Religious scholar Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, named Wednesday as the Afghan Taliban's new leader, was a senior judge during the insurgent group's five-year rule over Afghanistan and issued many of its harsh verdicts.
Sarbananda Sonowal's treatment of opposition leader Tarun Gogoi in Assam today is expected to be remarkably different than witnessed at Jayalalithaa's oath ceremony on Monday in Tamil Nadu, where the DMK has complained that its MK Stalin was "deliberately humiliated."
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who according to US officials was probably killed in a drone strike, took over as head of the insurgent movement last July following the revelation that the group's founder Mullah Omar had been dead for two years.
Pinarayi Vijayan, known as a taskmaster and an organisation man to the core, has pipped his bitter rival V S Achuthanandan to the top post in Kerala politics, notwithstanding the spirited campaign by the 93-year-old leader to ensure the Left's victory in the Assembly election.
In winning Tamil Nadu for a second straight term, J Jayalalithaa not only bucked the three-decade-old trend of yo yo politics in the state, but also proved wrong her detractors and exit polls that wrote her off.
A popular leader, Oommen Chandy's image failed to redeem the Congress-led United Democratic Front after its tenure was tainted by allegations of corruption and sleaze as Kerala continued with the tradition of rotation of parties, giving mandate to the Left Democratic Front (LDF).
MK Stalin, the long standing heir apparent to DMK chief M Karunanidhi, may have failed to oust AIADMK but a spirited campaign for over a year marked by a makeover virtually made it a close race in Tamil Nadu where traditionally the contests have been one sided.
Dravidian veteran M Karunanidhi, famous for his script-writing that catapulted him to political heights over his over six-decade-long career, may have finally lost his charisma and it could be the end of the road for him in electoral politics.
Mamata Banerjee, the stormy petrel of West Bengal politics, once again proved a master strategist decimating the new Left-Congress combination and the BJP all of whom sought to checkmate her return to power.
From student politics to joining Asom Gana Parishador AGP, then switching to the saffron party and becoming a Union Minister, BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate in Assam Sarbanada Sonowal's journey to the peak has been a steady climb marked by twists and turns.
South Korean author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize on Monday, sharing the 50,000 pounds ($72,000, 63,500 euros) award with her translator -- who had only taught herself Korean three years before.
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen made Formula One history as the youngest race winner on Sunday in a sensational Spanish Grand Prix that saw dominant Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collide and crash out on the opening lap.