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NGT allows green crackers on Christmas, New Year at places where air quality is 'moderate'

December 02, 2020 9:09 pm

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said its direction to restrict the use of firecrackers in cities/towns where air quality is 'moderate' or below to green crackers and for the duration of not more than two hours will continue.

'Even recovered Covid patients can be at risk if people don't restrain themselves on Diwali'

November 05, 2020 9:42 am

The Director Health Services advised people to stay indoor and desist from bursting fire crackers and said that public cooperation in this will help in keeping the transmission of Covid-19 under control and decrease the risk of mortality due to the virus in the coming winter months.

Follow these easy tips and make Diwali a pet-friendly festival

October 24, 2019 1:00 pm

Firecrackers are not only environmentally harmful but it is also stressful for the animals around us.

Crackdown on firecrackers in cities, over 300 arrests in Delhi alone

November 09, 2018 5:34 am

Some places in Delhi recorded particulate matter level as high as 1,800 micrograms per cubic metre against the acceptable limit of 60 micrograms per cubic metre.

Chandigarh: 32-yr-old may lose vision after injuring eye while bursting crackers on Diwali

November 09, 2018 3:34 am

Even his eye ball had come out due to the sudden explosion. “Usually the eye is somehow saved and after surgery, the probability of visibility is there, but in this case the eye has been damaged completely,” said a doctor

Chandigarh: Injured in fireworks, 116 admitted to different city hospitals

November 09, 2018 3:35 am

Of the 38 patients, the PGIMER in Chandigarh received till the filing of this report, 19 were from the Tricity, rest from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

Bursting firecrackers? Here are tips for a safe Diwali

November 07, 2018 2:15 pm

Diwali 2018: One must avoid burning crackers as they lead to various respiratory and breathing problems. However, if you are still burning them, make sure to cover your mouths properly with a mask.

Chandigarh: Only 8-10 pm window for bursting crackers, violation to invite criminal proceedings

November 07, 2018 7:39 am

Adequate security arrangements were made in the Tricity. In Chandigarh, 920 police personnel, comprising six DSPs, 23 police inspectors and 891 officers of other ranks were deputed for maintaining the law and order situation throughout Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Gujarat: 8 booked in city for bursting crackers outside permitted time

November 07, 2018 8:29 am

The Supreme Court guidelines have restricted bursting of firecrackers to only two hours between 8 PM and 10 PM.

After Supreme Court order: Firecracker retailers stare at losses this Diwali, stock up other items in Mumbai

November 01, 2018 2:18 am

The apex court has banned barium salts in fireworks with the aim to reduce pollution and noise. According to the order, only “green” firecrackers, or those with lower rate of emission, can be sold.


Did you know how firecrackers affect your health?

October 13, 2017 3:06 pm

A 2007 study, ‘Recreational Atmospheric Pollution Episodes: Inhalable Metalliferous Particles from Firework Displays’, published in Atmospheric Environment, had found that children are particular susceptible to pollution caused by firecrackers.


Mapping Delhi’s air quality, the week after Diwali: News in Numbers

June 22, 2020 6:11 pm

A look at the Air Quality Index during the week after Diwali in Delhi shows the amount of damage firecrackers have done with a little input from stubble burning in Punjab.

Supreme Court puts a partial ban on firecrackers just before Diwali

June 22, 2020 6:13 pm

The Supreme Court has put a partial ban on firecrackers and asked central and state pollution boards to monitor air quality a week before and after Diwali. Here’s what the court said.