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Thamel to be ‘vehicle free’ from October 22

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU — Thamel, the main tourism hub of the Capital, is to be made vehicle-free from October 22.

It was informed at a press conference organized by Metropolitan City Traffic Police Division and Thamel Development Council, that the general vehicles apart from most essential ones will be strictly prohibited to enter into Thamel area.

Traffic Division In-charge Sarbendra Khanal said that vehicles excluding most essential ones such as ambulance, drinking water, tourism and security will not be allowed to ply to the area.

“We are putting in place a pass system for the most essential vehicles to move to and from Thamel area”, Khanal added.

The vehicles, which have ‘pass’, can enter in to Thamel from Tridevi Marg while taxi, microbus, van and motorbikes will not be permitted to stop rampantly.

Action will be taken against the vehicle breaching one way traffic rule. Traffic signs will be kept in different places and vehicles will be arranged as per the need of the hotels in Thamel, it was informed at the press conference.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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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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