Despite the Supreme Courts directives, people in Delhi-NCR on Wednesday continued to burst crackers on Diwali well past the 10 p.m. deadline though the air quality index (AQI) showed a slight improvement over last year.
Amid jitters in the Rs 20,000-core pan-India firecracker market in the wake of a Supreme Court order imposing stringent rules on their sale and use, its manufacturers and sellers in the country are witnessing a 40 per cent slump in sales during the ongoing festive season, officials said.
The air quality of Delhi and neighbouring areas dropped further with the average AQI of 328 marked 'very poor', with many areas choking with 'severe' air quality.
Housing sales in the Delhi-NCR market increased by 7 per cent while new supply declined by 6 per cent in the January-September period of this calendar year as developers focus on clearing unsold inventories, according to property consultant Anarock.
An emergency plan to combat air pollution came into force which will include measures like mechanised sweeping of roads and deployment of traffic police to ensure smooth passage of traffic at vulnerable areas in Delhi-NCR region, authorities said.
Kishore Biyani-led Future Consumer Ltd has tied up with distribution firm MaxWholesale to make available its in-house staple brands at the neighbourhood grocery stores of Delhi NCR, a move to increase its offline footprint.
IKEA says it is making a lot of effort to provide good service for India, as it expands its mission to provide a better "life at home" and healthy lifestyle across the world.
Housing sales increased by 25 percent in the country's seven major cities in April to 1,726 units over the previous month, driven by the Delhi-NCR market which saw a sharp rise in demand.
"Demand for under-construction properties have reduced considerably in the wake of an effective 12 per cent GST levied on the segment," a report said.
HRD ministry today decided against conducting a re-examination of the CBSE Class 10 mathematics paper following reports of paper leak, in the "interest of students".