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CNP observes second year of zero rhino poaching

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CHITWAN — The Chitwan National Park on Sunday completed two years of zero rhino poaching.

A one-horn rhino was last killed on May 2, 2014, which is the last recorded poaching in the Park.The Park has then recorded no incident of poaching of the rare wildlife including one-horned rhino and tiger to date.

The Park attributed a modern and scientific security strategy to the success in marking zero poaching years for the second consecutive time.

The Park records show that the fiscal year 2001/02 was the most violent for its one-horned rhinos as 37 of them were killed in the year.

According to CNP Assistant Conservation Officer Nurendra Aryal, a total of 172 rhinos were killed between 2055-56 and 2070-71 while the number of rhinos that died from natural causes in this period was counted at 212.

The overall data suggest that most poaching occurred in the decade-long armed conflict, 1996-2006.

The Park’s Chief Conservation Officer Ram Chandra Kandel said cooperation from the Park staff, Nepal Army and Nepal Police resulted into the significant achievement.

Kandel said that Nepal Army, Park staff, Nepal Police as well as networks of people assigned to inform about the criminal activities have been mobilised at various layers.

Likewise, the World Wildlife Fund and many non-government organisations have been assisting the Park to conserve animals, according to the official.

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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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