Post-Diwali, air pollution levels drop across metros; cracker ban, awareness, favourable weather conditions likely causes
The effects of a much talked-about Supreme Court judgment last year, arguably made a tangible effect this time, as all major metro cities reported much lower pollution levels post Diwali, as compared to the toxins found in the atmosphere in past years
SC order on firecrackers proof of state machinery's failure to implement existing rules; green governance exists only on paper
The Supreme Court had to issue order on bursting firecrackers is because the state machinery has failed to implement its own robust system of checks and balances over the years
Supreme Court allows firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali, for an hour on Christmas and New Year
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that there will not be a complete ban on the firecrackers and instead has opted to regulate their sales. The court in its order has put restrictions on the timings from which firecrackers can be burst on festivals.
Diwali celebrations illuminate India; less crackers burst in Delhi; Narendra Modi, Yogi Adityanath join festivities
The festive fervour gripped the nation on Thursday as people celebrated Diwali, often referred to as ‘the festival of lights by lighting ‘diyas' (earthen lamps), paying obeisance to Goddess Lakshmi, distributing sweets, and well, bursting crackers.
Diwali is a perfect setting to get a lot of bokeh shots: the shots where you have dreamy spheres in the background which makes the whole photo look pretty.
The festival of lights calls for celebrations and merrymaking. Light diyas, burst crackers or party with family and friends, but do spare a thought for the animals and the birds that are as much a part of this society as we are.
'Supreme Court ban on sale of crackers opens door for smuggling': Delhi-NCR traders outline why order is unfair
Questioning the ban, the traders said that if there is no ban on bursting of crackers, how would environment be protected?
Supreme Court drops a bomb this Diwali: Apex court bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 1 November
The Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-National Capital Region during the upcoming festive season of Diwali.
Nearly 300 dwellings were ravaged and almost 700 people rendered homeless as a fire broke out in a slum at the Sadar Bazar area in north Delhi, injuring at least four persons.
The central government's air monitoring body showed "very poor" quality of air in the national capital on Thursday.
BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday said there will be bursting of fire crackers in Pakistan if his party loses Bihar assembly elections.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to order blanket ban on firecrackers on Diwali, and expressed its displeasure over the central government's failure to carry out its earlier directive.
"We do not want all children to become ninjas", Kapil Sibal told the Supreme Court on Thursday, taking a cue from Chief Justice H L Dattu's reference to his grandson looking like a ninja by wearing a mask to avoid high pollution.
Three Delhi-based infants have moved the Supreme Court through their father for a ban on bursting of crackers this Dusshera and Diwali. Arguing that the pollution created by crackers harms their under-developed lungs, the infants have sought a series of remedies for improving air quality.
Even after elaborate security arrangements, Jaipur's grand Diwali celebrations ended up with almost 100 people injured in 52 fire incidents.
The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received 293 calls the highest in the past five years on Diwali Thursday, an official said Friday.
Shops in Sadar Bazar and Chowk Pai Walan, the city’s oldest cracker market, opposite Jama Masjid, are openly displaying noisy crackers.
Sellers of fireworks say that sales are much lower this year and there are multiple factors to blame for it.