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Current Affairs for 28 February 2016
February 28, 2016

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s son Tejas has claimed to have discovered three new species of freshwater crabs, one of which was named after his surname.

“A few species of freshwater crabs endemic to the Western Ghats were discovered and described. The paper was published in Zootaxa on February 23,” a statement by Tejas Thackeray on Saturday said.

The 21-year-old, who is a student at a city college, stated, “I discovered and collected the types specimens of Ghatiana atropurpurea (Amboli), Ghatiana splendida (Chakul) and Gubernatoriana thackerayi (Raghuveer Ghat).”


President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project at the International Research and Convention Centre, KKTM College, Kodungalloor, on Saturday.

Mr. Mukherjee said that being the largest conservation project in the country and the first green project of the Kerala government, the Muziris project had a lot to boast about, be it in the area of heritage, conservation or tourism.

The President also launched the website of the Muziris Heritage Project.

Governor P. Sathasivam presided over the function. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, V.D. Satheesan and T.N. Prathapan, MLAs, K.V. Thomas MP, Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson, and Kerala Tourism Secretary Kamala Vardhana Rao were present.



France’s top film awards ceremony, the Cesars, celebrated diversity with honours for films about forced marriage and the struggles of life as an immigrant.

The creme de la creme of French showbiz gathered in Paris Friday for the 41st Cesars just two days ahead of its Hollywood equivalent, the Oscars, which have been panned as “too white”.

“Mustang”, which is up for a foreign film Oscar on Sunday, scooped three awards including for best first feature film.

The film by Franco-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Erguven, tells the story of five sisters in rural Turkey forced into arranged marriages.

The best picture accolade went to “Fatima”, a movie about an immigrant Moroccan woman struggling to raise her two teenagers in France and working as a cleaning lady to give them the best life possible.



Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation, constituted to address basic needs of mining affected villages, has approved Rs. 720-crore development projects in eight districts.

OMBDC in its Board of Directors meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A.P Padhi resolved to complete 46,000 concrete houses for mining-affected people in 29 blocks of Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Koraput Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh in six months time.

In the first phase, piped water supply would be ensured in 523 villages of these eight districts in next one and half years.



Malayalam director Rajesh Pillai, known for his trendsetter movie ‘Traffic’, died here on Saturday.

Pillai, 41, was undergoing treatment for non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis at a private hospital in Kochi for over a year. He was hospitalised on Friday, hours after his fourth movie ‘Vettah’ starring Manju Warrier hit the screens.

Sources said that he had been asked to undergo a liver transplant but it was delayed. Pillai, who started his career with ‘Hridayathil Sookshikkan’ in 2005, made his mark in the industry with his second movie ‘Traffic’ in 2011. The film, which was remade in Tamil as ‘Chennaieil Oru Naal’ (A Day in Chennai), is now being made in Hindi. Post-production work on the Hindi remake is currently on.


Five hundred police vehicles were equipped with ‘phablets’ on Friday.

These phablets, which according to the police are a combination of a mobile phone and a tablet, will help them quickly trace people in distress based on their GPS locations.

Until now, valuable time was often lost as PCR personnel relied on rough coordinates passed on by the police staff who receive the calls made on the emergency number 100.

The policemen would then dial the caller’s mobile phone number in the hope of getting his/her exact location. The process was often time-consuming and not entirely reliable.

Over the period of time, the remaining 500-odd PCR vans, too, would be equipped with these devices, said the police. The exercise of reaching the victims also often ate into PCR staff’s pockets as they would incur mobile bills in their bid to repeatedly call the complainants.