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Delhi Police have ensured “no risk” for all asthma patients this Diwali as they have not issued a single license to any ordinary or gunpowder firecracker seller. All the permissions have so far been given only for ‘green firecrackers’.

Confirming the facts to IANS, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Licensing Unit Subhashish Chaudhary said: “In all 15 districts of Delhi, total 97 sellers had applied for license to sell firecrackers. To the date (October 23) 57 shopkeepers were issued licenses with a condition to sell on eco-friendly green crackers. These all licenses are temporary”.

“These apart, 14 firecracker seller in Delhi already have permanent license. Permanent licenses are issued for a period of five years while temporary licenses expire only in 10 to 15 days. But all the license holders, irrespective to the nature of permission, will have to sell only green fireworks in Delhi. They cannot sell gunpowder crackers,” Chaudhary said.

According to the data, out of 97 requests maximum 21 permissions were given in the East Delhi district which includes Preet Vihar, Anand Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, Shakarpur, Pandav Nagar, Ganesh Nagar etc. 17 licenses were given to North Delhi — Sadar Bazar, Civil Lines, Timarpur, Kotwali, Chandni Chowk etc. While 13 licenses were granted in West Delhi (Raja Garden, Tilak Nagar, Rajauri Garden, Raghuvir Nagar, Kirti Nagar etc.). The least number of licenses (10) were issued in Outer Delhi district.

There is a stringent procedure to issue licenses for firecrackers. Shopkeepers send their requests to the Station House Officer of their areas. The Deputy Commissioner of Police office then gives its consent over the applications. Thereafter, the Fire Service Headquarters issues the No Objection Certificate to all who fulfil the criteria.

Delhi Fire Service Director Vipin Kental told IANS: “We received 97 new applications for temporary licenses. We have issued NOC to 79 applicants after founding them perfect for the criteria”.

SC permits bursting of only green firecrackers. Pixabay

The Director further said that we issue license only after physical visit to the spot. The shop area should be according to the norms i.e. nine square metre. Ways to the spot should be clear and wide to reach in any emergency and there should not be any doubt of catching fire.

After giving NOCs, the Fire department again sends the applications to the DCP office. The DCP office then reviews the applications and sends them to the licensing unit after giving its consent. Thereafter, the licensing unit gives final permission to sell the firecrackers.

The all data suggests that if everything goes according to norms than pollution level in Delhi on Diwali will be as low as comfortable to any asthma patient.

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Chaudhary said: “This is the first time when no one is allowed to sell gunpowder firecrackers. All will sell the green crackers that will help to reduce the probability of pollution”.

Asked about the idea of selling green fireworks, he said: “The green fireworks are the result of the research conducted by the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation which falls under the Union Petroleum Ministry. Presently, 28 manufacturers are producing green crackers in the country”. (IANS)


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Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon said that the Pegasus snooping issue is India's internal matter.

Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon on Thursday said that the Pegasus snooping issue is India's internal matter.

The NSO is a private company and it has a license to sell its software to the government entities only, he added.

Gilon said: "This is an internal issue of India and I can't speak beyond this point. This is the only main requirement that... under the requirements, they cannot sell it to non-governmental actors".

Responding to a query if the Indian government will contact them, he said that he has no idea whether the Indian government has contacted them or not.

Referring to the explosion that took place last year near the Israeli embassy in Delhi, he said that the perpetrators are yet to be nabbed; however, the investigating agencies of both countries are cooperating with each other.

"We are thankful to the government of India for providing security to all embassy personnel," Gilon said.

Talking about the newly-formed quad with Israel, India, the US, and UAE, the Ambassador said it is totally an economic forum based on mutual cooperation among the participant countries.

"It has nothing to do with the military component as of now," he added.

Talking about Afghanistan, Gilon said that the country should not be used for extremism.

"There should not be any human rights violation and women and children should not suffer there", he commented.

Saying that Israel is a technologically sound country but it cannot go for industrial manufacturing, the partnership between India and Israel can work better for industrial productions.

Sharing the details of the recently-concluded visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, he said that the visit was most successful in terms of bilateral relations.

Jaishankar met all important Ministers of the Israeli government and also met the Indian Diaspora, the Indian Jews who have recently settled there.

"It was a very warm visit, very friendly which I think emphasized the strategic partnership declared during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Israel. I think that the visit was in the spotlight of 30 years of diplomatic relations which we are going to celebrate on January 29 next year," Gilon added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Israel Politics, Indian Diaspora, Pegasus issues, Pegasus snooping issue, a partnership between India and Israel.

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The Sher Bahadur Deuba governmentrecommended veteran diplomat Shanker Sharma as the next ambassador to India.

The Sher Bahadur Deuba government on Thursday recommended veteran diplomat Shanker Sharma as the next ambassador to India.

Sharma earlier served as Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission and Nepal's Ambassador to the United States of America from 2009 to 2013.

The post in the New Delhi embassy of Nepal fell vacant recently after Deuba recalled the ambassadors from 12 countries including India. The outgoing ambassador, Nilamber Acharya has already returned to Kathmandu.

Sharma has extensive experience in government, international institutions, and economic research. Before joining the National Planning Commission as a member in 1997, he worked as a Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Nepal; a Senior Economist in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; and a Fellow in the East-West Center, Hawaii. He also served as a Professor of Economics in the Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University.

He worked regionally and globally for many organizations, such as the UNESCAP, World Bank, and ASEAN. Sharma is close confident of Prime Minister Deuba. (IANS/JB)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 2022 will be celebrated as the friendship year for India and ASEAN countries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that 2022 will be celebrated as the friendship year for India and ASEAN countries as both have completed 30 years of partnership.

The event will coincide with India's celebrations of the 75th year of Independence from the colonial regime, he added.

While participating in the 18th edition of the India-ASEAN Summit, Modi said, "India is committed to deepening its relations with the next presidency, Cambodia and country-coordinator Singapore."

"History is witness to the fact that India and ASEAN have had relations for thousands of years. India-ASEAN relations are reflected in everything, including in our shared values, traditions, languages, scriptures, architecture, culture, food," the Prime Minister noted.

Speaking about the Covid pandemic which engulfed the whole world, he further said that the Covid period was also a test of India-ASEAN friendship. "Our mutual ties in the Covid time will keep strengthening our corporations in future and form a base for goodwill between our people," Modi added.

He further said that the unity and centrality of ASEAN have always been a priority for India and history has witnessed the fact that "we have had ties since thousands of years," he said.

The Prime Minister also said that India's Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN's Outlook for the Indo-Pacific are the framework for their shared vision and mutual cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

During the Summit, the head of the member states will review the progress of India and ASEAN Strategic Partnerships which was signed in 2012. They will also review the progress achieved in the sectors like Covid-19, health, trade and investment, connectivity, education among others, the officials of India's Ministry of External Affairs said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, and ASEAN partnership, COVID-19, India, and ASEAN, India, and history, Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.