Sivakasi wants firepower to fight China rockets

It hopes the new government will check the smuggling of Chinese fireworks and remove the higher charges on local units imposed by the UPA govt

Between April 7 and 16, the town of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu wore a deserted look. Those 10 days saw manufacturing units in the hub of India's firecracker industry going on an indefinite strike to protest both the steep increase in the various charges related to manufacturing explosives and the government's inability to slow the import of Chinese incendiaries into the country. While the industry lost an estimated Rs 15 crore a day during the period, the strike had the desired result - the Union ministry of commerce and industry invited industry representatives for talks on Monday, ...