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Crackers sale takes a dip in Delhi


New Delhi: In a bid to have an eco-friendly Diwali,  a chunk of Delhi population has refrained from buying crackers resulting in a dip of 30 per cent in the sales. While some shopkeepers attributed the debacle to schools who brainwashed students, others opined that increase in pollution level has compelled people to abstain from bursting crackers.  Price hike of crackers also added to the woes.

“The market has not been so low in the past 30 years. Everything has contributed to the low purchases – from the e to the increased price of crackers,” said Bhatnagar, owner of Mama-Bhanja Patakha shop near Jama Masjid, also a member of the traders’ association. He added that this year they had ordered more than usual amount of crackers.

Normally, Sadar Bazar witnesses a sale of around Rs 4-5 lakh for an individual shopkeeper but this year it failed to touch even Rs 2 lakh.

Though the shops are not deserted, the quantity of firecrackers being purchased has decreased.

“It’s not that people are not buying, they have decreased or set a limit to their purchases. Those who used to buy crackers worth Rs 10,000-15,000 have cut short their purchases to Rs 5,000-7,000,” said Pulkit, a wholesale shop owner in Sadar Bazar.

Slashing the price has not facilitated sales either, said a shopkeeper.

“Even decreasing the prices haven’t helped much. A packet of Anar (Flower Pot crackers), which otherwise would be available for Rs 300 now costs Rs 200. Some shopkeepers are even ready to sell it at Rs 150 on bargaining”, said Ramesh, another shop owner.

However, unlike other years, Chinese crackers were not seen anywhere in the market.

(With inputs from TNN)

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Kalki Stresses on The Importance of Eco-friendly Fashion

Actress Kalki Koechlin says adapting environmentally conscious fashion can make the world a better place.

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Actress Kalki Koechlin says adapting environmentally conscious fashion can make the world a better place.

“I grew up in an environment which is sustainable and eco-friendly in Auroville. I grew up with basic ethic of buying products which are sustainable,” Kalki told IANS in a recorded response.

“A lot of clothes which I wear are organic. Fashion is a big way through which we can change the environment… (We can change the world) by being environmentally conscious in our fashion statements and all our products,” she added.

The actress, who was speaking on the sidelines of Blue Carpet event, hosted by Sony BBC Earth for “Blue Planet II: One Ocean and The Deep”, feels that going organic is the way to go forward.

“If we start buying more organic products even for the household which are less harmful, it makes a huge difference.”

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Kalki, who has featured in “Dev.D”, “Shaitan”, “Shanghai” and “Margarita with a Straw”, says families are like “mini countries with mini politics”.

“If you cannot figure out stuff in your family, don’t expect figuring out stuff in your country and the rest of the world,” she said.

The actress also praised “Blue Planet II: One Ocean and The Deep”. Narrated by ace British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, “Blue Planet II” released in 48 PVR screens in 22 cities on May 18.

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“Blue Planet II” is shot over 1,406 days with 125 expeditions across 39 countries and tells unique, untold stories of the ocean’s most astonishing creatures that will take your breath away.

“It gives us perspective in our life… There is a lot more going on this planet than we realise. We need to be more conscious if we want to survive.” (IANS)

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