Current Affairs Pocket : 29th SEP 2016

Global trade growth to be just 1.7% in 2016: WTO

  • The World Trade Organization lowered its global trade forecast, warning that anti-globalisation rhetoric and Brexit were pushing trade growth to its slowest pace since the financial crisis.
  • The WTO announced that global trade was now estimated to expand by just 1.7 percent this year, compared to its April projection of 2.8 percent.The new figure is also a far cry from a projection a year ago that trade would swell by 3.9 percent this year.
  • It is described as “wake-up call“, the Geneva-based global trade body declared that the growth had fallen to its slowest pace in around seven years, when the global financial crisis hit.

Gaurav Gill of Team MRF win the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship

  • Gaurav Gill of Team MRF won the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship fourth time in the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship held at Obihiro, Japan.
  • 2013 APRC champion Gill with a new co-driver in Belgian Stephane Prevot win in one minute and 50.6 seconds over Germany’s Fabian Kreim (Christian Frank) who finished ahead of Cusco Racing’s Michael Young.
  • Fabian Kreim, who is placed second in the championship behind Gill.

IPS officer OP Singh taking over as the new Director General of CISF

  • A 1983-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre O P Singh took over as the new Director General of CISF on September 26, 2016.His tenure is till January 2020.
  • Prior to this serving as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
  • R K Pachnanda took over as the new DG of NDRF. He is the successor of OP Singh.

Uttam Singh to be honoured with ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’

  • Famous music director and violinist Uttam Singh on 27 September 2016 was named for the 2016 Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Maharashtra Government.
  • The award carries a citation, a trophy and 500000 rupees in cash.

UK woman becomes world’s youngest commercial airline captain

  • A 26-year-old woman Kate McWilliams from UK become the world’s youngest ever commercial airline captain of easyjet. She first became interested in planes after attending an air show at age four.
  • McWilliams began flying at the age of 13 in the air cadets before embarking on a training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton on her 19th birthday.
  • She  has become the world’s youngest commercial airline captain with 19-year-old co-pilot Elsworth also one of the country’s youngest co-pilots.
  • She flies Airbus A319 and A320 planes to around 100 destinations, such as Reykjavik, Tel Aviv and Marrakesh.

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