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Happy Diwali: Vrindaban widows celebrate Diwali

Diwali

More than a 1,000 widows,most of them aged 70 years or above,who have long lived a life of seclusion got together to celebrate Diwali,lighting colourful lamps and 'phuljadis'.
Widows celebrating Diwali by lighting crackers for the first time during a function organized by an NGO,Sulabh International,in Vrindaban on Thursday evening. (PTI)

Vrindavan

Women from the widow's shelter homes in Vrindavan joined the celebrations,which are set to continue until November 3. The celebrations are being conducted with the initiative of non-governmental organisation Sulabh International.
Widows celebrating Diwali by lighting crackers for the first time during a function organized by an NGO,Sulabh International,in Vrindaban on Thursday evening. (PTI)

Diwali

Widows celebrating Diwali by lighting crackers for the first time during a function organized by an NGO,Sulabh International,in Vrindaban on Thursday evening. (PTI)

Balasaheb

An artist gives finishing touch to a Rangoli made on Shiv Sena Suprimo Balasaheb Thackeray,on Diwali in Mumbai on Friday. (IE Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

diwali-awareness

Anti-crackers campaign launched by school authorities across metros and other large cities has led to a fall of 20 to 25 per cent in its sales this Diwali,according to an Assocham survey. Many schools across urban India have taken an oath from their students to discourage them from bursting crackers and enjoy a safe and an eco-friendly Diwali. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)

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"Although there has been a rise of 10 to 15 per cent in crackers' prices,the decline in their demand is majorly attributed to growing awareness among children who have vowed to abide by their oaths to shun firecrackers," Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)

eco-diwali

The survey covered 150 schools and over 1,000 school children at cities like Ahmedabad,Bangalore,Bhopal,Chandigarh,Chennai,Delhi,Hyderabad,Jaipur,Kanpur,Kolkata,Lucknow,Mumbai,Patna,Pune and Surat. It also drew responses from 200 traders,retail and wholesale firecrackers' dealers to ascertain the market scenario at the aforesaid locations. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)

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Growing environmental awareness and restrictions by the local administration together with strict licensing norms are other key factors that have led to a gradual slump in demand- sale of firecrackers during Diwali over the years,the survey pointed out. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)

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Illegal imports of firecrackers from China are further hurting the profit margins of the industry as they are eating into their share of revenue,it found. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)

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According to estimates,India's firecracker industry is worth over Rs 1,500 crore. The town of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu alone accounts for over 90 per cent of fireworks production in the country with over 9,000 units in both organised and unorganised sectors. (IE Photo: Deepak Joshi)

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An 8-feet rangoli of Dadasaheb Falke was prepared at Whistling Woods International,Film City,Goregaon to celebrate eco-friendly Diwali. (IE Photo)

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The rangoli was made to pay tribute to Dadasaheb Phalke. (IE Photo)