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11 dead, more than 200 injured as violent protests rock Kashmir

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SRINAGAR — At least eleven people were killed and more than 200, including 96 security personnel, were injured on Saturday as mob violence and clashes rocked Kashmir over the killing  of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani Burhan Wani even as authorities imposed curfew and suspended mobile internet services to contain the volatile situation.

The protests erupted as thousands of people attended Wani’s funeral in the Valley.

Wani was buried on Saturday in his home village Tral in Pulwama district in the presence of some 20,000 people who defied a curfew.

Expecting trouble during Wani’s funeral, thousands of armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region and drove through neighbourhoods, warning residents to stay indoors.

Protesters hurled stones, looted police weapons and set fire to three police stations and two government buildings in towns south of Srinagar.

At least three policemen have gone missing, source said.

The Government imposed curfew in several parts of Kashmir and the Amarnath yatra has also been suspended. The State has also requested for 30 paramilitary companies from the Centre to control the situation.

Saturday’s deaths were reported from Anantnag, Kulgam, Bijbehara and Kokernag.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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