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UCPN-M will make new efforts for national consensus government: Gajurel

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SINDHULI — Minister for Agriculture and the treasurer of the main ruling partner UCPN-Maoist Haribol Gajurel on Monday contended that though the party’s efforts to form a national consensus government failed this time, it would be make efforts for the same again.

Minister Gajurel spoke of the need of the formation of a national consensus government to lead the country towards the path of development and to create ground for the effective enforcement of constitution while laying the foundation stone for a new building of Jhagajholi-based Pragatisheel Higher Secondary School in Sindhuli today.

Country’s existing education policy must also be revised for better results, he added.

The construction of the school building is estimated to cost around Rs 15 million and Rs 7 million has been collected so far through the initiation of former students, locals and students.

Minister Gajurel also informed that peasants will start getting pensions from the upcoming fiscal year after going through their categorisation.

Though Nepal falls in the category of agro-based country, state investment in this sector is very minimum and the government is committed to motivate people involved in this sector, by launching various programmes for their benefit.

Minister was on his way to Mahottari in order to attend the national convention of the All Nepal National Peasants’ Association.

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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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