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Bhattarai announces establishment of Naya Shakti Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Former Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has announced establishment of the Naya Shakti Nepal (New Force Nepal) as new political party under his leadership on Sunday amid a special ceremony held at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu.

Bhattarai also announced that the party would play an effective role as an alternative political force in presence of thousands of cadres.

Earlier, the party took out rallies from the different locations of the capital before the ceremony and apologized for inconveniences caused by it to the public.

Bhattarai also administered the oath to members of the party immediately after announcement of the establishment.

The party has said that over 100,000 of its members are taking en-masse oath as founding members in the ceremony today under the theme of ‘Economic Development, outlet for present Crisis.

On September 26 last year, Bhattarai had announced that he had severed ties with the then UCPN-Maoist claiming old political forces could not transform the nation into a prosperous one.

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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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