Delhi 'Almost' A Gas Chamber - But Diwali Is Not The Cause...
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Delhi ‘Almost’ A Gas Chamber – But Diwali Is Not The Cause…

Delhi is off and on covered with a toxic smog, some say pollution level are among the worst in over 30 years, with levels many times higher than what is safe.

So what are the causes:

a) road and building construction (this will get completed),

b) vehicle and factory emission (will only get worse) with population and industrial activity,

c) burning of crop residue by farmers in neighboring states, done yearly to clear the fields before sowing season (this is at specific times in a year).

DIWALI FIRECRACKERS ARE NOT AMONG THE TOP CAUSES. Yes – things are really bad with no easy solutions. Hope the Supreme Court will not jump in with some adhoc or controversial judgment, and instead let government and experts find proper solutions?

Source: NPR

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Social Media Says People Are Very Angry With The SC's Diwali Firecracker Ban
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Social Media Says People Are Very Angry With The SC’s Diwali Firecracker Ban…

News reports say that the Supreme Court order on the Diwali firecracker ban mentions “Diwali” in almost every paragraph and in a few instances “Dussehra”.

They have had UNILATERIAL RULINGS – REALLY RESTRICTIONS on Dahi Handi of Krishna Janmasthmi, during Holi and the Jallikattu (bull-hugging race). People feel that Hindu festivals are being unfairly targeted and these rulings are either stopping their celebrations or taking joy out of them. Social media where people are really angry about this most recent and all earlier restrictions, they have listed many instances of intolerance of Hindu culture.

Diwali firecrackers are arguably a small part of the pollution, while many other aspects – car and bus traffic, construction, fires from nearby states all account for huge pollution in Delhi. The honorable Supreme Court has taken the easiest and most controversial step with this firecracker ban – with no scientific backup. Does the Court care about people’s sentiments? Most people would say – they do not based on views expressed in various media…

Source: Daily Pioneer

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