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Candidates unanimous on Dang as the Capital of Province 5

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DANG — The candidates from Dang constituency-2 — speaking in a program organized by the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Dang in Ghorahi on Sunday — have said they are agreed on making Dang as the capital of Province 5 and for its economic prosperity.

Candidate of the Nepali Congress for the House of Representatives election, Raju Khanal said that the Nepali Congress was committed to making Dang as the province capital.

He added that he had been very conscious about the physical infrastructure development in Dang from the time he was the lawmaker from the district.

He said his party has taken the initiatives for construction of roads, setting up a medical college, expansion of drinking water and irrigation facilities and re-operation of the airport in connection with preparing the infrastructures to develop Dang as the province capital.

CPN (Maoist Centre) leader and candidate for the House of Representatives election from the constituency, Krishna Bahadur Mahara said Dang would be the province capital.

“There is no doubt that Dang would be made the province capital. It is only a matter of when it will be declared,” he said. He said he has talked about this matter with UML chairman KP Oli, Maoist Centre chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress president and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

Leader Mahara spelled out his plan of developing this area through tourism by expanding road connectivity from Lumbini to Rara.

Candidate of the Province Assembly constituency 2 (1), Shanker Pokharel vowed to work vigorously for making Dang the province capital.

He claimed that Dang was appropriate for province capital from the security, climate, geographical, availability of public land and human settlements aspects.

He stressed the need of developing Nepalgunj Kohalpur area as a industrial corridor and Butwal Bhairahawa area as tourism area.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

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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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