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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.(PTI)

Ban on firecrackers an example of judicial overreach, says Naidu

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, Kevadia
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 03:45 AM IST
The vice president was speaking at the 80th presiding officers conference of Indian legislative bodies. This is the first time that the presiding officer of either House of Parliament has commented on this issue.
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) earlier on Monday imposed a total ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers from November 9 midnight to November 30.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) earlier on Monday imposed a total ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers from November 9 midnight to November 30.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

List of states which have banned firecrackers in Diwali

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 07:13 PM IST
While some states have announced a total ban, others have only prohibited the use of imported firecrackers during Diwali.
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Green crackers are made using less polluting raw materials.(PTI)
Green crackers are made using less polluting raw materials.(PTI)

What are green firecrackers? All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 13, 2020 03:04 PM IST
Developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), green crackers emits pollutants at a 30% lesser rate than their conventional counterparts.
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Green firecrackers do not contain harmful chemicals, thereby reducing air pollution due to firecrackers considerably.(Sakib Ali / HT Archive)
Green firecrackers do not contain harmful chemicals, thereby reducing air pollution due to firecrackers considerably.(Sakib Ali / HT Archive)

Karnataka govt allows sale of green firecrackers during Diwali

By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON NOV 13, 2020 02:02 PM IST
The government advised the citizens to only buy green firecrackers in the view of environmental safety and health concerns amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai inspects water being sprayed on trees as a pollution control measure, near Raj Ghat Bus Depot, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai inspects water being sprayed on trees as a pollution control measure, near Raj Ghat Bus Depot, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

BJP instigating people to burst firecrackers, alleges Gopal Rai

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 01:19 AM IST
Addressing the media, Rai said, “We want to appeal to the opposition to support us in fighting pollution. I also want to appeal to the people to light lamps and not firecrackers.”
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The NGT published its November 5 order on Monday that specified that average air quality for each city was to be calculated for November 2019 and then declared whether it was ‘poor’ or ‘moderate’ or otherwise.(ANI/Twitter)
The NGT published its November 5 order on Monday that specified that average air quality for each city was to be calculated for November 2019 and then declared whether it was ‘poor’ or ‘moderate’ or otherwise.(ANI/Twitter)

Punjab CM announces 2-hour window for use of green firecrackers on Diwali, Gurpurab

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 06:08 PM IST
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed cities and towns in India with ‘moderate’ air quality (or below) to only allow the sale of green crackers and restricted timings to burst them during festivals.
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People buy firecrackers from a shop ahead of Diwali festival.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
People buy firecrackers from a shop ahead of Diwali festival.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Karnataka bans firecrackers ahead of Diwali, chief minister cites Covid

By Venkatesha Babu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 04:28 PM IST
State Health Minister K Sudhakar on Thursday said firecrackers can badly impact the health of those who have already been infected by Covid-19
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Environment and health experts have warned that chronic exposure to air pollutants is associated with severe infections and higher mortality. They feel that lungs compromised due to pollution could lead to complications like pneumonia during Covid-19. (HT File photo)
Environment and health experts have warned that chronic exposure to air pollutants is associated with severe infections and higher mortality. They feel that lungs compromised due to pollution could lead to complications like pneumonia during Covid-19. (HT File photo)

Firecrackers banned during Diwali, Kali and Chhath Puja in Bengal: Court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 07:29 PM IST
While hardly any crackers are used during Durga Puja – the biggest festival in West Bengal - huge amount of crackers are used during the Kali Puja and Diwali every year leading to severe air pollution.
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All of the city’s four official air quality monitors recorded spikes in particulate matter beginning at 9pm on Sunday.(Photo by Aalok Soni/Hindustan Times)
All of the city’s four official air quality monitors recorded spikes in particulate matter beginning at 9pm on Sunday.(Photo by Aalok Soni/Hindustan Times)

Air quality in Gurugram reduces for the first time in 10 days due to firecrackers

By HT Correspondent | Gurugram, Hindustan Times, Gurugram
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2020 01:01 PM IST
The city’s average 24-hour air quality reading at 4pm on Monday was 106 (in the ‘moderate’ category of the air quality index), up from 91, the previous day.
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At least two people, including a child, were allegedly injured and dozens of houses damaged, after a high-intensity blast in North 24 Parganas in south Bengal on Thursday.
At least two people, including a child, were allegedly injured and dozens of houses damaged, after a high-intensity blast in North 24 Parganas in south Bengal on Thursday.

