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Morcha leaders draw PM’s attention to address their demands

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KATHMANDU — The leaders of agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Friday to draw his attention regarding the delay in addressing their demands.

Morcha leaders came to at the PM’s home in Baluwatar on Friday and expressed their discontent over their demands not being met regardless of the withdrawal of their programs of protests and border blocakdes.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat today, during the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s official home in Baluwatar, the UDMF submitted a 7-point memorandum to the Prime Minister including the issues of national concern and the 11-point demand of the Front.

In the 7-point memorandum submitted today, Morcha leaders have demanded the government address their demands listed on the November 1, 2015 memorandum, declare martyrs to people who lost their lives during the Madhes agitation, compensate the kin of the deceased, treatment for the injured, immediate release of their arrested members and end black marketeering, read a statement.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Oli has issued a directive to the concerned authorities to provide free treatment to those who were injured during the protest and withdraw cases filed against them, the statement read.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

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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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