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65 percent voter turnout in first phase elections

The vote counting of the first phase elections would start after the completion of the second phase elections on December 7

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has said the voter turnout at 65 per cent in the first phase of of Representatives and State Assemblies election held in 32 mountainous and hilly districts on Sunday. The voting began at 7 am and ended officially at 5 pm.

Addressing a press meet after the elections, in Kathmandu on Sunday, the Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhee Prasad Yadav informed that Bajura topped with more than 80 percent voter turnout, where Manang district recorded the lowest turnout.

Voters, however, seemed less enthusiastic to vote this election as compared to the previous local elections. The voter turnout in the local election was recorded 74.16 percent while the voter turnout in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections was 79 percent.

However, elections were conducted peacefully except at two polling centers in Rukum. Despite minor incident in Rukum district, CEC Yadav said the elections were held in a peaceful manner in other polling stations.

The voting process was affected when an unknown person poured acid in a ballot box at Ratna Higher Secondary School of Bafikot Rural Municipalityin Rukum and a similar incident happened at Rastriya Higher Secondary School, Gattasaina of Aathbiskot.

The Election Commission have decided to hold re-elections of those polling centres in Rukum district after the incident. The re-elections of the Ratna Lower Secondary School voting centre at Bafikot Rural Municipality-5 and at the Gattasaina voting center at Aathbiskot Municipality-12 in Rukum west would be held on December 7.

Likewise, some Nepali Congress cadres attempted to capture booths in Jharlang of Dhading. The voting, which was halted for few hours, resumed after the local authorities deployed security personnel including the army to the disputed area.

Some minor clashes also took place in Dolakha, Ramechhap, Bajura, Bajhang, Kalikot and Dhading, however, thses didn’t affect the elections.

The election body has also informed that preparation are underway to bringing ballot boxes at the district headquarters from all the polling centers.

The first phase of election held at 4465 polling stations in 32 districts on Sunday would elect 37 parliamentarian members and 74 members to the State Assemblies.

The EC has clarified that the vote counting of the first phase elections would start after the completion of the second phase elections on December 7.

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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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