Current Affairs Global - 2 December 2013

1. World AIDS Day was observed yesterday (1st December) across the world to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. The theme for this year is -Getting to Zero-- means zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.


2. International Day for Abolition of Slavery is observed today (2nd December) across the world to create awareness about the prevention of human trafficking and the exploitation of human being. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, and the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.


3. Eurozone factory orders jumped for a fifth consecutive month in November and manufacturing activity accelerated to its fastest pace for more than two years. The Markit compiled Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an important parameter to judge the performance of the sector, increased to 51.6 in November compared to 51.3 in October. Any reading higher than 50 indicates growth in activity.


4. Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers, as per its Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. The drones, called Octocopters, could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg to customers within 30 minutes of them placing the order. This will definitely change the way ecommerce and online retail companies operate nowadays.


5. US actor Paul Walker, who starred in the Fast & Furious series of action films, passed away in a car crash in California. He was 40. He was a passenger in a Porsche sports car driven by a friend - who also died - when it crashed north of Los Angeles.