Current Affairs Global - 25 February 2013

1. Raul Castro has been re-elected as the President of Cuba and elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as his Vice President, for the first time. Diaz-Canel is an electrical engineer by training, a former education minister and the president-s de facto political heir seeking to project into the future the Americas- only one-party Communist regime.


2. The centre-right DISY party leader, Nicos Anastasiades, has been elected as the President of Cyprus after winning the Presidential election with 57.5% votes. He defeated Communist-backed Stavros Malas who secured 42.5% votes in the Presidential election. His major challenge would be to reinstate the credibility of Cyprus which is now on the verge of bankruptcy. It is in recession now and Cyprus had asked for bailout last year in order to fund its banks.


3. Ben Affleck's Iranian hostage drama 'Argo- won the -Best Picture Oscar- at the 85th Academy Awards. It defeated other movies including 'Lincoln', 'Life of Pi', 'Amour', 'Django Unchained' and 'Zero Dark Thirty'-- to win the top award.


4. Director Ang Lee has won the 85th Academy Award for best director for his movie -Life of Pi- at the 85th Academy Awards. It is his second Oscar as a director, who won the best director award in 2005 for -Brokeback Mountain.


5. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy award for Best Actor for his role as 16th US President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's civil-war set drama 'Lincoln' third. This is his record third Best Actor Oscar and with this he has become the first actor to win the most number of Best Actor Oscars. He won best actor Oscar awards for his role as leading actor in movies 'My Left Foot' in 1989 and 'There Will Be Blood' in 2007.


6. Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy award for Best Actress for her role in 'Silver Linings Playbook'. She defeated other key actresses like Jessica Chastain, Emmanuelle Riva, Naomi Watts and Quvenzhane Wallis to win this award.


7. India's Sania Mirza and USA-s Bethanie-MattekSands won the Dubai Tennis Championship in the Women-s Doubles category after defeating the second seeded Russian-Slovenian combination of Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik by 6-4, 2-6, 10-7. This is her second Doubles title of the season.


8. Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova won the Women's Singles trophy at the Dubai Tennis Championship after defeating Italy-s Sara Errani by 6-2, 1-6, 6-1. This is her 10th title.