Explosion in West Bengal as seized firecrackers go off, 2 reportedly injured

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2020 05:06 PM IST
Senior police officials rushed to the spot after receiving information that two police vehicles were torched by an irate mob.
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In October, the Union government announced the use of eco-friendly crackers across India.(Representational photo)
In October, the Union government announced the use of eco-friendly crackers across India.(Representational photo)

There is nothing ‘green’ about firecrackers

By Manoj R Nair | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2019 11:47 PM IST
“Green” firecrackers will produce 70% of the emissions that a regular specimen releases.
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Around 24,000 kilograms of banned firecrackers and raw material worth around Rs 50 lakh were seized from a toy-manufacturing factory and a warehouse in the Narela and Bhorgarh industrial areas of outer Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Around 24,000 kilograms of banned firecrackers and raw material worth around Rs 50 lakh were seized from a toy-manufacturing factory and a warehouse in the Narela and Bhorgarh industrial areas of outer Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

24,000 kg of banned firecrackers, raw materials seized from outer Delhi; factory owner held

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 06:10 AM IST
The seized firecrackers were meant for supply and sale in Haryana’s Sonepat and adjoining districts during this Diwali, police said.
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In a notice earlier this week, CPCB chairperson SP Singh Parihar asked the police commissioner to ensure the court order on burning green fire crackers for a stipulated period of two hours is complied with(File)
In a notice earlier this week, CPCB chairperson SP Singh Parihar asked the police commissioner to ensure the court order on burning green fire crackers for a stipulated period of two hours is complied with(File)

‘Ensure 2-hour window for firecrackers’: CPCB’s New year advisory to Delhi police

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2018 09:32 AM IST
The court had directed that bursting of crackers on Diwali and other festivals be limited to two hours and only “green firecrackers” be sold in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
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The Gautam Budh Nagar administration has said no to the use of firecrackers on Christmas or New Year, making it clear that there are no ‘green’ firecrackers, as mandated by the Supreme Court (SC), in the district.(PTI File / Representative Image)
The Gautam Budh Nagar administration has said no to the use of firecrackers on Christmas or New Year, making it clear that there are no ‘green’ firecrackers, as mandated by the Supreme Court (SC), in the district.(PTI File / Representative Image)

No firecrackers on Christmas or New Year: Gautam Budh Nagar DM

By Preety Acharya | Hindustan Times, Noida
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2018 03:40 PM IST
Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh has asked all police stations to ensure that no banned firecrackers are sold or used in their respective jurisdictions.
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The Central Pollution Control Board has issued a notice to Noida district magistrate over the sale of unauthorised fire crackers despite a Supreme Court ban.(HT Photo)
The Central Pollution Control Board has issued a notice to Noida district magistrate over the sale of unauthorised fire crackers despite a Supreme Court ban.(HT Photo)

Pollution body asks for report on sale of unauthorised firecrackers in Noida

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2018 05:57 PM IST
The Delhi-NCR recorded its worst air quality in the ‘severe’ category a day after Diwali. Authorities attributed the spike in pollution level to burning of toxic fire crackers.
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People burst crackers on Diwali at Saket.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
People burst crackers on Diwali at Saket.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Diwali celebrated across Delhi-NCR with firecrackers, air quality remains ‘very poor’

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2018 11:19 PM IST
Diwali was celebrated across Delhi on Wednesday with bursting of firecrackers, though their use was subdued with the Supreme Court mandating that only “green” fireworks were allowed and only for two hours — between 8 pm and 10 pm.
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The Supreme Court has ordered the sale and use of only green and low emission firecrackers in the National Capital Region.(HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court has ordered the sale and use of only green and low emission firecrackers in the National Capital Region.(HT File Photo)

Reports of burn injuries in Delhi halved before Diwali; doctors credit Supreme Court cracker ban

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2018 08:28 AM IST
The number of people visiting city hospitals with burn injuries before Diwali has halved, government figures show. Doctors say the trend is expected to continue this year in light of Supreme Court order.
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People buy the fire crackers at Essabhai Fire Works for Diwali festival at Masjid Bunder(HT Photo)
People buy the fire crackers at Essabhai Fire Works for Diwali festival at Masjid Bunder(HT Photo)

Bursting firecrackers? Cops are watching you

By Surendra P Gangan and Manish K Pathak | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2018 12:14 AM IST
Police keep patrolling residential areas and also monitor CCTV footage to track those violating the rules
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A firecracker shop in New Delhi on October 23.(AFP Photo)
A firecracker shop in New Delhi on October 23.(AFP Photo)

