1) Dhoni sets record for most stumpings in cricket history: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni broke the world record for most number of stumpings in international cricket after he effected his 134th dismissals on day two of the third cricket Test against Australia in Melbourne on 27 December 2014. He surpassed Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara when he stumped Mitchell Johnson off the bowling of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his world record dismissal. He reached the landmark in his 460th innings while Sangakkara has 133 stumpings from 485 innings. Sri Lanka’s other keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana is third on the list with 101 stumpings from 270 innings. Dhoni has 38 stumpings to his name in Tests, 85 in ODIs and 11 in T20s.
2) Pragyan Ojha banned from bowling due to illegal action: BCCI has on 27 December 2014 banned India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha from bowling in competitive matches due to suspect action as he will be heading to Chennai for taking corrective measures. It is understood that Ojha's action had been under the scanner for more than a year now, which was one of the reasons why he disappeared from the selectors' radar despite being one of the quickest Indian bowlers to reach 100 Test wickets.
3) BJP now has most MLAs nationwide: According to the data compiled by Sonipat-based Ashoka University’s Political Data Centre the total number of BJP state legislators (MLAs) stood at 1058 while there were 949 Congress legislators across the country. For the BJP, which has never before had more than 1,000 MLAs, this is a historic peak. For the Congress, which only fell below 1,000 MLAs in the 1977 and 1979 elections, this is its lowest point ever.
4) Sunil Chhetri named 2014 AIFF Player of the Year: Indian national team captain Sunil Chhetri was declared 'AIFF Player of the Year' for the third time in four years while Bala Devi has been declared the 'Woman Player of the Year'. Sandesh Jhingan, who played for Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League (ISL), was declared the 'Emerging Player of the Year'. Chhetri was chosen the winner on basis of votes from coaches from I-League clubs, according to an All India Football Federation (AIFF) release.
5) 16 states ratified Judicial Appointments Commission Bill: Sixteen states have ratified a constitutional amendment bill which seeks to scrap the collegium system of judges appointing judges, bringing the government a step closer to put in place a new mechanism of appointments in the higher judiciary. Any Constitutional amendment bill requires ratification by at least 50 percent of the state legislatures. Sources said the Law Ministry has been informed by 16 of the 29 states that the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) bill has been ratified. The names of all the states which have ratified the bill was immediately not known.
6) Ankita Raina won maiden USD 25,000 ITF singles title: India’s tennis player Ankita Raina overwhelmed British teenager Katy Dunne in straight sets in a one-sided final to lift her maiden $25,000 ITF singles title at the Deccan Gymkhana in Pune on 27 December 2014.
7) Snapdeal, India Post partner to bring weavers online: Online marketplace Snapdeal has partnered India Post to jointly work on bringing thousands of weavers and artisans from Varanasi through its website. Snapdeal has launched a pilot with India Post to set-up facilitation desks at Varanasi post offices to enable local weavers to sell on its platform. “This is an endeavour by Snapdeal and India Post to empower local artisans, small and medium entrepreneurs to sustain their livelihood by providing a platform to popularise their indigenous products,” Snapdeal CEO and co-founder Kunal Bahl told PTI.