Met Department predicts normal monsoon this year

“Quantitatively, monsoon season rainfall is likely to be 98% of the long period average with a model error of 5%,” earth sciences and science and technology minister S Jaipal Reddy said

India is expected to have normal monsoon this year with overall rainfall of 98%, news that will bring smiles to millions of faces of farmers who depend on good rains for a bumper harvest.


“I have very good news for farmers. As per Indian Meteorological Department’s long range forecast, this year South West monsoon is most likely to be normal,” earth sciences and science and technology minister S Jaipal Reddy said.


This is the fourth straight year that the government has forecast normal monsoon.


Reddy said there was 46% probability of a normal monsoon as against 27% probability of below normal rains this season.


“Quantitatively, monsoon season rainfall is likely to be 98% of the long period average (LPA) with a model error of 5%,” he said, in news that could pep up the spirit of corporate India too.


Monsoon is crucial for the kharif crops such as rice, soyabean, cotton and maize because almost 60% of the farm land in the country is rain-fed.


El Nino, an ocean current which influences the monsoon pattern in India, is also neutral and “not going to have any adverse affect on the monsoon circulation,” DG of IMD LS Rathore said.


Asked about the monsoon forecast for states facing drought like condition, Rathore said though they were not talking about the regional aspects of rainfall distribution as of now, “we are hopeful that monsoon is going to be normal over that part of India”.


He said they could take an exact call in June and added the date for onset of monsoon would be announced in mid-May.


South West monsoon steered the country away from a drought last year thanks to rainfall picking up in August and the first half of September. The country had received 92% rainfall, seven per cent less than the forecast.


Food minister KV Thomas had earlier also said South West monsoon is expected to be ‘satisfactory’, except in the southern tip of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.


He noted that food production will be comfortably good in the coming year and wheat production will be as it was in the last year.


Sensex, Nifty uptrend losing strength: Friday Closing Report

A close below 5,820 on the Nifty may bring about a downtrend

The market snapped its four-day winning streak and settled lower on profit booking in rate-sensitive sectors. A close below 5,820 on the Nifty may bring about a downtrend. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) reported a lower volume of 54.83 crore shares and advance-decline ratio of 499:817.


The Indian market opened lower after four straight days of gains on profit booking in banking and auto sectors. Markets in Asia were trading with minor gains in morning trade as cautiousness prevailed ahead of an announcement from the Bank of Japan’s policy meeting. US stocks rose in overnight trade on better-than-expected corporate earnings and reports of a drop in weekly jobless claims.


The Nifty opened 16 points lower at 5,900 and the Sensex started off at 19,376, down 31 points from its previous close. The benchmarks hit their intraday highs in initial trade itself and edged lower as trade progressed. The Nifty rose to 5,907 and the Sensex stood at 19,385 at their respective highs.


The market was range-bound in the negative terrain as traders resorted to profit taking after recent gains. A weak opening of the European markets led the benchmarks lower in noon trade.


Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki, the country’s largest passenger car maker’s Q4 results beat market expectations which saw the BSE Auto index emerging as the top sectoral gainer in noon trade. Maruti Q4 net profit soared 79.4% at Rs1,147.5 crore, net sales were up 9.4% at Rs12,566.6 crore.


Better-than expected results from Maruti Suzuki and in-line numbers from ICICI Bank saw the market bouncing back in post-noon trade. However, selling pressure once again pulled the indices lower to touch their intraday lows. At the lows, the Nifty stood at 5,861 and the Sensex fell to 19,250.


The market snapped its four-day winning streak and settled marginally off the lows of the day. The Nifty fell 45 points (0.76%) to 5,871 and the Sensex declined 120 points (0.62%) to finish the session at 19,287.


Among the broader indices, the BSE Mid-cap index declined 0.64% and the BSE Small-cap index fell 0.54%.


BSE Auto (up 0.84%) and BSE Capital Goods (up 0.29%) were the only gainers in the sectoral space. The main losers were BSE Realty (down 2.20%); BSE Oil & Gas (down 1.61%); BSE IT (down 1.51%); BSE Bankex (down .39%) and BSE Metal (down 1.38%).


