Current Affairs International - 16-17 April 2016

1. South Pacific island nation Nauru has become the 189th member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank i.e. Bretton-Woods institutions. Nauru applied for membership in the Washington-based IMF and World Bank in April 2014, after joining the United Nations in 1996 as the world-s smallest independent republic.


2. Ukraine's parliament approved presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister this week with the intention to end months of political deadlock. Newly elected Prime Minister Groysman said his government was committed to tackling Ukraine's endemic corruption and strengthening ties with the European Union.


3. China's economic growth dropped to 6.7% in the first quarter of 2016 which is the slowest pace of Chinese economic growth since 2009 when it saw quarterly economic growth of 6.2%. This is lower than 6.8% growth witnessed in the previous quarter. But the new estimate was within the range of government expectations, keeping the economy on track to meet the official full-year target of 6.5% to 7%.


4. Malick Sadibe, award-winning photographer of Mali passed away this week. He was 80. He was known for his black and white portrait clicks of young Malians. Also Sidibe became the first African winner of the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2007.


5. English cricketer James Taylor has announced his sudden and untimely retirement from the international cricket due to his ill health. James Taylor has been recently diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) which has led to his sudden retirement.


6. New Zealand cricketer Kane Williamson has been named as Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2015 and New Zealand female cricketer Suzie Bates has also been named as Leading Women's cricketer in the world. With this, two new zealanders are part of the Wisden Almanack's Five Cricketers of the Year for the first time in both Men and Women category.