Current Affairs Global - 20 August 2014

1. Indian capital Delhi has been ranked at 111th position out of 140 world cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 'Global Liveability Ranking' released yesterday. This dismal ranking indicates to the lack of urban planning across India's polluted and chaotic cities.


The ranking, which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide, shows that since 2009 average liveability across the world has fallen by 0.7%. Karachi in Pakistan and Dhaka in Bangladesh were ranked at 135th and 139th places respectively in the same ranking.


Melbourne, Australia tops the ranking for the fourth consecutive year, while Vienna has been ranked as the top city in Europe and 2nd overall.


2. An Indian neuroscientist in the US, Partha Mitra, has been awarded Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) under President Barack Obama's multi-year Brain Initiative to map the human brain. He along with his fellow researchers at the National Science Foundation, Florin Albeanu, have been awarded with the grant.


The award provides USD 300,000 over two years for the development of innovative conceptual and physical tools to advance neuroscience. The grant will help them to develop a -virtual neuroanatomist", an artificial-intelligence system that can identify cell types and neural structures in microscopic images of brain slices.


3. Sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in Formula One history in 2015 season after being singed for the season. He, son of ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen, will partner Daniil Kvyat in the Red Bull feeder team along with Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne as surplus.


He will turn 17 next month and will beat the age record currently held by Spain's Jaime Alguersuari, who was 19 years and 125 days when he made his debut in 1990.