Ka Hsaw Wa (Burma, 1999) and Yu Xiaogang (China, 2006) are two of the six individuals awarded the 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
The award is given annually to bring to public attention the inspiring Asian leaders who are innovating and using their knowledge for the collective good. It is given in honor of former Phillipine President Ramon Magsaysay.
As the 21st century progresses, access to water is a critical concern. Today, news broke that residents of Pune, India have been hit with a 40 percent cut in their water supply as a result of dwindling dam reserves and a delayed monsoon season.