Test by the Awaaz Foundation revealed the presence of toxic chemicals such as arsenic, sulphur, barium and chlorine in firecrackers
Diwali is just around the corner and many so-called, occasional, self-styled environmentalists will sermonize us to refrain from bursting crackers
Green firecrackers are eco-friendly; they cause 30 per cent less pollution than conventional ones. They also create lesser noise with a sound level of 110-125 decibels. With air levels already dipping this Diwali, some states — such as West Bengal — are only allowing their purchase
Green crackers or blanket ban: Which states have imposed curbs on bursting firecrackers this Diwali?
While Delhi has put a blanket ban on the sale and use of crackers this year, Tamil Nadu has allowed fireworks with certain caveats on Diwali. A look at how states have put restrictions this festival season
The bench was led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit, who declined to hear the plea, stating that the petitioner should have approached the court sooner because injuncting now would result in losses due to the upcoming Diwali season
The single judge bench of Krishna S Dixit rejected the contention of several traders who had challenged the police department's decision
Toxic smog blankets Delhi-NCR as AQI slips to 'severe' category again amid unfavourable meteorological conditions
At 10 am, Delhi recorded an AQI of 407. An IMD official said shallow fog and low temperatures in the morning trapped pollutants close to the ground and calm winds led to stagnant conditions
Diwali celebrations should not be muted just because we as a nation have failed to act against pollution
The ban will be imposed in districts including Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Faridabad, Gurugram, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Mahendergarh, Nuh, Palwal, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak and Sonipat
The petitioners have contended that the ban was arbitrary, unreasonable and excessive.
The firecracker industry is estimated to be around Rs 6,000 crore out of which Delhi National Capital Region's share is around 15 percent, that works out to Rs 900 crore
This year farmers also started burning crop residue early due to early harvesting this year and hence the farm fires raged for a longer time.
India's environmental court had imposed a ban stressing that residents were already reeling from the impact of COVID and the pollution crisis that arises every winter.
Delhi's air quality 'very poor'; firecracker emissions may push pollution to 'severe' level by evening
The PM2.5 concentration in Delhi on Diwali is likely to be the 'lowest' in the last four years if no firecrackers are burnt, SAFAR said
Telangana BJP president and MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar alleged the TRS government had "failed to protect the sentiments" of Hindus with respect to the ban on firecrackers
The govt's decision comes amid research that pollution due to firecrackers can adversely impact patients. Karnataka has reported 8,38,929 COVID-19 cases so far
K Palaniswami urges Rajasthan, Odisha CMs to revoke ban on firecrackers, cites impact on Tamil Nadu's fireworks industry
In identical letters sent to the chief ministers of both states, the Tamil Nadu CM also argued that there is no empirical or validated data to demonstrate that the bursting of crackers has an effect on COVID-19 patients
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Blast at illegal firecracker factory in Punjab's Batala points to need for stricter implementation of SC-imposed ban, safety regulations
India has seen a steady rise in accidents and fires taking place in the illegal firecracker industry in the country. Just yesterday, 23 people were killed in a firecracker factory blast in Punjab's Batala.
A house in Thana Bisanda in Banda caught on fire on 31 January, 2019, and resulted in the deaths of at least five people. The house, rented from Deshraj Patel in Bisanda, was being used as space for the manufacturing of firecrackers.