Current Affairs Global - 7 February 2014

1. Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, was nominated for the World Children's Prize in Sweden today for her continuous campaign and fight for education rights for girls. Liv Kjellberg, 15, a member of the international prize jury, said Malala is a child herself and she stands up for girls- rights to education in not only Pakistan, but also the world. She was nominated last year for the Nobel Peace Prize and won the European Union's Sakharov human rights prize for her fight to encourage education for all children.


The two other nominees for this year's award are founder of the US-based education charity Room to Read, John Wood  and Nepali activist who helps prisoners' children Indira Ramanagar.


2. The global conversation organisation, WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) has appointed Marco Lambertini as director-general (DG) of the WWF International on 6 February 2014 with effect from 1st May this year. His appointment was announced by Peter Schei, Chairman of BirdLife's Global Council in a message to the BirdLife Partnership and in a news released today.


With 25 years of global conservation leadership, Marco Lambertini began his association with WWF as a youth volunteer growing up in his native Italy. Prior to his current role as Chief Executive of BirdLife International, Marco was Global Director of Network and Programme for over a decade.


3. General Motors CEO Mary Barra, the first woman to run a global automaker topped the Fortune list of '50 most powerful women in business: Global edition. IBM Chairman, CEO, President Ginni Rometty secured 2nd spot, Petrobras CEO Maria das Gracas Silva Foster secured 4th spot, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg ranked at 11th, Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer ranked at 14th and Google's Senior Vice President for Ads and Commerce Susan Wojcicki is ranked at 20th in the same list.


4. Google took aim at office meeting rooms with the release of a Chromebox for video conferencing. Chromebox-for-meetings is available in the US at a starting price of USD 999 and is to be released later this year in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain. As many as 15 people can take part in a Chromebox video conference using smartphones, tablets, laptops or other Internet linked computers. The first model box comes with a high-definition camera and a speaker with a microphone. A monitor must be provided. There is also an annual management fee of USD 250 for the videoconferencing setup.


5. The 22nd Winter Olympics start at Sochi in Russia today and it will continue till 23rd February. Around 2500 athletes will take part in 98 disciplines in the games. Shiva Keshwan, Himanshu Thakur and Nadeem Ikbal will represent India in the Winter Olympics. Though there will be no tricolour at that opening ceremony, as the three Indian athletes who have qualified for the Games, are competing as independent athletes.


6. The famous England batsman Kevin Pietersen-s international career ended by England Cricket Board this week. His career was ended unexpectedly as he was excluded from the team for the upcoming tour of the West Indies and later the World Twenty20 Championships. In his 9 year long career, he played 104 Tests and 136 ODIs and scored 8181 and 4440 runs respectively.