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London: Rami Ranger, a philanthropist businessman of Indian-origin who began his life as a refugee in Delhi during partition is now one of the richest men in Britain and was awarded with the third highest title in the British honours namely, the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s honours list.

Born in July 1947 in Gujranwala (now in Pakistan), two months after the death of his father Shaheed Nanak Singh of Multan, he along with his seven brothers and a sister was taken by their mother to India on a train’s coal tender.

Ranger studied at Modern School and later Mohindra College, Patiala, and obtained a degree in arts from the Government College, Chandigarh but discontinued studies after reaching the United Kingdom, where he had gone to study Bar at Law in May 1971.

Ranger even worked in a London branch of KFC for 35 pence an hour. After seven years, he was made redundant.  After a brief stint working in retail, he set up his own freight forwarding company in 1987 with just two pounds, a typewriter, a car and a self-storage unit.

Ranger’s first business was to ship cargo by sea, air and land but now is the owner and head of two huge companies – Sun Mark Ltd. and Sea Air and Land Forwarding Ltd. – doing enormous business.

Both his companies received the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement 1999 and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Ranger is also chairman of the British Sikh Association and a patron of the Princess Trust. He is also a patron of the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust, London and had helped install a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square, London.

The philanthropist donated 250,000 pounds to the London Southbank University to help support and inspire students and graduates to engage in business.(IANS)

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As Refugees Flee DR Congo, UN Steps Up to Reduce The Risk of Ebola

The UNHCR says refugees are at the same risk of contracting and transmitting the Ebola virus disease as local farmers, merchants, business people and others moving through the area.

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A Congolese health worker checks the temperature of a man before the launch of vaccination campaign against the deadly Ebola virus near Mangina village, near the town of Beni in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. VOA

The U.N. refugee agency reports it is stepping up efforts to reduce the risk of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus as refugees flee DR Congo. Latest estimates put the number of confirmed and probable cases of Ebola in eastern DRC at 49, including 38 deaths.

The U.N. refugee agency is working closely with DRC authorities and other agencies on actions to contain Ebola on the national and regional level. But, its main focus is to monitor possible Ebola infections among refugees fleeing across the border, mainly to Uganda, from conflict ridden North Kivu and Ituri.

UNHCR spokesman, William Spindler says the number of newly arriving refugees into Uganda from these two Ebola affected provinces increased during July from 170 a day to 250 a day. He says the majority currently is crossing at the Kisoro border point.

A family sits outside in a neighborhood where three people died of Ebola last month, in Mbandaka, Congo, June 1, 2018. For the first time since the Ebola virus was identified more than 40 years ago, a vaccine has been dispatched to front line health workers.
A family sits outside in a neighborhood where three people died of Ebola last month, in Mbandaka, Congo,
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“So UNHCR is working with WHO, UNICEF and other partners and with the Ministry of Health of Uganda to intensify screening for Ebola at all border entry points. And, additional health workers have been deployed in the border districts to improve response capacity,” he said.

Spindler notes the World Health Organization is not recommending any restriction on the movement of people. Therefore, he says UNHCR is urging countries neighboring DRC to allow refugees in need of protection to enter their territory and to include them into preparedness and response plans and activities.

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The UNHCR says refugees are at the same risk of contracting and transmitting the Ebola virus disease as local farmers, merchants, business people and others moving through the area. Therefore, it urges governments and local communities not to adopt measures that single out refugees. Those measures may not be scientifically sound and will only serve to stigmatize and restrict refugees’ freedom of movement. (VOA)

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