An Indian hand rickshaw puller transports children to school in Kolkata, India. Kolkata is the only city in India where hand-pulled rickshaws are still in operation.
An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols the streets of Srinagar, on the second death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was executed for his part in a terrorist attack on the Indian parliament building in 2001
An Indian passerby feeds an elephant, hired out for weddings and parties, on the banks of the river Yamuna in New Delhi on Friday
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A rescued Indian child labourer on board a Patna-bound express train at a railway station in Secunderabad on Thursday. Children have been rescued from bangle-making factories and other workshops in Secunderabad’s twin city Hyderabad in the past 10 days and are being sent back home.
Indian villager looks from hole in the wall of a building allegedly damaged by shelling from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border, at Arnia village, about 45 KM from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India. According to local sources in a major ceasefire violation by Pakistani Rangers three civilians were wounded on the Indian side of the disputed India-Pakistan Kashmir border when Pakistani troops allegedly fired mortar shells at border posts and villages.
New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) march as they take part in the passing out parade at Humhama on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on Friday. A total of 333 recruits were formally inducted into the BSF, an Indian paramilitary force, after completing 44 weeks of rigorous training in physical fitness, weapon handling, commando operations and counter insurgency.
Handlers holds onto their horses after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai, India on Thursday. The Indian Derby, which will be held on Sunday, is one of India’s prestigious racing events.
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the “Beating Retreat” ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations.
A boy carries recyclable materials past greater adjutant storks at a garbage dumping site on the outskirts of Gauhati, India
A policeman performs a stunt on his motorcycle during a Republic Day parade in Jammu, India
Indian soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. India‘s capital will turn into a virtual fortress for U.S. President Barack Obama‘s visit this weekend, with heightened security measures, including an extended no-fly zone, to protect the world’s most powerful leader. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama and other dignitaries from the world’s two largest democracies will attend India’s Republic Day celebrations on Monday, which include a military parade and display of Indian weaponry.
Idols installed on a tableau are wrapped in a plastic sheet to protect them from rain during a media preview for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi
Workers nap during lunch break, at a Foxconn factory in the township of Longhua in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China
A woman crosses the road in New Delhi. India is part of a global trend of increasing urbanisation, with more than half of the world’s population living in towns and cities
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A Hindu woman offers prayers to the Sun god after taking a dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on ‘Mauni Amavasya’ or new moon day, the third and most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair ‘Magh Mela’ in Allahabad, India.
Kashmiri Muslim women watch the funeral procession of Ishfaq Ahmed Malik, a suspected local militant, in Arwani, some 55km (35 miles) south of Srinagar, India on Friday
A devotee reacts to smoke as others prepare ritual rice dishes to offer to the Hindu Sun God as they attend Pongal celebrations at a slum in Mumbai
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man takes a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, on a foggy winter morning during the Makar Sankranti festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by Hindus across the country and marks the start of the harvest season.
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A Hindu holy man offers prayers after taking a dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the one-day Makar Sankranti festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making their annual trip to Sagar Island for the festival on Wednesday.
Kashmiri Muslims raise their hands as they look towards a relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, being displayed by a priest at the Hazratbal shrine on the Friday following Eid-e- Milad, marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet, in Srinagar, India.