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PM Narendra Modi secures a spot among Time Magazine’s annual list of 100 most influential people

Prime minister Narendra Modi has been selected again for this year's Time magazine's list of probable contenders for the most influential 100 personalities

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New York, March 26, 2017: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi can be found among the probable contenders for Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The list will be announced next month by Time. It comprises a names of a number of leading politicians, lawmakers,artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and leaders of tech and business.

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Even though the ultimate honorees will be determined by its dignified editors, the publication has asked readers and followers to vote from among a list of selected contenders.

According to PTI reports, this is not Modi’s first time in the probable contenders’ list by time magazine. His name was among the magazine’s probable contenders in last year’s Time 100 list also. He had secured a place among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. Former US President Barack Obama had written a profile for him for the magazine as well.

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Last year, Time’s list of the 100 most influential people had names like the then RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, internationally acclaimed actress Priyanka Chopra,tennis star Sania Mirza, India-born CEO of Google Sundar Pichai and founders of Indian e-commerce major Flipkart Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal, among others.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, US President Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, California Senator Kamala Harris, actor Riz Ahmed, Russian President Vladimir Putin, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among the many noteworthy names in the list of probables for this year’s Time’s 100 most influential personalities.

Also on the list there are names such as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, actor Amy Schumer, CEO of Youtube Susan Wojcicki and Counselor to Trump Kellyanne Conway.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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India Begins Its Election Season With Five States

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the gathering during the 'Global Mobility Summit' in New Delhi, India, VOA

India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Adityanath has been appealing to the BJP’s Hindu-nationalist base and on Sunday accused the opposition of blocking construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram on a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh.

The destruction of a mosque on the site by a Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country. (VOA)