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US house passes bill to restrict entry of Syrian, Iraqi refugees

Republican-dominated US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to bar Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the United States over the security concerns.

The bill was overwhelmingly voted by 289 in favour to 137 opposed and bill now needs to be passed by the Senate. It seeks to impose more stringent security provisions on already robust screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees entering US.

The passage of bill is consider as a major setback for the Obama administration as the US President had opposed such a move and also because a large block of Democratic lawmakers voted in favour of the bill. The bill was also passed amid of threat by President Barack Obama to veto it.


The passage of Bill by US House of Representatives also follows the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris (France) on 13 November 2015 by seven Islamic State radicals which left 129 people dead. One of these seven perpetuators is thought to have been a Syrian refugee who entered Europe via Greece along the other refugees.

Earlier in September 2015, Obama administration had announced its plan to resettle around 10,000 Syrian refugees in the US till September 2016.

Since Syrian civil war which began in 2011 to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad regime, millions of Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries and to Europe.

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PM Narendra Modi ranks 9th in 2015 Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Person

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as World’s ninth Most Powerful Person in the Forbes annual ranking of 73 persons list of 2015.

The list gives the annual ranking of the World’s 72 Most Powerful People on the basis of their financial resources, scope and use of power and the number of people they impact.

Key facts

  • For the consecutive 3rd year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the world’s most powerful person in the list.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel was ranked 2nd overtaking US President Barack Obama. She continues her reign as the most powerful woman on the planet for consecutive 10 years.
  • Earlier, in the 2014 Forbes list of world’s powerful people, PM Narendra Modi was placed 14th position.
  • Other Indians: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani was placed at 36th position.
  • Among Indian-origin people, steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal ranked 55th, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is ranked 61st.
  • New comers in the list: Dell CEO Michael Dell (59), China’s richest man Wang Jianlin (68), newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (69), billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn (70) and US Presidential candidate Donald Trump (72).

10 most powerful people in the world

Rank Name Designation
1 Vladimir Putin President of Russia
2 Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
3 Barack Obama President of United States
4 Pope Francis Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican City
5 Xi Jinping President of China
6 Bill Gates Chairman of Bill & Melinda Foundation
7 Janet Yellen Chairperson of US Federal Reserve
8 David Cameron Prime Minister of UK
9 Narendra Modi Prime Minister of  India
10 Larry Page & Sergey Brin Google founders
Indian’s in the List
36 Mukesh Ambani Chairman of  Reliance Industries
55 Lakshmi Mittal Chairman and CEO ArcelorMittal
64 Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft

 About the Forbes list of World’s Most Powerful People

  • Started in 2009 by Forbes magazine. Since then annually published.
  • The list has one slot for every 100 million people on Earth, it that in 2011 there were 70, and in 2012 there were 71 slots. Similarly 2015 has  71 slots.
  • Slots are allocated based on the amount of human and financial resources as well as their influence on world events.

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