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UDMF to support for toppling Oli govt

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KATHMANDU —The alliance of Madhes-based parties, United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), which has been running protests demanding amendments to the new Constitution, has agreed to support toppling the incumbent KP Oli-led government.

During a meeting with the Nepali Congress (NC) on Wednesday, leaders of the Samyukta Loktantrik Madhesi Morcha said that they were ready to help the NC to form a new alliance with the UCPN (Maoist) after the NC leaders gave their word to address their demands.

NC leader had also held informal talks with UCPN-M leaders and a formal meeting with the leaders of the United Democratic Madhesi Front at the Legislature-Parliament building in New Baneshwor.

“We have offered the UCPN-M the post of prime minister in the coalition and UCPN-M has accepted our proposal,” said a senior leader of the NC.

Oli-led government has failed on each front, including implementation of the new constitution, and has not shown flexibility in resolving the national problems, a Congress leader said.

The NC with 207 seats in Parliament is the single biggest party, while the UCPN (Maoist), which has 83 seats, is the third biggest party.

Madhesi leaders said that they agreed to help the ‘new allinace’ after NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba gave his word to take a lead to address the boundary issue, which is Morcha’s key demand, but they would not join the new government.

“UDMF leaders have expressed readiness to support NC to topple the government and form a new one to address the concerns of Madhes-based people, including boundaries of federal units,” said NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi.

Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal Chairman Upendra Yadav said the government had no right to remain in power, as it was mired in corruption and was involved in killing Madhesi protesters.

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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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