Current Affairs Global - 1 February 2014

 1. US President Barack Obama will nominate a senior US Navy officer, Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, as the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the federal body embroiled in a row over its spying programme. He would take over at a moment when the spy agency is under tremendous pressure after leaks from ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.


2. Janet Yellen, the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history, took over the reins of the US central bank today and formally be sworn in next week. He succeeded Chairman Ben Bernanke whose second four-year term expires yesterday. Her role will be very crucial when Federal Reserve has started with its much awaited tapering and stimulus cut amid US economic recovery.


3. Scotland will join Pool A of the ICC World Cup 2015 after recording a 41-run victory over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to win the ICC World Cup Qualifier at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln today. The 2005 champions lifted the trophy for the second time.


The two teams secured their positions in the final, as well as a spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 by finishing in the top two of the Super Six stage of the qualifying competition. England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be in Pool A. UAE, South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland will be in Pool B.