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Okhla gears up for Diwali celebration

A day before Diwali, the markets in Okhla across the country are buzzing with the shoppers. Sweets and cookies are all the rage with vendors putting their items on display for sale.

Several kiosks have come up at Okhla Head with a few shopkeepers selling tea extending their stall, putting sweets and other items popular during Diwali. Other shopkeepers are found selling diyas and other items, like bulbs to decorate homes.

On the eve of Diwali, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted people, stressing the need for celebrating the festival in a “pollution-free manner”.

“On this occasion, let us initiate efforts towards illuminating the lives of all with joy and prosperity…Let us share our happiness with the needy,” he said.

The Vice-President said the festival “encourages us to emulate the noble and virtuous qualities of Lord Rama”. “Deepawali celebrations play an important role in promoting amity and harmony amongst the people. May this festival light up our lives and usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in our lives,” he said.

In Delhi, Ganga Ram hospital lit up its buildings in green to send out a message of protecting the environment this Diwali.

“Our hospital has taken many initiatives in last few months to help the cause of environment and help tackle the pollution in Delhi,” said Dr D S Rana, Chairman (Board of Management), SGRH.

“For conservation of water through rain water harvesting, the hospital has reduced the need for water tankers from 40 per day to 8-10 tankers. Also the hospital has been made mercury-free,” he said.

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