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Lucknow: Tunday kababi closed during Ramzan for the first time in its history.



For the first time in its 115-year-old history, Lucknow’s iconic Tunday Kebabi will remain closed during the month of Ramzan due to the corona virus lock down.  Mohammad Usman whose grandfather had established this restaurant in old  in the year 1905, said, “It is very sad that this time people will not be able to visit.”

“For the first time in many years, the shop has remained closed especially at a time of Ramzan when the shop remains open till 2 in the morning. I am missing the tunday kebab very much. But once the lock down is over, it would be business as usual,” a customer said.

Another customer, echoing the same sentiment said that this is for the first time he is seeing the shop closed, especially during Ramzan time. “I hope that the pandemic gets over very soon so that things come back to normal and the shop can reopen. This shop is the pride of Lucknow ,” he said.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Uttar Pradesh has a total of 1,604 COVID-19 cases of which, 206 patients have recovered while 24 patients have lost their lives due to the deadly virus.


Climbing stairs daily will boost mental health in pandemic



Everyday activities such as climbing stairs or simply walking to the neighbourhood store can significantly enhance our personal well-being during the pandemic times, particularly in people susceptible to psychiatric disorders.

It is a well-known fact that exercise enhances physical well-being and mental health but the impact of everyday activities on a person’s mental health has hardly been studied so far. For example, it is not yet clear which brain structures are involved.

Now researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) in Germany have studied the brain regions which play a central role in this process.

“Climbing stairs every day may help us feel awake and full of energy. This enhances our well-being,” the authors wrote in a paper published in the journal Science Advances.

“At present, we are experiencing strong restrictions of public life and social contacts which may adversely affect our well-being. To feel better, it may help to climb stairs more often,” said Professor Heike Tost from CIMH in Mannheim, Germany.

To reach this conclusion, 67 people were subjected to ambulant assessments to determine the impact of everyday activity on alertness for seven days.

It was found that the people felt more alert and were bursting with even more energy directly after the activity.

Alertness and energy were proved to be important components of well-being and psychic health of the participants.

These analyses were combined with magnetic resonance tomography at CIMH for another group of 83 people.

“It was found that the ‘subgenual cingulate cortex’, a section of the cerebral cortex, is important for the interaction between everyday activity and effective well-being,” the authors wrote.

It is in this brain region where emotions and resistance to psychiatric disorders are regulated.

The authors identified this brain region to be a decisive “neural correlate” that mediates the relationship between physical activity and subjective energy.

“People with a smaller volume of gray brain matter in this region and a higher risk of psychiatric disorders felt lesser full of energy when they were physically inactive,” Tost said.

“After everyday activity, however, these persons felt even more filled with energy than persons with a larger brain volume.”

Professor Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Director of CIMH, said “the results suggest that physical activity in everyday life is beneficial to well-being, particularly in persons susceptible to psychiatric disorders”

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