Current Affairs Global - 23 April 2014

1. World Book Dayor World Book and Copyright Day is being observed today (23rd April) across the world to raise importance of books and promote reading, publishing and copyright.  World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

Port Harcourt (Nigeria) is chosen as the World Book Capital 2014. UNESCO and the international organizations of publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a one-year period, effective 23 April each year.

2. IT Services Company Cognizant announced that it has entered into an agreement with itaas to acquire the company. Itaas is a US-based digital video solutions firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Interactive television and application solutions (itaas) was formed in 1999. It has played a unique, multifaceted role in development and delivery of interactive television (iTV). It helps the leading cable, telecommunications and technology companies to deliver a broad range of digital video services across traditional cable, broadcast and telecommunications network environments and on consumer devices such as set-tops, tablets and smart phones. It also enables live streaming and interactive digital video services on any device. This acquisition will help Cognizant to increase its capabilities and services offerings in media, communications and high-technology sectors.

3. Adidas has started a weekly series of online documentary-style films titled Brazuca around the World to for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil which will be held this year. The series of the film was launched by Adidas on its YouTube Channel yesterday to excite all the footballs across the world.