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Today in pics: October 31,2013

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today hit back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,saying Sardar Patel belonged to the whole nation and not a particular party and that he favoured Patel's secularism and not "votebank secularism" practiced by some parties.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader LK Advani arrive at Kevadia. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi also attacked the Prime Minister on the issue of installing a gate on the Sardar Sarovar Dam which has been pending for a long time. He alleged that Gujarat is being discriminated against by the Centre for political reasons.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader LK Advani arrive at Kevadia. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

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Taking on the Prime Minister for his comments on October 29 that he is proud Patel belonged to his party,Modi said,"Rana Pratap,Chhatrapati Shivaji,Bhagat Singh,Sukhdev,Rajguru are highly respected. Were they BJP members? Will only those who belong to the BJP be given respect and honour. Country is greater than the party and those who sacrifice themselves for the country are greater." (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

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Narendra Modi justified the decision to build the 182 metre tall statue of Sardar Patel,saying a country of 1.25 billion needs a memorial which will force the world to look upto them. It would also send a message of unity,he added.(IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

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Narendra Modi thanked Advani for gracing the occasion. Earlier,in his speech,LK Advani praised Modi,saying it gives him great joy to be present at the inauguration of this project by a person chosen by his party as its PM candidate. (IE Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

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To sell sky lanterns,a marketing company in Kolkata has started a campaign called 'Illumination' claiming these lamps are an eco-friendly way of celebrating Diwali as they light up the sky without causing noise pollution. Although sky lanterns are being claimed by marketers as an "eco-friendly" alternative to crackers and fireworks this Diwali,experts say it not only poses grave risk to the environment but can also lead to fire. Sky lanterns are small hot air balloons where a small fire is suspended before releasing it into the open sky. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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Environmentalists have however,clarified that it is a hoax that sky lanterns are eco-friendly and safe to use as it causes pollution and litter besides being a serious fire hazard for properties. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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"How can anything that burns and emits smoke be called eco-friendly? If people start replacing crackers with sky lanterns then it can be equally disastrous," Anumita Roychowdhury,head of air pollution control team at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE),told PTI from New Delhi. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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Green technologist Somendramohan Ghosh,who is an expert on air pollution,said besides polluting mid-air,sky lanterns are dangerous because naked fire is left out to float in the open sky. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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"Large number of such lanterns may crash with each other in the sky if the wind velocity is over 20 km per hour. Or they can strike a high-rise building,a communication tower or even a low-flying aircraft," he said. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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As it offers a visual treat and brightens up the night sky,such lanterns are getting increasingly popular in cities,especially during Diwali,the festival of lights. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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The activist warned that such events where large numbers of sky lanterns are released,fire service department permission should be mandatory for safety aspects. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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When contacted,West Bengal Fire Services Additional Director General Gopal Krishna Bhattacharya said the organisers should take clearances from the fire department as it is very risky. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)