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No White Christmas in Shimla This Year Too!

They concluded that Shimla's harsh winter, which normally commenced in November and ended in March, has declined after the mid-1980s

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What's better than travelling to Shimla this festive season? Pixabay

There will be no “white” Christmas in Shimla and elsewhere in Himachal Pradesh this time too. A mellow sunshine will greet you throughout the day at most of the tourist destinations with the weather bureau on Tuesday predicting open skies in the state.

“There is no significant Western Disturbances active in the region. Most of the towns in the state will witness sunny days till December 28,” Manmohan Singh, Director of Shimla’s Met office, told IANS.

He said there are chances of rain and snow in the state on or after December 31 with active western disturbances.

Temperatures have been unusually low in most of the popular tourist spots like Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Kasauli, Chail, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Palampur and Chamba.

Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district, was the coldest place with the minimum temperature dipping to minus 12.4 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in capital Shimla was 2.2 degrees Celsius, whereas Kalpa, some 250 km from here, saw a low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius.

It was minus 2.8 degrees Celsius in Manali, 2.2 degrees in Dharamsala and 2.7 degrees in Dalhousie.

However, foggy conditions would continue in low hills, mainly in Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Kangra districts.

Una town, adjoining Punjab, saw a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius, 11 notches below normal owing to dense fog.

But excited holidaymakers, mainly from the northern plains, have already started descending on tourist resorts across the state with a hope of white Christmas.

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Christmas is celebrated every year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Pixabay

Shimla, which had season’s first snowfall this time on December 13, last recorded snowfall on Christmas in 2017 after a gap of over two decades.

“From tomorrow onwards, most of all our properties have been packed to capacity,” a senior official with the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) told IANS.

The HPTDC has 57 economy and high-end hotels across the state.

He said the arrival of the tourists in Shimla, Narkanda, Chail, Kasauli, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamsala and Palampur is quite good.

The mountain peaks viewed from Shimla’s historic Ridge and Dharamsala and Palampur towns have been wrapped in a thick white blanket of snow.

Popular resort Manali is getting a good share of tourists as its nearby hills have plenty of snow.

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Snowfall has been eluding Shimla on Christmas since 1991 when 49 cm of snowfall fell on Christmas’ Eve. And except in 2010, there has been no white New Year’s Eve in Shimla in the past nine years.

Deforestation and pollution are blamed for the change in Shimla’s climatic conditions, says study by the India Meteorological Department.

A study conducted by Manmohan Singh, Director of Shimla’s Met office, and S.C. Bhan of the Delhi Met office, examined the snowfall trend in Shimla from 1990 to 2007.

They concluded that Shimla’s harsh winter, which normally commenced in November and ended in March, has declined after the mid-1980s. (IANS)

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Consumer Spending on App Store got Around $277mn on Christmas Globally: Report

The top non-game app for overall spending on Christmas was Tinder, which saw is gross revenue near $2.1 million globally

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Consumer spending in apps and mobile games on Christmas accounted for about 5 per cent of all revenue generated by the stores in December, which reached nearly $5.1 billion globally, it added. Wikimedia Commons

Consumer consolidated spending on the app stores totalled a record $277 million on Christmas Day 2019, showing a 18.7 per cent rise year on year.

Apple’s App Store accounted for 70 per cent of spending between the two platforms at $193 million, growing about 16 per cent year on year. Approximately $84 million was spent on Google Play, which represented year on year growth of 2.7 per cent, revealed analytics firm Sensor Tower recently.

Consumer spending in apps and mobile games on Christmas accounted for about 5 per cent of all revenue generated by the stores in December, which reached nearly $5.1 billion globally, it added.

This was 8 per cent greater than the approximately $4.7 billion spent across both platforms during December 2018.

The majority of mobile spending on Christmas, approximately $210 million, was focused on the Games category, which generated 76 per cent of revenue across both stores and grew about 8 per cent year on year from $195 million.

PUBG Mobile from Tencent’s TiMi studio led in-game spending with $8.5 million, up 431 per cent from the $1.6 million players spent in the game on Christmas 2018.

Non-game apps accounted for approximately 2 per cent more of all spending this Christmas compared to a year prior, bringing in an estimated $67 million. This reflected year on year growth of about 24 per cent from $54 million.

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Approximately $84 million was spent on Google Play globally, which represented year on year growth of 2.7 per cent, revealed analytics firm Sensor Tower recently. Pixabay

Entertainment category apps, which include SVOD services such as Disney+ and Tencent Video, accounted for the largest portion of non-game spending-24 per cent-on the App Store, while 16 per cent of Google Play revenue outside of games came from that store’s top-earning category for the day, Social.

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The top non-game app for overall spending on Christmas was Tinder, which saw is gross revenue near $2.1 million globally. (IANS)