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India’s top court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

NEW DELHI: India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog. The decision comes a little over a week before Diwali -- the Hindu festival of lights -- when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night. The onset of winter usually worsens the situation as cooler temperatures trap the pollutants, exacerbated by crop burning in neighbouring states. Acting on a…

Indian court bans firecracker sales in smog-hit Delhi

NEW DELHI: India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Friday, after air quality reached crisis levels in the world's most polluted capital. The order came weeks after the Supreme Court criticised the federal government for failing to do more to tackle pollution, which it described as a "public health emergency". "(The) Supreme Court directs suspension of licences for possessing, stocking and selling firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region til further orders," the court…