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Budget session of Legislature Parliament begins

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KATHMANDU — The budget session of the Legislature-Parliament began on Tuesday morning.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari had called the House session of Parliament on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli according to Article 296(6) of the constitution.

Speaker Onsari Gharti read out the President’s letter at the House on the beginning the session. Likewise Speaker Gharti also read out a letter received from Prime Minister’s Office in connection with change of ministers.

The meeting has been postponed till Wednesday 11 am after reading the letter.

The House will hold pre-budget discussion from tomorrow and President Bhandari will present the government’s policy and programme at the Parliament on May 8.

There will  be general discussions for two days starting from May 4, pre-budget discussions will start  for two days starting from May 6 and  Government will  introduce its policy and programs on May 8, according to the schedule.

Earlier, the Cabinet had recommended the date to commence the session to the President.

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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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