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BJP gets clear majority in Tripura, BJP-NDPP are winners in Nagaland, Hung Assembly in Meghalaya

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Agartala/Kohima/Shillong: The BJP has continued its march to saffronise the North-East and won a majority in Tripura and also in Nagaland, along with its alliance partner the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has been in power in Nagaland in alliance with the BJP. During this general election this time, the BJP had parted ways with NPF and the BJP entered into an alliance with NDPP..

BJP is all set to form the new government in Tripura along with its alliance partner the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which has come a close third after the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Meghalaya, the third North eastern State that went to polls, has thrown up a hung Assembly. Here  the regional National People’s Party gave the Congress a tough fight. In the present scenario, when there is no clear victor in Meghalaya, the NPP, along with like-minded parties appears to be the front runner to form the next government. The BJP will be doing everything to help concoct a ruling alliance in order to form a non-Congress Govenrment in that State. The Congress will also not be leaving a single stone unturned to stitch a ruling alliance.

Desribing today’s verdict as Journey from ‘Shunya’ to ‘Shikhar’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this has been made possible by solid devevelopment agenda and strength of the BJP organisation.

In Hyderabad, CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said that the poll outcome in Tripura, a state that has been a Communist dominated territory for the last 25 years as “bad”.

 

Why is it sweating in Shillong?

Because temperatures in India’s biodiversity hotspot are on the rise

Dinesh C Sharma

Shillong: Sitting in the glass-and-concrete State Convention Centre in the capital of hilly state, Meghalaya, participants of a media workshop on climate change were feeling sweaty. The convention centre is not air-conditioned nor does it have ceiling fans. For the comfort of guests, some pedestal fans were plugged in.

Why are we sweating in Shillong? Asked state information technology minister Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh. The question may sound strange for those who have read in tourist brochures and text books about the wettest places on the planet being in Meghalaya and about its round-the-year cool weather.

The answer to this question came in the form of a new study done by researchers from the Water and Climate Lab at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar. The study has shown that air temperature in the state is rising at the rate of 0.031 degree per year. The trend is consistent from 1981 to 2014, barring the years 1991 and 1992. This translates into 1 degree centigrade rise between 1981 and 2014, which is quite significant. Future projections indicate similar rise over next two decades.

The state has also been witnessing highly fluctuating frequencies of hot days, hot nights, cold days and cold nights. “The number of hot days and nights show an increasing trend while that of cold days and cold nights show a declining trend. These are indications of a consistently warming region,” pointed out lead author Dr Vimal Mishra while presenting results of the study commissioned by the state government. “The higher number of hot night frequencies is a matter of concern for the state.”

Based on historic and observed data as well as computer models, the study has projected changes over short-term (2013-2040), mid-term (2041-2070) and long-term (2071-2100) for the state. It is a high-resolution study in the sense that projections have been made for grids of 5 X5 km size, so as to help in vulnerability assessment for each grid and adaptation planning at local level.
Future projections show an increasing temperature rise under different scenarios. Under these projections, the rise in maximum temperature in Meghalaya in the long term ranges from 2.65 degree to 3.8 degree, while the rise in minimum temperature will be between 2 degree and 3.5 degree in the long term. The increase in temperature may result in higher number of extreme hot days and nights. Under the extreme scenario projection, the number of hot days could be as high as 100 a year. Similarly, there may be a decrease in extreme cold days and nights.

“The state has already seen a rise of temperature of 1 to 1.5 degree in the past three decades, and the projections point to a similar rise by 2040. If temperature in Meghalaya will rise by about 3 degree rise in a span of half a century, we don’t know what Meghalaya will be like in future – West Bengal or Assam?,” wondered Dr Mishra.

There will be changes in the rainfall patterns too in future. The central plateau region is projected to experience an increase in rainfall at a higher rate than the rest of the state. The occurrence of extreme rainfall events will also show an upward trend under various projected scenarios. “The West Khasi hills which already receive very high precipitation are projected to face even higher rise in precipitation,” Dr Mishra added.

The changing climate in Meghalaya, he said, would have widespread implications for forests, water resources, biodiversity, agriculture, livestock and human health. For instance, due to significant rise in temperature, forest fires may go up while extreme rainfall events will increase risk of landslides in high altitude areas causing siltration of water bodies downstream. The rise in temperature will also threaten endemic plant species many of which are already on the verge of extinction. Rainfed agriculture in the state will be adversely hit with crop yields and production declining. Higher temperature will also induce premature breaking of insects and pests.

“Meghalaya has some of the most vulnerable districts to current climate risks and long term climate change in the region,” pointed out Prof. N.H. Ravindranath of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. “Sectors like agriculture, forests, fisheries, horticulture are already subjected high climate risks currently and will be highly vulnerable to climate change risks in future. We need to prepare both incremental as well as transformational adaptation plans to make based on vulnerability assessments.”

The workshop was jointly organized by the Department of Science and Technology, Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) and Centre for Media Studies. (India Science Wire)


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EC suspends recognition of National People’s Party

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Election Commission of IndiaNew Delhi: The Election Commission of India has suspended the recognition of the National People’s Party, a recognized state party in Meghalaya due to its failure in filing the election expenditure statement of the party.

Exercising power under para 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order 1968

Following Supreme Court’s judgement in the case of Common Cause Vs Union of India and others (AIR-1996 SC 3081), the ECI had earlier issued instructions to all political parties, to file their election expenditure statement within 75 days of assembly general elections and 90 days of Lok Sabha general elections.

The general election to Lok Sabha, 2014 and elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, 2014 was completed on 28 May 2014 and under the Commission’s instructions, the political parties were required to submit their election expenditure statements in connection with theae elections by 26 August 2014.

The Commission had issued two reminders to the National People’s Party to submit the required statement for Lok Sabha election 2014 after the due date had expired.