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National Green Tribunal issues order banning Chinese manja

Source: Economic Times, Date: , 2017

Source: Economic Times, July 11, 2017:-The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday banned the use of synthetic and nylon (Chinese) manja on the grounds that it posed threat to life and the environment. The order excludes cotton thread when coated with a degradable material. The bench, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, was hearing a petition filed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, calling for a nationwide ban on all forms of sharp kite-flying strings called manja. PETA was represented by senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, who scientifically demonstrated to the court that, except for uncoated plain cotton threads, traditionally known as saddi, all other sharp threads cause serious injuries to humans and birds when used in kite flying - and they are also non-biodegradable. It was pointed out that glass remains intact in the environment for many years (glass bottles take an estimated one million years to biodegrade) and may, in fact, never biodegrade.

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