India

Indian women offer early-morning prayers or a 'puja' and bathe at a ghat on the banks of the Betawa River in Orchha in the state of Madhya Pradesh on July 6, 2015.

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Indian women offer early-morning prayers or a ‘puja’ and bathe at a ghat on the banks of the Betawa River in Orchha in the state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday

Supporters of India's All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)

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Supporters of India’s All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party celebrate after victory in the R.K. Nagar by-election in Chennai on Tuesday.

A woman walks through an alley as used pairs of jeans are hung to dry before they are sold in a second-hand clothes market in Kolkata, India, June 29, 2015

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A woman walks through an alley as used pairs of jeans are hung to dry before they are sold in a second-hand clothes market in Kolkata, India on Monday

An Indian boy walks by the Arabian Sea coast piled with garbage, mostly plastic waste, in Mumbai, India, Friday, June 26, 2015. Several recent reports have highlighted India s worsening air quality and termed its capital New Delhi the worst polluted city in the country. In the last decade, along with India's economic boom and increasing prosperity, the output of garbage has also increased manifold

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An Indian boy walks by the Arabian Sea coast piled with garbage, mostly plastic waste, in Mumbai, India on Frida

An Indian rag picker carrying goods wades a water logged area after breach in River Jheluml in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 25 June 2015. A flood alert was sounded in Jammu and Kashmir state on 25 June after the Jhelum and other rivers rose beyond their danger levels.

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An Indian rag picker carrying goods wades a water logged area after breach in River Jheluml in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian Kashmir on Thursday. A flood alert was sounded in Jammu and Kashmir state after the Jhelum and other rivers rose beyond their danger levels

Indian widows celebrate the International Widows Day...epa04815366 Indian widows greet the founder of Indian NGO Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak (C), as they participate in an event to mark the International Widows' Day in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India, 23 June 2015. Widows from shelter homes in Mathura and Vrindavan gathered to celebrate International Widows' Day that was introduced by the United Nations to address injustice faced by widows in many countries. The event was organized by Indian NGO Sulabh International that is trying to improve the condition of widows who are living in shelter homes.  EPA/HARISH TYAGI

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Indian widows greet the founder of Indian NGO Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International. They participate in an event to mark the International Widows’ Day in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Widows from shelter homes gathered to celebrate International Widows’ Day which was introduced by the United Nations to address injustice faced by widows in many countries. 

Nuns pray as they surround the body of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Theresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity, in Kolkata, India.

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Nuns pray as they surround the body of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Theresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity, in Kolkata, India.

Indian Hindu Kanwarias, worshippers of the Hindu God Shiva, carry metal canisters filled with holy water from the Ganges River as they walk towards Padilla Mahadev temple, on the outskirts of Allahabad, India, Monday, June 22, 2015. Kanwarias are devotees performing a ritual pilgrimage in which they walk the roads of India, clad in saffron, and carry ornately decorated canisters of the sacred water from the Ganges River to take back to Hindu temples in their hometowns. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Indian Hindu Kanwarias, worshippers of the Hindu God Shiva, carry metal canisters filled with holy water from the Ganges River as they walk towards Padilla Mahadev temple, on the outskirts of Allahabad, India

Indian Muslim devotees offer Friday prayers at the Vasi Ullah mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan in Allahabad.

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Indian Muslim devotees offer Friday prayers at the Vasi Ullah mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan in Allahabad.

Indian yoga practitioners participate in a full dress rehearsal for International Yoga Day in New Delhi on Friday

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Indian yoga practitioners participate in a full dress rehearsal for International Yoga Day in New Delhi on Friday

Indian school students attend a yoga workshop conducted by teachers from The Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Institute at The FD Higher Secondary School in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.  Some 1300 students situated in the Muslim dominated Juhapura area of the western Indian city participated on the first day of a five day workshop. Events will be held across the nation on June 21, to mark World Yoga Day.

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School students attend a yoga workshop conducted by teachers from the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Institute at the FD Higher Secondary School in Ahmedabad, India.

An Indian rickshaw driver takes bath using water from a leaking pipe as it flows through a drain beneath on a hot summer morning in Allahabad, India, Thursday, June 11, 2015. India s northern state of Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under intense condition as heat waves prevailed in several parts of the state with temperatures recording 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit)

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An Indian rickshaw driver takes a bath using water from a leaking pipe as it flows through a drain beneath on a hot summer morning in Allahabad, India on Thursday

Pakistani rag-pickers search for recycleable items

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Pakistani rag-pickers search for recycleable items at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Lahore on Friday. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 with the objective to raise global awareness among the common people for global environmental concerns.

Fishermen rest on a boat after fishing in the waters of river Yamuna during early morning in Allahabad

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Fishermen rest on a boat after fishing in the waters of river Yamuna during early morning in Allahabad, India, on Friday 

Water Wives Of Maharashtra

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Shivarti, the second wife of Namdeo, holds her grandson while carrying metal pitchers filled with water from a well in Maharashtra, India. In Denganmal, a village in Maharashtra state, some men take a second or third wife just to make sure their households have enough drinking water. Becoming what are known as “water wives” allows the women, often widows or single mothers, to regain respect in conservative rural India by carrying water from the well quite some distance from the remote village.

An Indian rag-picker looks for recyclable material in what is reportedly the largest rubbish tip in the state of Assam on the eve of World Environment Day in the Boragoan area of Guwahati on June 4, 2015.  World Environment Day is marked anually on June 5.

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An Indian rag-picker looks for recyclable material in what is reportedly the largest rubbish tip in the state of Assam on the eve of World Environment Day in the Boragoan area of Guwahati on Thursday

TO GO WITH India-education-school-health...TO GO WITH India-education-school-health-food,FEATURE by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA In this photo taken on May 19, 2015, Indian schoolgirls eat lunch organised by the non-profit Akshaya Patra Foundation, at the Chaumuha Primary School on the outskirts of Vrindavan.  Churning out 1.2 tonnes of curry in under an hour, women stirring vats in the spotlessly clean, high-tech kitchen are hoping to erase the shocking reputation of India's free school lunch scheme.    AFP PHOTO / Chandan KHANNAChandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian schoolgirls eat lunch organised by the non-profit Akshaya Patra Foundation, at the Chaumuha Primary School on the outskirts of Vrindavan

Indian performers dance during the state...Indian performers dance during the state's formation day celebrations, marking one year since the formation of the new state in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on June 2, 2015.The 10 districts of the southern Indian state of Telangana was formed as India's 29th state on June 2, 2014 after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. AFP PHOTO/ Noah SEELAMNOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian performers dance during the state’s formation day celebrations, marking one year since the formation of the new state in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on Tuesday

An Indian Sadhu (holy man) prays on the ...An Indian Sadhu (holy man) prays on the roadside in New Delhi on June 1, 2015.

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An Indian Sadhu (holy man) prays on the roadside in New Delhi on Monday

A passenger sleeps along with her children at a railway station on a hot summer day in Allahabad...A passenger sleeps along with her children at a railway station on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May 26, 2015. Temperature in Allahabad on Tuesday is expected to reach 46.4 degree Celsius (115.5 degree Fahrenheit), according to India's metrological department website. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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A passenger sleeps along with her children at a railway station on a hot summer’s day in Allahabad, India