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Time to forgo Chinese manjha (Video)
Pooja Agarwal | Wednesday, 10 February 2016 AT 05:49 PM IST
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Pune: In spite of the ban on Chinese Manjha in the State, it is still popular amongst people and most preferable during the Makar Sankranti festival. Also known as nylon/ plastic manjha, it differs from the cotton manjha, traditionally used for flying kites, as it is much sharper and does not break easily.

It also doesn’t decompose easily and hence several birds upon getting stuck in the manjha’s are fatally injured. This year, hundreds of such cases have been reported. There have even been reports of people being injured severely in some cases.

The ban for selling and use of Chinese manjha was issued under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act 1986 in 2015. However, this year’s kite festival saw people buying it from various places sometimes even illegally. It is still widely available online.

Read More: NGOs save 150 birds injured by kites

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(Editing by Jyoti Nalawade)

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