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EC gives consent to transfer NOC Chief Khadka to Supplies Ministry

Gorkha Post



KATHMANDU — The Election Commission (EC) has given consent to transfer Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Chief Gopal Bahadur Khadka as per the demand of Supplies Ministry.

The Supplies Ministry on October 12 had written a letter to the election body seeking consent to summon Khadka at the ministry.

A meeting of the EC held on Monday to discuss the election code of conduct had decided to grant such permission to the ministry.

The Cabinet meeting on September 18 had decided to sack Khadka for his involvement in misappropriating around Rs 800 million, while buying land plots worth Rs 1.61 billion in Bhairahawa, Chitwan, Sarlahi and Jhapa for building oil storage facilities.

The Supreme Court on October 8 had reinstated Khadka to the top post of the NOC.

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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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