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Boys ride a motorbike on their way back home after taking a bath in a canal at Chachura village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh 


 

 A woman pumps mustard oil in the right ear of a two-year old girl, who according to her mother is suffering from Mithua or Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM), along a roadside in Kaudihar town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh The woman claims she possesses divine powers, tries to cure PEM by pouring mustard oil in ears and pumps them with an aluminuim rod using her mouth. PEM is due to a deficiency of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the diet. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash


 A villager balances his motorbike in a boat as he crosses the river Bhitarkanika at Gupti village in the eastern Indian state of Orissa A plan to form a joint development bank by the BRICS group of the world's most powerful emerging economies will have a hard time getting off the ground and would struggle to match the World Bank's expertise, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said.

 A monkey rests on a window of a train in Kolkata India's railway minister said he aimed to reduce deaths to zero on the nation's accident-plagued rail lines as he announced the annual budget for the crumbling network.The train system has a notoriously bad accident record, with a recent official report revealing almost 15,000 people are killed every year crossing rail tracks.

 Railway workers push a wagon loaded with coal back to its track after it derailed at Sabarmati power house in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad

Stray bulls fight on a roadside as a man watches at Dadri town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh 

 Hippopotamuses cool off in a pond at a zoo on a hot day in New Delhi The temperature reached 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in New Delhi, 

 Visitors wait in a queue to view at the annual the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai he nine-day art festival held every year featuring a variety of arts, cultures and culionary delights from its inception in 1999, has grown in stature and popularity, attracting visitors and participants from other parts of the country and the world

 Indian policeman walks across the roof of a vehicle following clashes between lawyers and media representatives outside The City Civil Court in Bangalore on Journalists and lawyers clashed outside the court in the southern Indian city during proceedings against former Karnataka tourism minister. G. Janardhana Reddy, who was appearing at the CBI Fasttrack Court in connection with an alleged mining scandal.

 A macaque, carrying a baby monkey over its back, balances between two power lines above a parking lot in an office building in downtown New Delhi . Thousands of monkeys live on the rooftops of downtown Delhi. Despite considered a nuisance they cannot be killed because many Indians see them as sacred. 

 A traditional cock fight takes place during the Joonbeel festival in Morigaon district of Assam some 60 km from Guwahati city, northeast India on Hundreds of tribal communities like Tiwa, Karbi, Khasi, and Jaintia from nearby hills come in large numbers to take part in the festival exchange goods through barter rather than money. Community fishing is also held during this festival. The significant point of this festival is its theme of harmony and brotherhood amongst various tribes and communities. During the three day long Jonbeel festival these tribes and communities perform traditional dances 

 Visitors sit behind a sculpture titled "Small Things" by Australian artist Sam Jinks at the India Art Fair in New Delhi The fourth edition of the India Art Fair, which is held from January 26 to January 29, showcases artworks by hundreds of artists from India and around the world. 

 Children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi arrive on a bus to take part in a peace march in Kolkata. Four hundred and eighty-five children from the Training Resource and Care for Kids (T.R.A.C.K.S), a charity for single mothers and children living without support at railway stations, took part in a peace march on Sunday in an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for being the largest gathering of people dressed as Mahatma Gandhi. 

A rescue worker jumps out of a derailed coach of a passenger train in Bangapara village near the northeastern city of Guwahati At least three people were killed and dozens injured in a train accident on Friday after seven coaches of a passenger train derailed after colliding with an excavator at an unmanned crossing in the Kamrup district of India's northeastern state of Assam, local media reported. 

 A rickshaw puller is reflected on the installed mirrors of his rickshaw as he waits for passengers on a street in the eastern Indian city of Patna, in Bihar state January 21, 2012. When India launched reforms to open up its state-stifled economy 20 years ago, many states surged ahead, leaving behind the 3.5 percent "Hindu rate of growth" that had plagued the decades after the country's independence from Britain in 1947, and with it Bihar. Picture taken To match Insight INDIA

 A Sufi Kalandar (wandering ascetic) performs an act of self torture during devotion at the annual Urs (death anniversary) of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer . Also known as Gharib Nawaz or 'Benefactor of the Poor', he established the Chisti order on the Indian subcontinent and is the most famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the region. 

