Andhra Pradesh [APPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

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New Year in India

Various Parts of India welcomed the New Year on 6th April. Ugadi, Gudi Padava etc were observed in different parts of the Country.

New Year in different Parts of the Country

Ugadi/Yugadi

Ugadi in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh falls in the Chaitra month and is celebrated by distributing jaggery and neem flowers which is symbolic to sharing both sweet and bitter experiences of life.

Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa which falls in the Chaitra month of Hindu calendar is celebrated in the state of Maharashtra by hanging Gudi on the right side of the entrance of their house. Gudi is a bright yellow cloth tied to the tip of a long bamboo and copper pot placed in inverted on it along with a sugar garland.

Baisakhi

Baisakhi is the Punjabi New Year celebrated in the month of April by performing their folk dance, Bhangra and Gidda and feasting.

Puthandu

Puthandu is the Tamil New Year celebrated in the month of April by preparing Manga Pachadi a traditional food to ring in their new year.

Bohag Bihu

Bohag Bihu is the Assamese New year celebrated by performing the folk dance Bihu and a grand buffet.

Pohela Boishakh

Pohela Boishakh is the Bengali New Year celebrated with making many sweetmeats.

Bestu Varas

Bestu Varas is celebrated in Gujarat on the day after Deepavali. Marwaris in Rajasthan also celebrate their new year during Deepavali.

Vishu

Vishu is the Malayali New Year celebrated in the state of Kerala in the month of April.

Losoong

Losoong is the Sikkimese New Year and falls in December at the end of harvesting. It is celebrated by performing Chham dance.

Navreh

Navreh is the Kashmiri New Year celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra.

Cheti Chand

Cheti Chand is the Sindhi new year celebrated on the second day of Chaitra month is to honour of the birth of Jhulelal.

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Southwest Monsoon Likely to be Below Normal this Year

Independent weather forecaster Skymet has made the following predictions about the Southwest Monsoons:

  • India could face its third consecutive below-normal monsoon this season, and the rainfall is expected to be 93% of the long-period average.
  • With all likelihood of El Niño playing a disruptive role, there is only a 30% chance of normal rain during this year’s southwest monsoon, which delivers about 70% of the country’s annual rainfall and there is a 55% probability of below normal rainfall this year.
  • June-to-September southwest monsoon season is expected to begin on a lean note and the deficit is expected to spill over into July.
  • Rainfall is expected to get better in the second half of the season as the El Niño phenomenon is expected to weaken.
  • August and September are likely to witness normal showers and Odisha, Chhattisgarh and coastal Andhra Pradesh are most likely to see normal rains throughout the season.

Even the IMD has predicted weak El Nino conditions which would be prevalent in the early part of the summer season and likely to weaken thereafter.

Normal Rainfall

Rainfall in the range of 96-104% of the long-period average of 89 cm is considered normal, while a range of 90-95% of this average is considered below normal.

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