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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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DPM Pokharel gets responsibility of Officiating PM

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KATHMANDU — Ahead of his visit to the People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has given the responsibility of the Officiating PM to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Ishwar Pokharel.

PM Oli, who is also the chairman of Nepal Communist Party (CPN), is leaving here for China today.

Similarly, Oli has appointed party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal as the officiating chairman of CPN, according to CPN central committee member Bishnu Rijal. Currently, another chairman of CPN Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is out of the country.

Likewise, deputy parliamentary party leader of CPN Subas Chandra Nembang has got the responsibility of officiating parliamentary party leader in the absence of parliamentary party leader and PM Oli.

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