Current Affairs Global - 6 February 2015

1. The United States added 257,000 jobs in January as US job market continues to improve with strong economic recovery. US unemployment rate also increased slightly to 5.7% in January compared to 5.6% in December, as per the data published by the US Labor Department.


2. Pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer Inc has announced that it would acquire Hospira Inc, a leading provider of injectable drugs, infusion technologies and biosimilars, for around USD 17 billion. This will be Pfizer-s biggest acquisition so far after it failed to acquire UK-based pharmaceuticals firm AstraZeneca last year. Under the deal, Pfizer will pay USD 90 a share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately USD 17 billion.


3. Indian-American Ajaypal Singh Banga has been appointed as the Member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), a key administration position in the United States (US). Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) is the advisory panel of US president-s on international trade. Currently He has been serving as President and CEO of payment services company MasterCard since 2009.