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This Week is Going to be Rain Soaked for the Northeast

Skymet Weather now expects a rainy week on cards for almost the entire stretch of Northeast India.

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NORTHEAST INDIA: The region that leads India in rainfall both pre-Monsoon and Southwest Monsoon season is in for a really rainy week ahead.

Skymet Weather now expects a rainy week on cards for almost the entire stretch of Northeast India.

According to Skymet Weather, a cyclonic circulation is over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand and Bihar. Along with this, an anti-cyclonic circulation also lies in the Bay of Bengal.

The combination of both the systems may cause convergence and pumping of moist winds leading to rains.

In addition to this, a cyclonic circulation is also seen over South Andaman Sea. This feature may signify and become a low-pressure area in the next 24 hours. This system may further intensify into a well-marked low-pressure area in the next 4-5 days.

This system may enter the Myanmar region as it is very close to Bangladesh and Arakan Coast. After entering Myanmar mainland, the system would weaken however, this would send a fresh pulse of southerly winds over the northeastern states.

These southerly winds would trigger good amount of rains over Northeast India. Thus, an extended spell of good rains with varied intensity may affect the northeastern states. However, the rain intensity would be more over Assam and Meghalaya region for the week.

Additionally, NMMT region may also brace for some good pre-Monsoon showers between April 30 and May 1, though the intensity would be more over the northern half of NMMT that is much more over Nagaland and Manipur in comparison with the other two states.

The mountainous terrain of the region, particularly, Meghalaya can also expect some inclement weather conditions in terms of incessant rains, squally winds, isolated hailstorm, mudslides and landslides that may cause travel and conveyance disruptions.

These pre-Monsoon spells would be helpful in curtailing the rainfall deficiency.

In the Northeast region, the rainiest pocket is Arunachal Pradesh, followed by Assam and Meghalaya and then finally the NMMT (Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura) region.

However, at the moment, all these three divisions of Northeast India so far in the pre-Monsoon season (from March 1 till date) are rainfall deficient.

As on April 25, the major brunt of rainfall deficiency is borne by NMMT region which is 47% rain deficit. Arunachal Pradesh is on the second mat with 32% rainfall deficiency. However, Assam and Meghalaya are a shade better with the rainfall almost close to normal at 14%.

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Railways to Use AI to Control Air Circulation in Manipur Tunnel

This system will also be used in the Hyderabad, Mumbai and Ahmedabad metros. 

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IMPHAL (Manipur): For the first time in its history, the railways will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to control air circulation, signages and even supervision and maintenance work in the 10.28 km-long tunnel in Imphal as part of its 110 km railway line from Jiribam to Manipur’s capital city.

While the national transporter is already using this technique to detect flaws or problems in the signalling system on a real-time basis and rectifying it in order to avoid possible delays and mishaps, this is the first time that such a technology will be used in a tunnel in the country.

The system will control air circulation in the system, along with other aspects. It will alert the passenger in case of fire and help us in quick evacuation in case of an issue.

This tunnel is especially unique as it also has a safety tunnel at every 500 meters,” said Yogesh Verma, deputy chief, construction, Northeast Frontier Railway. “So, in case of an accident or any mishap, all a passenger has to do is go 500 meters into the safety tunnel and through signages find his way out. The entire thing will be controlled by artificial intelligence, Verma said.

This tunnel is one of 47 such tunnels in the Jiribam-Imphal line and part of the railways’ project to bring connectivity to the capital city. The system will continuously monitor signals, track circuits, axle counters and their sub-systems of interlocking, power supply systems, including the voltage and current levels, relays, timers collect the data on a predetermined interval and send them to a central location. While it will help run trains safely through the tunnel, it will also help its management and maintenance.

As tunnels deteriorate, officials said, they become more dangerous to the public and more costly to repair. By properly maintaining these tunnels, much of this unnecessary danger and cost can be avoided.

AI will help engineers and inspectors organise and analyse data collected about specific tunnels. The results of this data can then be evaluated and used to predict future tunnel deterioration patterns and corresponding maintenance needs, officials said.

This system will also be used in the Hyderabad, Mumbai and Ahmedabad metros.

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Delhi Alumni Association of Assam Prepares Research Report on Assam Floods

The Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) has helped in setting up Brahmaputra Study Centre at Gauhati University, Assam.

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Alumni Association of Assam (DAAA) presented here today a Research Report on Assam Floods to the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh.

While appreciating the initiative by the academicians of Assam region, Singh said that floods in Northeast, particularly in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have virtually become a perpetual phenomenon, occurring year after year, and causing tremendous loss to lives and property.

A serious and comprehensive future strategy to avoid such occurrences, again and again, is urgently called for, he said.

Singh disclosed that the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) has, on its own initiative, helped in setting up “Brahmaputra Study Centre” at Gauhati University, Assam.

The Centre has also started functioning, he said, and informed that the first major research study, already initiated for the last few months, deals with the ways and means to control and prevent the occurrence of floods. For this purpose, he said, experts of international repute are also being involved for their inputs.

The minister said that the present government has always been in the forefront in coming to the aid of flood-related hardships of the people of Northeast.

This, he said, is borne out by the fact that last year, in the month of July/August, when there was extraordinary damage caused as a result of unprecedented rainfall, Prime Minister undertook a visit to the Northeast, where he personally reviewed the flood situation, particularly pertaining to the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, and also announced on-the-spot financial assistance of Rs.2,000 crores.

Singh suggested to the members of Alumni Association to share their findings and inferences with NITI Aayog also, since now there is an exclusive NITI Aayog Forum for Northeast.

He said that he would arrange a meeting to discuss the findings of the research report by the senior officers of the Ministry of Northeast (DoNER), who can then, at their level, also discuss the same with the representatives of the NITI Aayog.

The minister also said that a number of options have been suggested in the past for prevention of flood-like situation. These include embankments along river Brahmaputra, dredging for de-siltation in large rivers, construction of a high gravity concrete Dam, etc.

However, he said, a final call can be taken only after studying the various aspects, including feasibility, cost-effectiveness and sustainable viability of any future arrangement.

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Tripartite Talk on District Creation Scheduled for May 19

The last tripartite talk was held on March 23, 2018.

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SENAPATI, May 9, 2018: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, has invited the State Government of Manipur and the United Naga Council (UNC) for the next round of tripartite talk on the district creation issue to be held on May 19, according to UNC sources. The talk will be held at Senapati district headquarters from 11 am, the sources added.

It can be noted here that the last tripartite talk was held on March 23, 2018. In that talk, it was agreed upon that the next round of talk would be held on April 27.

However,  due to some ‘exigencies’ of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, the talk was deferred.

It is worthwhile to mention here that, the first round of talk was held on March 19, 2017. In all these talks, the Ministry of Home Affairs has been chairing.

It can be recalled here also that, the UNC had imposed an economic blockade in all the national highways which pass through Manipur for 139 days in protest against the previous State Government’s (Ibobi Singh led Government) action of creating new districts.

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