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US official William E Todd calls on PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — The United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, William E Todd, called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at Singha Durbar on Thursday.

During the meeting, issues relating to the Constitution and its implementation, reconstruction after the earthquake, bilateral relationship between the two countries and the American assistance in the economic development of Nepal were discussed, according to Pramod Dahal, press advisor to the PM.

Todd also told the Prime Minister that he would encourage the US investors to come to Nepal as Nepal was safe for investment, said Dahal.

He also emphasised on the need to establish a healthy trade relation between the two nations, lauding the US government’s decision to grant duty-free access to 66 Nepali products.

In response, PM Oli had informed the US official about the ongoing issues in Nepal including the implementation of Constitution.

Oli also said he was for finding consensus on the disputed issues among political parties through peaceful talks, rather than indulging in protests.

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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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