Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated TV channels for showing dirty streets after Diwali celebrations, saying telecasting such visuals would create awareness among people about the importance of cleanliness.
Air and noise pollution levels touched alarming levels here on Diwali day despite all the advertisements and pleas by government, as well as, civil society organisations requesting people to say no to crackers and fireworks.
With the festive season of Diwali nearing, strict vigil is being maintained along the Loni and Tughlakabad borders of Delhi to prevent inflow of illegal crackers, especially the Chinese-manufactured ones.
Tightening its grip over illegal import of Chinese crackers which are reportedly flooding the Indian market, the Centre has issued a public notification warning importers and public of the legal consequences they would face if involved with it.
The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Thursday ordered a CBI investigation into the seizure of banned Chinese crackers in Sivakasi, the country's fireworks hub in Virudhunagar District, in May this year.
A 45-year-old woman was injured and two were suspected to be trapped under the debris when three houses, including one where crackers were being made illegally, damaged following a blast on Thursday police said.
The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board Wednesday announced it would strictly enforce the Supreme Court ban on bursting fire crackers on Diwali after 10 p.m. and would penalise offenders with a fine and imprisonment.
The owner of a Sivakasi cracker manufacturing unit where a fire on September 5 claimed 39 lives was arrested on Sunday on culpable homicide not amounting to murder and other charges from Samayanallur in this district.