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Gurung a never-setting star of Nepali music: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed deep sorrow over the death of veteran singer and composer of Nepal’s national anthem Amber Gurung.

Issuing a statement on Tuesday, the prime minister said that the veteran singer is a never-setting star of the Nepali music.

“I pay my tribute to Gurung and expressed my condolences to the bereaved family. Nepali music fraternity has incurred a huge loss with his demise,” Oli said in the statement.

Oli said that the Nepal Academy of Music and Drama was his brainchild recalling Gurung for his contribution to the Nepali music as a musician, lyricist, singer, teacher, and researcher.

Gurung was the founding vice chancellor of the Nepal Academy of Music and Drama.

“Gurung, who was born in Darjeeling of India and spent his life to uplift the Nepali music, will always shine in the sky of Nepali music as a star that never sets,” Oli said in the statement.

Likewise, Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed sadness over Gurung’s demise and condoled the bereaved family.

In a statement, Deuba said Gurung’s passing was an irreparable loss on Nepali music.

Veteran musician Gurung passed away at the age of 79 this morning at the Dhapasi-based Grande International Hospital this morning.

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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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