BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun has pointed out the need of national unity really in the making of prosperous Nepal.
Inaugurating the Attariya Festival in Kailali on Thursday, Vice-President Pun said all Nepali irrespective of their castes, languages and religions should dedicate their efforts towards building the nation.
“Prosperous Nepal being based on the national unity is the aspiration of entire Nepali denizens”, he said, adding, “The fair and festival have special importance in advancing national economy of the country”.
The Vice-President noted the need of paying national attention to promote culturally rich and highly potential far-west region of the country.
The all-round development of the far-west would end regional imbalance, he said, asserting that it would also help strengthen overall economic status of the country.
In course of the inauguration, the Attariya Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed Vice-President Pun with a floral garland weighing three kilograms and presented a three-charter demand to the government through him.
The three demands include expediting Geta Medical College related works, establishing industrial corridor in far-west and up-grading existing Dhangadhi airport to transform it into the international airport.
The festival organized under the aegis of Attariya Chamber of Commerce and Industry would conclude on February 28.
Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults
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.Follow @gorkhapost