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A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets

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A child of a ragpicker drinks water from a plastic bag at a garbage dump in Gauhati, India. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets

Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on August 27, 2014.   Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas. The neighbours have fought two of their three wars since independence over its control.

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Kashmiri women paddle boats loaded with lotus roots for cattle feed on Dal Lake in Srinagar on Wednesday. Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full but administer separate partial areas

A man sleeps in front of a closed shop in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Aug.19, 2014. The city and most parts of the newly created state of Telangana remained shut down Tuesday in view of a household survey undertaken by the new government. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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A man sleeps in front of a closed shop in Hyderabad, India. The city and most parts of the newly created state of Telangana remained shut down on Tuesday for a household survey undertaken by the new government. Read more

A boy carries his bicycle through floodwater in the Morigaon district of Assam state, India. Dozens of people were killed and more than a million affected as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's northern and eastern states.

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Dozens of people were killed and more than a million affected as floods driven by monsoon rains ravaged the northern and eastern states of India over the weekend.

Indian Hindu devotees gesture before attempting to form a human pyramid in a bid to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai on August 18, 2014. Participants receive prize money by constructing a human pyramid tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it.  AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEEINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

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Hindu devotees in Mumbai, India form a human pyramid in an effort to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in the air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Krishna. Participants win prize money by helping the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents. Read more

College students with painted faces pose as they take part in India's Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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College students with painted faces pose as they take part in India’s Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) personnel from the recently formed southern Indian state of Telangana take part in a full dress rehearsal for the 68th Independence day celebrations at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on Wednesday

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