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Supreme Court rejects plea on cracker ban




New Delhi, Oct 13: Reiterating the previous verdict of banning firecrackers in Delhi and NCR,  the Supreme Court refused to modify its earlier order on the sale of firecrackers.

The ban on crackers sale will continue till further hearing in the case.

‘We will ascertain after Diwali if there has been a difference in pollution levels’, said Supreme Court.

Traders with temporary licenses approached the Supreme Court demanding a relaxation of the ban on the sale of firecrackers.

The Supreme Court of India on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) ahead of Diwali citing air pollution as the reason.

Meanwhile, Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered to conduct draw for giving licenses to sell firecrackers.

The move has widely received collective responses with a majority of hailing the decisions as last year, the capital was covered with a thick layer of smoke raising breathing problems among elders and children as well.

This time, keeping the view of rising air pollution level in Delhi, the apex court pronounced the banning of firecrackers.

While the firecrackers sellers are not happy with the move as the traders who have already purchased the crackers are facing major loss. Expressing dissatisfaction over the move, traders said that after demonetisation and GST they are not able to face the crisis over the firecrackers’ ban.

They also said that they had paid 28% GST on firecrackers, but after Supreme Court’s order , hey had to shut their shop.

Wefornews Bureau


Protesters clash with police in J&K’s Nowshera, DM among injured




Jammu, March 24: Protests in Nowshera town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, demanding district status for the area, turned violent on Saturday, as agitators clashed with security forces, leaving at least 14 persons, including the District Magistrate, injured, police said.

Police said protesters resorted to intense stone pelting at security forces in the town and a baton charge and tear smoke canisters was used to control the protests.

Police sources said ten protesters, four security men and Rajouri’s District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary were injured during these clashes.

According to sources, Chowdhary was hit on his head by a glass bottle hurled by protesters.

For the last nearly two months, people in Nowshera town have been agitating f or grant of district status to the area.

Saturday’s protests followed the state government’s decision announcement on Friday that an Additional District Development Commissioner would be posted in Nowshera town instead of granting the area full-fledged separate district status.


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5 year-old girl gang-raped, set on fire in Assam



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Nagaon, March 24: In a tragic incident, a five-year-old girl lost her life after she was allegedly gang-raped and then set on fire by five persons at her home.

The crime took place on Friday in Nagaon’s Bordua in Assam.

So far, police have arrested two accused in this regard and case has been registered.

Further probe into the matter is underway.


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Strike in Manipur government offices continues for third day




Imphal, March 24: Despite a warning by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to employees, the strike in government offices across Manipur continued for the third day on Saturday, paralysing work.

Singh had, on Friday night, asked employees to return to work by Monday, “failing which the government has to find other people to discharge their work”.

Explaining the government’s position, he said: “It will involve an additional expenditure of Rs 1,400 crore annually to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission to pay over 85,000 employees and about 45,000 pensioners. Manipur has been depending mostly on the central government largesse.”

Noting that “before the end of the financial year on March 31, funds have to be sanctioned for a slew of developmental projects”, he urged employees to return to work.

The indefinite strike was jointly called on Thursday by the Joint Administrative Council (JAC) of the All Manipur Trade Unions Council and the All Manipur Government Employees Organisation to protest the government’s failure to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for employees and pensioners.

Except for the employees in the Secretariat, there is a massive response in all other government offices, pro-strike activists claimed.

The employees on strike pointed out that out of the 19 BJP-ruled states, Manipur is the only one where the recommendations have not been implemented.


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