FDA Scraps Lifetime Ban on Blood Donation by Gays, Bisexuals

In what appears to be a major step in ending a national policy of discrimination, the Food and Drug Administration of the United States announced Tuesday that it will lift the decades-old lifetime ban on blood donation by gay or bisexual men. Dec 24, 2014

Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee, family welcomes

New Delhi/Raipur/Ahmedabad, Dec 24 (ANI): Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's family welcomed the Centre's decision to confer Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour on him. Hailing the announcement, Vajpayee's family said that it is a proud moment for them. Dec 24, 2014

Coal allocation ordinance re-promulgated, guidelines approved by Cabinet: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday while addressing a press conference said that the coal allocation ordinance has been re-promulgated and guidelines have been approved by Cabinet for allocation for power and other core sectors. Speaking on the Insurance Laws Amendment Bill, Jaitley said that the government has decided to recommend promulgation of insurance amendment laws to President Pranab Mukherjee. Dec 24, 2014

Union Cabinet pays homage to Assam attack victims, Rajnath Singh to visit state

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Union Cabinet on Wednesday paid homage to victims of attacks at five different places in Assam wherein more than 40 people lost their lives. The cabinet ministers maintained silence for the lost souls and prayed for peace. Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju announced that they would visit Assam this afternoon to take stock of the situation. Earlier, curfew has been imposed in parts of Assam after the attack by the suspected NDFB (Songbijit) militants. Meanwhile, people staged protest outside of Assam Bhavan in Delhi against the attack and demanded action by the state and central government over the same. Dec 24, 2014

President, PM condemn the killing of innocents by Bodo militants in Assam

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condemned the killing of innocents by the banned outfit National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts of Assam. "President Mukherjee strongly condemns killings in Assam, says such acts of terror and violence must be put down with a firm hand," said the President's office tweeter handle. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "Killing of innocent people in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar is an act of cowardice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased. I spoke to Assam CM Shri Tarun Gogoi and Home Minister Rajnath ji. Rajnath ji will travel to Assam and take stock of the situation," he added. Dec 24, 2014

Haryana govt distributes blankets as cold wave tightens grip

New Delhi/ Amritsar, Dec 24 (ANI): Government in Haryana distributed blankets to poor people living on road on Wednesday as cold wave tightened its grip, forcing people to sit around bonfires and staying indoors. As per local media reports, minimum temperature recorded in Haryana was 2.5 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh city recorded 5.8 degrees Celsius. Yadav also requested people to distribute their warm clothes to needy. Meanwhile, people in New Delhi also shivered under cold weather condition. The minimum temperature recorded was six degrees coupled with dense fog. In Amritsar city, dense fog disrupted normal life as it reduced visibility. Located in the tropics, most of India witnesses a very hot summer and a largely temperate winter. Dec 24, 2014

Political reactions on election results from JandK, Jharkhand

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): Politicos on Wednesday reacted on the Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand election results. The results for Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly polls came out on Tuesday with the PDP emerging as the single-largest party in Jammu and Kashmir and the BJP with its ally the AJSU getting simple majority in Jharkhand. The BJP got 25 seats, three less than the People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir. In Jharkhand the BJP won 37 seats. Dec 24, 2014