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Banana Harvest As The Pick Up In Monsoon Rains Ease Price Concerns...A day laborer carries banana stems on his head during a harvest in a field in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. More than 75 percent of India got normal monsoon rain this year, the India Meteorological Department estimates. About 833 million people out of Indiaís 1.2 billion population depend on agriculture for their livelihood and the sector provides 14 percent of the nationís gross domestic product. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

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A labourer carries banana stems during a harvest in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India. About 833m people out of India’s 1.2bn population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and the sector provides 14% of the nation’s GDP 

Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India

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Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid al-Adha at the Vasi Ullah mosque in Allahabad, India

School children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi take part in a march to mark the 145th birth anniversary of Gandhi in New Delhi

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School children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi take part in a march to mark the 145th anniversary of the birth of Gandhi in New Delhi, India.

A Hindu devotee prays in a holy pond on the auspicious day of "Mahalaya" in Mumbai on Wednesday. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honour the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called 'Shraadh' or Pitra Paksha.

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A Hindu prays in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honour the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitra Paksha

Tibetan exiles are detained by police during a protest outside the venue of a meeting between Chinese President Xi and Indian PM Modi in New Delhi...Tibetan exiles are detained by police during a protest outside the venue of a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi September 18, 2014. Groups of Tibetan activists held noisy protests outside the hotel where Xi was staying in New Delhi, and at the stately Hyderabad House where he sat down for formal talks with Modi.

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Tibetan exiles are detained by police in New Delhi during a protest outside the venue of a meeting between China’s President Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, prime minister of India

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A Kashmiri shopkeeper stacks flood-damaged shoes on the street outside his flood-affected shop at the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar

Flood victims watch from the windows of a hotel as Kashmiri volunteers try to get relief material across to them in the city center of Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  Flash floods have killed hundreds, washed away crops, damaged tens of thousands of homes and affected over a million people since Sept. 3, when heavy monsoon rains lashed Pakistan's eastern Punjab province and the Kashmir region, claimed by both India and Pakistan.

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Flood victims watch from the windows of a hotel as Kashmiri volunteers try to get relief material across to them in the city centre of Srinagar, India

A dancer has his body painted to look like a tiger before he performs during festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of Onam in Trichur...A dancer has his body painted to look like a tiger before he performs during festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of Onam in Trichur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala September 10, 2014. The ten-day long festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolise the return of King Mahabali to meet his subjects. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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A dancer has his body painted to look like a tiger before he performs during festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of Onam in Trichur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The ten-day long festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolise the return of King Mahabali to meet his subjects. 

epa04392002 Young ragpickers collect clothes, coins, wooden materials and other usable items cluttered at the bank of the Jawahar Lal Nehru lake after the immersion of Lord Ganesh idols to mark the end of the Ganesh festival, in Bhopal, India, 09 September 2014. Despite of the warning of the district administration not to immerse idols in the lake to protect the environment, hundreds of idols have been immersed by devotees, resulting in a huge pollution of the lakes in India.  EPA/SANHEEV GUPTA

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A young ragpicker searches for usable items cluttered at the bank of the Jawaharlal Nehru lake after the immersion of Lord Ganesh idols to mark the end of the Ganesh festival, in Bhopal, India 

An Indian woman walks near her house that was damaged in floods on the banks of the Tawi River in Jammu, India, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Six days of rains in Indian Kashmir have left more than 120 people dead in the region's worst flooding in more than five decades, submerging hundreds of villages and triggering landslides, officials said.

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A woman walks near her house that was damaged in floods on the banks of the Tawi River in Jammu, India on Monday

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai

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Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai.

A nomadic woman carries a milk container while shifting her belongings to a safer place from the flooded banks of river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu September 5, 2014. Sixty-five people were killed after heavy rains caused flash floods in Indian-administered Kashmir, including a wedding party on a bus that was swept away, officials said on Thursday. Authorities declared a disaster alert in the northern region after two days of heavy rain hit villages across the Kashmir valley, causing the worst flooding in two decades.

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A nomadic woman carries a milk container while shifting her belongings to a safer place from the flooded banks of river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu on Friday

A goat is tied to one of the roadside tobacco shops, as owners wait for customers, in New Delhi, India ,Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

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A goat is tied to one of the roadside tobacco shops, as owners wait for customers, in New Delhi, India. 

Taxis are parked on the side of a road in Kolkata on September 3, 2014.  Taxi drivers in Kolkata have stayed off the roads in a protest against recent changes to transport laws and allegations of poor treatment by police in the city.

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Taxis park on the side of a road in Kolkata, India on Wednesday after drivers strike in protest against recent changes to transport laws and allegations of poor treatment by police in the city

An Indian boy walks through an old gate decorated with horseshoes in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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An Indian boy walks through an old gate decorated with horseshoes in Allahabad, India

Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Kochi August 29, 2014. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects.

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Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of “Onam” in the southern Indian city of Kochi. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects

A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets

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A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets

Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on August 27, 2014.   Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas. The neighbours have fought two of their three wars since independence over its control.

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Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on Wednesday. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas

A man sleeps in front of a closed shop in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Aug.19, 2014. The city and most parts of the newly created state of Telangana remained shut down Tuesday in view of a household survey undertaken by the new government. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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A man sleeps in front of a closed shop in Hyderabad, India. The city and most parts of the newly created state of Telangana remained shut down on Tuesday for a household survey undertaken by the new government. 

A boy carries his bicycle through floodwater in the Morigaon district of Assam state, India. Dozens of people were killed and more than a million affected as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's northern and eastern states.

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Dozens of people were killed and more than a million affected as floods driven by monsoon rains ravaged the northern and eastern states of India over the weekend.