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The business wrap: World Bank lowers India’s GDP growth forecast to 7%, and six other top stories

In other headlines: Arun Jaitley said demonetisation had put the country back on the global radar, and the Sensex ended above the 27,000 mark.

A look at the headlines in the sector right now:

  1. World Bank reduces India’s GDP forecast from 7.6% to 7% for 2016-2017: The report said the Centre’s note ban would continue to affect business and household economic activities in the short term.
  2. Demonetisation has opened up economy, put India back on global radar, says Arun Jaitley: The Union finance minister said the Goods and Services Tax would help further by making the country ‘one common marketplace’.
  3. Sensex crosses 27,000 mark to end at a two-month high: Positive cues from Asian and European markets and anticipation over Donald Trump’s first press conference as US president-elect influenced the numbers.
  4. Demonetisation drags December automobile sales growth to 16-year low, says report: Sales of two-wheelers and three-wheelers were hit the hardest, particularly in rural areas, said data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
  5. Trai allowed Reliance Jio to flout regulations, Airtel alleges in new affidavit, say reports: The operator accused the telecom authority of failing to hold the new entrant accountable for violating the interconnect usage base charge of 14 paise a minute.
  6. SC gives Vijay Mallya three weeks to respond to banks’ plea seeking $40 million from him: The SBI-led consortium has accused the beleaguered businessman of violating court orders by transferring money – given to him by Diageo – to his son.
  7. Centre tells EC Budget cannot be postponed despite upcoming Assembly elections: The government told the poll panel that the Budget date needed to be advanced so that adequate provisions are allocated across sectors before April 1.
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These GIFs show you what it means to miss breakfast

That monstrous roar is your empty stomach.

Let’s take a glance at your every day morning routine. You crawl out of bed, go for a quick shower, pull out and wear your neatly ironed clothes at the speed of light and then rush out of the house, making sure you have your keys and wallet in place.


You walk into office, relieved because you have made it to work on time. Stifling yawns and checking emails, you wonder how your colleagues are charged up and buzzing with energy. “What is wrong with these people” you mumble to yourself.


Slowly, you start to change. You start snapping at colleagues and start arguing with your computer. You take out your frustration on anything or anyone in sight.

To add to the aggressive behaviour, you’ve completely lost your focus. After some time, you simply forget what you were doing.


Unable to bear the hunger pangs, you go for a mid-morning snack. It is only when a colleague asks you for a bite do you realize that you have developed into a fully formed, hunger fueled, monster. Try not to look at yourself in the mirror.


If only you had spared not even twenty or ten but just 5 minutes in the morning and not skipped breakfast, your story would look completely different - as you will see in this video.


The fast dip in your mood and lack of focus is because your body has missed its most important meal of the day – breakfast. Research has shown that skipping a meal, especially in the morning, worsens the mood because there is a drop in the blood sugar. This in turn affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemicals produced in the brain that control our moods and feelings. In simpler English, not having breakfast is going to make you really cranky and confused!

Morning is also when the body needs maximum nutrition to function efficiently through the day as you’ve just woken up from a full 7 hours of no food (and if you’re sleeping less than that, that’s a whole other article).

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