Current Affairs International - 25 August 2015

1. The People's Bank of Chinacut its key lending rate by 25 bps to 4.6% in order to calm stock markets after two days of market crash across the world. This is the fifth interest rate cut since November last year. This sudden rate cut boosted confidence and pushed world market indexes higher today.


2. Syria-based woman journalist Zaina Erhaim was chosen for the prestigious 2015 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. She was bestowed with this award for her efforts to train citizen reporters in her war-ravaged country. She has trained about 100 citizen reporters (third of them are women) from inside Syria over the last two years. The award has been named after late Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist Peter Mackler and instituted in 2008.


3. World number one Serena Williams won the Cincinnati Masters Women-s Singles title by defeating Simona Halep of Romania at the final match held at Cincinnati in Ohio State of the USA.


Roger Federer won the Cincinnati Masters Men-s Singles title by defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the final match held at Cincinnati in Ohio State of the USA.


4. Jamaican athlete and famous sprinter Usain Bolt has won world 100 metre title in the World Athletics Championships held in Beijing, China. He completed 100 metre run in 9.79 seconds which is the season-s best timing. Justin Gatlin of United States won silver medal after finishing at the second spot in 9.80sec. Usain Bolt is the first athlete to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records. He is Olympic gold medallist and has won medal in 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic games in 100 metres.