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The skies may shower bounty on farmers this year

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Skymet, India's independent weather forecasting service, an overall good rainfall of around 89 cm is expected between June 1 to September 30 -- the monsoon period in India

 

After two successive years of poor rains, farmers in India can look forward to favourable monsoon this year, thanks to positive weather patterns.
 
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Skymet, India's independent weather forecasting service, an overall good rainfall of around 89 cm is expected between June 1 to September 30 -- the monsoon period in India. 
 
Last year, the country suffered mild drought in parts of northern India, while the year before large parts of north and east India experienced full-scale drought.
 
"It's still hard to predict the monsoon as per geographical distribution, but it would be much better than last year. It would definitely have a positive effect on the economy and bring good news for farmers," Mahesh Palawat, director Skymet, told IANS.
 
The prediction of good rains is based on the pattern changes evident with drop in 'El Nino', a climatic phenomenon which is the warm phase of the cycle of warm and cold temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that also impacts the monsoon.
 
A high El Nino has a negative effect in terms of the weather, agriculture and economics.
 
Palawat said that due to the vibrant geographical distribution of India, even during average normal rainfall there is mild drought in some areas. However, the situation this year would be better than the past two years.
 
In India, 89 cm of rain is equivalent to 100 percent rainfall, which is called normal monsoon. 
 
Experts predict between 100 to 102 percent rainfall this year.
 
In the past two years, the rainfall situation had been bleak, especially over the regions of northern Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh -- major farming areas of the country. 
 
The unseasonal rainfall in 2015 -- hailstorm in late September, and heavy rain in winter -- and the drought situation in 2014 directly hit paddy farmers of the major rice growing states, hurting the country's agronomics. 
 
The signs this year are promising. The sea surface temperatures of the tropical central and eastern Pacific Ocean are predicting good rain days ahead.
 
"Though the tentative dates of monsoon prediction are between April 20-25, the drop in El Nino pattern, which may go below 0.5 by May end and become neutral, projects an upbeat picture for the monsoons ahead," an IMD official told IANS, declining to be named.
 
According to the experts, 2015-16 saw one of the strongest El Ninos of history, causing below normal and close to drought like situation in India and some other developing countries.
 
"For six months since the last monsoon, El Nino was above 2 scale, which is called severe El Nino. However, according to the last two weeks' data, it has dropped to 1.8, and 1.0 last week, which is moderate El Nino. We expect it to reach 0.5 by May end, which is called neutral El Nino," another expert at IMD told IANS.
 
The official said that if El Nino reaches 0.5, then it would not affect the monsoon in any way and rainfall would be normal.
 
According to data compiled for 10 years, based on the El Nino situation, six years showed low rainfall and four years saw heavy rainfall -- both results were definitely not normal, he added.
 
"Even though as per our tests, El Nino didn't show exact one-on-one relation with the rainfall, but it does affect the normal range of rainfall," the IMD official said.
 
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Heartlessness, thy name is selfie

Some teenagers as well as young men were perched on a broken pillar of the Vivekananda Road flyover, taking pictures with their mobile

 

Even as hundreds in Kolkata did their best to rescue victims after a flyover collapsed here, some youngsters displayed insensitivity by clicking away selfies with the injured.
 
Some teenagers as well as young men were perched on a broken pillar of the Vivekananda Road flyover, taking pictures with their mobiles.
 
A few youngsters forced themselves into a waiting ambulance and started clicking selfies in the Posta area where the Vivekananda Road flyover came crashing on Thursday killing 24 people and injured dozens.
 
They appeared to be oblivious to the pain and suffering of a seriously injured person who was pulled out of the rubble by policemen to be ferried to a hospital. None of the young men cared to lend a helping hand.
 
Police had to literally drag them out of the ambulance.
 
Several ambulances were held up as large groups of youngsters almost laid siege to the vehicles in a desperate bid to click snaps of the injured.
 
They positioned themselves in a way so that they could take selfies with the wounded - many dazed and in pain and some dying.
 
The large crowd of onlookers choked the crucial Rabindra Sarani where a taxi and a Tata Sumo vehicle crushed under the flyover were kept. 
 
The narrow passage made it difficult for rescuers and ambulances to move.
 
Some selfie-seekers positioned themselves on a crane brought to the site to clear the rubble.
 
A few were seen virtually competing with each other in clicking gory videos of the destruction. 
 
"Ami peye gechi, ami peye gechi (I have got it, I have got it)," shouted a teenager, proudly showing his video to his friends.
 
A common thread in their operations was to ensure their faces were seen in the videos. 
 
Quickly would they post "their successes" on Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp to send out a message to friends that they were at the spot where the flyover crumbled killing 24 people and leaving many badly injured.
 
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Bombay HC paves way for women's entry to Shani Shingnapur Temple

The verdict by a division bench of Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice M.S.Sonak of Bombay High Court came in a public interest litigation filed by activists Vidya Bal and senior lawyer Nilima Varta

 

In a ruling with far-reaching implications, the Bombay High Court on Friday declared that no law prevents women from entering places of worship and there should be no gender discrimination as far as entering one is concerned.
 
The verdict by a division bench of Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice M.S.Sonak of Bombay High Court came in a public interest litigation filed by activists Vidya Bal and senior lawyer Nilima Varta challenging the age-old tradition prohibiting entry to women to the sanctum sanctorum of the world-famous Shani Shingnapur Temple in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.
 
Expressing "happiness" over the court verdict, women's activist organisation Bhumata Ranragini Brigade President Trupti Desai said she would lead a group of women to the temple on Saturday and pray at the sancturm sanctorum from where they have been barred for centuries.
 
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Anand Vaidya

8 months ago

Only for Hindu institutions or such comments apply to *all* religious institutions?

Does any NGO or court have the guts to interefere in the affairs of a certain Ahem... community?

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