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India's capital awakes to 'severe' smog as revellers defy cracker ban

New Delhi - Toxic smog blanketed India's capital early Sunday after firecrackers were set off throughout the night to mark the country's biggest annual festival Diwali despite a ban, further worsening the city's air quality levels.

Pandemic casts shadow over India's festival of light

New Delhi - Fear of the coronavirus, mixed with chronic pollution, has spoiled the party for hundreds of millions of Indians celebrating the biggest Hindu holiday of the year on Saturday.

Shoppers shrug off pandemic, pollution ahead of India's biggest festival

New Delhi - Crowds packed New Delhi markets on Thursday ahead of India's biggest holiday of the year, shrugging off record coronavirus cases and toxic smog in the capital.

India's firecracker hub hit by anti-pollution drive

Sivakasi - With thousands of workers painstakingly handmaking vast volumes of firecrackers, Sivakasi in southern India is usually at full tilt before Diwali. But due to efforts to curb air pollution, the pyrotechnics epicentre is fizzling out.

Delhi's toxic air spikes after Diwali firework frenzy

New Delhi - Indian police arrested hundreds of revellers after a frenzied night of festival fireworks turned city air toxic nationwide on Thursday despite a preemptive court ban on the smog-fuelling party.

Delhi gasps for breath after Diwali firework frenzy

New Delhi - Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels Thursday after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying.

India capital chokes on toxic smog after Diwali

New Delhi - New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog Monday after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital.

South India celebrates Karthika Deepam festival

South Indians in the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh celebrated the Karthika Deepam festival on December 5, which will extend over three days to December 7.

Review: ‘The Story of the Swastika’ Special

Neasden - This half hour BBC documentary covers the Hindu roots of the swastika, one of the oldest and most misunderstood symbols on the face of this planet.

India's Goldbug: Country ready to purchase gold with strong rupee

New Delhi - After acquiring large amounts of gold just a short couple of years ago, India is ready to invest in the gold market again. It was reported that ahead of major festivals and weddings and with a stronger rupee India is becoming a goldbug again.

Happy Diwali to all Hindu readers

For almost 1 billion Hindus across the world, the 5 day celebration of Diwali is the most sacred time of the year and a time to rejoice and share gifts.

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The swastika is sometimes reversed  as on this Korean temple.
The swastika is sometimes reversed, as on this Korean temple.
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