Man booked for allegedly bursting old firecrackers in Delhi’s Mayur Vihar

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2018 09:34 PM IST
Police said the accused was bursting crackers which he said was bought last year. The cops are now investigating how he managed to buy the crackers despite a Supreme Court ban on their sale.
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The New Delhi Municipal Council issued a list of 54 spots that have been earmarked for resident to burst firecrackers(HT / File Photo)
The New Delhi Municipal Council issued a list of 54 spots that have been earmarked for resident to burst firecrackers(HT / File Photo)

NDMC identifies 54 spots in Delhi to burst firecrackers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 07:37 AM IST
Meanwhile, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation issued 39 challans to people carrying construction activities in different areas despite existing ban imposed by Supreme Court -appointed EPCA and collected an amount of Rs 8 lakh as penalty.
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Children enjoy as they burst crackers on the occasion of Diwale in Mayur Vihar on October 19, 2017.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Children enjoy as they burst crackers on the occasion of Diwale in Mayur Vihar on October 19, 2017.(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Firecrackers already produced can be sold elsewhere except Delhi-NCR: Supreme Court

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2018 02:48 PM IST
The apex court said that only ‘green crackers’ will be sold in Delhi-NCR this Diwali.
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An Indian shopkeeper looks on at his firecracker shop in New Delhi on October 23, 2018. - India's top court on October 23 eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching danger levels. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)(AFP)
An Indian shopkeeper looks on at his firecracker shop in New Delhi on October 23, 2018. - India's top court on October 23 eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching danger levels. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)(AFP)

Modify verdict on firecrackers, Tamil Nadu tells Supreme Court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2018 06:58 PM IST
Supreme Court bench led by Justice AK Sikri had last week ruled out a complete ban on bursting firecrackers and allowed green crackers for Diwali and other religious festivals but only for two hours, between 8 pm and 10 pm
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(HT File)
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700 Chandigarh traders apply for 96 licences to sell firecrackers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2018 11:02 AM IST
According to the directions of the Supreme Court, firecrackers can be sold only through licence holders.
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Children enjoy fireworks on the occasion of Diwali in Mayur Vihar, New Delhi on October 19, 2017.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)
Children enjoy fireworks on the occasion of Diwali in Mayur Vihar, New Delhi on October 19, 2017.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)

Firecrackers with same glow but causing less pollution in works

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2018 08:09 AM IST
Scientists have been able to reduce the emission levels by making some changes in chemical compositions.
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This year, MPCB’s firecracker testing has been scheduled on Wednesday at Chembur’s RCF ground.(HT FILE)
This year, MPCB’s firecracker testing has been scheduled on Wednesday at Chembur’s RCF ground.(HT FILE)

No sparks after SC order, Mumbai dealers say ready with ‘green firecrackers’

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2018 12:06 AM IST
Manufacturers say they opted for less noisy, but colourful crackers as they are in demand
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It is unfortunate that there still isn’t much authoritative research on Delhi’s annual bad-air problem. What is known is that it is a problem caused by vehicular pollution, construction dust, dust from the desert that is borne into Delhi by winds, stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, and, momentarily, firecrackers on Diwali (and also on New Year and Christmas).(HT)
It is unfortunate that there still isn’t much authoritative research on Delhi’s annual bad-air problem. What is known is that it is a problem caused by vehicular pollution, construction dust, dust from the desert that is borne into Delhi by winds, stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, and, momentarily, firecrackers on Diwali (and also on New Year and Christmas).(HT)

The SC ruling on firecrackers is a balanced one

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 06:39 PM IST
Much will now depend on how the order is implemented. The court’s judgment makes it clear that the local police will be responsible, and held in contempt of court should they fail in their duty.
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A shopkeeper waits for customers at his firecracker shop in Delhi.(REUTERS)
A shopkeeper waits for customers at his firecracker shop in Delhi.(REUTERS)

Timing, emission level: The rules SC set for bursting firecrackers this festival season

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 11:56 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that only green firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels will be permitted during all religious festivals.
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Last year, too, the UT had imposed the ban in compliance with the Punjab and Haryana high court orders.(HT Photo)
Last year, too, the UT had imposed the ban in compliance with the Punjab and Haryana high court orders.(HT Photo)

Chandigarh fixes hours for bursting firecrackers on festivals

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 09:36 AM IST
The ban was imposed from September 26 to November 24 except for three hours on Dussehra, Diwali and Gurpurb.
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The ministry of women and child development is of the view that the firecracker industry is “ridden” with child labour and forced labour.(HT/File Photo)
The ministry of women and child development is of the view that the firecracker industry is “ridden” with child labour and forced labour.(HT/File Photo)

Firecracker fumes can cause miscarriage, stunt growth: Govt

By Moushumi Das Gupta | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2018 08:01 PM IST
The ministry of women and child development is pushing for stringent regulations on firecrackers across India.
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