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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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For users who require connectivity via video calls, the Surface Go features a 5-MP HD camera and rear auto-focus 8MP HD camera, along with dual microphones

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Pre-order Microsoft Surface Go now on Flipkart in India. (IANS)

With an aim to take on the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, Microsoft on Saturday brought its smallest and affordable Surface Go device to India, starting at a price of Rs 38,599.

Weighing at just 1.15 pounds and 8.3 mm thin, the 10-inch, two-in-one device is now available for pre-order with Flipkart, the company said in a statement.

The Surface Go with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage will cost Rs 38,599 while the 8GB RAM and 128GB variant can be purchased for Rs 50,999.

The Surface Go type cover (black) will cost an additional Rs 8,699 and the signature type cover (colour) will cost Rs 11,799.

Microsoft launched the Surface Go globally earlier this year.

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The 2-in-1 device comes with the Surface Pen — with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and a 3:2 high-resolution “PixelSense” custom calibrated display designed to render the pages of most school textbooks.

Powered by the 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and protected by Gorilla Glass 3, the device offers up to nine hours of battery life.

Surface Go also has several ports for various needs, including Surface Connect for charging and docking, USB-C 3.1 for data, video, and charging, a headphone jack and a MicroSD card reader for storage expansion.

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For users who require connectivity via video calls, the Surface Go features a 5-MP HD camera and rear auto-focus 8MP HD camera, along with dual microphones.

“Commercial customers can opt for Windows 10 Pro which brings essential business security features to protect devices and infrastructure from modern threats,” said Microsoft. (IANS)