1) Manohar Lal Khattar sworn in as CM of BJP's first govt in Haryana: Manohar Lal Khattar, a low-profile organization man with active RSS background, was today sworn in as chief minister of Haryana, where BJP has formed government for the first time on its own. Khattar a first time MLA, represents Karnal constituency in the Haryana assembly. He is Haryana's first non-jat chief minister in 18 years. Khattar is the 10th chief minister of the state, which was created November 1, 1966. 60-year-old Khattar, a first-time MLA from Karnal and a non-jat leader known to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was administered the oath along with nine ministers by governor Kaptan Singh Solanki at a function attended by a galaxy of BJP leaders including the PM, party chief Amit Shah, Union ministers, chief ministers of BJP ruled states and veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
2) Sania Mirza-Cara Black pair clinched WTA Finals doubles title: Indian ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black ended the season and their partnership on a remarkable high by clinching the WTA finals women's doubles title with a comprehensive triumph in the summit clash in Singapore. Sania and Cara, making their debut at the season finale, prevailed 6-1 6-0 over Su-Wei Hseih of Chinese Taipei and Shuai Peng of China in a clash that lasted just about an hour. The Indo-Zimbabwean combination, which would be breaking up after this, broke the East Asians thrice in the opening set itself and were decisively better with their first serve.
3) Cyclone Nilofar to bring heavy rainfall: After Hudhud that hit India's eastern coast on October 12, it's now turn of another cyclonic storm 'Nilofar' to keep the Met department on toes for the next four days. Its impact is likely to be felt mid-week in Kutch area of north Gujarat and adjoining Pakistan coast. The new cyclonic storm, formed in Arabian Sea, will, however, not be as intense as Hudhud. Nilofar is expected to bring heavy to very heavy rains in coastal districts of Saurashtra and Kutch area of north Gujarat on Thursday.
4) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri wins Macau Open: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri notched up his second title of the year, lifting the Venetian Macau Open with a sparkling final round of the five. Lahiri played brilliant golf and his superb weekend combination of 67-66 saw him land his fifth career win on the Asian Tour.
5) Jairam Ramesh to head panel on global research platform: Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh has been named to chair a global research platform panel on sustainable development instituted by an alliance of organisations such as UNEP, UNESCO and World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The inaugural Future Earth Engagement Committee is the flagship initiative of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability (the Alliance). Future Earth is a global research platform providing knowledge and support to accelerate the transformations to a sustainable world.
6) India became the fourth largest steel maker of the World: India became the world’s fourth largest steel producer by delivering 62.41 Million Tonnes (MT) output from January 2014 to September 2014. The findings were published on 21 October 2014 in the World Steel Association (WSA) data. India has been the world’s fourth largest steel maker since 2010.
7) Southern Naval Command gets new Chief of Staff: Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain on 26 Oct 2014 assumed office as Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command in Kochi. He has taken over the charge from Rear Admiral M S Pawar, who is appointed as the Flag Officer, Maharashtra and Gujarat area (FOMAG), a Naval press release said.