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Parties agree to provide relief for quake victims in two installments

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KATHMANDU — The ruling CPN-UML and the main opposition Nepali Congress on Wednesday have reached an agreement to provide relief amount for earthquake victims in two installments.

With this agreement, the earthquake victims would receive Rs 150,000 in first installment and Rs 50,000 in second.

Earlier, an approach of government permits dissemination of Rs 50,000 in the principal portion and the remaining Rs 150,000 is to be conveyed in second and third portions.

Nepali Congress, the largest political force in the in the legislative body, has been obstructing the House business since Friday demanding that the government provide a lump sum of Rs 200, 000 to earthquake survivors to rebuild their houses.

Leaders from the ruling parties, however, have been contending that they have just implemented the agreement reached by the previous NC-led government with international agencies including the World Bank.

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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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