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CPN-Maoist Center proposes 75-member standing committee

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KATHMANDU — The CPN-Maoist Center has proposed a 75-member standing committee on Wednesday.

A central committee meeting of the CPN (Maoist Center) held at Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s residence at Lazimpat proposed a 245-member politburo.

The party, which was built up after unification of 10 Maoist parties and groups on May 19, yet to finalise the number of its strength of its powerful committees and is operating with a nine-member headquarters led by Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal currently.

The structure has been proposed based on the report presented by a taskforce led by Barsha Man Pun to finalize the organizational structure of the party.

The task force had granted responsibility to the central office to nominate standing committee and politburo members as per the need.

It has also proposed 999-member general convention organizing committee. A large body is proposed arguing that the central leadership would be effective to establish party at village level.

According to the party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal, the meeting scheduled for Thursday would finalize the proposed structures.

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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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