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Though the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a near normal monsoon this year, the situation is likely to be complex amid possibility of spatial variation in the rainfall due to impact of climate change and lesser water storage reported from reservoirs in the eastern and western regions compared to last year.
The IMD last month predicted that monsoon will be “near-normal” this year with an expected rainfall of 96 per cent. However, Skymet Weather said that the monsoon was likely to be “below normal” to the extent of 93 per cent.
According to Skymet Weather, the impact of El Nino would be more in June and July, but will decline by August and September.
While the IMD has predicted two per cent probability of “excess” rainfall and 10 per cent for “above normal” rainfall, Skymet predicted zero per cent chances of both.
El Nino is a part of a climate pattern that occurs when sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above-normal levels for an extended period of time. It influences temperature and rainfall across the global.
The IMD had predicted around 96 per cent well-distributed rainfall, at a moderate error estimate of plus-minus five per cent of the Long Period Average.
The predictions assume significance in the wake of the Water Resources Ministry data, released on Thursday, which shows that the storage levels in 91 major reservoirs across the country have declined by one per cent.
The water available in these reservoirs for the week ending May 2 was 40.592 BCM (billion cubic metres), which is 25 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. There was 26 per cent water in the reservoirs for the week ending April 25.
Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala were the states that reported lesser storage than last year for the corresponding period.
The Water Ministry data shows that in the northern states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan and Central states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the present storage was better than last year’s and also better than the average storage in the past 10 years.
In the eastern states of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura, the storage during current year was less than the corresponding period of last year but was better than the average storage of the past 10 years.
In western states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, the current year storage was less than last year’s storage and also less than the average storage of past 10 years during the corresponding period.
In the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the storage was better than the corresponding period of last year but less than the average storage of the past 10 years during the corresponding period.
Weeks ahead of the arrival of monsoon, there are reports of several states, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Maharashtra facing severe water scarcity.
The situation is only likely to worsen in the years ahead with a Ministry of Earth Sciences study showing significant changes in annual rainfall in some meteorological sub-divisions, though there are no changes in the all-India rainfall.
The climate change assessment, done by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), links the growing frequency of extreme rainfall to global warming and warns that the frequency of such events may only increase in India.
The data shows decreasing trends in rainfall over Kerala, east Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, and increasing ones over coastal Karnataka, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.
There is a general increase in frequency of extreme rainfall (heavy rainfall events), specially over the Central India, during the monsoon season. (IANS)
US-based tech giant Google is reportedly working on its own in-house smartwatch that's set to launch in 2022.
According to a new report from Insider, the Pixel watch code-named Rohan is in the works. Renders show the Pixel watch as having a round face with no bezel, as well as a heart rate monitor and step counting.
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The device is expected to cost more than Fitbit's line of products and could compete with the Apple Watch line of devices.
Google apparently wants to ensure that the wearable would be comfortable to wear for the majority of the population, which means it might come in various sizes.
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The watch will have basic fitness tracking features, including step counting and a heart rate monitor, with Google also reportedly working on debuting a Fitbit integration into Wear OS with the new watch when it launches.
Google was earlier expected to unveil its first smartwatch alongside the Pixel 6, but the launch was reportedly delayed.
Google apparently wants to ensure that the wearable would be comfortable to wear for the majority of the population, which means it might come in various sizes.Unsplash
Meanwhile, Google has started rolling out its Camera app version 8.4 to older Pixel phones, bringing camera features from Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.
The update includes a few new features, including a Timer light, a manual white balance toggle, and a manual exposure toggle. The new version of the App has added a gear icon next to the "V" icon in the top drop-down menu. (IANS/SP)
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Every year, December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is observed with a motive to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society.
It must be noted that almost one billion people out of the total population of 7 billion live with some form of disability. And, more than 100 million disabled persons are kids.
It would be right to say that persons with disabilities have been affected “disproportionately" by the health, social, and economic consequences of the global issues.
Therefore, the day is observed to raise participation of the disabled in the sustainable development of the world.
It was decided in the year 1992 by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 47/3, that this day must be observed annually. The primary aim of was to increase awareness of the issues faced by persons with disabilities in almost every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
Moreover, after working in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in the year 2006. The CRDP advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks. The main purpose behind this was to increase participation of disabled people in society, end discrimination towards them, and create equal opportunities for them.
Every year, a theme is selected, and so this year’s theme is, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world."
This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us pledge to make a friendly and sustainable environment for the disabled!
(Keywords: Health, Disability, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Sustainable Development, UNGA, World)
Groove to the latest wedding song, Say Yes To The Dress India, with the king of Music, Badshah, who for the first time, will be donning five never seen before avatars including that of an event manager, pandit, chef, rapper and a fashion designer in the music video displaying an Indian wedding. The song will be available on all leading audio streaming services.
Joining him as the female lead singer is Payal Dev and the track is composed by Aditya Dev, produced by The Content Team. Highly celebrated Punit J Pathak has choreographed it. The video showcase real-time brides but also successfully brings out the show's core theme of fun, celebration and giving each bride the attention they deserve. While the show is visually mesmerizing, the rapper's newest wedding track is sure to get one swaying, making its way to the top of your playlist!
It's always a fun time working with Badshah and this song is nothing less than magic to the ears. Since we thoroughly enjoy this track ourselves, I am sure the audiences too will give it just the amount of love it deserves", said Singer Payal Dev. Neeraj Sharma, Founder and Principal producer of The Content Team said, "We at 'TCT' believe in coming up with creative solutions that bring audiences closer to the content. Buoyed by the recent successes of some of the prestigious singing reality shows in India, we have a fair understanding of what consumers are looking forward to in the music industry. We are thrilled to bring to you the biggest shaadi blockbuster of the year." (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Punit J Pathak, Aditya Dev, Payal Dev, Badshah, king of Music, Yes To The Dress India, wedding song)