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El Nino may disrupt monsoons this year; probability of a normal rainfall only 28%

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

For the second consecutive year, India’s monsoons could be below average this year due to the El Nino weather pattern.

In a press conference held on Wednesday in the capital to release Weather forecast for this year, Earth Science Minister Harsh Vardhan said that rains are expected to be 93% of a long-term average and the forecast probability of a normal rainfall is only 28%.

“The long range forecast for the Southwest Monsoon indicates somewhat below normal rainfall for this year,” Harsh Vardhan said, and added, ” The monsoon seasonal rainfall is likely to be 93% of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a possible error of plus or minus five percent (+5%).”

If the range in terms of percentage of the Long Period Average LPA is between 90 and 96, it is considered as ‘Below Normal’ rainfall forecast.

In 2009, El Nino weather pattern had hit hard the monsoon rains of India. The year witnessed driest four-month long monsoon season in almost 40 years.

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Instagram Likely to Expand its Private Like Counts Test Globally

'Restrict' was also a feature recently announced to protect your account from unwanted interactions

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Instagram on Thursday announced to expand its Private Like Counts test globally, including in India.

In the test, you can still see your likes by tapping on the liker list, but others will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.

Likewise, you will not be able to see how many likes others’ posts have received.

Vishal Shah, Vice President of Product, Instagram, said that if you’re in the test, you’ll no longer see the total number of likes and views on photos and videos posted to Feed unless they’re your own.

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“While the feedback from early testing has been positive, this is a fundamental change to Instagram, so we’re continuing our test to learn more from our global community,” Shah said in a statement.

The test began in Canada in May 2019 and expanded to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil, Ireland and Italy in July this year.

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The roll-out of this test comes close on the heels of the recent ‘Instagram Experience’ organised in Mumbai where an ‘Unlabel’ content series was announced in partnership with Yuvaa, a youth media platform, featuring young Indians challenging stereotypes to be their authentic selves.

‘Restrict’ was also a feature recently announced to protect your account from unwanted interactions. (IANS)