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CP Gajurel rules out merger with UCPN-Maoist

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KATHMANDU — Vice-chairman of Communist Party of Nepal Revolutionary (Maoist), CP Gajurel on Thursday ruled out the possibility of merger with the UCPN (Maoist) currently.

Speaking at the program in Capital, Gajurel said that the merger was unrealistic unless the UCPN (Maoist) left both the government and the parliament.

He claimed that the unification was unrealistic unless Chairman Baidya joined the camp.

Gajurel accused party’s Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa for conceding before the UCPN (Maoist) and said Thapa decided to unite himself after the party Chairman Mohan Baidya and leaders refused the unification.

“We want unification among true revolutionary communist forces. And, the unity with the UCPN (Maoist) is not possible as the party has turned more rightist,” he said.

Gajurel even accused the UCPN (Maoist) Chairman of endeavoring to split the party.

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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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