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Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges on Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day, in Allahabad, India, Monday, May 18, 2015. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Monday in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges on Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day, in Allahabad, India on Monday. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Monday in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar

In this handout photograph taken and rel...In this handout photograph taken and released by The Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) on May 14, 2015, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as he visits The Terracota Warriors Museum in Xian.  India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking his global investment push to China this week, as Asia's rival superpowers look to put aside a festering border dispute and identify areas of economic cooperation. Modi has arrived for his first visit as premier to China before heading to South Korea where he will also seek help to upgrade India's creaking infrastructure.    AFP PHOTO/PIB  ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT  - "AFP PHOTO /PIB " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-/AFP/Getty Images

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on as he visits The Terracota Warriors Museum in Xian. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking his global investment push to China this week 

A man walks his sheep in a water-logged paddy field after recent rains in Srinagar on Thursday

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A man walks his sheep in a water-logged paddy field after recent rains in Srinagar on Thursday

A woman paddles her boat in her water-logged courtyard after recent rains in the interiors of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Tuesday

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A woman paddles her boat in her water-logged courtyard after recent rains in the interiors of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Tuesday

A passenger bathes an child using a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on a hot summer day in the northern Indian city of Allahabad April 23, 2015. Temperatures in Allahabad on Thursday reached to 42 degree Celsius (107.6 degree Fahrenheit), according to India's metrological department website

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A passenger bathes a child using a pipe that supplies water to trains at a railway station on a hot summer day in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Temperatures in Allahabad on Thursday reached to 42 degree Celsius

Wider Image: Renting in Mumbai Per Square Foot...Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai March 15, 2015. The cost for buying a 200 square feet (18 square meters) one-bedroom apartment in this building is around 25,000 Indian rupees per square feet ($ 400) or 5,000,000 Indian rupees ($ 80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around 12,000 Indian rupees ($ 190) per month. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 05 OF 22 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "RENTING IN MUMBAI PER SQUARE FOOT" SEARCH "RENTING SIDDIQUI" FOR ALL IMAGES

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Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai, India. The cost of buying a 200 sq ft one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs5m ($80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs12,000 ($190) per month 

Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)

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Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India

Bakarwal nomad children are seen through a veil that covers their tent as they react to a Kashmiri man photographing them on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Bakarwals are nomadic herders of Jammu Kashmir state who wander in search of good pastures for their cattle.

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Bakarwal nomad children are seen through a veil that covers their tent on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Tuesday

An Indian man sleeps on the roof of his house at a shanty area in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 20, 2015. While hundreds of millions of Indians remained mired in poverty, the International Monetary Fund recently said it expects India s economy to grow by 7.5 percent in 2015, its strongest growth in five years.

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An Indian man sleeps on the roof of his house at a shanty area in New Delhi, India, on Monday

 Indian school children attend morning prayers at a school

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Indian school children attend morning prayers at a school on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India

TOPSHOTS An young Indian Jain devotee dr...TOPSHOTS An young Indian Jain devotee dressed on a horse participates in a religious rally organised on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti in Kolkata on April 2, 2015. The most important religious holiday in Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara, which is generally accepted as 599 BCE. AFP PHOTO/ Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images

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An Indian Jain devotee on a horse participates in a religious rally organised on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti in Kolkata 

Cleaning up Shipbreaking

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Workers carry a rope line to fasten a decommissioned ship at the Alang shipyard in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

An Indian farmer herds his sheep on the dry bed of a river at Bibi Nagar in Nalgonda District, some 40 kilometers from Hyderabad on March 23, 2015.

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An Indian farmer herds his sheep on the dry bed of a river at Bibi Nagar in Nalgonda District, some 40 kilometers from Hyderabad on Monday

Indians climb the wall of a building to help students appearing in an examination in Hajipur, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Even with police presence, parents and relatives are reported to scale building walls in order to pass notes to help students cheat in their exams.

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Indians climb the wall of a building to help students appearing in an examination in Hajipur, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Even with police presence, parents and relatives are reported to scale building walls in order to pass notes to help students cheat in their exams. 

Artist has his face painted to resemble Hindu god Shasthappan before performing during the Theyyam ritual in Somwarpet...An artist has his face painted to resemble Hindu god Shasthappan before performing during the Theyyam ritual in Somwarpet town in the southern Indian state of Karnataka March 16, 2015. Theyyam is a form of worship and is celebrated mostly in southern parts of the country. Picture taken March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

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An artist has his face painted to resemble the Hindu god Shasthappan, before performing during the Theyyam ritual in Somwarpet town in the southern Indian state of Karnataka

Boys play as cows graze through garbage at the Deonar landfill site in Mumbai, India. Mumbai is running out of space for its waste, and Deonar, Asia's oldest and largest dumpsite, is bursting. Each day, more than 500 trucks line up along a two-lane dirt road in an eastern suburb, waiting to add to a mountain of refuse tall enough to submerge the White House twice over

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Boys play as cows graze through garbage at the Deonar landfill site in Mumbai, India. Mumbai is running out of space for its waste, and Deonar, Asia’s oldest and largest dumpsite, is bursting

A eunuch dances during a rally to mark the congregation of thousands of eunuchs from different parts of India, in Jammu, India,

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A eunuch dances during a rally to mark the congregation of thousands of eunuchs from different parts of India, in Jammu, India. The term eunuchs is used in India to describe transvestites, transsexuals and others who identify themselves as neither male nor female but as a member of a third gender. They traditionally survive by begging, dancing at weddings or blessing newborn babies and are frequently subjected to discrimination. 

Indian commuters walk in an underpass connecting their neighborhood with a main thoroughfare past a train station in the early hours of the morning in New Delhi on March 10, 2015.  According to a report from the United Nations India's urban population numbers some 410 million people and this will grow to 814 million by 2050. The report from 2014 also states that India is projected to add the highest number of people to its urban population by 2050, ahead of China

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Indian commuters walk in an underpass connecting their neighbourhood with a main thoroughfare past a train station in the early hours of the morning in New Delhi on Tuesday. According to a report from the UN, India’s urban population numbers some 410m people and this will grow to 814m by 2050

Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi, or Festival of Colours, at a widows' ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrate the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder.

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Widows daubed in colours dance as they take part in the Holi, or Festival of Colours, at a widows’ ashram at Vrindavan in the northern Indian state of Uttar. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrate the festival by throwing flowers and coloured powder.

An Indian Sikh performs fire-breathing

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An Indian Sikh performs fire-breathing during a religious procession to mark Hola Mohalla at the Gurudwara Shri Keshgarh Sahib temple at Sri Anandpur Sahib, on Friday.