PM Narendra Modi beats Donald Trump, others in Time’s online ‘Person of the Year’ poll

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New Delhi, December 5
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today won an online poll of readers for Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2016, beating out other world leaders, artists and politicians as the most influential figure of the year.
According to the Time magazine, Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed Sunday at midnight. He placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including US President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who all received 7 per cent of the “yes” vote. Modi also placed far ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Mark Zuckerberg (2 per cent) and Hillary Clinton (4 per cent). Time also analysed the moments from 2016 when this year’s poll contenders were most talked about. For Modi it was on October 16, when the Indian leader suggested during a summit of BRICS nations in Goa that Pakistan is the “mothership” of terrorism .
Modi won the Time’s readers’ poll in 2014 as well, securing more than 16 per cent of the almost five million votes cast. He was again among contenders for the annual honour in 2015, but was not among the final eight candidates shortlisted by Time magazine editors for the title. Last year German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’.
Every year, Time’s editors decide who from among world leaders, presidents, protesters, astronauts, pop icons and disrupters should be person of the year. But they also ask readers to cast their votes and decide who they think most shaped a particular year.
The poll results, analyzed by poll host Apester, found that preferences differ across the world and in the US. Modi performed particularly well among Indian voters as well as those in California and New Jersey, where there’s a large concentration of people of Indian origin.
Every year, TIME selects the most influential person of the year, noting, for better or for worse, the person or group of people who have had the largest global impact over the past 12 months. In partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson this year, Time editors were also able to see how candidates were influential on the Internet.

India’s economy expected to grow five fold by 2040: PM Modi at Petrotech event
New Delhi, December 5
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India’s economy is expected to grow five fold by 2040 while speaking at the inauguration of Petrotech-2016 in New Delhi. “While global economy goes through uncertainty, India has shown tremendous resilience. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is at the highest, ” the PM said. PM Modi added that growth was expected in various sectors including manufacturing, transport and civil aviation. “Sustainable, reasonably priced energy crucial for development,” he said.
Petrotech 2016 is the 12th International Oil and Gas conference and exhibition being held in New Delhi from December 5 to December 7.

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