Current Affairs Global - 31 May 2013

1. The -World No-Tobacco day- is observed today (31st May) across the world to raise awareness against smoking.  The Theme this year is -Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship-. The primary risk of tobacco usage includes many forms of cancers which lead to millions of death around the world every year.


2. Arvind Mahankali from New York has madehistory by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the year 2013. With this he has become the sixth Indian-American to win the title in a row. This is the sixth consecutive year that an Indian-American has won the prestigious national tournament, which was watched live by millions of people in the United States.


3. Unemployment rate in the euro zone reached another record high of 12.2% in April compared to 12.1% in the previous month of March. Greece has the highest unemployment rate (27%) among the euro zone countries followed by Spain (26.8%) and Portugal (17.8%). Austria has the lowest unemployment rate (4.9%) followed by Germany (5.4%) and Luxembourg (5.6%).


4. Japan's consumer prices dropped by 0.4% in April compared to same month last year. This is the sixth straight decline in Inflation numbers. Japan has experienced deflation for some years now and its central bank has set inflation target of 2% to bring the world-s third largest economy out of deflation.