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Posted On: 6 June 2013 02:22 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Curbs on fireworks likely

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Qatar is mulling imposing restrictions on the import, sale and use of fireworks as a law is on the anvil to regulate its trade in the country. A draft law is ready and was discussed and approved by the State Cabinet at its routine weekly meeting yesterday. Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported that the draft was being referred to the Advisory Council for a threadbare debate and its opinion. QNA said the draft legislation has been prepared in a bid to address many of the negative effects of the use of fireworks and safety related issues. If misused or handled carelessly fireworks can cause immense damage to life and property. The draft thus looks into aspects such as import of fireworks, export, sale, possession, manufacture, their possession and use. Licensing procedures for their import, trade and use are likely to be made stricter and it is also expected that those events where fireworks could be used would be specified by the proposed law. Their storage, locations of sales points, transport and the terms and conditions of sale are also to be regulated by the law in the making. The Cabinet also took necessary steps to finalise a draft law that seeks to amend some key provisions of the Labour Law (law number 14 of 2004). The amendments have been proposed to include within the ambit of the law workers of some sectors that are outside of the private sector, it is understood.