Live news updates: Haryana bans crackers in 14 districts, joins crackdown

Live news updates: Haryana has banned crackers in 14 districts near Delhi before India celebrates Diwali on November, joining other states acting on court orders to prevent noise and air pollution. Kolkata Police’s chief on Saturday said the city would not allow the sale and use of firecrackers, following a ban by the High Court.

Leaders from Group of Twenty nations kicked off their two-day summit in Rome as negotiators race the clock to reach a climate deal that can be taken on to a crucial United Nations meeting.

An Indian Army officer and a sepoy were killed in an unexplained explosion along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri, a border district in Jammu and Kashmir. The number of army personnel killed in Rajouri and Poonch districts this month has now increased to 11.