Current Affairs Global - 5 March 2015

1. Three South Asian women, Niloofar Rahmani, Nadia Sharmeen and Tabassum Adnan, were selected for the prestigious International Women of Courage Award for the year 2015 this week. The award will be given by the US Secretary of State on the eve of Women-s day. It was established in 2007 and since then it has honoured 86 women from more than 50 different countries including India.


They were chosen from the list of 10 extraordinary women from 10 countries for the award for demonstrating exceptional courage and raising awareness about human rights, importance of women and gender equality.


2. US President Barack Obama has re-nominated Sunil Sabhrawal as Alternate Executive Director at International Monetary Fund (IMF). Earlier he was nominated to the position of the IMF in 2014.


3. Chinese government has projected China-s economic growth at 7% for the current year 2015, which will be the lowest GDP growth in last 25 years for the world-s second largest economy. China's Premier Li Keqiang announced the same at the opening of China's annual parliamentary meeting in Beijing. He also promised to fight corruption and pollution, and stressed the need for more painful reforms to support the economy in the longer term.


4. The European Central Bank has increased eurozone GDP growth projection to 1.5% for the current year 2015 compared to earlier projection of 1%. It also said that economic growth will improve to 2.1% by 2017.


The ECB also confirmed the decision of its quantitative easing (QE) plans which was announced first in January this year.


5. Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic by 6-3, 7-5 to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title this week. It was his 126th ATP final and his 84th career title.