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UDMF didn’t show up at all-party meet

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KATHMANDU — United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) leaders did not attend an allparty meeting called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister has called the all-party meeting to find a negotiated settlement of all the current, as well as constitutional issues at the PM’s office in Singha Durbar.

The UDMF, however, didn’t appear the meeting that started at 10:30 am, stating that the government was not serious towards its demands, according to a leader of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal Ashok Rai.

The PM had on Monday sent an invitation letter calling the agitating parties for talks.

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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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