Current Affairs Global - 24 July 2013

1. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announced three individuals and two organizations from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award today. They are named after a popular Philippine President who died in a plane crash in 1957. This is considered as Asia-s highest honor and is widely regarded as the region-s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

The winners are 1) Ernesto Domingo (Philippines) for his exemplary embrace of the social mission of medical science and his profession, 2) Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (Corruption Eradication Commission) (Indonesia) for its successful campaign against corruption in Indonesia, 3) Lahpai Seng Raw (Myanmar) for her quietly inspiring and inclusive leadership, 4) Habiba Sarabi (Afghanistan) for her bold exercise of leadership to build up a functioning provincial government against great odds, and 5) Shakti Samuha (-Power Group-) (Nepal) for transforming their lives in service to other human trafficking survivors, their passionate dedication towards rooting out a pernicious social evil in Nepal.