Current Affairs Global - 7 August 2015

1. Popular business magazine Forbes has released the World's highest paid actors list. Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. topped the list with an earnings of USD 80 million in previous year followed by Jackie Chan with an earnings of USD 50 million and Vin Diesel with USD 47 million.


Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are the Indian Actors who were figured in the top 10 highest earning actors in the list while Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor were also figured in the list.


2. Indian-American Atul Keshap has been appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. With this, he has become the second Indian-origin diplomat to be posted in the Asian region after Richard Rahul Verma. He is currently working as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau of State Department. He joined the Foreign Service in 1994.


3. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook's Aquiladrone which is fully powered by solar power and will help to beam internet in most remote regions of the globe.  The drone is reported to have wingspan of a "Boeing 737" and be lighter than a car.


4. Billionaire investor Prem Watsa-backed Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has acquired Kuoni Group-s travel businesses in India and Hong Kong for nearly Rs 535 crore. The deal includes outbound travel brand SOTC and destination management brand SITA but excludes VFS Global.


Post this acquisition, Thomas Cook will take in about 1,800 employees of Kuoni-s business unit in India and Hong Kong tour operations.


5. The US economy added 215,000 jobs in July and its unemployment rate is held at seven year low of 5.3% for the same month. This improved unemployment rate confirms improved health of the US economy which increases possibility of a rate hike by the Federal Reserve in September this year.