1) Jayalalithaa convicted; gets 4-year jail term, fined Rs. 100 cr: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to four years in jail and slapped a fine of Rs. 100 crore in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case. Judge John Michael Cunha pronounced the verdict. Jayalalithaa has been convicted under Section 13(2) and 13(1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The conviction will lead to her immediate disqualification as an MLA and subsequent stepping down as Chief Minister. Jayalalitha's aide Sasikala, V N Sudhakaran, and J Ilavarasi have also been convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
2) PM Narendra Modi addressed UN Assembly: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in Hindi as he addressed the UN General Assembly session in New York on Saturday, emulating his party, the BJP's iconic leader and former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Since taking charge as Prime Minister in May, Mr Modi has stuck to Hindi for most of his speeches and interactions with world leaders. Only after the historic entry of India's Mangalyaan into the Mars orbit earlier this week, did he use more than a smattering of English while addressing space scientists. Mr Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister from 1998 to 2004, was the first person to speak in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly. As foreign minister, he addressed a session in 1977 in Hindi.
3) Indian men's squash team gets historic gold, women grab silver: The Indian squash players wrapped up a historic performance in the Asian Games, clinching an unprecedented men's team gold after the women's side settled for its first ever silver on Saturday. With a silver and a bronze, through Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal respectively in the individual events, the squash players signed off with their best ever medal haul in the Games. The icing on the cake was provided by the men's team, led by Ghosal, which clinched the historic gold after edging out Malaysia in the summit clash.
4) Cabinet nod for President’s rule in Maharashtra: Assembly poll–bound Maharashtra is all set to be brought under President’s rule as the Union Cabinet made a recommendation to the effect on Saturday. The meeting of the Union Cabinet was presided over by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is away on a visit to the United States. Mr. Singh chaired the meeting of the Cabinet soon after his return from Kerala in the evening, government sources said.
5) BCCI extended tenure of Ravi Shastri as team India Director till 2015 World Cup: The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) Working Committee on 26 September 2014 extended Ravi Shastri’s tenure as Director of Indian Cricket team till end of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The ICC Cricket World Cup is to be played in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015. The decision of retaining 52-year-old former India all-rounder Shastri as the Director was made during the BCCI Working Committee meet.