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Sheikh Hasina 30th among 100 most powerful women

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has emerged as the 30th most powerful woman, according to the Forbes' list of 100 most powerful women in the world this year.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was ranked 30th among the world's 100 most powerful women in 2017 by influential business magazine Forbes.

The list of 100 most powerful women by the US-based magazine published on Wednesday (Nov 1). In the list, Hasina jumped 6 spots from last year's 36th. Earlier, she came 59th in 2015.

In stark contrast to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, the "lady of Dhaka" has promised aid to Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar, allotting 2,000 acres of land in Bangladesh for the refugees, Forbes said on its website.

Earlier this year British media bestowed Hasina with the epithet of "Mother of Humanity" for her contribution on saving lakhs of Rohingya people.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list for a seventh consecutive time and 12 times in total. British Prime Minister Theresa May bagged the second position, while Melinda Gates, Cochair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the third most powerful woman in the world this year, according to Forbes.

A major drop was seen in the ranking of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who got pushed down from last year's second spot to 65th this year, as Clinton lost the 2016 US presidential election to Donald Trump.