Current Affairs Global - 18 February 2013

1. Rafael Correa was elected as the President of Ecuador for the 3rd term last week. He has received nearly 56.9% of the votes in the Presidential election against 23.8% votes received by his closest challenger and a longtime banker Guillermo Lasso. Correa is a socialist leader who was first elected as President in 2007. Correa has brought surprising stability to an oil-exporting nation of 14.6 million and also has raised living standards among the poor and widened the welfare state with region-leading social spending. As per UN, the poverty in Ecuador has dropped by nearly 5% to 32.4% since Rafael Correa first took office in 2007.

2. Indian women-s cricket team captain Mithali Raj held the No 1 rank in the latest ICC rankings published today while world champions Australia women cricket team became the number one ODI team. West Indies occupy the second spot in team rankings while India is placed at seventh. England-s Katherine Brunt continues to head the Reliance ICC Women-s ODI bowlers- table, taking 12 wickets throughout the tournament. The ICC Women-s ODI all-rounders- table continues to be headed by West Indies- Stafanie Taylor.

3. New Zealand Cricketer and Captain Suzie Bates won the Women-s World Cup player of the tournament in the recently held ICC Women-s Cricket world Cup. She was the top-scorer in the tournament with 407 runs from seven games at an average of 67.83. The highest wicket—taker in the tournament was Australia-s Megan Schutt who took 15 wickets from seven games at an average of 16.53.