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Selena Gomez pays tearful tribute to life-saving friend

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LOS ANGELES — Selena Gomez has paid a tearful tribute to her life saving friend Francia Raisa, who donated a kidney to her earlier this year, while making an acceptance speech at Billboard’s Women In Music event.

Gomez received top honors at the annual Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year award at a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (November 30).

Gomez received the award from Raisa herself, who has been Selena’s closest friend and confidant for nearly a decade, and she struggled to hold back her emotions as she paid tribute to her in her opening remarks, contactmusic reported.

“To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award,” the 25 year old star said, breaking down in tears.

“She saved my life… I feel incredibly lucky.”

Gomez then went on to describe the ‘hard times’ following her surgery in the summer. Due to complications in her ongoing battle with lupus, she had received an emergency kidney transplant, with Raisa selflessly stepping up for her best friend.

“Specifically this year, I would like to thank my amazing team and my family because they stuck with me through some really hard times. And I got to do a lot this year, even though I had a couple of other things to do,” Gomez told the crowd at the Hollywood gala.

The event, which honors female trailblazers in music, also paid tribute to Solange Knowles, Kelly Clarkson and Camila Cabello.
“I’ve never felt as proud to be a women in the industry than I do today,” Gomez said while adding how crucial it is that voices “are being heard for the fist time.”

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran presented the award to Greenwald, calling her ‘a warrior and a tank.’

Taraji P Henson presented the icon award to Mary J Blige. The Grammy-winning legend said her path to success has not been easy.

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Civil service employees disagree ordinance

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RUPANDEHI- The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) Province-5 has expressed discontent on the employees’ adjustment ordinance brought out by the government.

Noting that the employees’ adjustment ordinance was introduced against the common understanding of the employees, the committee on Monday submitted a 12-point memorandum to the federal government through Province-5 Chief Minister and Office of Council of Ministers.

It may be noted that a 22-point common concept was submitted to the government through Chief Secretary of the federal government after holding discussions among national level trade unions of civil service. The discussion was coordinated by the authentic trade union of civil service employees.

The committee has expressed disagreement on the issuance of employees adjustment ordinance-2018 against the share concerns against the shared concept of the employees.

The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) has been insisting on the government to adjust employees as per the Adjustment Act-2074 and immediately enforce the voluntary retirement plan as per the Clause 13 of the Act.

A team headed by Association Province-5 Chairperson Madan Gautam had submitted the memorandum to Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Minister, Basanta Adhikari.

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