Not averse to celebrations, but not at cost of life, says SC

Citing its order pertaining to regulation of firecrackers, the bench reiterated that its order must be complied with. "It (firecrackers) is being sold openly in the market and used by people. We would like to know if a ban is there, how come they are available in markets," it asked.

Sand-lift ban hits daily wage earners

"In the face of Durga Puja, thousands of households that depend on the construction and building materials sector in the district have been facing great hardship in the absence of work. If the condition remains unchanged in the next few days, such families will face starvation,"