institute.

NRI of the Year is India’s most distinctive awards recognising the outstanding achievements of the Indian diaspora globally. With their grit and perseverance, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have achieved tremendous success in various fields in the countries they have chosen to adopt as their homes. The awards were given in six different categories – Entrepreneur, Professional, Academics, Arts & Culture, Philanthropy, and Start-up, along with other awards such as India’s Global Icon Award Special Jury Award.

This year, the awards covered the top four regions across the globe – North America, UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific, where 23 winners were selected and awarded. NRI of the Year Awards 2018 was open to all Non-Resident Indians (NRI), Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO). The high-profile jury for NRI of the Year Awards 2018 comprised Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India; Ashish Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE; Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India; Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator; and Dalip Tahil, renowned film, television and theatre actor.

Upon receiving the award Sunil Chhetri said, “I am very happy to be a part of the 5th Edition of the Times Now NRI Awards. It’s a very different feeling to be a part of this kind of an event. I haven’t been to a lot of events where it is not just about the sport but the total package on how I have performed, an event where the achievements of global Indians are being celebrated. The Indians diaspora is celebrated globally and I am looking forward to receiving the Global Indian Icon Award in the sports category.”

Commenting on the Indian Football team he says, “We are greedy and want more. We must always keep improving. On a personal note I am always working on myself and my game and I hope that everyone who is a footballer only tries to improve themselves.”

NRI of the Year Awards 2018 – Winners
Category Name Region
Professional Sajeev Koshy Asia Pacific
Sanjay Jadhao North America
Pratap Bose UK & Europe
Prasanth Manghir Middle East
Academics Amities Paul Middle East
Narendra Kumar UK & Europe
Ramesh Agarwal North America
Aarav Rajesh Asia Pacific
Kuldip Sidhu Asia Pacific
Entrepreneur Sarvajna Dwivedi North America
Kishore Matta Asia Pacific
Mitesh Vekaria UK & Europe
Vardaman Shetty Middle East
Art & Culture Jogiraj Sikidar Middle East
Tejinder Sharma UK & Europe
Biju Dhanapalan Asia Pacific
Sai Chakrawarthy Manapragada North America
Start up Vivek Kopparthi North America
Philanthropy Ariful Islam Middle East
Bhupendra Mistry UK & Europe
Dr. Manu Vora North America
India’s Global Icon – Sports Sunil Chhetri India
Special Jury Award Prem Watsa North America

Commenting on the 5th edition of NRI of the Year Awards 2018, M.K. Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network said, “Over the course of 5 editions, NRI of the Year, our flagship property has emerged as the most distinctive and coveted awards platform, instituted to recognize the achievements of the global Indians. It is an important component of our engagement with the Indian diaspora as a media group representing a nation with a global agenda. This year, NRI of the Year awards has set new benchmarks and it, indeed, is a matter of great pride and honor for us to recognize the indelible mark made by each one of them. I congratulate all the winners present here tonight and I’m sure their success stories will inspire a new generation of Indians.”

Vijay Chandok, Executive Director ICICI Bank said, “The ‘TIMES NOW & ICICI Bank NRI of the Year’ awards programme has completed five glorious years and it continues to grow in stature and relevance among the NRI diaspora. This year’s nominations have far exceeded last seasons’. This is an indication of the award’s growing popularity. Our association with this programme is a testimony to our commitment to the NRI community and the pride we feel on witnessing the overwhelming achievements of the NRIs across the globe.”

Atul Temurnikar, Co -Founder & Chairman Global Schools Foundation, Singapore said, “I have been working with expats and the NRI community for the last 16 years and have experienced the great contributions of NRIs and PIOs to Singapore. The NRI community has done lots of amazing work not only in social circles but also around the world. They have been an inspiration to many. Times Now NRI awards have recognized the talent and contributions of these achievers to the society. Such recognition has motivated other people to follow in the footsteps of these achievers and excel in their own fields.”

Naveen Chandra, Head – International Business, Times Network shared, “We are delighted that this year, NRI of the Year awards received an overwhelming 11500 registrations which is testimony of the high esteem the awards are held in. The journey over the last five years has been incredible and not only the awards become a gateway for accomplished Indians to contribute to India’s growth story and also our partners have expanded their international operations. As we move ahead, we hope to expand our footprint into new markets to reach the Indian diasporas and contribute significantly to India’s progress.”

Times Now & ICICI Bank NRI of the Year awards, powered by Global Indian International School (GIIS) captures the journey of global Indians who have kept the Indian flag flying high globally and continue to inspire other Indians. Ernst & Young is the Process Advisors for NRI of the Year awards and has been associated with the event since its inception. EY has defined the process for evaluating the entries received and facilitating winner determination.

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