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Interim ban imposed on glass-coated manja for kite flying ahead of Makar Sankranti
An interim ban has been imposed on use of glass-coated manja, both on Indian and Chinese, for flying kites.

The ban has been imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) since manja has been found dangerous for humans, animals and birds as well as such strings were a threat to the environment.

According to the NGT, the ban order would apply on nylon, Chinese and cotton manja coated with glass.

The ban was sought by the animal rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ahead of Makar Sankranti festival. However, the matter has been listed for next hearing on February 1, 2017, but an interim ban has been welcomed by the activists.

The petition by PETA also mentioned about the manja posing a big threat while falling over live overhead electric wires causing even electrocution of people and at times grid failure.

PETA also brought to notice of the tribunal that the manja cottage industry had been indulging in child labour. Further, manja ingredients cause respiratory problems.

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