A Look at Life in India Feb 2016


A man paints the idols of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu deity of knowledge, arts, wisdom and learning, on a roadside workshop in Amritsar, India, 05 February 2016. The idols will be used in worshipping and rituals on the upcoming Basant festival. (Photo by Raminder Pal Singh/EPA)



In this March 6, 2015 file photo, Indian men, their faces smeared with colored powder, ride a motorbike on Holi the Hindu festival of colors, in Hyderabad, India. British rock band Coldplay's latest music video has triggered a debate in India over its portrayal of the country with critics accusing its producers of showing stereotypical images of India with Hindu holy men, peacocks and colorful festivals. (Photo by Mahesh Kumar A./AP Photo)



An Indian man warms his hand near a bonfire as a domesticated elephant is chained to a tree in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Tamed elephants in India are used in for cultural and ceremonial processions and to carry heavy logs. (Photo by Altaf Qadri/AP Photo)



An Indian Sikh man looks on as others rest on a pavement outside a Sikh temple in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, January 27, 2016. (Photo by Tsering Topgyal/AP Photo)



Horses eat their food on the roadside pavement in New Delhi on February 10, 2016. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP Photo)



School children line up to wash their hands before taking deworming pill at a school in Neemrana, 123 kilometers (76.8 miles) from New Delhi, in the Indian state of Rajsthan Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Millions of Indian children are taking part in a massive national deworming campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting their bodies and impairing their mental and physical development. The campaign is targeting 270 million children across the country with a second treatment planned next week for those left out on Wednesday, India’s Health Ministry said in a statement. (Photo by Manish Swarup/AP Photo)



Sankar Bin, 52, a farmer, loads harvested sugarcane into a cycle rickshaw at a sugarcane field in the Khowai village, in the northeastern state of Tripura, India, February 11, 2016. (Photo by Jayanta Dey/Reuters)



A robotic flagman signals to maintain traffic during the maintenance and repairs on the Ahmedabad-Delhi national highway on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, February 9, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



A woman removes stalks from chilli peppers at a farm on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India February 9, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



A man feeds seagulls on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2016. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)



A porter transports metal pipes on a wooden handcart as people wait to cross a street in Mumbai, India, February 8, 2016. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)



Workers sleep during a lunch break at a street side iron shop in Mumbai, India, February 8, 2016. The Indian government on Monday forecast annual economic growth to accelerate to 7.6 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2016 after Asia's third-largest economy grew 7.3 percent in the quarter to end-December. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)



A Muslim bride is helped with her wedding dress, before the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad, India, February 7, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



Muslim brides eat food during a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad, India, February 7, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



Muslim brides wait for the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Ahmedabad, India, February 7, 2016. A total of 84 Muslim couples from various parts of Ahmedabad on Sunday took wedding vows during the mass marriage ceremony organised by a Muslim voluntary organisation, organisers said. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



Vendors work as they wait for customers at a garment store in a market in Mumbai, India, February 4, 2016. Doubts about the accuracy of India's gross domestic product figures persist a year after its statisticians unveiled new readings they say better capture value addition down the goods and services supply chain. (Photo by Shailesh Andrade/Reuters)



Parubai Govind Pawar, a 55-year-old female worker cuts sugarcane in a field in Degaon village in Solapur district in the western state of Maharashtra, India, December 18, 2015. India's prime minister held a late night meeting with food and farm officials last week to address falling agricultural output and rising prices, and traders warn the country will soon be a net buyer of some key commodities for the first time in years. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)



A worker operates a lathe as he makes iron plates at an iron utensils manufacturing unit in Kolkata, India, February 1, 2016. Indian manufacturing activity unexpectedly returned to growth in January as firms raised output on stronger demand, a survey showed, adding to expectations the central bank will likely leave policy unchanged this month. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



A vendor waits for customers as burqas on sale are displayed on a wall at a market in Mumbai, India, in this September 8, 2015 file photo. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)



A general view of a giant tent city built for pilgrims attending the Magh Mela, a month-long Hindu festival, in Allahabad, India, January 31, 2016. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of Hindu devotees take a holy dip in the waters of the Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. (Photo by Jitendra Prakash/Reuters)



A truck driver gets a haircut from a roadside barber at an industrial area in Mumbai, India, January 27, 2016. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)



A high-rise residential tower is pictured behind old residential buildings in Mumbai, India, January 25, 2016. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)



A Kashmiri man rows his shikara, a traditional wooden boat native to the region, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, February 11, 2016. Following continued snowfall, the Jammu-Srinagar highway, that connects Kashmir valley to the rest of India, was closed to traffic, news reports said. (Photo by Dar Yasin/AP Photo)



Motorbike and auto-rickshaw drivers make their way through a busy street in Noida, near New Delhi, India, Tuesday, February 9, 2016. (Photo by Bernat Armangue/AP Photo)



