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Sitting down leads to increased anxiety
If you are in a sitting job, you are more likely to suffer from anxiety as a new report shows that low-energy activities that involve sitting down are associated with an increased risk of anxiety.
 
These activities, which include watching TV, working at a computer or playing electronic games are called sedentary behaviour.
 
Anxiety is a mental health illness that affects more than 27 million people.
 
Earlier studies have shown a link between sedentary behaviour and physical health problems like obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
 
But there has been little research into the link between sedentary behaviour and mental health.
 
This is the first systematic review to examine the relationship between anxiety and sedentary behaviour.
 
"Our research showed that evidence is available to suggest a positive association between sitting time and anxiety symptoms - however, the direction of this relationship still needs to be determined through longitudinal and interventional studies," said lead researcher Megan Teychenne, lecturer at Deakin University's Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) in Australia.
 
Researchers analysed the results of nine studies that specifically examined the association between sedentary behaviour and anxiety.
 
It was found in five of the nine studies that an increase in sedentary behaviour was associated with an increased risk of anxiety.
 
In four of the studies it was found that total sitting time was associated with increased risk of anxiety.
 
The evidence about screen time (TV and computer use) was less strong but one study did find that 36 percent of high school students who had more than two hours of screen time were more likely to experience anxiety compared to those who had less than two hours.
 
The link between sedentary behaviour and anxiety could be due to disturbances in sleep patterns, social withdrawal theory and poor metabolic health.
 
The study was published in BMC Public Health.

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Delhi deputy CM's driver fined for over-speeding
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia's car was found to be over-speeding last week and his driver was fined, police said on Friday.
 
Sisodia was seated in the car when his driver was found to be over-speeding while crossing the Khajuri Khas area in east Delhi.
 
"A fine of Rs.400 was imposed when Sisodia's car was found over-speeding by our interceptor vehicle on June 12 evening," Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandeep Goel told IANS.
 
The car, with registration number DL 10 CA 0017, was stopped by a traffic police team, an officer said.
 
"As the car did not stop, it was chased by a traffic constable on a bike who later issued the challan (ticket)," the officer said.
 
On being questioned how many VIPs have been fined recently, Goel said: "It is very difficult to get the name of any VIP who was challaned recently."
 
He clarified that since the fines were issued on the name of the drivers, it was difficult to find out the name of the VIPs.
 
Replying to a question whether VIPs have priviledges on this score, Goel said: "The rules are equal for everyone."

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COMMENTS

Suketu Shah

1 year ago

This is the exanple Kejriwal's right hand man is giving Delhi!

D S Ranga Rao

1 year ago

All are equal; but some are more equal which the Police Officer may be unaware of or pretending to be so. Let the Delhi police challan the drivers of vehicles with beacons, particularly that of MPs, Union Ministers, top bureaucrats, etc., not just a small fry like that of drivers of AAP Ministers who do not have Delhi Police under them. In fact, why not introduce the same system of police in every state not under the respective state control but under a different authority outside the state? After all, all are equal, you see!

SC gives Sahara 18 months to pay up Rs.36,000 crore
The Supreme court on Friday gave 18 months to Sahara to repay Rs.36,000 crore of the investors money which its two companies, SIRECL and SHFCL, had collected in 2007-08 through OFCDs.
 
However, an apex court bench headed by Justice T.S.Thakur reiterated a March 26, 2014 order saying that Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two directors will only be released from Tihar jail, where they are in judicial custody, after Rs.5,000 crore in cash and a bank guarantee of like amount is deposited.
 
The court also approved the format of the bank guarantee given to it by Sahara.
 
The court said that Sahara will deposit the Rs.36,000 crore in instalments of Rs.3,000 crore every two months and the balance amount will be deposited in the last instalment.
 
In case Sahara defaults in paying two instalments, which may not be consecutive, SEBI will then encash the bank guarantee of Rs.5,000 crore, the court added.
 
If Sahara defaults on the payment of three instalments, which may not necessarily be consecutive, then Subrata Roy and two directors will surrender before Tihar jail authorities, failing which the police will arrest them, the court said.
 
The court has said that Roy will deposit his passport within 15 days before his release, will not leave the country and will also inform the police about his whereabouts.
 
However, the possibility of Subrata Roy coming out of jail has diminished as Kapil Sibal, appearing for him, informed the court that the financial institution backing the bank guarantee has withdrawn. He said that they will be arranging a fresh bank guarantee, for which efforts are on.

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