Current Affairs Global - 18 August 2014

1. The Global Peace Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace last week measures the peacefulness of a country based on 22 indicators including safety, domestic and international conflicts, security etc. in 162 countries. Iceland, Denmark and Austria were ranked first, second and third respectively in the same list.

Bhutan and Nepal are the two most peaceful countries in the South Asian region, as per the Global Peace Index, 2014 published last week. Bhutan was placed at 16th position and Nepal was placed at 76th position in the global list.

India was ranked at 143th position the Global Peace Index, 2014 published last week while Pakistan was ranked at 154th and Afghanistan at 161st. India-s neighbours Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have been rated at 98th and 105th positions.

2. FDI in China dropped by 16.95% in July compared to same month last year to USD 7.81 billion as Chinese government took some steps against some MNCs over alleged violations of the anti-monopoly laws recently.

For the first seven month of the current year, total FDI stood at USD 71.14 billion which is lower than 0.35% compared to same period last year.

3. Former Sri Lanka Skipper Mahela Jayawardene ended his 17-year Test career on a victorious note today as Sri Lanka won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 105 runs to win the series 2-0. He had already retired from Twenty20 internationals after Sri Lanka-s title-winning campaign in the World T20 in April last year and will continue to play only one-day Internationals till next year-s world cup. He finished with 11,814 runs in 149 Tests with 34 centuries with an average of 49.82.

4. Serena Williams and Roger Federer won the Cincinnati Open Singles Tennis trophies in Ohio in their respective Women-s and Men-s single categories. In Men-s single final match world number three Federer defeated Spaniard David Ferrer by 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 while in Women-s single final match world number one Serena defeated Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 to win the title.

Federer has won the Cincinnati Open all six times he has reached the tournament's title match while it was the first Cincinnati title for Serena.