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The big news: 27 government bank staffers suspended for violating RBI rules, and 9 other top stories

In other headlines: Arvind Panagariya said tax officers' discretionary powers may be withdrawn, and Rakesh Asthana took over as the interim CBI chief.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. 27 PSU bank officials suspended, six transferred for violating RBI guidelines: The Finance Ministry said they were carrying out irregular transactions.
  2. Tax officers’ discretionary powers may be abolished, says NITI Aayog’s Arvind Panagariya: The senior economist also defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move of demonetising high-value banknotes.  
  3. Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana to take over  as interim CBI chief: He is believed to have close ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah.
  4. SC rejects petition to make national anthem mandatory in courts: The apex court bench reportedly said that its earlier directive to cinema halls should not be stretched. 
  5. Acid attack victims, Parkinson’s patients will be included in amended Disabilities Bill: The proposed changes to the 1995 Act include the right to free education for children and a hike in reservations for government jobs.
  6. Army releases letters that refute TMC’s claims of not being informed about troop deployment: The documents, which were signed and received by the authorities concerned, reveal that the Kolkata Police was aware of the exercise.
  7. 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg retires from Formula 1: He made the announcement on Facebook, saying it would be effective immediately.
  8. Authorities suspend licence of airline, replace Bolivian aviation management following Colombia plane crash: The pilot was warned about low fuel reserves before take-off, local news agencies claimed.
  9. PMO did not give permission to use Narendra Modi’s picture in Reliance Jio ads: MoS for Information and Broadcasting RS Rathore said the government was, however, aware of the use of the prime minister’s photographs by the company.  
  10. Donald Trump names General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis his defence secretary: The US president-elect said the former marine was the closest the country had to famed World War II commander General George Patton.
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Money plays a big role in leading a fulfilled life. But here are some other factors to not discount

A large global survey has some surprising answers to how we think about life.

What’s the one thing that makes you feel most fulfilled? This was one of the simple questions asked to more than two million people in a worldwide survey conducted by Abbott, the global healthcare company. According to the survey, on a scale of 100, with 100 being “living fully”, Indians ranked themselves at 61, behind the global average of 68.4 and much behind China at 79 and Mexico at 75. Not surprisingly, with such a massive scale and scope, the survey results offered some startling insights into how people across countries think about their lives.

One of the biggest paradoxes the survey uncovered was that most people—nearly 44% of the respondents—felt money was the ultimate stumbling block keeping them from a fulfilled life. When asked about the one thing that makes them feel most fulfilled, money was not the number one response for even a single country. So why did people still claim it to be the top barrier?

One way to understand this is to study the top things that do make people fulfilled across the world. This showed a remarkable consensus. Globally most respondents selected “family” as the number one factor of fulfillment except in China, where “health” was considered more crucial to personal fulfillment. Attributes like “spirituality”, “success”, “giving”, “travel”, “community”, “health”, “music” and “adventure” also scored well in different parts of the globe.

Source: Abbot Global Study
Source: Abbot Global Study

It is clear that money can enable us to accomplish many of the things which give us a sense of fulfillment. It enables us to travel more, learn new things and even take better care of our health.

However, it is when we consider the pursuit of money as the primary key to fulfillment and an end in itself that the problems begin. Perhaps this is because we postpone our immediate happiness or ignore the things that give us joy for the sake of some distant financial goal. In India, especially, there is a tendency to prioritise work over family and friends. In the pursuit of wealth, we often avoid social occasions and get-togethers and skip simple acts of companionship like dining with family or wishing friends on important occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. Tellingly, nearly 23% Indian respondents chose “priorities” as the top barrier to fulfillment. This can lead to fatigue or burnout. It can also lead to increased emotional distance from friends and family, and contribute to a general sense of apathy in life. To top that, we may never realise how much money is enough money to do things that will bring us happiness and may continue to chase money at the cost of other joys. While being financially responsible is undeniably a virtue, it should not distract us, at least for long, from other drivers that directly contribute to personal fulfillments.

Ultimately, happiness is a choice. Many people choose to hold on to the “negative stimuli” in their lives. They choose to focus on the problems they face rather than the positive aspects in their life. Once you choose to be happy and focus on taking decisions that will make you happy rather than just make you money or bring you superficial success, it will become a lot easier to feel fulfilled. Think of happiness as a resource—an asset that needs be grown and cultivated just like your bank balance.


The path to greater fulfilment is a deeply personal one. Thankfully, there are many resources available that can help people around the world define and lead a more fulfilled life. Abbott is committed to helping people live the best life possible. Their website features life hacks for work or personal time like those listed below. These are great tools for those ready to lead a more fulfilled and meaningful life, starting today.

Source: Abbot Global Study
Source: Abbot Global Study

This article was produced on behalf of Abbott by the Scroll.in marketing team and not by the Scroll.in editorial staff.

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