Current Affairs Global - 4 August 2014

1. The prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards for year 2014 was announced this weekend. Established in 1957. The Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia-s highest honor and is widely regarded as the region-s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The list of awardees for 2014 includes five individuals and one organization from Pakistan.

The 2014 Awardees are, Chinese journalist Hu Shuli whose work has led to the ouster of corrupt officials. Another Chinese Wang Canfa who founded the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, which has offered free legal services to thousands of people and provided environmental law training to lawyers and others.

Indonesian anthropologist Saur Marlina Manurung, who put up a -Jungle School- program for children of Indonesia-s Orang Rimba, or forest people. Randy Halasan from the Philippines for Emergent Leadership for serving the indigenous Matigsalug tribe. He put in huge efforts in teaching the children of the Matigsalug tribe in one of the remotest mountain villages in Mindanao.

Omara Khan Masoudi from Afghanistan for his courage, labor, and leadership in protecting Afghan cultural heritage. The last one is the Citizens Foundation from Pakistan which is a non-profit organisation (NGO) founded by six business leaders. It was recognized for building 1000 schools over hundreds of cities and towns in the country with the world-s second highest number of children who are out of school.