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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
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
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 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
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. 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 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, on Monday
Indian school children attend morning prayers at a school on the outskirts of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India
An Indian Jain devotee on a horse participates in a religious rally organised on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti in Kolkata
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 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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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
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 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.
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.