Current Affairs Global - 13 June 2014

1. Thailand's junta will form an interim government by September to oversee political reforms which will be followed by elections to be held in one year.  General Prayuth Chan-ocha who led a coup last month announced but did not say whether the Cabinet would be made up of civilians or military personnel.


Thailand's military government has also lifted a curfew fully it imposed across the nation after seizing power last month. The measure was announced yesterday night and applied with immediate effect.


2. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released the -Red List- of Threatened Species yesterday which contains more than 73,000 species around the world. As per the list, the Japanese Eel has been listed as Endangered whereas the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo (the mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup) remained Vulnerable. Also More than 90% of lemurs are facing extinction (91%), as per the list.


Of the 99 known species - which live only on the island of Madagascar off the coast of east Africa - 22 are critically endangered. Almost half are endangered, including the world-s smallest primate, Madame Berthe-s mouse lemur. Twenty lemurs were listed as vulnerable to extinction.


3. The UN General Assembly has elected Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa as President of its upcoming 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The theme for the 69th session is -Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda-.


It was Africa's turn to nominate a President for the upcoming 69th General Assembly session and Kutesa was nominated by the Africa Group. He was also the only candidate nominated for the Presidency. He replaced the present John William Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, who led the 68th session of the UNGA.


4. Global Credit ratings agency Fitch has warned South Africa that its credit rating may be lowered due to a five-month platinum strike in the African country which is also member of BRICS. Fitch changed the country's outlook from stable to negative, citing poor economic prospects and rising public debt. Its economy contracted by 0.6% in the first quarter mainly due to fall in platinum production.