Current Affairs Global - 21 August 2014

1. Thailand coup leader, Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, has been elected as the 29th Prime Minister of Thailand. He was backed by 191 members of the 197-strong junta-picked national assembly. No assembly member opposed the selection of the army chief who was also the only candidate for the Prime Minister post.


Earlier, He seized power from an elected government in a bloodless coup in May this year shortly after previous Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was dismissed in a controversial court ruling.


2. Bangladesh has decided to join the newly formed BRICS development Bank, an initiative taken by the five emerging countries of the world - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Finance Minister of Bangladesh A.M.A. Muhith announced that the ministry has send letters to Bangladesh Missions in the five countries to know about the details of joining the bank.


3. Global cloud computing company Salesforce secured the first rank in the same list for the fourth consecutive times in the list of Forbes- list of the world-s 100 most innovative companies that investors think are most likely to -generate big, new growth ideas--, published yesterday. Salesforce is followed by biotech firm Alexion Pharmaceuticals (2), British semi-conductor company ARM Holdings (3), fast moving consumer goods company Unilever Indonesia (4) and New York-based biopharmaceutical company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (5).


4. Australian Cyril Baldock has set the world record for being the oldest person to cross the English Channel. The 70 year old swimmer completed the swim between England and France in 12 hours and 45 minutes yesterday. This is his second channel swim, he had earlier crossed the channel in 1985.