Current Affairs Global - 30 August 2013

1. Brigalia Bam, former head of South Africa-s election body, won the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation for her commitment to democracy. She was conferred with this honor for ensuring free and fair elections since the establishment of democracy in 1994 when anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was elected the country-s first democratic president.


2. Brazil's economy grew by 3.3% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2013. Compared to previous quarter, economic growth stood at 1.5%. The economic growth was mainly driven by agricultural sector which grew by 3.9% in the same quarter.


3. Inflation in the 17-nation euro zone dropped sharply to 1.3% in August compared to 1.6% in previous month of July. The drop was mainly due to price drop in energy segment which dropped to 0.4% in August from 1.6% in July. This is a good news for euro zone when it recovered from its record 18-month long recession.


4. The euro zone unemployment rate was steady at a record 12.1%  in July but there was another slight fall in the total jobless numbers after an improvement in June. In the full 28-member European Union -- including Croatia which joined in July - the unemployment rate was unchanged at 11%. Austria has lowest unemployment rate of 4.8% in July followed by Germany with 5.3%. Greece and Spain have highest unemployment rate at 27.6% and 26.3% respectively in July.


5. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13 in recognition for his part in Bayern's unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble. He was the first player from a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid to make the final three since the award was established by European soccer's governing body in 2011. Argentina's Messi won the inaugural award followed by Spaniard Andres Iniesta last year.