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Labourers carry grocery items at a wholesale market in Kolkata November 14, 2014. India's inflation dropped to a new multi-year low in October, helped by slower annual rises in food and fuel prices, intensifying pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates to encourage spending and investment needed to boost growth.

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Labourers carry boxes at a Kolkata market on Friday. India’s inflation dropped to a new multi-year low in October, helped by slower annual rises in food and fuel prices.

A woman, who underwent a sterilization surgery at a government mass sterilisation "camp", sits in hospital bed at CIMS hospital in Bilaspur...A woman, who underwent a sterilization surgery at a government mass sterilisation "camp", sits in hospital bed at Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) hospital in Bilaspur, in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, November 13, 2014. The doctor whose sterilisation of 83 women in less than three hours ended in at least a dozen deaths said on Thursday the express operations were his moral responsibility and blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy. Dr R. K Gupta, who says he has conducted more than 50,000 such operations, denied that his equipment was rusty or dirty and said it was the government's duty to control the number of people that turned up at his family-planning "camp". REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: HEALTH CRIME LAW SOCIETY)

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A woman, who underwent a sterilisation surgery at a government mass sterilisation “camp”, sits in hospital bed at Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) hospital in Bilaspur, in the eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh. The doctor whose sterilisation of 83 women in less than three hours ended in at least a dozen deaths said on Thursday the express operations were his moral responsibility and blamed adulterated medicines for the tragedy. Dr R. K Gupta, who says he has conducted more than 50,000 such operations, denied that his equipment was rusty or dirty and said it was the government’s duty to control the number of people that turned up at his family-planning “camp”. 

A female member of an acrobatic team looks from behind the curtains as she waits backstage before the start of her performance at the Rambo Circus in Mumbai...A female member of an acrobatic team looks from behind the curtains as she waits backstage before the start of her performance at the Rambo Circus in Mumbai November 6, 2014. The Rambo circus travels all over the country throughout the year. It has a seating capacity of 2,000 people and tickets are priced from 350 rupees ($5.60). According to Rambo Circus owner Sujit Dilip, the ban on the use of wild animals, the lack of new artists and various restrictions by the government have resulted in the drastic decline of the circus industry in India. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A female member of an acrobatic team looks from behind the curtains as she waits backstage before the start of her performance at the Rambo Circus in Mumbai, India. The Rambo circus travels all over the country throughout the year. It has a seating capacity of 2,000 people and tickets are priced from 350 rupees ($5.60). According to Rambo Circus owner Sujit Dilip, the ban on the use of wild animals, the lack of new artists and various restrictions by the government have resulted in the drastic decline of the circus industry in India.

Workers display their coal-covered hands for a photograph at a wholesaler in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to end a four-decade-old government monopoly on mining and selling coal.

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Workers display their coal-covered hands at a wholesaler in New Delhi, India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to end a four-decade-old government monopoly on mining and selling coal

TOPSHOTS An Indian Sikh devotee takes a ...TOPSHOTS An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarover (water tank) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on November 6, 2014. Devotees are visiting Sikhism's holiest shrine to mark the 545th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarovar (water tank) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Devotees are visiting Sikhism’s holiest shrine to mark the 545th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus. 

Indian Sikh pilgrims wave from a train bound for Pakistan

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Indian Sikh pilgrims wave from a train bound for Pakistan at the Attari International Railway Station, near Amritsar, on Tuesday. Thousands of Sikh pilgrims are travelling to Nankana Sahib to celebrate the 545th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, which falls on November 6

Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on t...Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the Yamuna river as the landmark Taj Mahal monument is seen in the background during daybreak in Agra on October 30, 2014. Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun in the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and river. AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPESTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the Yamuna river as the landmark Taj Mahal monument is seen in the background during daybreak in Agra.Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun in the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and river. 

An Indian laborer carries bundles of Marigold flowers on his head before they are distributed to different parts of the city in the morning at a whole sale market in New Delhi, India

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An Indian laborer carries bundles of Marigold flowers on his head before they are distributed to different parts of the city in the morning at a whole sale market in New Delhi, India

A woman offers prayers by a road as a rickshaw puller transports passengers in Kolkata

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A woman offers prayers by a road as a rickshaw puller transports passengers in Kolkata on Tuesday

Volunteers of the sect, Dera Saccha Sauda, participate in a cleanliness drive at a public ground in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. The sectís initiative launched in 2011 is different from the Clean India Campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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Volunteers of the sect, Dera Saccha Sauda, participate in a cleanliness drive at a public ground in Mumbai, India. The sects initiative launched in 2011 is different from the Clean India Campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2. 

A masked Kashmiri protester stands with a placard during a protest in Srinagar, India, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Separatists groups in Kashmir called a general strike Monday to mark the anniversary of the day Indian troops took control of the region in 1947. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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A masked Kashmiri protester stands with a placard during a protest in Srinagar, India. Separatist groups in Kashmir called a general strike to mark the anniversary of the day Indian troops took control of the region in 1947. 

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An Indian girl rests as others try to salvage their belongings from the debris of shanties destroyed in a fire at a slum in New Delhi, India on Friday

An Indian woman carries cow dung to prepare cow dung cake on the outskirts of Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Cow dung cakes are popularly used as fuel for cooking in rural India.

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An Indian woman carries cow dung to prepare cow dung cake on the outskirts of Allahabad, India on Wednesday. Cow dung cakes are popularly used as fuel for cooking in rural areas

Indian schoolchildren perform yoga at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Around 5,000 people including students, teachers and parents performed seven yogic postures, following a religious prayer for world peace.

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Indian schoolchildren perform yoga at Delhi Public School in Hyderabad, India on Monday. Around 5,000 people including students, teachers and parents performed seven yogic postures, following a religious prayer for world peace

Potters colour earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Amritsar...Potters colour earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in the northern Indian city of Amritsar October 15, 2014. Earthen lamps are sold in large numbers during Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, as people use them to decorate their homes. The Diwali festival will be observed this year on October 23. REUTERS/Munish Sharma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY)

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Potters colour earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. Lamps are sold in large numbers during the festival of lights, as people use them to decorate their homes. Diwali will be observed this year on October 23. 

A man fixes tarpaulin on his stall during a dust storm on the banks of the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad October 13, 2014.

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A man fixes tarpaulin on his stall during a dust storm on the banks of the river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. 

A Pakistani woman gestures beneath the damaged roof of her house

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A Pakistani woman gestures beneath the shell-damaged roof of her house, allegedly fired by Indian troops, at the Dhamala border village near the eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province on Wednesday

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.