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67pc voter turnout in second phase elections

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has said that voter turnout at 67 per cent in the second phase of parliamentary and provincial election held in 45 districts on Thursday.

In a press meet organised to thank the voters and to announce the success of the elections, Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said that the voting process went smoothly except for minor disruptions.

According to the EC, Gulmi district recorded the highest 71 per cent voter turnout.

CEC Yadav said the polls were largely peaceful and voter turnout was higher than in the first phase. Yadav informed that the poll was conducted peacefully in all district, except for two polling centers in Arghakhaachi. Voting at the two polling centers at Mathura Secondary School at Neta in Sandhikharka-5 was canceled after parties disputed the authenticity of ballot papers.

Voter turnout in first phase parliamentary and provincial elections was recorded at 65 percent. However, voter turnout is less compared to other recent elections. The voter turnout in the recently concluded local elections was 74.16 percent and 79 percent in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections.

First phase elections were held in 32 districts on November 26.

The completion of the second phase of elections will make way for a federal parliament at the center and provincial assemblies in seven provinces as envisioned by the new constitution adopted in 2015.

“The EC believes this election has contributed to implementing the constitution and ending the transition in the real sense,” CEC Yadav said.

According to the election body, a total of 5,293 candidates are competing under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system while as many as 6,094 candidates are contesting under the proportional (PR) category.

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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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