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Congress obstructs house meeting again

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KATHMANDU — The main opposition party Nepali Congress on Monday obstructed the Parliament meeting for the third consecutive day, demanding immediate release of house rebuilding grant assistance to the quake victims in lump sum.

The biggest force in the parliament has decided to obstruct the parliament meeting unless the government expressed its commitment to release a grant of Rs 200,000 in a lump sum to each earthquake-hit family.

As soon as the meeting began today, NC lawmakers stood up from their respective seats in protest. Then, upon receiving time from the Speaker Onsari Gharti, NC lawmaker Ram Sharan Mahat said they were forced to obstruct the meeting as the government failed to address concerns of people.

After Mahat’s speech, the lawmakers again stood up from their seats, forcing the Speaker to postpone the meeting.

The party has sought the government’s commitment in parliament to release the grant assistance in lump sum, but the government has been insisting that the grant can’t be released as demanded by the opposition.

“We will continue our obstruction until he promises to release the house reconstruction grant in lump sum because we are not here just to listen to the prime minister’s speech,” NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said after the meeting.

After NC lawmakers continued their obstruction, the speaker adjourned the House meeting for an hour at first and then for half an hour. But she deferred the parliament till 3:PM after NC lawmakers continued their protest.

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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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