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5 football players held for match fixing

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU —

Nepal police has arrested five Nepal football players, including national team captain Sagar Thapa, for an alleged involvement in match fixing.

According to the Metropolitan Police Crime Division (MPCD), those arrested are captain Sagar Thapa, vice-captain Sandip Rai, goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa, former national defender Bikash Singh Chhetri, and former national player and former coach of Three Star Club Anjan KC.

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) CEO Indraman Tuladhar and manager Ramesh Rayamajhi confirmed that the footballers were arrested by police.

Captain Thapa and Rai are associated with Three Star Club, while Chhetri and KC were with the same club earlier. Goalkeeper Thapa is associated is affiliated with Nepal Police Club.

MPCD chief SSP Sarbendra Khanal said Thapa and KC were the “key players” involved in the organised match fixing. “These boys go through their agents and throw away matches and manipulate results with certain goal margins as per their agreements with the bookies.

Sagar and Anjan appear to be the major player among the five,” said Khanal, adding that they had initiated the investigation in the wake of finding suspicious transactions of money in their bank accounts and a dramatic change in their lifestyles.
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“We have kept them under surveillance for the last one month after we found suspicious transactions in their bank accounts. Anjan seems to have investment of millions in several casinos in Sikkim.

All of them might have injected money into several businesses, but to have an investment in casino is something out of ordinary for a normal Nepali,” said Khanal.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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