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NGT orders national ban on 'manja'

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) put a temporary nationwide ban on the use of manja on 14 December 2016.
●    The order was passed by a bench chaired by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar, who said that the sharp glass coated manja used for flying kites poses a serious threat to humans, birds and animals alike. 
●    The panel stated that the ban would apply on nylon, cotton and Chinese manjas that are coated with glass and metal.
●    Apart from this, the Manja Association of India has been told to submit a report on the harmful effects of the kite strings to the Central Pollution Control Board.
●    PETA in its petition had stated that the glass-coated string poses a great danger to both humans and animals and causes numerous deaths every year. 
●    The animal rights body also raised concerns regarding minors employed by the cottage industry for manja manufacturing, as due to inhaling of harmful substances, they are more susceptible to respiratory problems.
●    Acting on the same, the green tribunal had earlier issued notices to all state governments, asking for their response on PETA’s plea.