Current Affairs Global - 28 February 2015

1. The U.S. government has confirmed that it would allow holders of the H-4 visa, who are spouses of high-skilled workers on the H-1B visa, to work in USA and it will provide work authorization from 26th May onwards.


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Department said that the H-4 employment eligibility was -an important element of the immigration executive actions President Obama announced in November 2014-.


2. US Tech giant Apple Inc has been order by federal Jury in US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to pay USD 553 million fine for three patent infringements owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC. The Jury in its verdict found out that Apple Inc-s iTunes software has infringed three patents owned by Smartflash LLC.


3. US economic growth was revised downward to 2.2% in the last quarter (October to December) of the previous year 2014 from earlier growth estimate of 2.6%. The downward revision was due to slower growth in business inventory investment. The US economy grew at an annual rate of 5% in the same quarter.


4. South African batsman AB de Villiers scored the fastest ever 150 in one-day internationals while planning against West Indies in a group league match of ICC cricket world cup on Friday. He took just 64 deliveries to reach 150 runs and beat the previous best record set by Australian batsman Shane Watson.