Current Affairs International - 27 January 2016

1. Japanese car maker Toyota has retained its title as the world-s biggest automaker after posting global sales of 10.15 million vehicles for the previous year 2015, overtaking scandal-hit German rival Volkswagen and US rival General Motors. Volkswagen reported sales of 9.93 million vehicles worldwide last year and General Motors reported sale of 9.8 million vehicles.

2. US-based software services Company Cognizant Technology Solutions has acquired privately-held cloud services firm KBACE Technologies for an undisclosed amount. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The KBACE acquisition would bolster its digital business unit, adding that about 400 consultants and other business functions from KBACE. "The combined capabilities will further enable Cognizant to help clients become intuitively digital by using the cloud to derive new insights, unlock new opportunities and lower costs through a subscription-based business model," As per Cognizant.

3. Famous mathematician and the computer scientist Marvin Minsky, also known as the pioneer of artificial intelligence, passed away at the age of 88 at Boston-s Brigham and Women-s Hospital due to cerebral hemorrhage. In 1959, he co-founded the MIT Artificial Intelligence Project (AIT) with John McCarthy, who is credited with coining the term -artificial intelligence.- Now AIT is known as Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

4. Hollywood actor Abe Vigoda, known for his work in The Godfather and on the television series Barney Miller, passed away on 26th January in New Jersey following natural causes. He was 94. He was best known for his roles as mobster Tessio in the movie The Godfather.

5. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the winners of its Hockey Stars awards for 2015 today. The Netherlands' Robert Van der Horst and Lidewij Welten won the men's and women's FIH Player of the Year awards, respectively. Others awardees are Goalkeeper of the year (Women) - Joyce Sombroek of the Netherlands, Goalkeeper of the year (Men) - David Harte of Ireland and Rising Star of the Year (Women) - Lily Owsley of UK and Rising Star of the Year (Men) - Chrisopher Rühr of Germany.

6. The West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has announced his retirement from international cricket after his 22 yearlong international career. He is the first Indo-Caribbean to play 100 Tests for the West Indies. He captained West Indies cricket team in 14 Tests and 16 One Day Internationals. He scored more than 11,000 runs in test cricket and more than 8000 runs in ODIs.