 Ramu, a 7-months-old mokey scratches as he rests with his dog friend Kalu in Sonahat, an Indian village on the border with Bangladesh. Indian troops on the border with Bangladesh are getting some unusual help in their patrols as Ramu, sitting on his canine friend's back accompanies troops each day on patrol. 

 An Indian man participates in a bicycle balancing competition during 71st Rural Olympics Games 2006 in the village of Kila Raipur in the northern Indian state of Punjab, The games are a composite of sports and cultural events, including bullock cart race, kabaddi, loading and unloading of tractor trailer and wrestling, as well as musical and dramatic presentaions.

 An Indian Sadhu (Hindu holy man) performs a routine exercise in Kolkata, . Thousands of Hindu pilgrims have started to converge for the Gangasagar Mela which will be held 14 January, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a holy day of the Hindu calendar, at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, some 150 kms south of Kolkata.

 An Indian riot policeman helps a fellow policeman as he climbs a wall adorned with movie posters while taking positions during a violent demonstration in Gurgaon, a New Delhi suburb, Indian riot police and workers of the Indian unit of Japan's Honda Motor clashed for a second day on New Delhi's outskirts after nearly 130 people were injured in pitched battles on 25 July, officials said. 

Assam state Zoo veterinarian Bijoy Gogoi carries a tranquilised leopard from a well in Guwahati , after the animal fell into the well in a village on the outskirts of the north-eastern Indian city. The fully grown female leopard was later taken to the Guwahati Zoo, becoming the second leopard to have been rescued from this particular area of the city in a month. Earlier another leopard was rescued on March 15. 

 An elephant crosses a railway track which runs through the Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary on the outskirts of Siliguri in west Bengal . Shrinking forests and encroachment on elephant territory causes multiple deaths per year in the elephant-human conflict, due to poaching, crop protection and other accidents, including vehicle-elephant collisions. 

 A man takes a nap on a bed being transported by cycle rickshaw driver in Amritsar These labourers earn approximately 100 rupees (USD 2.48) per day. Eighty-six percent of working Indians earn less than 20 rupees or half a dollar a day, untouched by the country's blistering economic growth, a government-backed study said recently. Out of 457 million workers, 395 million are employed in the so-called unorganised sector, in areas such as agriculture, construction, weaving and fishing, the study found. 

 A troop of monkeys relax on an airconditioning outlet on a building at The Ministry of Health Complex in New Delhi . Monkeys are an intergral part of life in the Indian capital, where they live in thousands of numbers

 Where else would you find these unusual sights but in India? Enjoy these incredible images!






World's shortest man, Nepalese Chandra Bahadur Dangi (2nd L), 72, poses while shaking hands with Indian Jyoti Amge (2nd R), 19, the world's shortest woman.

 An Indian Hindu devotee pours milk over a cobra during a Nag-Panchami ritual at a Shiva Temple in Jammu on September 20, 2012. The Hindu festival of Nag-Panchami is observed during the monsoon season and devotees give prayers and tributes to snakes.

 Indian Guiness world record holder Sailendra Nath Roy ,49, pulls a 'toytrain' with his pony tail in Siliguri on September 17, 2012. Roy, who has several records for pulling vechiles with his ponytail, pulled the 'toytrain' which weighed 42 tons, two and half metres with his pony tail.

 Sajal Biswas, 40, a snake charmer puts the head of a snake into his mouth as he performs at a roadside to earn his livelihood on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura, September 13, 2012.

 Farmers and members of India's rural communities with their belongings take a nap under a parked truck during the "Jan Satyagraha" march along the national highway at Morena district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh October 5, 2012. Thousands of farmers began their 350 km (217 miles) long march from Gwalior to Delhi on Wednesday, demanding the central government to announce a national land reforms policy and amend legislations for the benefit of the landless, local media reported. Picture taken October 5, 2012.

 A man from India's northeastern state tries to board an overcrowded train through the window before it leaves for the Assam state at the railway station in Kolkata August 18, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured migrants from the northeast that they were safe as thousands fled Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities on Friday, fearing a backlash from violence against Muslims in Assam.


A Kashmiri vegetable vendor takes a nap in his boat at Dal Lake in Srinagar July 30, 2012.



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