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Late Koirala cremated with state honors

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU — Final rituals of former Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala was performed in the Pashupati Aryaghat on Wednesday.

His nephew Atul Koirala has performed the final rituals according to the Hindu culture.

A Nepal Army troop offered a 13-cannon salute in his honor before the rituals.

Likewise, troop of Nepali Police provided a guard of honor at Pashupati Aryaghat when his funeral pyre was lit.

A Cabinet meeting on Tuesday had decided that he would be cremated with state honours. The government has also announced public holiday on Wednesday.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli offered his last tribute to late Koirala and draped the former PM’s body with national flag.

Earlier, the funeral procession of Koirala has begun in the Capital on Wednesday.

His mortal remains have been placed in Nepal Army’s van (Lu 1 Ga 145). Requiem was played before the funeral procession made its way out of the Stadium.

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Thousands of people including NC sympathisers, civil society leaders, industrialists and relatives participated in the procession.

The procession that commenced at around 2:30 pm from the Dashrath Stadium has passed through Tripureshwor, Putalisadak, Kamalpokhari, Maitidevi and Gaushala to Pashupati Aryaghat.

Koirala (76) died of cardiac arrest at 12:50 am on Tuesday.

He served as Nepal’s 37th Prime Minister from February 2014 to October 2015.

 

 

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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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