Current Affairs Global - 24 July 2014

1. India along with BRICS countries has voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel-s offensive on Gaza today. India joined other BRIC countries Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on -Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jersusalem-.

In the 47-member council, 29 countries voted in support of the resolution while 17 nations abstained. The U.S. was the only nation to vote against the resolution while European countries abstained.

2. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered global economic projection to 3.4% for the current year compared to current growth projection of 3.7%, as published today. The reduction was due to lower than expected economic growth in some developed nations including the USA.

IMF has kept global economic growth projection unchanged at 4% for next year 2015.

3. The 20th Commonwealth Games began in Glasgow with a spectacular opening ceremony yesterday night at Glasgow in Scotland. As per convention, the head of Commonwealth countries Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games Open last night. The 11 daylong event will witness 4,929 athletes from 71 nations and territories competing for medals.

Olympic silver medalist shooter Vijay Kumar was the flag bearer of the Indian team and he led the Parade of Nations, by virtue of being hosts in 2010 Delhi edition.

4. Argentina-s world No. 46 Leonardo Mayer captured his first ATP title on Sunday when defeated top-seeded Spain-s David Ferrer by 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4) in the Open final match. With this he became the lowest-ranked winner of an ATP World Tour 500 tournament since number 54 Radek Stepanek won the Washington title in 2011.