Current Affairs Global - 30 July 2014

 1. The International Tiger Day was observed yesterday (29th July) across the world in order to promote protection and expansion of the wild animal and to increase awareness for tiger conservation.

Currently the number of wild tigers is at its lowest. In last 100 years, around 97% of the total tigers population have been lost. As per estimates, India in 2010 had 1706 wild tigers, with this India has the highest number of tiger population.

2. Muhammad Fuad Masum of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party was elected as the seventh President of Iraq. He was elected with overwhelming majority by the Council of Representatives of Iraq (Iraqi Parliament) in Baghdad as he won 211 votes in favor compared to 17 votes in against in the second round of voting. His opponent Judge Hussein al-Musawi won 17 votes only.

Masum is the second non-Arab President of Iraq after Jalal Talabani who founded the PUK party and is the incumbent President of Iraq. His appointment will also help Iraq to aver the current crisis it is facing now due to some parts of the country captured by rebel militant group.

3. The novel -The Lives of Others- written by Kolkata-born British Indian writer Neel Mukherjee was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2014. This is his second novel. The novel is set in 1960s Bengal and revolves around a man's extremist political activism during troubled times.

His first novel was Past Continuous which was joint winner of the Vodafone-Crossword Award, India's premier literary award for writing in English for best novel of 2008.

4. The US economy, the largest economy in the world, grew at an annual rate of 4% during the second quarter (April-June) of the current year. On quarterly basis, the GDP growth stood at 1%. This growth rate was much higher compared to 2.1% contraction in the previous quarter.

Consumer spending, which has more than two-third weight in overall economic activity increased by 2.5% in the same period while total business spending jumped by 14%.

5. South Africa-s Tim Clark won his second PGA Tour title when he sank a six-foot par putt to beat American Jim Furyk by one stroke at the Canadian Open last weekend. He finished at 17-under 263, while Furyk shot a 69 for second place on 16-under.