Current Affairs India - 31 October 2014

1. Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Chief Minister of Maharashtra today where BJP formed its government for the first time in Maharashtra without an alliance. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao in a grand function at Wankhede Stadium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Chief Ministers of BJP—ruled states have attended the ceremony.


Former ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has also attended the ceremony at the last moment after a last minute call by party President Amit Shah. Cabinet Ministers who were sworn in are Eknath Khadse, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde, Pankaja Munde, all members of the BJP's state Core Committee, Prakash Mehta, Chandrakant Patil and Vishnu Savara. The Ministers of State are Dilip Kamble and Vidya Thakur.


2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 139th birth anniversary of India-s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as National Unity Day. He also marked the day as "Rashtriya Ekta Divas".


Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel laid foundation stone of the Statue of Unity today which will be the world's tallest statue of Iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel once completed.


3. Growth of India's eight core sectors slowed down to 1.9% in September compared to same period last year due to drop in production of crude oil, natural gas, petroleum refinery products and fertilisers sectors. Other sectors coal, steel, cement and electricity posted a growth in the same month.


During April-September period of the current financial year, cumulative core sector growth stood at 4%. The eight core industries have approximately 38% weight in the overall Index of Industrial Production (IIP).


4. Indian famous badminton player Saina Nehwal jumped by a place to fifth rank in the latest Badminton World Federation women's singles rankings published in Delhi yesterday. She improved her ranking based on her back-to-back quarter-final appearances at Denmark and French Open tournaments this month.


Other player P V Sindhu maintained No 10 rank in the list. Parupalli Kashyap jumped by 4 places to 17th spot in the latest ranking after he made in the semi-finals of Denmark Open and he lost in the quarterfinals of French Open.


5. Former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, wanted in India in connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, passed in the U.S. state of Florida aged 92.


The tragedy claimed more than 3,000 lives and considered to be one of the world's most lethal industrial accidents. The Indian government made multiple requests to extradite him, and officially labelled him a fugitive. A judge also called him an "absconder".