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Politicians and celebrities pay homage to veteran film director K. Balachander

Chennai, Dec 24 (ANI): Politicians and many celebrities on Wednesday paid homage to veteran Tamil film director K. Balachander, who passed away on Tuesday at a hospital in Chennai. He was 84. DMK Chief M Karunanidhi and film star Rajnikanth were among many celebrities and politicians who paid their last respects to Balachander.The death of K Balachander has left the entire South Indian film industry in mourning. Rajnikanth expressed deep shock and grief at the passing away of the veteran director. Film actress Radhika Sarathkumar termed the death as shocking and loss to Indian cinema. Dec 24, 2014
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BJP Parliamentary Board Meeting ends

New Delhi, Dec 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday during the BJP Parliamentary board meeting appointed observers for Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, a day after the party's good show in the assembly elections in the two states. General Secretary J.P. Nadda and Vinay Sahstrabuddhe have been appointed as the party observers to oversee the election of the leader of the legislature party in Jharkhand. For Jammu and Kashmir, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and party secretary Arun Singh have been appointed as observers. The Parliamentary board meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and M. Venkaiah Naidu, among others. Dec 24, 2014
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Omar Abdullah submits his resignation as chief minister of JandK

Jammu, Dec 24 (ANI): Omar Abdullah on Wednesday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and submitted his resignation from the post of chief minister of the state. He said that he submitted his resignation accepting people's verdict in the assembly elections. Abdullah said that he is waiting to see what other combinations of political parties emerge from this Assembly election, although he refuted claims of any talks with other parties for a coalition government. Further, he said that it is not the responsibility of National Conference to take responsibility of who forms the government in the state. Dec 24, 2014
FDA to Scrap Lifetime Ban on Blood Donation by Gay Men

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
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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
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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
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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