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Firecrackers on Diwali allowed from 8 to 10pm :SC

NEW  DELHI, OCTOBER 23RD 

:  Firecrackers will not be banned completely but the Supreme Court today restricted its use to tackle concerns about deadly pollution in Delhi and other cities. The top court allowed the use of safer firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali next month, when fireworks add to toxic smog in Delhi, the world's most polluted city according to a WHO report. "We tried to strike a balance," said a two-judge bench, announcing a two-hour limit for all festivals and weddings. A petition by three children had called for a complete ban on fireworks. Only licensed traders can sell firecrackers, that too safer ones with reduced emission and permitted chemicals, the judges said.

 Crackers cannot be sold online and if they are, such e-commerce sites will be hauled up for contempt.

 

Oct 23, 2018
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