Current Affairs Global - 3 November 2014

1. United Nations (UN) chief Ban Ki-moon has launched a global campaign to end the deadly practice of female genital mutilation in Kenya. More than 125 million girls and women have been cut in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East. With the current trend, 86 million young girls are likely to undergo same form of the practice by 2030.

As per the UN, the practice of female genital mutilation is a violation of human rights. The U.N. General Assembly also adopted a resolution declaring zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM) in 2012 to raise awareness against the practice.

2. Lewis Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his World Championship lead over others. His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg secured 2nd place while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo secured third place in the race.

3. Manufacturing activity in the eurozone grew at slower than expected rate in October as per the latest PMI data. The latest Markit compiled Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an important parameter to judge performance of factory activity, increase marginally to 50.6 in October compared to 50.3 in September. Any reading higher than 50 indicates growth for the sector but reading of 50.6 indicates slower growth.