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Washington : India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ranked ninth for the first time in Forbes’ seventh annual list of “The World’s Most Powerful People”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes the top spot out of 73, for the third year in a row, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No.2) moving up three spots from last year.

“A barnstorming tour of Silicon Valley reinforced his nation’s massive importance in tech,” it said.

“But governing 1.2 billion people requires more than shaking hands: Now Modi must pass his party’s reform agenda and keep fractious opposition under control”.

US President Barack Obama (No.3) dropped one spot, making it the first time that a sitting American president has not made it to the top two spots.

The only other Indian figuring in the list was Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, who is ranked 36.

Ambani, Forbes noted, has retained his position as India’s richest person for close to a decade despite shares of his oil and gas giant Reliance Industries taking a hit due to lower oil prices.

Of Modi, Forbes said: “India’s populist PM presided over 7.4 percent GDP growth in his first year in office, and raised his profile as a global leader during official visits with Barack Obama and (Chinese President) Xi Jinping.”

Pope Francis (No.4) retained his place this year, ahead of China’s Xi Jinping (No.5), who fell two spots.

“The $62.2 billion (revenues) firm is preparing for the launch of 4G services by its telecom arm Reliance Jio for which it has teamed up with once-estranged younger sibling Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications,” it noted.

Rounding out the top 10 are Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates (No.6), US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen (No.7), British Prime Minister David Cameron (No.8), and Alphabet CEO Larry Page (No.10).

Page assumed the CEO role at Alphabet this year and, as a result, Google co-founder Sergey Brin (No.30) dropped 21 places from last year.

Forbes said several factors were taken into account to select the 73 people that matter from the 7.3 billion people on the planet: the amount of money they control, the number of people they impact, their total spheres of influence, and how actively they wield their power.

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PM Narendra Modi Lauds Film Fraternity for Showcasing Indian Culture

Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that Indian film fraternity is at the forefront of showcasing the country’s culture globally.

Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai.

On Sunday, Director-actor Kunal Kohli posted: “Had the privilege to meet our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

To which, Modi replied: “I enjoyed interacting with you and other members of the film fraternity. This community has been at the forefront of showcasing India’s culture internationally.”

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
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The Prime Minister also responded to veteran singer Asha Bhosle and thanked her “for gracing the programme. The entire nation looks up to you for your stupendous contribution to the film world”.

Comedian-actor and producer Kapil Sharma wrote to Narendra Modi that it was “great knowing your inspiring ideas and progressive views about our film industry and our nation. Sir, I must say you have a great sense of humour too.”

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To which, Modi said: “When Kapil Sharma appreciates somebody’s humour, it sure makes that person happy and I am no exception. Thank you for the kind words Kapil.”

Other actors who were present at the event included Aamir Khan, A.R. Rahman, Parineeti Chopra and Divya Dutta. (IANS)