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DPM Thapa stresses support from international community for reconstruction

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WASHINGTON — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa underlined the need of backing from international community towards Nepal’s bid for post-earthquake reconstruction.

He made the statement during an interaction organised by Washington DC based United States Institute of Peace to mark the first year of the destructive earthquake occurred in Nepal.

Addressing the interaction, DPM Thapa said the top priority of the reconstruction is to construct private houses followed by the road and bridge, schools, health posts and tourism sites.

On the occasion, Thapa shared that the earthquake had killed around 9,000 people, damaged 600,000 houses and cost the damage worth $ 7 billion in Nepal.

“We have lost many things but not the hope to come back”, he said, pledging to complete the reconstruction of Nepal within coming five years.

“We need continuous support from international community fro the same,” he said. Thapa further informed that the government is making ground works to hold local body elections within coming mid-November so as to leverage the campaign of reconstruction as well.

Though there are disagreements on the Constitution from my side as well but I have accepted the new national charter since it is the document of compromise, he noted.

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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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