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66th Democracy Day today

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KATHMANDU —The 66th Democracy Day is being observed with much fanfare by organising various programs today across the country.

The Day is the reminder of the advent of democracy and the abolition of 104 years of the autocratic Rana rule 66 years ago in the country.

The Democracy Day Celebration Main Organizing Committee is to organising a special function at Army Pavilion, Tundikhel, to mark the day.

After 1951, the day holds a special significance. The journey of development and consciousness for democracy is said to have started from February 19 of that year.

On the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended greetings to all Nepali people living at home and abroad, wishing that this day would inspire them to adhere to the basic norms and values of democracy.

In her message, President Bhandari said the day reminds the people of the importance of renunciation and sacrifice for change.

“Democracy is the best governance system in the world, as it makes people sovereign. We are now enjoying the federal democratic republic system after invasion on the democracy established by the people in 1951,” read the message.

Likewise, former President Ram Baran Yadav has said that no one would be freed from the responsibility until the peoples’ representatives implement the new constitution.

In his message extended on the Democracy day, Yadav said that at a time when the country is celebrating the 64th Democracy Day, it’s the responsibility of the people to strengthen the democratic system.

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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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