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Sulabh International founder awarded Nikkei Asia Prize

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The of Sulabh International, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, has been honoured with Prize in for his contribution to Asia's development, an official statement said today.

is among the three who have been conferred with the award.

According to an announcement made by Prize Secretariat this morning in Tokyo, he has been described as "an Indian social reformer tackling two of his country's biggest challenges -- poor hygiene and discrimination".

Nikkei Inc., one of the largest in Japan, has been presenting the awards since 1996 to honour people in who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas: Economic and Business Innovation, Science, Technology and Environment and and Community.

The prizes will be awarded on June 13 in in

Dr founded the in 1970. It is an NGO that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation among other

The foundation has built Sulabh flush toilets throughout India, contributing to better sanitation, safety for rural women and freedom from the manual labour of removing human waste.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:25 IST