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An Indian woman crosses the road in New ...An Indian woman crosses the road in New Delhi on January 20, 2015. India is part of a global trend that is advancing towards an increasing urbanisation, with more than half of the world's population living in towns and cities. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAChandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman crosses the road in New Delhi. India is part of a global trend of increasing urbanisation, with more than half of the world’s population living in towns and cities 

A Hindu woman devotee holds an oil lamp and offers prayers to the Sun god after taking a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on "Mauni Amavasya" or new moon day, the third and most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the month long festival.

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A Hindu woman offers prayers to the Sun god after taking a dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on ‘Mauni Amavasya’ or new moon day, the third and most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair ‘Magh Mela’ in Allahabad, India.

Kashmiri Muslim women watch the funeral procession of Ishfaq Ahmed Malik, a suspected local militant, in Arwani, some 55 kilometers (35 miles) south of Srinagar, India, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Indian soldiers and police killed five suspected rebels during a fierce gunbattle Thursday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said.

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Kashmiri Muslim women watch the funeral procession of Ishfaq Ahmed Malik, a suspected local militant, in Arwani, some 55km (35 miles) south of Srinagar, India on Friday

A devotee reacts to smoke as others prepare ritual rice dishes to offer to the Hindu Sun God as they attend Pongal celebrations at a slum in Mumbai...A devotee reacts to smoke as others prepare ritual rice dishes to offer to the Hindu Sun God as they attend Pongal celebrations at a slum in Mumbai January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A devotee reacts to smoke as others prepare ritual rice dishes to offer to the Hindu Sun God as they attend Pongal celebrations at a slum in Mumbai 

Kashmiri Muslims raise their hands as they look towards a relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, being displayed by a priest at the Hazratbal shrine on the Friday following Eid-e- Milad, marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet, in Srinagar, India, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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Kashmiri Muslims raise their hands as they look towards a relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, being displayed by a priest at the Hazratbal shrine on the Friday following Eid-e- Milad, marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet, in Srinagar, India

A stray dog chases India's BSF Daredevils motorcycle riders as they perform during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a winter morning in New Delhi...A stray dog chases India's Border Security Force (BSF) "Daredevils" motorcycle riders as they perform during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a winter morning in New Delhi January 9, 2015. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee (INDIA - Tags: ANIMALS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY POLITICS TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

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A stray dog chases India’s Border Security Force ‘Daredevil’ motorcycle riders as they rehearse for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi 

A security personnel is silhouetted against the headlights of a car as he stands guard during the rehearsal of Republic Day parade on a foggy winter morning in New Delhi...A security personnel is silhouetted against the headlights of a car as he stands guard during the rehearsal of Republic Day parade on a foggy winter morning in New Delhi January 8, 2015. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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A security personnel is silhouetted against the headlights of a car as he stands guard during the rehearsal of Republic Day parade on a foggy winter morning in New Delhi. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26. 

Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in Ahmedabad...Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in the city of Ahmedabad, west India 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters dance to celebrate the news of early election result trends outside their party headquarters in Jammu, India, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janta Party is poised to emerge as an important political player in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as votes in local elections are being counted.

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Bharatiya Janata party supporters celebrate the news of early election result trends outside their party headquarters in Jammu, India

A rickshaw puller wrapped up in a blanket waits for customers on a cold morning at Allahabad, India Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Cold wave conditions intensified across northern India as temperatures dipped along with thick blankets of fog cutting out sunlight.

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A cold rickshaw puller waits for customers in Allahabad, India.

Workers warm themselves around a fire at a wholesale grocery market on a winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi December 19, 2014.

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Workers warm themselves around a fire at a wholesale grocery market on a winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi on Friday

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark-III) lifts off at Indian space Research Organisation's (ISRO) center in Srharikota, Andhara Pradesh, India. India successfully tested its heaviest next generation rocket and the crew module on board a 630-ton rocket from the southern island of Sriharikota, before detaching successfully at an altitude of 126 kilometres, and landing by parachute in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Space Research Organisation said 18 December 2014.

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The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mark-III) lifts off at Indian space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) center in Srharikota, Andhara Pradesh, India. India successfully tested its heaviest next generation rocket and the crew module on board a 630-ton rocket from the southern island of Sriharikota, before detaching successfully at an altitude of 126 kilometres, and landing by parachute in the Bay of Bengal on Thursday

Indian students travel on a horse cart surrounded by fog in Jammu, India, Thursday, Dec.18, 2014. As winter sets in, thick fog engulfs most of north India early mornings.

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Students travel via horse and cart surrounded by fog in Jammu, India. As winter sets in, thick fog engulfs most of north India early mornings

Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna in New Delhi...Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (INDIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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Men ride a boat as seagulls fly over the waters of the river Yamuna on a cold, winter morning in New Delhi 

Indian school children observe two-minutes of silence to pray for the victims who were killed in an attack at the Army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, during their prayer meeting, in New Delhi, India, 17 December 2014. Nearly 140 people, the vast majority children, were killed at a military-run school in north-western Pakistan Tuesday in an attack by Islamist militants. At least 139 people including more than 125 children died before army commandos killed all six attackers and regained control of the building. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the terror attack and called two minutes silence in school's across the nation

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Schoolchildren in New Delhi, India, observe a two-minute silence on Wednesday to pray for the victims killed in the attack at an army run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

An Indian elderly man drinks tea to beat the cold early morning in old parts of New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Cold wave conditions have intensified in the capital after scattered rains occurred in some parts of the city on Sunday, according to local reports. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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An elderly man drinks tea to beat the cold early morning in old parts of New Delhi, India 

A cinema goer watches Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 11, 2014. The movie, released in October 1995, has set a record of completing 1000 weeks of continuous screening at a cinema, a feat unmatched by any other Bollywood movies. According to Manoj Desai, owner of the theatre, the movie, which is still being screened, enjoys at least 50 to 60 percent occupancy on weekdays and full house on weekends at his theatre. The movie is screened only in the morning and the ticket price ranges from 15 to 20 Indian rupees ($0.24-$0.32). Picture taken December 11, 2014.

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A cinemagoer watches Bollywood movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), inside the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai. The film, released in October 1995, has set a record for 1,000 weeks of continuous screening at a cinema, a feat unmatched by any other Bollywood movies

Labourers work at the construction site of a bridge being built over the river Yamuna for metro rail in New Delhi

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Labourers work on a bridge being built over the river Yamuna for metro rail in New Delhi on Friday. With growth struggling at 5.3% in the July-September quarter, it is likely to be some time before India recaptures the 8% growth levels needed for an expanding workforce

Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) south west of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. The elections are being held in five stages to allow government forces to better guard against any violence or anti-India protests. Results are due Dec. 23.

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Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third-phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28km (17 miles) southwest of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaign rally

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Indian supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans as they listen to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (unseen) during an election campaign rally in Vijaypur.