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Lord Diljit Rana

Diljit Singh Rana Baron Rana, MBE (born 20 September 1938) is a British politician and member of the House of Lords. He was married to Lady Shruti Rana.

In June 2004, he has created a life peer as Baron Rana, of Malone in the County of Antrim.

He was born in Sonangol, India, and is the oldest sibling of three brothers and two sisters.

Rana left Punjab in 1963 for England but now has been a resident of Belfast since 1966. He had to repair his property portfolio over 25 times during the Troubles in Northern Ireland because of bombings and arson attacks. “Being an Indian I should not have had any loyalty to Northern Ireland; I stayed there despite the problem,” said Rana. Today, he is a successful property developer, hotelier, and president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is the director of Andras House and is a leading figure in the Indian community in Northern Ireland. He is India’s honorary consul in Belfast.

Rana promotes business links between India and Northern Ireland and has been elected president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce. He led a trade mission of 13 companies to India to explore business opportunities for Northern Ireland companies.