The second factor is when people will meet relatives and friends, and not follow protocols of distancing or mask wearing. The third factor is air pollution caused due to crackers,” he said. “Smoke from the crackers can aggravate the condition as the respiratory tract will be sensitive. Maharashtra: After being stalled for over 2 months, Class XI admission schedule released, The Pink Belt Mission: A karate champion’s endeavour to empower women, Gujarat: 3 minors sent to juvenile home for ‘insulting’ national flag in Anand, More tests likely for SII to get to Oxford’s half-dose efficacy, Village recalls ‘our man in Delhi’: Never expected anything for getting work done, Lakshmi Vilas Bank to operate as DBS Bank India from tomorrow, Fillip for real estate sector: Construction premiums set to be halved till Dec 2021, Doctor who 'saw death and returned', to serve at Covid-19 ICU,, here to join our channel (@indianexpress), Farmers protest LIVE updates: Delhi Metro services from NCR to remain suspended on Friday, Cyclone Nivar, Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: Storm weakens into 'deep depression'; crosses coast near Puducherry, Karnataka Bengaluru Live Updates: IMD forecasts gusty winds in Bengaluru, other districts, Coronavirus India Live Updates: Ban on international flights extended till Dec 31; Delhi's Gopal Rai tests positive, Farmers protest: Delhi Metro services in NCR to remain suspended tomorrow, ED arrests Cox and Kings promoter Peter Kerkar in money laundering case, Karan Johar apologises to Madhur Bhandarkar over title row. “The latest research on exposure to air pollution and risk of death from COVID-19 infection suggests that ‘air pollution is an important cofactor increasing the risk of mortality from COVID-19’,” they said. Chief Minister Capt. But the news media is in a crisis of its own. Ban on fire crackers not required, Punjab tells NGT, Karnataka govt to issue order banning use of firecrackers during Diwali, says Yediyurappa, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha takes oath as Chief Information Commissioner, Scientists used a robotic submarine to find out how much plastic the ocean floor has, Amarinder, Sidhu bury hatchet over lunch, cricketer could be set to return as Punjab minister, Punjab imposes night curfew from 1 December, to double fine for not wearing masks, Gautam Gambhir installs 3 giant air purifiers in Delhi, but experts call it ‘unscientific’, IITs not in favour of 3rd attempt for JEE Advanced students, say won’t be fair to next batch, Ahmed Patel’s death is the biggest political event of 2020, Medical colleges could reopen from 1 December with strict physical distancing norms. Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, Additional Professor from Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health said people will have to be really careful this Diwali. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. The overall count of incidents of stubble burning in the state during this paddy season so far -- from September 21 to November 2 -- has reached 36,755 as against 24,726 in … Ltd. All rights reserved. Not just air pollution but even case of burn injuries and eye injuries have increased over the years. New Delhi: The Punjab government has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that there is no need for a ban on use of fire crackers as no part of the state falls in the National Capital Region (NCR). There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. During the day, devotees made a beeline at temples and gurdwaras to offer prayers.    In Chandigarh, the administration had imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic.    In Punjab, there was a two-hour window (8 pm to 10 pm) for use of green firecrackers, except in Mandi Gobindgarh, where a total ban has been imposed from the midnight of November 9 till November 30 midnight on account of its poor AQI levels.    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on Friday appealed to the people to celebrate the festivals of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas in a green, environment-friendly and COVID-safe manner.    He had also urged the people to refrain from bursting firecrackers altogether, even though the state government had allowed a 2-hour window in this regard, to check pollution, which could further aggravate the coronavirus situation.    In accordance with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions, the Haryana government imposed a complete ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) from the midnight of November 9 to the midnight of November 30.    At other places, including Bahadurgarh, Ballabgarh, Dharuhera, Ambala and Manesar, where the air quality was in 'very poor' category during the current month, the state government had said the sale and use of firecrackers was banned in these places.    However, in other places of Haryana, citizens were allowed to burst crackers only for two hours, 8 pm to 10 pm, on Diwali.


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