Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2014 declared

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The prestigious 'Ramon Magsaysay Award', often called Asian equivalent of Noble, has been declared for the year 2014.

The Winners

  • Saur Marlina Manurung (Indonesia): For her work to uplift the lives of Indonesia’s Orang Rimba (forest people) whose lives and livelihood are threatened by corporate-driven deforestation.
  • Omara Khan Masoudi (Afghanistan): He is recognized for the courage he put up in protecting precious cultural heritage articles stored in National Museum in Kabul from the Taliban. 
  • The Citizens Foundation (Pakistan): It has been awarded for building 1000 schools across the country to educate deprived children. Its notable that the country has world’s second highest number of out-of-school children. 
  • Canfa Wang (China): For providing legal assistance to pollution victims across country for free and its efforts to create awareness in this regard.
  • Randy Halasan (Philippines): He has been honoured under the Emergent Leadership category for educating indigenous mountainous tribe named 'Matigsalug'.
  • Hu Shuli (China): For her investigative journalism that led to the ouster of corrupt officials.

Background

  • The Prize honour the legacy of Philippine president 'Ramon Magsaysay' and was established in April 1957 by the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund based in New York City with the concurrence of the Philippine government.
  • Its conferred on people with significant contributions towards societal development in Asia.
  • The first awards were given in 1958 across 5 categories; all of them has now been discontinued beginning 2009.
  • The cited reasons for this move was to broaden the scope of the award to include achievement in all possible categories.
  • They were: 'Government Service', 'Public Service', 'Community Leadership', 'Journalism, Literature, and the Creative Communication Arts', and 'Peace and International Understanding'.
  • The prize now has two categories...1) Emergent Leadership (to those below 40 years), and 2) Uncategorized.
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