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Tara Airlines agrees to transport garbage from Mt Everest free of cost

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SOLUKHUMBU — Tara Airlines has agreed to transport the garbage gathered from various areas of the Mt Everest including the base camp free of cost.

An agreement has been reached with the airlines to transport 12 tonnes of garbage collected from various areas of the Mt Everest every year from Tenzing Hillary Airport to Tribhuvan International Airport for free, said Lama Kaji Sherpa, vice chairman of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC).

The agreement would run for three years.

So far 2,660 kg garbage has been collected from various areas of the highest peak under the initiatives of the SPCC this year.

Meanwhile, out of the collected trash, the biodegradable garbage weighing 1,560 kg was destroyed at Namche and the remaining 1,018 kg non-biodegradable waste would be brought to Kathmandu for recycling, the SPCC said.

Likewise, out of 9660 kilogrammes trash collected by 35 climbers in the course of the ascent of the Mt Everest, 1063 kilogramme degradable waste should be transported to Kathmandu for recycling, it added.

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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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