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We want Madhes solutions within Nepali territory: Mahanta Thakur

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KATHMANDU — Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party Chairman Mahanta Thakur has said that the Tarai agitation has been named as a breaking down move despite the fact that Madhesi leaders have for the longest time been itching to look for answer for pervasive Madhes crisis within of Nepali region.

Speaking at an interaction with journalists in Kathmandu on Sunday leader Thakur said: “We are seeking solution within Nepal and have shown a way-out through meaningful federalism.”

“The issue of Madhes is not meant to split the nation or to be easily ignored as parties in the race to gain power,” Thakur said.

He challenged that Madhes will never take rest until their agendas of Madhesi nationality, identity and rights were fulfilled adding further that the Madhesis have become victim of discrimination in their own land for appearing different than common Nepali.

He also criticized that government made no efforts to hold dialogues with them during this period.

“Notwithstanding the government assurance to withdraw the charges against Madhesi protestors, Madhesi people are being terrorised and humiliated,” Thakur said.

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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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