Current Affairs Global - 9 March 2014

1. International Women-s Day was celebrated yesterday (8th March) around the world yesterday. The UN theme for International Women's Day 2014 is "Equality for Women is Progress for All" Which emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women-s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of development.

2. The US economy added 175,000 new jobs in February which was slightly better than expected. But the unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.7% in February compared to 6.6% in January. USA Unemployment rate showed significant improvement of the US job market in recent times which confirms steady recovery of the USA economy. It has also prompted US Feb to cut its aggressive asset purchase program by USD 10 billion in January 2014 named as -Fed Tapering-.

3. The 2014 Winter Paralympics have been inaugurated by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 7th March. The Ukraine team has also confirmed that it would take part in the Games amid current political crisis in Ukraine. 575 athletes from 45 countries will compete for 72 gold medals in five sports over 10 days in the winter Olympic.

4. Sri Lanka regained the Asia Cup trophy with a comfortable five-wicket victory over defending champions Pakistan yesterday (8th March) at Mirpur, Bangladesh. The last time Sri Lanka won the regional championship was in 2008. It is also Sri Lanka-s fifth Asia Cup title, equaling India's five title wins.