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People burned crackers and got busy with fireworks as a quiet, smoke-free Thursday gave way to thick, hazy and noisy Diwali night, dashing hopes of a firecracker-free festival following a SC ban on their sale in N.C.R region. 
The pollution due to firecrackers on Thursday night started showing its adverse effects.

Picture Credit: TOI/Anindya Chattopadhyay
Indian widows light earthen lamps or 'diyas' during Diwali celebrations at Gopinath temple in Vrindavan. Diwali, the Festival of Lights, celebrates the victory of good over evil and the triumphant return of Lord Ram to the city Ayodha after vanquishing Ravana in the kingdom of Lanka. 
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TOI wishes its readers a very happy Diwali
Delhi Metro runs a specially decorated train with slogans and diwali greetings to inspire public on the importance of cleanliness and promoting a clean and green environment.

Pictures: Anindya Chattopadhyay
People  buying colourful wall hangings, lamps and Diyas brightly-painted earthen diyas which are on display along the road for coming festival of Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness.

Pictures: Anindya Chattopadhyay
The bylane on the road towards Sarojini Nagar Depot, popularly known as "Scindia Pottery" in Delhi is a riot of colours at this time of the year. Brightly-painted earthen diyas, lanterns, clay idols, pots, terracotta items, wind chimes, and so on, are on display along the road.

Picture Credits: Anindya Chattopadhyay
Diwali sweets being prepared in full swing in Maharashtra's Pune

Picture Credit: BCCL/Rahul Deshmukh

The world's oldest operational steam engine — Fairy Queen — returned to the tracks on Saturday in current season.The engine was attached to a heritage train running from Delhi Cantt to Rewari in Haryana. This under three-hour round trip with passengers will be done every month.

Picture Credits: Anindya Chattopadhyay
Bidding goodbye to his six-year corporate career in Kolkata, and undaunted by Filmfare talent hunt rejection, Amitabh Bachchan started in Bollywood almost unnoticed in 1969. Today, with nearly 50 years in the film industry, the ageless actor’s body of work makes him timeless. Here’s a look at his career timeline.
Take a look at the Diwali preparations underway across the country

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A look at how India celebrated #karwachauth 
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Karwa Chauth preparations in full swing

Picture Credits: Anindya Chattopadhyay

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