1) M.L. Khattar to be next Haryana CM: Manohar Lal Khattar will be the next chief minister of Haryana, the BJP announced on Tuesday. The former Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ‘Pracharak’ was chosen by the newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party legislators as their leader at a meeting. “I have been chosen by the party legislators and the BJP leadership for this responsibility. I can assure you that we will work for the welfare of the people of Haryana,” Khattar said after being elected the leader of the BJP legislative group. Khattar, 60, will be the first BJP chief minister of the state, which was formed Nov 1, 1966. The BJP got the majority on its own for the first time in Haryana in the results of the elections to the 90-member Assembly declared on Sunday.
2) Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison for killing girlfriend: South African Paralympian star sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for the killing of his girlfriend last year, as his sensational trial reached a climax. Pistorius, who had vomited and wept at times during the trial, stood stock-still in the dock as he was sentenced, veins bulging in his forehead and his jaw muscles clenched.
3) UK announced first-ever Dadabhai Naoroji Awards: The UK government announced the inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji Awards to honour individuals who have worked to strengthen the UK-India relationship over the years. The three winners included UK India Business Council chair Patricia Hewitt in the commerce category, Dame Asha Khemka for services in the field of education and actor Madhav Sharma for culture.
4) Indian hockey coach Terry Walsh withdraws resignation: In a massive relief to the Indian hockey, chief coach Terry Walsh, who resigned on Tuesday, has withdrawn his resignation after meeting with Sports Authority of India (SAI). Walsh resigned from his post barely three weeks after guiding the team to a historic gold medal in the Asian Games in Incheon and it created quite a flutter in the hockey world. He tendered his resignation because of a "pay dispute". The 60-year-old Australian, himself a noted Olympian, submitted his resignation in dramatic fashion, saying that he was finding it difficult to adjust to the decision making style of the sporting bureaucracy in the country.
5) RTI replies to be put online: Starting next month, all replies given under RTI by ministries will be posted online, available for access to all and not just to persons seeking the information. This will mean unprecedented scale of disclosure and cheer transparency advocates, especially those in the NGO sector with whom this government has had a testy relationship. Until now, only the person filing the RTI application seeking replies from a ministry or a government department would get the reply and that too mostly via post.
6) Global Iodine deficiency disorders prevention Day observed: Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders (GIDD) Prevention Day observed across the World on 21 October 2014. The day was observed to create awareness of the need to prevent iodine deficiency. One third of the world population is exposed to the risk of iodine deficiency disorders. Over 740 million people in 130 countries are facing the health problem.
7) Government to merge crisis-hit NSEL with Financial Technologies: The government has ordered the merger of scam-hit National Spot Exchange (NSEL) with parent Financial Technologies (India), initiating a transaction between two private companies for the first time in the larger public interest.
8) MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli to lead India against Sri Lanka: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar were left out of the squad for the first three of the five One-Day Internationals(ODI) against Sri Lanka, starting November 2, while star batsman Virat Kohli was named as the stand-in skipper of the 15-man squad selected on Tuesday.