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Online Media Directive-2073 should be scrapped, says FNJ President Bista

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BHAKTAPUR — Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) President Mahendra Bista has stated that the recently released Online Media Directive-2073 should be scrapped, as it tends to infringe the freedom of press and speech as stipulated by the new constitution.

At a program organised by the FNJ Bhaktapur Chapter on Wednesday afternoon on the event of National Paddy Day, President Bista clarified that the Federation was not in favor of amendment of the Directive.

“It is appropriate in the democracy to regulate press but the government should not try to impose any of its control over the freedom of press in the name of regulation”, he said.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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