Current Affairs India - 29 February 2016

1. National Science Day was observed on 28th February across the nation with the theme of -Scientific Issues for Development of the Nation-. The day is observed annually to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928. Raman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for his discovery and this was the first Nobel Prize for India in the field of Science.


2. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been formally declared elected as the president of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the 7th consecutive term. The election as BJD president was a mere formality as he was the only candidate to file nomination papers for the post.


3. Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai has been appointed as the first Chairman of Banks Board Bureau (BBB) after his appointment proposal was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Central government has set up a Bank Board Bureau for Public Sector Unit (PSU) banks to monitor each banks on the basis of some "key performance indicators".


4. Dinesh Sharma, Additional Finance Secretary, Department Of Economic Affairs and India-s Governor to the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) was elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Council of IFAD for a period of two years in its 39th Session held in Rome, Italy. IFAD was setup in 1977 as the 13th Specialized Agency of the United Nations and works towards removing poverty and hunger in rural areas all over the world.  India is a founder member of IFAD and a key contributor among the member countries. 


5. Socialist leader and former Maharashtra Minister Nihal Ahmed Maulavi Mohammed Usman passed away in Nashik following age-old ailments. He was 90. He was the former Maharashtra Minister of technical and higher education, state president of Janata Dal (Secular).


6. Famous Tamil Comedy actor Kumarimuthu passed away in Chennai. He was 77. He acted more than 500 tamil films in which he did different roles through his humorous acts.