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New Delhi: Ex-servicemen stage a demonstration to press for `One Rank One Pension` at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on June 15, 2015. (Photo: IANS)
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New Delhi: Scores of ex-servicemen on Monday launched an indefinite relay hunger strike here over the delay in implementing the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme for them and threatened to intensify their agitation.

Raising slogans like “One Rank, One Pension”, “No delay, no dilution” and “Sainik ekta zindabad”, the former soldiers and officers of the Indian armed forces launched the hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, within the shouting distance of Parliament House.

Ex-servicemen in batches of 50-55 will sit on a 24-hour hunger strike every day till the government announces a specific date for implementing the OROP scheme.

“We won’t budge until the government gives us a date for implementing ‘One Rank, One Pension’,” Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retd.), president of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement which is spearheading the protest, told IANS.

Col. Anil Kaul (retd.), media adviser of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, said protests were on in many cities across the country.

“The hunger strike has begun today (Monday) in various cities. This will go on indefinitely till we get a definitive response from the government,” he said.

Sources from the defence ministry, meanwhile, said the file on OROP was with the finance ministry, as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar once again on Sunday night urged the veterans to be patient.

Speaking at a conference in Jaipur on Sunday, the defence minister said “promises” made will be kept and that they should be “patient”.

The nationwide agitation was launched on Sunday by retired servicemen.

Protesting at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, the veterans signed a petition in blood, demanding fast implementation of the scheme which will ensure same pension for the same rank irrespective of the date of retiring.

The petition was sent to President Pranab Mukherjee’s office.

With the OROP, defence personnel who retired in the past would be able to draw the same pension as officers and soldiers of the same rank retiring now.

OROP is expected to benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen and widows of defence personnel. (IANS)

 

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Sleep For Less Than 6 Hours Increases Health Risk: Study

The research also showed that people who had short or disrupted sleep were also more likely to have metabolic syndrome.

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Sleeping less than six hours or waking up several times in the night is associated with an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which silently hardens and narrows arteries, warns a study.

“Failure to get enough sleep and restlessness during the night should be considered risk factors for blocking or narrowing of the arteries,” said study author Fernando Dominguez of the Spanish National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) in Madrid.

The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2018 in Munich, Germany, involved nearly 4,000 healthy middle-aged adults who wore a waist band activity monitor for seven days to record sleep quality and quantity.

They were divided into five groups according to the proportion of fragmented sleep, and four groups designating average hours slept a night – less than six (very short), six to seven (short), seven to eight (the reference), and more than eight (long).

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Atherosclerosis, the narrowing of arteries. Flickr

Atherosclerosis, the narrowing of arteries due to plaque build-up on the artery walls, was assessed in leg and neck arteries using three-dimensional ultrasound.

The average age of participants was 46 years and 63 per cent were men.

The researchers found that those in the highest quintile of fragmented sleep were more likely to have multiple sections of arteries with atherosclerosis compared to those in the lowest quintile.

“Studies are needed to find out if sleeping well and long enough can prevent or reverse this effect on the arteries,” Dominguez said.

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The average age of participants was 46 years and 63 per cent were men.
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“In the meantime, it seems sensible to take steps to get a good night’s sleep — such as having a physically active lifestyle and avoiding coffee and fatty foods before bedtime,” Dominguez added.

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The research also showed that people who had short or disrupted sleep were also more likely to have metabolic syndrome, which refers to the combination of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, and depicts an unhealthy lifestyle. (IANS)