Current Affairs Global - 3 March 2014

1. According to China-based research firm Hurun-s 2014 global rich list, Bill Gates was ranked as the richest person in the world with total fortune of USD 67 billion. He was followed by Berkshire Hathaway-s Warren Buffett (2nd) with a personal wealth of USD 64 billion and Amancio Ortega of Inditex at 3rd rank with USD 62 billion fortune. Carlos Slim Helu & family was ranked at 4th (USD 60 billion) while Oracle-s Larry Ellison was ranked at 5th position (USD 60 billion) in the same list.

2. The latest Markit's compiled Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) dropped to 53.2 in February compared to 54.0 in January. Any reading higher than 50 indicates expansion. It shows that manufacturing growth in the Eurozone slowed to five month low in February. The biggest four economies of Germany, France, Spain and Italy witnessed strong growth in manufacturing activity which confirms steady recovery of the euro zone.

3. The 86th Annual Academy Oscar Awards 2014 was announced on 2 March 2014 with hi-tech space thriller Gravity winning a leading seven awards in the ceremony. Slave drama 12 Years a Slave won best picture award and Alfonso Cuaron won the Best director award for Gravity. Matthew McConaughey won the best actor award for -Dallas Buyers Club- while Cate Blanchett won the best actress award for -Blue Jasmine-. For detailed list of winners, check the below link