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The Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar calling on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on October 30, 2014., Wikimedia

New York, December 15, 2016: Among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked with Russian President Vladimir Putin topping the list for a fourth straight year and US President-elect Donald Trump in the second place.

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On the Forbes list of 74 of the World’s Most Powerful People, Narendra Modi ranks 9th.
Forbes said, “Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as planetary warming will deeply affect millions of his country’s rural and most vulnerable citizens.”

It also noted Modi’s sudden demonetization decision in order to reduce money laundering and corruption, leading to a nationwide frenzy.

“There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most,” it said.

Putin topped the list and retains the title of the ‘world’s most powerful person’ for four years. Whereas, US President Obama is on the 48th spot.

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Forbes said that Russia’s President has exerted his country’s influence in nearly every corner of the globe; from Syria to the US presidential elections, he continues to “get what he wants”.

On the second spot is US President-elect Donald Trump who had surprising election victory, after upsetting Hillary Clinton.

The list also includes Mukesh Ambani the Reliance Industries Chairman who is on the 38th spot.

The list also includes Satya Nadella, the Microsoft’s India-born CEO who is on the 51st spot.

According to the Forbes list, the third most powerful person in the world and the most powerful woman in the world is, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany and the backbone of the European Union.

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The Forbes list also includes Xi on the 4th spot, Pope Francis (5), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (7), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (10), French President Francois Hollande (23), Apple CEO Tim Cook (32), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (43) and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (57).

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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CAA is Just Bad for India, Says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

As per the Act, such communities will not be treated as illegal immigrants and will be given Indian citizenship

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company's annual conference for software developers. VOA

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has joined the debate on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying whatever is happening in India on this new legislation is just bad.

Talking to editors in Manhattan on Monday, Nadella who hails from Hyderabad and became the Microsoft CEO in 2014, said he would like immigrants to come and set up startups in India.

“I think what is happening is sad…It’s just bad…I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India and creates the next unicorn in India or become the next CEO of Infosys,” tweeted Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of buzzfeednews.com, who asked Microsoft CEO about the CAA at the meeting.

Later, Microsoft India issued a statement on behalf of Nadella.

“Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly. And in democracies, that is something that the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds,” said the India-born CEO.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. IANS

“I’m shaped by my Indian heritage, growing up in a multicultural India and my immigrant experience in the United States. My hope is for an India where an immigrant can aspire to find a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation benefitting Indian society and the economy at large,” Nadella added.

The CAA seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh on or before December 31, 2014.

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As per the Act, such communities will not be treated as illegal immigrants and will be given Indian citizenship.

The legislation, which has come into force from January 10, has led to intense protests across the country since December when the legislation was passed by Parliament, with students coming out on the streets in thousands in almost all the states. Civil society members, opposition parties and commoners have also joined the protests. (IANS)