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Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins ‘Reader’s Poll’ for TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year

The Indian PM was placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including US President Barack Obama

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New York, December 5, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday declared as the winner of TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year — Reader’s Poll, edging out other world leaders, artists and politicians as the most influential figure in 2016.

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Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed on Sunday. TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year will be announced on December 7, according to TIME, this year’s poll was in partnership with Opentopic and IBM’s Watson.

The Indian PM was 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 seven per cent of the “yes” vote.

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Modi also placed far ahead of other prominent figures of this year, like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (2 per cent) and Democratic Party’s nominee in the 2016 US presidential election Hillary Clinton (4 per cent).

Current poll results, analysed by poll host Apester, found that preferences differ across the world and the US. Modi performed particularly well among Indian voters as well as those in California and New Jersey.

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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.

Last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’. (IANS)

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PM Modi Receives A Letter From Pamela Anderson To Promote Vegan Food

Anderson in her letter praised India's cuisine that made it the 'easiest place on earth' to be vegan.

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Anderson is a vegan, an advocate for animal rights, and an active member of the animal protection organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Baywatch icon and former Bigg Boss guest star Pamela Anderson on Friday wrote a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to serve only vegan food at all government meetings and functions.

In this letter, she urges Modi to lead India’s fight against climate change by serving only delicious vegan (wholly plant-derived) food at all government meetings and functions. The animal rights group and the actor explained that raising animals for meat, eggs, and dairy causes nearly one-fifth of all human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions.

“With your country’s innovation and agricultural history, I’m sure that India-produced soy and other versatile foods can easily replace these damaging foods,” she writes. PETA Director urged Modi to adopt pro-vegan steps taken by other countries such as New Zealand, China and Germany.

“I appeal to you to show that India can equal or best them,” the 52-year-old actor added.

Modi  getting down from Air India Airplane.
Narendra Modi getting down from Air India Airplane.

Expressing concern over climate change she wrote, “My heart goes out to everyone affected by the severe air pollution plaguing Delhi. I worry about the residents as well as the animals who can’t wear face masks or stay indoors.”

She said that according to latest reports, 36 million Indians could face the threat of annual coastal flooding by 2050. The World Bank has predicted that at least 21 cities in India are approaching zero groundwater levels for next year and that 40 per cent of Indians may not have water to drink by 2030.

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Anderson in her letter praised India’s cuisine that made it the ‘easiest place on earth’ to be vegan. “India is the easiest place to be vegan… I still remember the beautiful colour of saffron rice and the alluring aroma of veggie biryani. India’s foods are so fantastic and varied that it’s the easiest place on earth to be vegan”, she added.

Last month, she had written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to serve nutritious vegan meals in correctional facilities. (IANS)