Current Affairs Global - 16 December 2013

1. Socialist Michelle Bachelet won Sunday-s presidential election in Chile with 62.2% of the vote, according to the first preliminary official results made public immediately after polling stations closed. Bachelet-s conservative rival Evelyn Matthei had only 37.8% of votes. Bachelet, 62, who served as President from 2006 to 2010, already won the first voting round on November 17 with 47% of the vote.


2. Oscar-winning actor Joan Fontaine has passed away at the age of 96. Fontaine won an Academy Award as a naive wife in Alfred Hitchcock-s thrillerSuspicion and also starred in Hitchcock-s Rebecca. Her other films included The Women, Jane Eyre and Born to be Bad.


3. The euro zone economy is recovering as the latest purchasing managers' index (PMI) compiled by the Markit, an important parameter to judge the performance of the sector, increased to 52.1 in December compared to 51.7 in previous month of November. Any reading higher than 50 indicates expansion. This is the best PMI reading in last two and half years and confirms steady recovery of euro zone economy.


4. Defending champions Germany won the Men's Junior Hockey World Cup for a record sixth time after defeating France by 5-2 in the final match yesterday night. For the Germans, Nilkas Wellen sounded the board thrice, with Jonas Gomoll and Christopher Ruhr being the other goal scorers. For France, Gaspard Baumgarten scored both the goals. In another match, the Netherlands beat Malaysia, 7-2 to finish third in the tournament. The Indian team finished at the 10th spot, after losing to Pakistan in penalties in the 9th-10th position match on Saturday.


5. UK Tennis star Andy Murray, the first British tennis player to win the Wimbledon in 77 years, was awarded with the 'BBC Sports Personality of the Year'. Wales and Lions rugby star Leigh Halfpenny was awarded with the runner-up trophy and champion jockey Tony McCoy finished third in the same list.


6. Ethiopian runner Atsedu Tsegay won the Men's Delhi Half Marathon (21.097 km) by creating a new race record yesterday. He clocked 59 minutes 10 seconds beating the previous record of 59 minutes 15 seconds held by Deriba Merga since 2008. Kenya-s Geoffrey Kipsang and Wilson Kiprop finished second and third respectively in the same race.


In women-s category Kenyan athlete Florence Kiplagat won the race at 1 hour 07 minutes and 58 seconds. Gladys Cherono and Lucy Kabuu finished second and third respectively in the same race.