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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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