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Nepal, China issue joint communiqué

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU — Nepal and China on Wednesday issued a joint communiqué from Beijing and said they agreed to seal the petrol trade deal too.

Both the countries also expressed commitments to address each other’s interests and concerns while paying due respect to independence and geographic integrity of the both nations.

The 15-point joint communiqué was issued on the occasion of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s week-long official visit to northern neighbor.

In the statement, China welcomed the new Constitution of Nepal and believed it would give Nepal a opportunity for economic development and political stability.

Both the countries concluded that the Prime Minister’s visit to China elevated the bilateral relation to a new height.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is scheduled to visit Sanya after his visit to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Wednesday. He also visited the mausoleum of the founding leader of Peoples’ Republic of China Mao Zedong and paid tributes.

PM Oli also offered a bouquet to the Monument to the People’s Heroes at the Square. Chinese national tunes were played while he reached the Tiananmen Square.

He is scheduled to return home on March 27 directly from Chengdu.

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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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