1) Raghubar Das to be sworn in as chief minister of Jharkhand: Senior BJP leader Raghubar Das will be sworn in as the 10th chief minister of Jharkhand on 28 December 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony. Raghubar Das will be the first non-tribal CM of the state, 14 years after it was carved out of Bihar. BJP formally announced the name of Raghubar Das after he was elected as the leader of the BJP legislative party in a meeting of newly-elected MLAs in Ranchi.
2) Indian army started 'Operation All Out' against the Bodo militants in Assam: The action has been named Operation All Out, and up to 9,000 soldiers and paramilitary troopers are on the ground on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border to flush out militants of the NDFB (Songbijit) outfit accused of massacring over 75 tribals in two Assam districts on December 23. According to reports, Army has taken full command of the two-tier Operation All Out, currently on in Sonitpur in Assam.
3) President signed Ordinance to Push Reforms in Coal, Insurance Sectors: The two ordinances to pave the way for a fresh dose of foreign investment in the insurance sector and to move ahead with the allocation of cancelled coal mines received Presidential approval on 26 December 2014. The government had decided to promulgate these ordinances to move ahead with reforms in the two sectors as the relevant bills could not be cleared during the just-concluded Parliament Session.
4) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Keen to invest more in India, Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella on December 26 pledged support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative. He is the third major tech executive to meet PM Modi, after Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
5) 10th anniversary of Tsunami observed: On 26 December in 2004, more than 230,000 people were killed due to Tsunami that was a result of Mw 9.1–9.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Indian Ocean. The epicentre of the earthquake was the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people in fourteen countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 30 metres. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.
6) E-ticketing launched for Taj Mahal, Humayun’s tomb: Union minister of tourism and culture, Mahesh Sharma, on 26 December 2014 launched e-ticketing facility for the Taj Mahal and Humayun's tomb on a pilot basis, and a helpline number to ensure safety of domestic and international tourists.
7) Cristiano Ronaldo voted best footballer: Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted as the number one footballer in the world overtaking Argentina skipper Lionel Messi for the top spot. The Guardian reportedly revealed it’s top 100 footballers’ list in the world 2014 in its entirety and the battle for the top spot was once again between Ronaldo and Messi. It turned in Ronaldo’s favour as 74 per cent of 73 judges drawn from 28 countries, which included Hernan Crespo, Didi Hamann, Slaven Bilic and Gilberto Silva among the expert panel, voted for the Real Madrid star forward.