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TNPSC Current Affairs: Trump Named as Time Magazine's "Person of the Year 2016"

Donald Trump was named by Time magazine as its 
"Person of the Year 2016"



 Time magazine as its Person of the Year 2016

President-elect Donald Trump was named by Time magazine as its Person of the Year 2016 for his stunning upset victory in the US Presidential election. Time said after campaigning as an anti-establishment, populist candidate, 70-year-old Trump was elected the 45th President of the US, a stunning end to a presidential bid that repeatedly broke with political precedent. 

The first runner-up for Person of the Year is Trump's rival in the presidential elections and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the second runner-up are online hackers. 

Time' Annual Honour for PM Narendra Modi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the 11 candidates shortlisted by Time for its annual honour. Trump told a news channel that it is a great honour, after Time announced him as Person of the Year. Meanwhile, Mr. Modi won the online readers' poll conducted by Time magazine for Person of the Year 2016, the second time he emerged winner of the reader's choice poll.

The other contenders Person of the Year 2016

The other contenders were US gymnast Simone Biles, CRISPR Scientists who developed a groundbreaking new technology that can edit DNA, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, the Flint Whistleblowers who along with civil-engineering professor Marc Edwards and local pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha blew the whistle on the lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan, singer Beyonce, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Person of the Year 

Person of the Year (called Man of the Year until 1999) is an annual issue of the United States news magazine Time that features and profiles a person, a group, an idea, or an object that "for better or for worse...has done the most to influence the events of the year".

Background

The tradition of selecting a "Man of the Year" began in 1927, with Time editors contemplating the news makers of the year. The idea was also an attempt to remedy the editorial embarrassment earlier that year of not having aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. By the end of the year, it was decided that a cover story featuring Lindbergh as the Man of the Year would serve both purposes.

Selection

Despite the name, the title is not just granted to individuals. Pairs of people such as married couples and political opponents, classes of people, the computer ("Machine of the Year" in 1982), and "Endangered Earth" ("Planet of the Year" in 1988) have all been selected for the special year-end issue.

Sources: Prasar Bharthi, Wikipedia

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