Oct. 1: Aruna Roy, political and social activist, is presented the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academia and Management by the President Pratibha Patil, in New Delhi.
The Supreme Court stays a Madras High Court judgment ordering the closure of the copper plant of Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd. at Tuticorin.
Oct. 3: The Commonwealth Games gets off to a colourful start at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Oct. 5: The Union Cabinet approves the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill.
Oct. 6: The Supreme Court commutes to life imprisonment the death sentence awarded to Santosh Kumar Singh for the January 23, 1996 rape and murder of law student Priyadarshini Mattoo in New Delhi.
K. Vijay Kumar assumes office as the new CRPF Director-General in New Delhi.
Music director A.R. Rahman and the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Chhattisgarh are jointly chosen for the 25th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2009.
The B.S. Yeddyurappa Government in Karnataka in crisis as 18 MLAs withdraw support.
Oct. 8: The Madras High Court sets aside a January 8, 2010 order appointing Letika Saran as Tamil Nadu DGP.
Oct. 10: The BJP sweeps the local body polls in Gujarat. E-voting introduced for the first time in the nation.
Oct. 11: The BJP government in Karnataka wins trust vote amid unruly scenes in the Assembly.
Oct. 12: The Karnataka government to seek trust vote again.
Oct. 13: The Centre names Dilip Padgaonkar, M. M. Ansari and Delhi Policy Group trustee Radha Kumar Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors.
Oct. 14: The BJP government in Karnataka wins trust vote again.
The biggest ever Commonwealth Games end on a dazzling note. India bags 101 medals.
Oct. 15: The Centre appoints a high-level committee under the former CAG, V.K. Shungloo, to probe into Commonwealth Games issues.
Oct. 19: India launches the National Green Tribunal.
Oct. 20: The Union Cabinet gives nod for The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Second Bill, 2010.
Oct. 21: Peaceful polling in the first phase of Bihar Assembly election.
Oct. 22: President Pratibha Patil presents the Dada Saheb Phalke Award to D. Ramanaidu at the 57th National Films Award 2009 function in New Delhi. Pasanga bags the Rajat Kamal for the best Tamil film.
Oct. 23: The National Advisory Council reaches consensus on a universal food security system with legal guarantees.
Oct. 24: Despite Naxal threat, 52.5 per cent polling is recorded in phase II of the Bihar Assembly elections.
Oct. 28: Fifty four per cent voting in third phase of Bihar Assembly polls.
Nonagenarians among four presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj award for 2010 in Mumbai.
Oct. 29: The Gujarat High Court grants conditional bail to the former Minister of State for Home Amit Shah.
Two school students are kidnapped and murdered in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
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