Current Affairs Global - 10 February 2014

1. Bangladesh-s film maker Kamar Ahmad Simon-s 90-minute documentary, -Are You Listening-, has won the Golden Conch Award for the Best Documentary Film at the Mumbai International Film Festival in the -Documentary, Short and Animation Films- category. Germany-s Maria Stodtmeier-s -In Between : Isang Yun in North and South Korea- won the award in the Best Documentary Film upto 60 minutes category. Kashmiri film -Tamaash- won the Golden Conch award for the Best Short Fiction Film in the National Competition.


2. The US economy added 113,000 jobs in January; which is weaker than expected for the second month in a row. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.6% in January compared to 6.7% in December 2013. This is the lowest level since October 2008.


3. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have been named joint top US philanthropists for 2013. The couple has donated 18 million Facebook shares worth of more than USD 970 million to a Silicon Valley foundation. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a charity that manages and distributes charitable funds.


4. India has retained its second position in the latest ICC Test rankings even after losing the first test against New Zealand last week. South Africa retained No 1 rank with 131 points followed by India with 117 points and Australia with 111 points.


South Africa-s A.B. Devilliers retained No1 rank in the list of batsmen followed by Sri Lanka-s Kumar Sangakkara. India-s Cheteshwar Pujara is ranked at 6th and Virat Kohli is ranked at 11th position in the same list. Vernon Philander retained No 1 rank in the bowlers list followed by Dale Steyn. India-s Ashwin is ranked as the world-s number one test all-rounder followed by Bangladesh-s Shakib Al Hasan.


5. Yulia Lipnitskaya, 15-years-old, became the youngest Russian athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics currently being held at Sochi, Russia. She won the medal in free skating in the team figure skating competition. Yulia scored 141.51 points and earned a combined total of 214.41 under the International Judging System.


6. Pakistan-s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sacked Zaka Ashraf as the Chairman of the PCB and suspended the Governing board with immediate effect on 10th February. Ashraf was removed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif because of his mishandling Pakistan's case in the recent changes brought in the ICC last week which give most of the power to India, England and Australia. Nawaz Sharif also appointed the former interim PCB chief Najam Sethi, the PCB former chairman Shaharyar Khan and the former Test cricketers Iqbal Qasim and Zaheer Abbas among the ad-hoc committee members.