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The Asian Business Awards 2004

Eastern Eye newspaper today announced the winners of the Asian Business Awards 2004, at a special ceremony held at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Tuesday 13th April. Stars from both stage and screen joined entrepreneurs and distinguished guests at the biggest and most glamorous event on the Asian calendar.

Award winning journalist Martin Bashir captivated all as he took to the stage to host the awards attended by guest of honour HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The evening's performances included a recital by hot classical sensation Myleene Klass, who has just been nominated for a Classical Brit. All eyes were on Myleene whilst she played the piano in a stunning Indian-style outfit that dripped with crystals.

As guests sipped on champagne, the Twilight Players entertained the 700 guests with their unique style of dancing - all of whom tried to copy their moves at the after-show party! But it was India's answer to Shirley Bassey who stole the show. The Bollywood diva Usha Uthup flew in to perform exclusively at the event. Usha received rapturous applause as she took to the stage, where her distinctive voice captivated the audience.

DJ and producer Richi Rich, who has worked with Britney Spears and Craig David, ensured that all guests were up on the dance floor at the after-show party where he played tracks, including his own chart topping hits, until the early hours of the morning.

British sports personalities, artists from the music industry, soap stars, designers, British Royalty, Bollywood stars and prominent businessmen attended the star-studded event. Those present included: Jimmy Choo, Kim Vithana, Lisa Aziz, Raj Persuad, Juliette Foster, Shuilie Gosh, Kabir Bedi, Sir Gulam Noon, Lord and Lady Dholakia, Lord and Lady Swraj Paul, Baroness Flather, Lord Taylor of Warwick, Rt Hon Parmjit Dhandha, Rt Hon Steve Norris and Rt Hon Michael Ancram…to name but a few.

The annual Asian Business Awards honour the contribution and significant achievements of Asian entrepreneurs in Britain, and acknowledge the important role of Asians in shaping
British society today. The Asian Business Awards are run in conjunction with the publication Britain's Richest Asians, free with Eastern Eye newspaper on Friday 16th April. Help The Aged was Eastern Eye's chosen charity for the second year running. The winners of this years awards were.

As stated above, if an employer dismisses an employee without completing the statutory minimum dismissal and disciplinary procedures, then that dismissal will be automatically unfair (subject to normal eligibility conditions e.g. the normal one year qualifying period). There will then be a mandatory award of of four week's pay minimum by between 10% and 50%. Percentage adjustment s of between 10% and 50% are also to be made before any reduction for contributory conduct by the employee. Additionally the court of appeal has recently held that compensation for unfair dismissal can include compensation for injury to feelings which can be a significant additional head of claim.

AWARD TITLE NAME INDUSTRY
Entrepreneur Of The Year Charan Gill Leisure
New Comer Of The Year Jojar Dhinsa Finance
Young Acheiver Of The Year Kal Kaur Rai Fashion
The Community Award Sir Ghulam Noon Food
The DTI Innovation Award Qibla Cola Dist/Wholesale
UK Trade & Industry Award Shezad Hussein Food
Business Of The Year Ramesh Sachdev Healthcare

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