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SC Rules Against Blanket Ban on Firecrackers, Sets 8-10 PM Time Limit for Diwali

October 23, 2018, 5:54 PM IST India India
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to order a country-wide ban on firecrackers, holding that compliance with certain safeguards will rather help strike a balance. A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said "improved and green" crackers can be manufactured and sold only by the licensed holders. The court imposed a complete ban on the sale of firecrackers by e-commerce firms, including Amazon and Flipkart.