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Indian Sportswomen who won Laurels to Emerge as Yahoo’s Top Newsmakers in the country for 2016

"The Unnamed Soldier" who remained perennially at the forefront of national consciousness emerged as the "personality of the year"

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New Delhi, Dec 1, 2016: Indian sportswomen who won laurels and dominated the headlines during the Rio Olympics pipped all other contenders in 2016 to emerge as the top newsmakers in the country, Yahoo announced on Thursday.

“The list of top newsmakers is usually ruled by politicians and Bollywood stars but in 2016, it saw the entry of P.V. Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and wrestler Vinesh Phogat,” Yahoo said in a statement.

These sportswomen also pipped cricketers in the “most searched sportsperson” category, with Sindhu and Karmakar at number one and two spots, respectively.

Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli were the only cricketers who made it to the top 10 list.

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However, Indians’ all-consuming obsession with cricket continued with ‘IPL 2016’ becoming the most searched newsy term, followed by Rio Olympics.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi again emerged as the “most searched politician”, followed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“The Unnamed Soldier” who remained perennially at the forefront of national consciousness emerged as the “personality of the year”.

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“From thwarting a terrorist infiltration into the Pathankot to facing September’s militant attack in Uri that led to a precise and surgical retaliation from India, or being in the midst of the controversy surrounding the One Rank-One Pension scheme, the soldier was in the news all year long,” Yahoo said.

For the fifth consecutive year, former adult movie actor Sunny Leone reigned supreme among the “most searched female celebrities” in showbiz. (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)

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