“Due to bursting crackers, air pollution will increase and so will the risk factor of Covid-19. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. The third factor is air pollution caused due to crackers,” he said. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle. Singh had on Tuesday announced a two-hour window for use of green firecrackers on Diwali and Gurpurab, with a curb for Christmas too across the state, except in Mandi Gobindgarh… There have been cases where people gave gone blind or have been affected with low vision. “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. “Smoke from the crackers can aggravate the condition as the respiratory tract will be sensitive. The Indian Express is now on Telegram. It said Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) have been installed in the non-attainment cities of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh… Police force was deployed in strength at various places to check violations regarding bursting of crackers.    The Golden Temple in Amritsar was illuminated with special lighting system and traditional 'diyas'. “As a doctor I will recommend to people to not burst crackers. The NGT had on November 2 issued notice to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and four states on whether use of fire crackers be banned from November 7 to 30 in the interest of public health and environment. 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. “During Diwali, we will go to the markets adding to the rush, which will increase the risk of spread of virus. The Chandigarh administration had also stated how studies had shown that air pollution had increased COVID deaths by 15 per cent. List of Foreign Passengers/Persons, who were in Govt. A government order on Tuesday quoted Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as having said he was banning crackers in Quarantine and whose passports have been received from various airports 24 Nov, 2020; Disaster Management Plan 2020-21, District Fatehgarh Sahib 23 Sep, 2020; List of Agriculture Implements to be given to farmers prepared based on Computerized Randomization 18 Sep, 2020; Notification of Social Impact Assessment regarding … “In view of the above stated facts and after due consideration of the matter in the background of COVID-19 pandemic, it is respectfully apprised that ban on the use of fire crackers is not required in the state of Punjab,” it said. “We are in the midst of a pandemic and smoke from crackers will further increase the risk of Covid-19 as the virus also affects respiratory tract,” stated doctors from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, specifying that air pollution will provide an easy path to the coronavirus. Senior advocate Raj Panjawani and advocate Shibhani Ghosh, who have been appointed by the tribunal as amicus curiae in a case related to ban on fire crackers, had told a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel that particulate air pollution contributed 15 per cent to COVID-19 mortality worldwide. 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Punjab government has allowed bursting of green firecrackers for two hours on Diwali. And families have repented. 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There have been instances where some were just bystanders and they got injuries,” he added. You have entered an incorrect email address! The NGT reserved the order and said it will be uploaded on its website by November 9. The NGT was earlier informed that air pollution is an important co-factor increasing the risk of mortality from COVID-19 as per latest research.

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