Kolkata: The Met department today forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the districts of south Bengal owing to a well-marked low pressure in north-west Bay of Bengal. Heavy to very heavy rain have been forecast in districts of south Bengal, with the intensity likely to be more in the coastal districts of East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas. The well-marked low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining West Bengal and Odisha coasts is likely to concentrate into a depression during the next two days, regional Met director G K Das said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea till July 22. The metropolis, which has been experiencing sweltering heat for the last few days, is likely to receive heavy rain tomorrow and a few spells of rain thereafter, Das said. Kolkata recorded the day’s highest temperature at 36.1 degree Celsius yesterday, which is three notches above normal, while the minimum temperature was two counts above average at 28.5 degree Celsius.
This story originally appeared on Reuters This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free November 22, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now By the end of 2016, almost half of the world’s population will be using the internet as mobile networks grow and prices fall, but their numbers will remain concentrated in the developed world, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.In the world’s developed countries about 80 percent of the population use the internet. But only about 40 percent in developing countries and less than 15 percent in less-developed countries are online, according to a report by the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU).In several of Africa’s poorer and more fragile countries, only one person in 10 is on the internet. The offline population is female, elderly, less educated, poorer and lives in rural areas, said the union, a specialized agency for information and communication technologies.Globally, 47 percent of the world’s population is online, still far short of a U.N. target of 60 percent by 2020. Some 3.9 billion people, more than half the world’s population, are not. ITU expects 3.5 billion people to have access by the end of this year.”In 2016, people no longer go online, they are online. The spread of 3G and 4G networks across the world had brought the internet to more and more people,” the report said.Telecoms and internet companies are expanding as more affordable smartphones encourage consumers to browse the internet, causing demand to grow for data-heavy services. However, less-developed countries — LDCs — still trail the rest of the world.”Internet penetration levels in LDCs today have reached the level enjoyed by developed countries in 1998, suggesting that the LDCs are lagging nearly 20 years behind the developed countries,” the report said.It blamed the cost of services and of extending infrastructure to rural and remote customers and the high price of mobile cellular use.(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla, editing by Larry King) 2 min read