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The 33-member Municipal Council unanimously passed the resolution on Friday hoping to bring about peace and prosperity to this town which is also the home to gigantic printing presses with in-house studios and artists producing a kaleidoscopic range of colourful posters and calendar art for millions in India.

 

The country's firecracker capital Sivakasi has been bitten by a numerology bug and wants to add one more 'a' to its name so that the town is spelt as Sivakaasi. It is believed that changing the spelling will be propitious. There are almost 400 manufacturers based in this industrial city producing almost every kind of fireworks which are exported to various countries.

 

The numerologists' advice comes on the back of several accidents in the firecracker units this year due to the lack of safety norms.

 

The change in spelling is expected to ward off the evil eye.

Accidents have been part and parcel of the town's pyrotechnic industry. For example over ten people were killed and 30 injured in a blaze at a fireworks manufacturing unit in July this year.

 

The soothsayers are believed to have convinced Municipal Vice-Chairman A M S G Ashokan of the Congress on the need to change the spelling to ensure no unfortunate incident took place if the town's spelling was changed The town also produces safety matches and colour matches. In fact, Sivakasi today contributes 80 per cent of India's total safety matches production.

 

Sources said the proposal is now expected to go before the Tamil Nadu Government for approval with the extra 'A' becoming Sivakaasi's guardian angel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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