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Here's full text of PM Narendra Modi's speech on scrapping Rs500, Rs1,000 notes

My dear citizens

I hope you ended the festive season of Diwali with joy and new hope. Today, I will be speaking to you about some critical issues and important decisions. Today I want to make a special request to all of you. You may recall the economic situation in May 2014 when you entrusted us with an onerous responsibility. In the context of BRICS, it was being said that the "I" in BRICS was shaky. Since then, we had two years of severe drought. Yet, in the last two and a half years with the support of 125 crore Indians, India has become the "bright spot" in the global economy. It is not just we who are saying this; it is being stated by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Common man safe from PM Narendra Modi's 'surgical strike' on black money: Centre

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's revolutionary move to discontinue 500, 1000 Rupee notes in his fight against black money, the Centre has assured the common man they have nothing to be worried about, as this development will only make those involved in corruption and black money market sweat.

Speaking to ANI here, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Prime Minister's move is an effective attack against corruption and black money, adding that this step will revive the economy in a better way and will act swiftly against the cancer of corruption.

Donald Trump leaves Hillary Clinton trailing 232 - 209; here's how each state voted

The stage is set and the votes are being counted. The primary contenders in the fray - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - have won themselves a handful of states each, with Trump making his mark on the New Hampshire, Kentucky, Oklahoma and South Carolina, to name a few.

On the other hand, Clinton has won Vermont, Washington DC, New Jersey and Maryland, among others.

The Associated Press has called the elections for some states.

Here's a breakdown of who won what:

US Elections 2016: Trump 'feels the bern' as Hillary Clinton takes home Vermont

In the end, Donald Trump was the one to 'feel the bern' as it looks like Sanders pulled all stops to bring in Vermont for Hillary Clinton.

Vermont has three electoral votes and they are now in Clinton's kitty, odd as that may sound. A Democratic base, Vermont wasn't expected to be a difficult state for Hillary a bit of assurance never hurt anyone. Associated Press called in the result at 5.30am IST.

In 2008, President Obama won Vermont by 37 points, while in 2012, he brought it home by 35.6 points. The numbers for Hillary are yet to come in.

The former presidential hopeful, Sanders campaigned hard for Hillary towards the closing leg, specially in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Arizona and New Hampshire. Looks like Clinton has quite a few of her colleagues to thank once this is over (in her favour, hopefully).