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Differences narrowing down, says DPM Thapa

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KATHMANDU — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa, has said that transport and supply management would be smoother as the obstacles seen at the Nepal-India border and unannounced blockade imposed by India would end soon.

In today’s meeting of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, DPM Thapa he was hopeful and confident that the problems would be resolved soon due to his recent talks with Indian leaders. He further said that the government should continue give continuity to the diplomatic initiative for the same.

Stating that Nepali people have been facing hard time while the country endures economic and human crisis due to the agitation of the Madhes-based political parties and blockade imposed by India, DPM Thapa said that initiatives were underway to resolve the problems through political and diplomatic channels.

Foreign Affairs Minister Thapa said formal and informal meetings were held in different phases to resolve the existing problems, saying the government, main opposition party as well as other political parties held deep initiative in course of addressing the demands put forth by Madhes-centric parties through agitation.

He said it has been clearly seen that the differences are narrowing down. The DPM shared the information that the common proposal has addressed the important demands of the agitating parties, saying it was the great achievement itself to prepare a common proposal by the ruling and opposition parties to address the demands of Madhes-based parties.

“Although the agitating parties have not made their positive view over the proposal. The proposal will contribute to maintain forging national consensus in days ahead.”

The Foreign Minister said talks were underway with different countries including China to find out alternative to the problem surfaced in supply and added that the world has praised the new constitution of Nepal, saying it was inclusive and proportional.

On the occasion, committee members questioned Minister Thapa why the result-oriented initiative was not taken to end the existing problem.

They suggested to give priority to the work of searching alternative to make the country self-dependent.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

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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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