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The traders' said that they had already procured the firecrackers, and if the ban was maintained, they would sustain heavy losses.

Supreme Court has refused to modify its order on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

A bench headed by justice A.K. Sikri said that the ban would not be lifted but, as interim relief, allowed the licences of traders to be extended for the time period lost under the ban.

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Diwali is on October 19 and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.

It had said that the 11 November past year order, suspending all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR", was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after last Diwali.

The apex court also reiterated that the ban is on sale of firecrackers.

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The traders had moved the apex court on October 11 after its October 9 order that imposed a blanket ban on sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali to curb pollution.

The top court said it has not changed the September 12 order but its November 11, 2016 order banning the sale of firecrackers "should be given a chance". Immediate steps were taken to seal shops trading in crackers in conformity with the court's directive to suspend licenses issued following the September order.

After the celebration, the Supreme Court, answering to the year 2015 petition by three kids aged among six years and 15 months, banned the trade of crackers.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday witnessed group of traders seeking a modification in its order on its October 9 order of ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1. "Celebrate this Diwali with Diyas & love".

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