Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15m-high great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji temple in the ancient capital of Nara, in western Japan. People visit the temple in the belief that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year.
Chinese rescuers carry an injuried resident after an earthquake hit an area of Ludian county in Zhaotong in southwest China‘s Yunnan province. The quake in Zhaotong prefecture, in the province’s northeast, toppled buildings and left residents frantically searching for survivors beneath the rubble.
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Bengal tigers play in a pool of water at the zoo in Malabon, Manila
Participants compete in a boat race in Hong Kong as part of celebrations marking the Chinese dragon boat festival.
Workers install a 60-metre telecoms tower in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The increasing number of users of mobile devices in Indonesia requires telecoms service providers to improve their infrastructure with the additional installation of cell towers in densely populated areas.
A Balinese Hindu man pours holy water during Galungan Day celebrations at a temple in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Galungan is an important feast for Balinese Hindus and is held every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar to honour the creator of the universe and the spirits of the ancestors. The festival symbolises the victory of truth over evil
The rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore. The nation’s trade-reliant economy expanded a seasonally adjusted 2.3 per cent quarter on quarter, the trade ministry said on Tuesday
An Indian man stands at the doorway of a train at a railway station in New Delhi, India. Indian railway network is one of the world’s largest, with some 14 million passengers daily and some 64,000 kilometers (40,000 miles) of railway track cut through some of the most densely populated cities
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The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone festival to mark Buddha’s birthday in Yangon, Myanmar. The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni
Indonesian labour activists perform during a Labour day protest in Jakarta, Indonesia, one of several rallies taking place across the country to demand higher wages
BJP leader Narendra Modi flashes the V-sign to supporters after voting at a polling station in Ahmedabad, India. The country is in the middle of a nine-phase election that started on April 7 and ends May 12
Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado leads a tour of his exhibition “Genesis” on Thursday at the National Museum of Singapore. His latest collection of 245 black and white photographs taken around the world is part of his premiere solo showcase in Asia.
A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday
A storm approaches in Hong Kong. Bad weather is affecting the city due to a trough of low pressure on coastal areas of neighbouring Guangdong province in southern China.
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.
Rebels celebrate the signing of a peace agreement at Camp Darapanan in the town of Sultan Kudarat on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the biggest Islamic rebel group in the Philippines, signed a pact on Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland.
An Aboriginal man performs a traditional “smoking” ceremony as the Asian Cup trophy is carried to the Sydney Opera House for the official draw. Hosts Australia were handed a tough draw for the 2015 Asian Cup on Wednesday when they were paired with twice former champions South Korea in the group stage.
US First Lady Michelle Obama performs t’ai chi with students from the Chengdu No 7 High School in Chengdu, in China’s southwest Sichuan province. Michelle Obama arrived in China last week with her mother and daughters to start a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange.
A Pakistani bride looks on during a mass wedding ceremony late on Monday in Karachi. Some 115 couples participated in the ceremony organised by a local charity welfare trust
A Hindu priest leads a goat under a tree on a hot day at a Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.