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Commissioner Baral moves court against CIAA

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Commissioner Keshav Baral has moved the Supreme Court against the CIAA demanding his tenure as commissioner be maintained from the day he took his oath.

Baral has filed a writ at the Supreme Court on Wednesday against Office of Constitutional Council, Council Secretary, CIAA and CIAA Secretary. His term is due to expire in a week.

In a writ petition, Baral has demanded that his tenure should be extended till May 8, 2019, arguing that his tenure should be counted from the day he was sworn into office.

In his petition, Baral has mentioned about the delay in his oath-taking due to technical difficulties, and the court order regarding the same.  He had demanded mandamus from the court saying that his post remained defunct for a long time after his appointment.

Baral was appointed by the Constitutional Council as CIAA commissioner on Jan 21, 2010, when all the posts of commissioners including that of chief were lying vacant.

Baral’s appointment as commissioner became active only after he took his official oath from Lok Man Singh Karki following the latter’s appointment as chief commissioner on May 8, 2013.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz



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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