Eleven of the 30 stocks on the Sensex closed in the positive. The chief gainers were Maruti Suzuki (up 5.26%); Bharti Airtel (up 4.55%); Bajaj Auto (up 3.09%); GAIL India (up 1.78%) and Larsen & Toubro (up 1.52%). The top losers were Jindal Steel & Power (down 4.29%); Reliance Industries (down 3.19%); ICICI Bank (down 2.82%); Hindustan Unilever (down 2.70%); Tata Steel (down 2.46%) and TCS (down 2.42%).


The top two A Group gainers on the BSE were—LIC Housing Finance (up 6.31%) and Sobha Developers (up 5.55%).

The top two A Group losers on the BSE were—Unitech (down 6.41%) and HDIL (down 5.86%).


The top two B Group gainers on the BSE were—Padmalaya Telefilms (up 20%) and Karur KCP Packagings (up 19.96%).

The top two B Group losers on the BSE were—Genera Agri Corp (down 20%) and Dhanada Corporation (down 19.81%).


Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 15 ended in the green. The key gainers were Maruti Suzuki (up 5.22%); Bharti Airtel (up 4.99%); Bajaj Auto (up 3.37%); GAIL India (up 1.77%) and HDFC (up 1.40%). The main losers were HCL Technologies (down 5.21%); JSPL (down 4.77%); RIL (down 3.17%); HUL and ICICI Bank (down 2.99% each).


Markets in Asia fluctuated between gains and losses on mixed results from corporates and the Bank of Japan abstaining from making any new commitment in its policy meeting today.


The Hang Seng gained 0.65%; KLSE Composite rose 0.29%; Straits Times advanced 0.33% and Taiwan Weighed was flat with a positive bias. Among the losers, the Shanghai Composite dropped 0.97%; the Jakarta Composite fell 0.32%; the Nikkei lost 0.30% and the Seoul Composite settled 0.36% lower.


At the time of writing, the key European markets were down between 0.50% and 0.97% as corporate results disappointed investors. At the same time, US stock futures were trading in the negative.


Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of shares aggregating Rs1,449.70 crore on Thursday while domestic institutional investors were net sellers of stocks amounting to Rs1,269.43 crore.


Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc, the subsidiary of the Mumbai-based Lupin has received final approval for its Pirmella Tablets (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets) from the United States Food and Drugs Administration (US FDA) to market a generic version of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Ortho-Novum Tablets. These tablets are indicated for the prevention of pregnancy. The stock fell 0.69% to close at Rs686.60 on the NSE.


IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company has secured a Rs 27.84-crore project from Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam. The contract is for design, supply and setting up of two new 132 KV substations and five 132 KV extension bays on a turnkey basis in Sonipat district of Haryana. The stock ended unchanged at Rs43.40 on the NSE.


Samsung Galaxy S4 priced at Rs41,500 in India

Keeping the price for Samsung Galaxy S4 below Rs42,000, the Korean handset maker is trying to garner major share in high-end smartphone market

Samsung, the market leader in smartphone, has priced S4, its fourth generation mobile handset in the Galaxy series at Rs41,500 as per the expectations of Indian users. The competitive pricing may help Samsung S4 to beat other high-end mobiles, like HTC One (priced at Rs42,990), based on Google's Android operating system.


Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with new features like gesture control, a five-inch full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, 13-mega pixel back and 2MP front camera. The company is offering S4 with two different processors, 1.6 GHQ quad core and 1.2 GHz quad core in India. This means Samsung is still not ready for its much-rumoured and long awaited Exynos Octa-5 eight-core chip. The S4 launched in the US runs on 1.9GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 processor.


The mobile handset would be available at Samsung brand stores in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai from 12 noon onwards on Saturday. It would reach across the country by next week.


A new feature included in Samsung Galaxy S4 is ‘Smart Pause’ where users can pause a video just by looking away from the screen. It also has ‘Air View’ feature, which allows users to hover with their fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it by just gesturing in air.


The S4 has new imaging features like “Dual Camera” and “Dual Video Call”, allows users to click pictures and make video calls using both the front and rear cameras simultaneously.


Here are the specifications of Samsung Galaxy S4...

  • 5-inch 440ppi 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (Micro-SIM)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 or quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • 13MP rear camera (4128 x 3096 pixels, [email protected] fps video), autofocus, LED flash
  • 2MP front camera ([email protected], dual video call)
  • Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 4G LTE where available
  • 16GB, 32GB, expandable up to 64GB via microSD
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer Temperature & Humidity, and gesture sensors
  • 136.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9 mm
  • 2600 mAh battery


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