Current Affairs Global - 30 November 2013

1. Pakistani school girl and peace activist Malala Yousafzai, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan were chosen for the GG2 Hammer Award, for their bravery at the GG2 (Garavi Gujarat 2) Leadership Awards 2013 in London. The activist Malala Yousafzai won the number one spot in the GG2 Power List 101 for her work in raising awareness for female empowerment. The GG2 Power 101 has been compiled by The Asian Media and Marketing Group (AMG) and features the top 101 most influential Asians in the UK, ranging from all walks of life.


2. The eurozone's unemployment rate dropped to 12.1% in October which is the first drop since early 2011. At the same time, the annual rate of consumer inflation rose from 0.7% to 0.9%. The unemployment rate in Spain and Greece stood at nearly 27% while Austria has the lowest unemployment rate at 5%.


3. Brazil's central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate by 50 bps to 10% from 9.5% this week. This is the sixth time consecutive increase in a row and the latest rise has taken the key rate to the highest level since March 2012. The benchmark interest rate was increased in order to fight inflation which jumped to 5.8% in October, higher than 4.5% target.


4. The Italian Senate expelled ex- Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from Parliament over his tax fraud conviction. The Senate declared Berlusconi ineligible for parliament after he was convicted of masterminding a complex system of illegally inflated invoices to cut the tax bill for his Mediaset television empire.


5. Famous Tennis player Rafael Nadal was named the greatest Spanish sports star in history by readers of Spanish sports daily. The winner of 13 Grand Slam-s and the current number 1 in the ATP world ranking, received the award for the 75th anniversary of the Spanish sports paper Diario Marca