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Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways to start daily flight to Nepal from November 29

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KATHMANDU — Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways is all set to operate direct flights from Kuwait City to Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Kuwait City starting November 29 with narrow-body Airbus A320s to cater growing travel demand with Nepali migrant workers going to the oil-rich country.

Civil Aviation Ministry has given operating authorisation to Wataniya on October 30. The direct service is expected to benefit Nepali migrant workers in Kuwait as Kuwait-bound Nepali travellers currently have to go via Saudi Arabia as there is no direct air connection.

Nepal and Kuwait signed an air service agreement (ASA) in January 2006.

Wataniya flights will land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 11 pm and depart at 12 midnight. The airline, which currently has two narrow-body Airbus A320s, plans to have a total of 50-60 aircraft by 2025.

Just last Tuesday, Wataniya had announced a $2.68 billion deal with Airbus to purchase 25 A320neo aircraft as the carrier plans to expand its network around the world, according to media reports.

Wataniya plans to launch services to 16 destinations in Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, India, Pakistan and Europe.

Kuwait is the fifth biggest employer of Nepali workers, according to the Department of Foreign Employment.

12,507 Nepalis received permits to work in Kuwait in the last fiscal year. In 2015-16, the number of job aspirants totalled 10,049 individuals.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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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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