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Int’l Yoga Day being observed

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KATHMANDU — International Yoga Day is being observed across the country on Tuesday with different programs.

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations endorsed the proposal to observe June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Speaking at a program organized by the IYD Main Organizing Committee in the Capital to mark the IYD, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said that yoga is an integral part of our life for healthy body and sound thoughts.

The PM claimed that yoga originated in Nepal, referring to the traditional form of exercise practiced by our ancestors and scholars since years ago.

Saying that yoga is an asset of all, he thanked those who initiated for the recognition of yoga by the United Nations.

Similarly, Education Minister and coordinator of the IYD Main Organizing Committee Giriraj Mani Pokharel said that yoga should be spread at school level as well.

Also, Health Minister Ram Janam Chaudhary urged all to practice yoga every day.

Likewise, Indian ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae read out the message sent from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the day.

Also on the occasion, PM Oli, his wife Radhika Shakya and Deputy Prime Ministers, ministers, lawmakers and high level officials practiced yoga for one hour.

Meanwhile, the PM honored Uttam Moktan for setting a new world record in ‘Yoga Marathon’. Moktan received Rs 51,000 in cash.

Moktan has been recognized by Guinness World Records for practicing yoga continuously for 50 hours and 15 minutes on December 17-19, 2015.

Similarly on the occasion, the PM launched three books on yoga (‘Tapai Ko Lagi Yoga’ authored by Dr Raju Adhikari, ‘Bichar Kranti’ published by Patanjali Yog Peeth Nepal and ‘Yoga Sandesh’ (Yoga for peace and harmony) by Nepal-based Indian embassy).

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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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