• According to the updated ICC ODI rankings, by virtue of South Africa's 104-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI in Paarl, the Proteas jumped to the top spot, leapfrogging India. While India and South Africa have identical 120 points against their name, India are placed second on the basis of decimal points. India had claimed the top spot in the ICC rankings following their 4-1 win over Australia at home recently. But India have a chance to reclaim their top spot as they host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series scheduled to begin in Mumbai on October 22.
  • Just a day after Diwali, the Prime Minister will once again be at one of Lord Shiva's holiest shrine. PM Modi will reach the shrine on the occasion of the closing of gates of the Kedarnath temple. He had also gone to the shrine in May this year and offered prayers to Baba Kedarnath with Vedic hymn recitation on the occasion of the opening of the temple. This time the Prime Minister will again offer prayers with special Vedic hymns. The district administration has made special arrangements for the PM's visit to the Kedarnath Shrine, located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Anticipation and excitement is high amongst Local people and devotees visiting the shrine regarding the Prime Minister's visit. This Jyotirling of Mahadev is situated in Kailash Mountain. The Prime Minister's second visit to the shrine this year shows his devotion to Lord Shiva. This year, this will be the sixth occasion, when PM Modi will worship Shiva. PM Modi is a follower of Shiva and visits Mahakaal whenever possible.
  • Banking stocks led the fall as participants booked profits to write their first entry with gains on the first session of Samvat 2074, brokers said. The broader NSE Nifty too dipped below the 10,200-mark in the special one-hour Muhurat session. The BSE Sensex opened higher at 32,656.75 and advanced to a high of 32,663.06 on token buying activity as investors and funds opened their new accounts on the first session of Samvat 2074. However, higher levels could not be sustained due to sudden sell-off by participants and the index slipped to 32,319.37, before settling 194.39 points, or 0.60 per cent down at 32,389.96. The gauge had lost 49.29 points in the previous two sessions. On similar lines, the broad-based NSE Nifty index, after shuttling between 10,211.95 and 10,123.35, ended 64.30 points, or 0.63 per cent lower at 10,146.55. The Sensex gained 4,642.84 points, or 16.61 per cent, in the Hindu Samvat year 2073, while the broader NSE Nifty surged 1,572.85 points, or 18.20 per cent. The laggards in the Muhurat session were banking, metal, PSU, infrastructure, power, oil & gas, auto, consumer durables, healthcare, realty, FMCG and IT sectors. The broader markets outperformed the overall trend as investors created fresh positions, lifting the BSE small-cap index by 0.54 per cent and mid-cap index by 0.17 per cent. Both the exchanges will be closed tomorrow for 'Diwali Balipratipada'.