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October 29, 2019

Cracker sales down 30% this Diwali; sound crackers crash 50%
While rains, slowdown-induced cash crunch, and the Supreme Court order to sell only green crackers dampened firecracker sales, Diwali celebrations this year lit up Indian skies with more colour but with less noise. While total sales were down by at least 20-30 per cent when compared to last year, sound cracker sales this year were only half of what they were in the previous year, industry sources told Business Today. The traders said production was less during this year, confusion over green crackers, unseasonal and extended monsoon until Diwali and delay in providing licenses contributed to the fall in sales.

Free DTC bus ride scheme for women begins in Delhi today
The free cost of travel scheme for women in Delhi public buses began on Tuesday with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia saying it will ensure their safety and increase their role in the national capital's economy. Women will be given pink tickets in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses to avail the free-ride scheme, which started on Bhai Dhooj. The Delhi government will reimburse transporters based on the number of pink tickets issued.

PM Modi to hold bilateral talk with King Salman in Saudi Arabia
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Riyadh late on Monday night on a two-day visit, during which he will attend the third edition of Saudi Arabia's high-profile annual financial conference and hold bilateral talks with top leadership of the Gulf Kingdom. He will deliver the keynote address under the title 'What's next for India?' at the Future Investment Initiative (FII), which is dubbed as 'Davos in the Desert'.

P Chidambaram taken to AIIMS after he complains of stomach ache, other illness
Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is currently in the custody of Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case, was taken to AIIMS on Monday after he complained of stomach ache and other related issues.  While those close to Chidambaram said "his condition is not good", ED sources claimed "there was nothing serious".

House Democrats to vote on impeachment inquiry procedures against Trump
The US House of Representatives, which is controlled by the opposition Democratic party, will vote on impeachment procedures against President Donald Trump for the first time later this week, according to a 'dear colleague' letter by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Trump administration reacted sharply to the move, accusing the Democrats of conducting an "unauthorised impeachment proceeding".

Delhi air quality remains 'severe'; north campus records most toxic air with AQI 740
The air quality index in Delhi on Tuesday morning remained under "severe" category at 506 level, according to System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). Delhi's adjoining areas like Noida and Gurugram saw the air quality at ''severe" level with PM 2.5 at 674 mark and "very poor category" at 383 mark, respectively.  In Delhi, the north campus area saw the worst air quality index at 7:45 am today when PM 2.5 stood at 740.
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