Current Affairs Global - 28 January 2014

1. Switzerland secured No 1 rank in the 2014 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) issued by Yale University yesterday. Luxembourg, Australia, Singapore and the Czech Republic secured the other top 5 ranks in the same order in the same index, which ranks countries on high-priority environmental concerns that include air quality, water management and climate change. The bottom five performers in the EPI are Somalia, Mali, Haiti, Lesotho, and Afghanistan. All the low performers are grappling with civil unrest, significant economic development pressures, and political turmoil.


2. Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah will be honoured by the New York Women in Communications with its 2014 Matrix Award, which honours females who change the world. She will be honoured on April 28 at the Waldorf Astori along with eight others. Past Matrix winners include Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Robin Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, Martha Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and Meredith Vieira.


3. The UK economy grew by 1.9% in 2013, the highest growth rate since 2007, as per the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But GDP growth for the fourth quarter of 2013 slipped to 0.7% compared to 0.8% growth in the third quarter.