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Woman including 7 others arrested on charge of murdering own father

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — A woman of Dhamaltar-11, Tokha area of Kathmandu, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Crime Division on Tuesday for her alleged involvement in the homicide of her own father following a dispute over money.

A 20-year-old Sangita Maharjan Pandey masterminded the murder of her father over dowry and her love marriage with a man from a different community.

The MPCD made this surprising disclosure after the detention of Sangita Maharjan Pandey, her husband Santosh Pandey (20) of Tokha, Kathmandu and hitmen Surya Rana Mangar (19) of Makwanpur, Bikram Tamang (19) and Santosh Thapa Magar (19) of Dhading, Dhan Kumar Tamang (19) of Bhojpur and Hari Tamang (19) of Kavre.

The MPCD had jump started a hard and fast investigation after Maila Maharjan (43) of Dhamtar, Toka Municipality-11 was found dead close to the Sangle Khola with multiple injuries on February 4.

Sangita(victim’s daughter) in the help of with Santosh (her husband) planned the murder of her father and hired four hitmen with the promise of paying them one million rupees, according to preliminary investigation report prepared by the MPCD.

“After they discussed the modus operandi of the murder, Sangita called her father to Star Town Planning area in Tokha at around 6:30 pm on February 3, saying some prospective clients of his land were there. When Maila arrived there, Sangita threw sand in his eyes and Bikram, Surya, Dhan Kumar and Hari hit him with the weapons on the head, face, chest, abdomen and other parts of the body,” said SSP Sarbendra Khanal, MPCD in-charge.

The body was found the next day. It has also been found that Sangita had been making a plan to gradually kill her mother and elder brother and register all property belonging to them in her name.

Sangita’s father Maila was not in good terms with her after she married Santosh, who originally hails from Nuwakot, without her family’s consent two years back.

Sangita repeatedly asked her father for Rs 400,000 as a dowry to run a beauty parlor, but Maila turned down her request on grounds of her voluntary marriage with a person of a different community.

She has conceded to masterminding the murder of her father. Sangita, her husband and four others have been charged with murder.

Officials said she had also stolen a land registration certificate issued in the name of her mother and gave it to her husband to produce it as a guarantee seven months ago. But she returned it to her mother after the idea didn’t help her to get loan.

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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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