Thursday, July 31, 2008

Magsaysay Awards

A Philippine governor crippled by polio, an Indian couple providing medical care and education to tribal people and an unconventional Japanese publisher are among winners of this year's Magsaysay awards.The awards, seen as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel prize, also honored Ahmad Syafii Maarif, the head of Indonesia's powerful Muhammadiyah group, Thai prosthetic limb manufacturer Therdchai Jivacate and Sri Lankan social worker Ananda Galappatti.The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Prakash and Mandakini Amte for the community leadership award. The couple, both medical doctors, run a hospital and school for the Madia Gond tribals in a remote part of central India.

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