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The big news: Supreme Court rejects investigation into Sahara diaries, and nine other top stories

In other headlines: Sushma Swaraj said Amazon Canada must take down products insulting Indian national flag, and Trump said his ties with Russia were an asset.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Supreme Court dismisses plea asking for probe into Birla-Sahara diaries: The top court had earlier said there was insufficient evidence to make a case against the prime minister.
  2. Amazon Canada must take down all products insulting Indian national flag, demands Sushma Swaraj: The external affairs minister threatened to withhold and rescind visas from Amazon employees if they failed to follow her direction immediately.
  3. I think it was Russia: Donald Trump on outside involvement in US presidential elections: Trump’s press conference came hours after US President Barack Obama made in his farewell speech
  4. Two dead after gunmen open fire at Trinamool Congress office in Kharagpur: Attackers on a bike rode up to the office and fired at party workers at around 2.30 pm on Wednesday.
  5. The worst is yet to come, says former PM Manmohan Singh on demonetisation: Singh expressed concerns over India’s declining GDP and said the decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was disastrous.
  6. 1.2 million deaths in India annually because of air pollution: Greenpeace ‘Airpocalypse’ report: New Delhi topped the list of 20 most polluted cities in the country.
  7. 10 dead in Himachal Pradesh as temperature plunges to -3.2°C in Shimla: Mumbai also witnessed an abnormally cold day as the mercury dropped to 12.5°C, the lowest in three years.
  8. Russia denies having any compromising information on US President-elect Donald Trump: ‘It is pulp fiction’, Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
  9. Dieticians will look into quality of food served to troops after BSF soldier’s videos go viral: ‘Jawans and their food and comfort is the government’s top priority,’ said Kiren Rijiju.
  10. Three detained in Chennai for not standing up for national anthem at film festival: They were also allegedly manhandled in an altercation after they did not stand for the song.
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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).

So in short, having a breakfast could make you go from looking like the earlier GIFs to this:


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