Current Affairs International - 25-26 March 2016

1. World TB Day was obsereved on 24th March every year to raise awareness about the disease which is causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year. The theme of year 2016 was "Unite to End TB". It remembers the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch first announced that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus.


2. 25th March 25 was observed as the International Day to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice in the current world. Also the day is used to remember the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to remember those people who had suffered and died due to brutal slavery system. The theme for 2016 was," Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots."


3. Nepaland Azerbaijan became a dialogue partner of the Beijing-based regional security grouping, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Nepal was officially made a dialogue partner after a deal was signed during the Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli-s visit to China. Azerbaijan also signed a similar deal to become a SCO dialogue partner.


4. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has announced his retirement from International Cricket after completing ongoing ICC World Twenty20 cup. This will end his glorious 14-year old long career. He has already retired from Test cricket.


He scored 3,731 runs in 59 Tests and 5,757 runs in 190 ODIs and took 75 and 168 wickets in the two formats respectively. In 56 T20Is so far, Watson has scored 1400 runs and took 46 wickets.


5. German formula one driver Nico Rosberg of Mercedes team won the 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prixheld at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia on 20th March. This is his 15th Formula One victory. Britain-s Lewis Hamilton secured second and Germany-s Sebastian Vettel secured third place in the race.


6. Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff passed away this week after suffering from cancer. He is considered one of the greatest players of all time, who led the Netherlands team to the 1974 World Cup final. He also won the Ballon d'Ors for three times.


7. Famous Comedian Garry Shandling, best known for his faux docudrama and the show "It's Garry Shandling's" passed away due to heart attack this week. He was 60. He performed standup comedy and became a regular guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.