In­dian court bans fire­cracker sales in smog-hit Delhi

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH -


In­dia’s top court or­dered a tem­po­rary ban on the sale of fire­crack­ers in New Delhi yes­ter­day, af­ter air qual­ity reached cri­sis lev­els in the world’s most pol­luted cap­i­tal. The or­der came weeks af­ter the Supreme Court crit­i­cized 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 li­censes for pos­sess­ing, stock­ing and sell­ing fire­crack­ers in Delhi-Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion till fur­ther or­ders,” the court said.

It also or­dered the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board, a gov­ern­ment body, to study the harm­ful ef­fects of ma­te­ri­als used in fire­crack­ers and re­port back within the next three months.

Air qual­ity in Delhi plum­meted ear­lier this month as mil­lions of peo­ple set off heav­ily pol­lut­ing fire­crack­ers to cel­e­brate the Di­wali fes­ti­val, ex­ac­er­bat­ing ex­ist­ing prob­lems from the burn­ing of crop stub­ble in neigh­bor­ing states. The con­cen­tra­tion of PM2.5 — the fine par­ti­cles linked to higher rates of chronic bron­chi­tis, lung cancer and heart disease-reached “haz­ardous” lev­els in the first 10 days of Novem­ber. — AFP

NEW YORK: In this Nov 21, 2016 photo, Du­nia Si­bo­mana (9) left, plays with Annabelle Chaix, 9, at their house in the Brook­lyn bor­ough of New York. The Con­golese boy who was se­verely dis­fig­ured in a chim­panzee at­tack is mar­veling doc­tors a year af­ter re­con­struc­tive surgery in New York. His host fa­ther, Kim Chaix, says Du­nia was shy and with­drawn when he ar­rived, but is now flour­ish­ing so­cially. — AP

NEW DELHI: In this 2016 file photo, In­di­ans walk to work as Delhi traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers man­age an in­ter­sec­tion en­veloped by smoke and smog, on the morn­ing fol­low­ing Di­wali fes­ti­val in New Delhi. — AP

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