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UK NRI entrepreneur, Raj Loomba receives CBE


London, Dec. 12, 2008
Raman Chaudhry

UK NRI entrepreneur, Raj Loomba , 65, chairman of the Pushpawati Loomba Trust, received the 'Commander of the British Empire' (CBE) award from Prince Charles in recognition of his charity work at at Buckingham Palace.

Loomba said Pushpawati Loomba Trust with the support of Prince Charles was also doing charity work with 'Youth Business International'

Charles said It is wonderful that you are looking after widows and education of their children in India, Uganda, Kenya, Syria, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Columbia.

Pushpawati Loomba Trust educate 4,000 children of widows in India.

Loomba, who hails from Dhilwan, studied in Dhilwan village of Punjab's Kapurthala distric and presently provides scholarship of Rs 500 per month to 3,600 fatherless students all over the country.

In January, Cherie had visited the school and gave a cheque of Rs 50 lakh on behalf of the Loomba Trust to the deputy commissioner for the developpment of thre school. The Punjab Gorvernment had also given a grant of Rs 50 lakh for the school to match this donation.

Raj Loomba started his business in 1964 on a market stall in Widnes, Cheshire and from these beginnings built Rinku Group, one of the most highly regarded companies in the UK fashion and clothing industry.

With corporate headquarters at Loomba House, London, the Rinku Group designs and produces the Tigi-Wear, Viz-A-Viz and iZ brands which are widely distributed wholesale as well as through the Group’s own over 300 concessions around the UK. The Rinku Group also supplies major multiples with own label product. The Group employs more than 300 people in the U.K. and China and has its own factory in Delhi.

The stall in Widnes where the business began in 1964 is still one of Rinku Group’s concession outlets today