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PM Deuba lays foundation stone of RSS building

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Thursday laid the foundation stone of new office building of Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS)– the only news agency of the country.

The April 2015 devastating earthquake had caused damages to the central office building of RSS at Bhadrakali Plaza in the capital.

A new office building is under construction at the same place where more than 45-year-old RSS building is located.

The Central Project Implementation Unit under the Ministry of Urban Development has taken the responsibility of the building construction while the private construction company, Siddababa Construction Pvt Ltd, was awarded the contract for the same.

According to the contract, the building construction will be completed on Shrawan 6, 2076 BS.

Financial assistance for the construction of a well-equipped four-storied office building is assured by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).

The building will have all the facilities necessary for operating news, audio,-visual clips and photo services.

RSS has been in the service of the nation and the people through its authentic, comprehensive and diverse news services for the past five-and-a-half decades.

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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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