A health worker administers a deworming pill to a girl in a village in Neemrana , 123 kilometers (76.8 miles) from New Delhi, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Millions of Indian children are taking part in a massive national deworming campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting their bodies and impairing their mental and physical development. The campaign is targeting 270 million children across the country with a second treatment planned next week for those left out on Wednesday, India’s Health Ministry said in a statement. (Photo by Manish Swarup/AP Photo)



Live chickens are transported on a three-wheeler in Ghaziabad, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, February 24, 2016. (Photo by Bernat Armangue/AP Photo)



Indian milkman carries milk canisters early morning in Ghaziabad train station, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, February 24, 2016. India is the world's largest producer of milk and also the largest consumer. (Photo by Bernat Armangue/AP Photo)



People ride an elephant through the Nizamuddin East area of New Delhi, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)



People ride an elephant through the Nizamuddin East area of New Delhi, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)



Labourers pull a handcart loaded with onion sacks at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



A man gets his moustaches trimmed by a roadside barber as another rests at a market in Kolkata, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



Labourers carry a basket packed with vegetables through a wholesale market in Kolkata, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



A man comes out from a temporary toilet installed on the banks of the Ganges river in Allahabad, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Jitendra Prakash/Reuters)



A labourer sprays water on a concrete at the construction site of a flyover on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



Workers fasten iron rods together at the construction site of a flyover on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, February 26, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



A labourer sprays water on a concrete at a construction site on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, February 26, 2016. India expects its economy to grow 7-7.75 percent in the fiscal year to March 2017, a key government report said on Friday, ahead of the presentation of the annual budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



A vendor sprinkles water on his fish as he waits for customers between railway tracks in Kolkata, India, February 25, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



A worker unloads crushed stones from a goods wagon at a railway yard in Kolkata, India, February 25, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



Armed policemen stand guard at the partially damaged Munak canal, that supplies three-fifths of the water to Delhi, in Sonipat in the northern state of Haryana, India, February 24, 2016. A political ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shouted down on Tuesday by a crowd angered by rioting in Haryana that destroyed businesses, paralysed transport and cut water supplies to metropolitan Delhi. The army on Monday retook control of the canal. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)



A man riding his motorbike crosses a railway track in Ahmedabad, India, February 24, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



A worker welds the door of a luggage compartment of a passenger train at a railway yard in Ahmedabad, India, February 24, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



A labourer works on a railway track during repairs and maintenance of the tracks in Ahmedabad, India, February 24, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



A man carries his bicycle as he crosses a railway track in Ahmedabad, India, February 24, 2016. India's federal-run railways will have to depend on more government support and borrowing to fix their finances in its budget on Thursday, with New Delhi reluctant to unveil steep fare hikes ahead of key state elections, officials said. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)



Labourers work at the installation site of a new railway track on the outskirts of Agartala, India, February 22, 2016. (Photo by Jayanta Dey/Reuters)



A woman cover her head with a plastic bag as she crosses a road during a heavy downpour in Kolkata, India, February 24, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



A woman crosses a road during a heavy downpour in Kolkata, India, February 24, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



Oil tankers are seen parked at a yard outside a fuel depot on the outskirts of Kolkata in this February 3, 2015 file photo. Asia's oil markets are being upended as India's and China's refiners overtake once-dominant buyers like Japan and challenge the United States as the world's biggest consumer. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



A boy pushes a trolley with used brake drums at a second-hand automobile parts market in Kolkata, India, February 23, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



A suburban train passes through a slum area in Mumbai, India, February 17, 2016. (Photo by Shailesh Andrade/Reuters)



Demonstrators from the Jat community eat as they block the Delhi-Haryana national highway during a protest in New Delhi, India, February 21, 2016. India deployed thousands of troops in a northern state on Sunday to quell protests that have severely hit water supplies to Delhi, a city of more than 20 million people, forced factories to close and killed 10 people. The rioting in Haryana by the Jats, a rural caste, is symptomatic of increasingly fierce competition for government jobs and educational openings in India, whose growing population is set to overtake China's within a decade. (Photo by Adnan Abidi/Reuters)



A labourer carries a sack filled with sugar in a store at a wholesale market in Kolkata, India, February 15, 2016. India's wholesale prices fell for a 15th straight month in January, declining an annual 0.90 percent, driven down by tumbling oil prices, government data showed on Monday. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)



Hindu priests hold traditional incense lamps as they perform a ritual known as “Aarti” on the banks of Sangam – the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers – during the annual religious festival of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, February 14, 2016. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of devotees take a holy dip at Sangam. (Photo by Jitendra Prakash/Reuters)



In this February 22, 2016, photo, Indians take a selfie in Mumbai's coastline. India is home to the highest number of people who have died while taking photos of themselves, with 19 of the world's 49 recorded selfie-linked deaths since 2014, according to San Francisco-based data service provider Priceonomics. The statistic may in part be due to India's sheer size, with 1.25 billion citizens and one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets. (Photo by Rafiq Maqbool/AP Photo)





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