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Health and welfare innovators garner annual honors

One way or another, 3 winners helped region weave better safety nets

Nandan Nilekani explains the Aadhaar biometric identification system in Bangalore on April 17. (Photo by Akira Hayakawa)

TOKYO -- The man behind the creation of India's biometric national ID system, a Taiwanese virologist whose discoveries helped contain SARS, and a Pakistani nonprofit foundation that provides emergency services have been awarded this year's Nikkei Asia Prizes.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to Asia's development.

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