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A masked devotee walks out from a house to take part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur August 12, 2014. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival which marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.

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A masked devotee walks out from a house to take part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal

Indian village school girls demonstrate the self-defense techniques learnt from Indian Border Security Force (BSF) women personnel in Ballaharwal, near the India-Pakistan border, some 40 km from Amritsar, India, 11 August 2014. In the wake increasing crime against women in the country, the school girls were given a training for 2 weeks by the BSF women personnel.

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Indian village school girls demonstrate the self-defence techniques that they learnt from Indian Border Security Force women personnel in Ballaharwal, near the border with Pakistan, some 40km from Amritsar, India.

A migrant labourer sits on a handcart along a roadside in the old quarters of Delhi August 8, 2014.

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A migrant labourer sits on a handcart along a roadside in the old quarters of Delhi on Friday

Pigs roam at a dumping area in Calcutta, Eastern India, 31 July 2014. The Calcutta Municipal Corporation and Calcutta Police undertook a joint raid to remove pigs from localities. As the death toll due to Japanese Encephalitis Syndrome increased to 123 in north Bengal. Japanese Encephalitis Syndrome is caused by a mosquito-borne virus. While humans are the dead-end hosts of the virus, pigs act as amplifying hosts that aid in spreading of the disease.

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Pigs roam at a dumping area in Kolkata, India. The municipal corporation and the police undertook a joint raid to remove the pigs

A Indian villager walks near the scene following a landslide at Malin village in Pune district of India's western Indian state of Maharashtra on July 31, 2014. Rescuers battled through heavy rains in a desperate search for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.

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A villager walks near the scene of a landslide at Malin village in the Pune district of India’s western state of Maharashtra. Rescuers battled through heavy rains in a search for victims after dozens of homes were buried, with a death toll nearing 150

A man brushes his teeth as another reads a newspaper while a Hindu holy man sips tea in the morning in front of a closed shop in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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A man brushes his teeth as another reads a newspaper while a Hindu holy man sips tea in the morning in front of a closed shop in Allahabad, IndiaRead more

A homeless man takes a nap by the roadsi...A homeless man takes a nap by the roadside under a metro station in New Delhi on July 22, 2014. Delhi has a homeless population of more than 100,000 people sleeping on streets, pavements, rickshaws, two wheel handcarts, flyovers, under the bridges and in parks across the city. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGHPRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

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A homeless man takes a nap by the roadside under a metro station in New Delhi, India. Delhi has a homeless population of more than 100,000 people sleeping on streets, pavements, rickshaws, two wheel handcarts, flyovers, under the bridges and in parks across the city Read more

Indians enjoy getting splashed by breaking waves during high tide at the sea front in Mumbai on July 14, 2014. The monsoon rains, which usually hit India from June to September, are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people.

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A group of youngsters enjoy getting splashed by breaking waves during high tide on the seafront in Mumbai, India, on Monday

Schoolchildren show their hands decorated with henna paste during a henna competition to mark World Population Day in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad...Schoolchildren show their hands decorated with henna paste during a henna competition to mark World Population Day in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad July 11, 2014.

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Schoolchildren show their hands during a henna competition to mark World Population Day in the city of Ahmedabad, India

Passengers travel on an overcrowded train at Loni town in Uttar Pradesh...Passengers travel on an overcrowded train at Loni town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh July 8, 2014. On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government will unveil its maiden railways budget, with expectations high that he will offer bold plans to improve the service - a lifeline for 23 million Indians every day.

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Passengers travel on a train at Loni town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. India is to open up its sprawling colonial-era railway network to private investors in one of recently elected premier Narendra Modi’s first moves to meet election promises of boosting economic growth in the subcontinent.