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Roads in India littered with firecracker waste after Diwali celebrations

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 01:04

India wakes up to roads littered with layers of firecracker waste a day after the celebration of Diwali. No reporter narration.

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India woke up to roads littered with layers of firecracker waste on Friday (October 20), a day after celebration of Diwali- Hindu festival of lights. Diwali is traditionally ushered in with setting off of firecrackers by India's majority Hindu community. The scene in New Delhi looked no different from the previous years despite the Supreme Court banning the sale of firecrackers early this month to prevent a repeat of severe pollution levels that left the capital choking. However, the court order did not ban people from bursting firecrackers. A local resident of northern Lucknow city, Ramesh Chourasia, said bursting crackers was important for children to learn about Hindu traditions. Last November, about a million children were forced to stay home from school, thousands of workers reported sick and queues formed outside shops selling face masks as New Delhi struggled with its worst pollution for nearly 20 years. Vehicle emissions and dust from construction sites were the factors blamed for that spike, besides firecrackers and farm burnings.

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Roads in India littered with firecracker waste after Diwali celebrations

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 01:04