Current Affairs International - 21 November 2015

1. World Economic Forum (WEF) has released the Global Gender Gap Report 2015 this week in which it ranked 145 countries on gender bias based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators. India has been ranked at 108th position in the list.


Iceland topped the list for the seventh consecutive years followed by Norway, Finland, Sweden and Ireland in the first 5 places. Countries Iran (141), Chad (142), Syria (143), Pakistan (144) and Yemen (145) are ranked at the bottom five of the list.


2. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a French-sponsored resolution 2249 (2015) calling all nations to take all necessary measures to prevent and suppress the terrorist acts of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other extremist groups. It also mentions that ISIS group institutes a global threat to international peace and security and it argues all the UN member states to intensify their efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters in Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress the financing on terrorism.


3. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2015, as announced by the international jury of the prize, headed by Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari on the occasion of birth annniversary of Indira Gandhi. The UNHCR was chosen for the award in recognition of its immense contributions in assisting millions of refugees in their rehabilitation and resettlement.


UNHCR, headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland, was established in December 1950 by the UN General Assembly with the aim to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.


4. World Football governing body FIFA has banned Nepal's football chief Ganesh Thapa for 10 years for corruption and president of the Laos federation Viphet Sihachakr for two years for bribery. FIFA accused Thapa of committing various acts of misconduct, which includes the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for personal and family gain.