Current Affairs International - 2 March 2016

1. NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned on Earth after spending 340-day at the International Space Station. The landing took place in the city of Zhezkazgan in Kazhaksthan today morning local time. Their extended tour is part of an effort to study the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the body, so that NASA can prepare astronauts for longer flights to Mars and beyond.


2. Microsoft founder Bill Gates retained No1 rank in the list of the world's richest person with a net worth of USD 75 billion, as per Forbes annual ranking of the world richest persons. With this, he has topped the last for last 3 consecutive years and 17 times in last 22 years. He is followed by Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega, founder of clothing retail giant Zara and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.


Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani is positioned at 36, No 1 among India-s richest persons. Savitri Jindal and family was ranked at the 453rd place on the list with a net worth of USD 3.5 billion, first among Indian women. This year the Forbes' list of the world's billionaires includes 1,810 billionaires as compared to 1,826 last year. United States led with the highest number of billionaires with 540, followed by China with 251, Germany with 120, India with 84 and Russia with 77.


3. Global ratings agency Moody's Analytics has cut its outlook for China from -stable- to -negative- in its latest report published today as the world-s second largest economy is losing steam continuously. As per report, the economy of China continues to lose steam and its economic growth to remain weak in coming quarters.