29 January 2016 Current Affairs

Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis won 2016 Australian Open women’s doubles tennis title

Sania Mirza(India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) won the 2016 Australian Open title of tennis in the women’s doubles category on 29 January 2016. To win the title, in the final match the top seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated seventh seeded Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. It was their 36th straight victory on the circuit. For Sania-Hingis pair, it was their maiden Australian Open title and the third successive Grand Slam doubles title after their victories in the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open. In the 2016 season, it was their second title. Earlier, they won the 2016 WTA Apia International Sydney title on 15 January 2016.

Bank of Japan announced introduction of negative interest rates from February

Bank of Japan announced that it will adopt a negative interest rate policy from February, 2016. The Bank of Japan will charge 0.1% interest rate on some part of the deposits that commercial banks make with the Bank of Japan. This means that interest rate will be below zero (negative) on some of their deposits. Thus, instead of receiving money on deposits, commercial banks must pay interest to keep their money with the  Central bank.

Mark Zuckerberg became Sixth richest person in the world

Facebook giant Mark Zuckerberg, has become the sixth richest person in the world as per the Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. The list is topped by Bill Gates followed by Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett. Mukesh Ambani of India is ranked at 31st place, Ajim Premji at 54th and Shiv Nadar at 71st. The richest person in the world remains Bill Gates, who has a net worth of $78 billion, according to Bloomberg. He’s followed by Amancio Ortega ($69.7 billion), Warren Buffett ($59.4 billion), Jeff Bezos ($55.8 billion) and Carlos Slim ($48.6 billion). Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, the blooming social media pedestal. He has a nworh of $47.5 Billion.

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