Opponent Sugyani Sethy backed by MLA Subash Chandra Behera lost out by six votes.
In another incident, a herd of wild elephants created a flutter by entering into habitations in Pitchatoor mandal of Satyavedu Assembly constituency.
TAFMA President V Kathalingam said, “Officials, on the pretext of inspections, seized all our finished goods and are treating us like criminals.
Locals said that the explosion was so powerful that its impact was felt over a radius of one km
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Sanjeev Newar and others seeking to quash the FIRs registered against them for using green firecrackers on Diwali.
At around 8.30 am, the public in the locality heard a blast and saw the explosion in the fireworks manufacturing unit. They immediately alerted the police and the fire and rescue department.
As per the SAFAR, strong north westerly winds enhanced the transport of emissions from stubble burning. Share of crop residue burning emissions in PM2.5 was 41 per cent.
Government cleared Rs 515 crore under clean air programme, Rs 4,400 crore was released on finance panel recommendation to tackle air pollution.
Over 50 people, mostly children, sustained different types of eye-related injuries during Deepavali over the last three days.
While the city usually generates about 460 tonnes of waste per day, sources said that during festivals like Deepavali, it would generate an additional 200 tonnes.
The Tamil Nadu police on Thursday booked over 2,100 cases against people for bursting crackers beyond the stipulated time. Chennai police alone registered 758 cases.
Visibility reduced to under 50 meters after 7-8 pm on Thursday. Ambient noise levels ranged from 69 to 79 dB(A), which were marginally higher than last year.
Since a large number of crackers were being carried, the explosion was so severe that the body pieces of the duo were thrown away and found on the roofs of nearby houses.
A nine-year-old boy suffered injuries to both eyes on Wednesday night, when a flower pot he was lighting went off suddenly.
Meet Jebajyothi, a cracker unit worker and a CITU functionary, who lives in the heart of Sivakasi in a narrow street full of closely arrayed houses.