Malaria and dengue fever increase in Calcutta.

epa03860580 Malaria patient Kamala Shaw sits in a lane of a slum area in Calcutta, Eastern India, 10 September 2013. The city may be facing a dengue fever and malaria outbreak as representative data of government hospitals and a accredited pathology laboratory have revealed 73 dengue and 41 malaria cases in last 40 days. The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) started an awareness campaign and opened medical camps in each city ward as initial steps to combat the increasing number of Malaria and Dengue cases. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

New drainage system for Calcutta

epa03814700 Indian municipality laborers work on an underground drainage system in Calcutta, Eastern India, 06 August 2013. The project will include the construction of concrete drains to replace the brick-built open drains and introduction of a modern sewage system. The present drainage system was established by the British Empire about three hundred years ago. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Monsoon rain

epa03832661 An Indian man stands between logged water on a street after heavy rain in Calcutta, India, 21 August 2013. The monsoon season in India usually lasts from June to October. Persistent downpours have submerged large parts of the city and its adjoining areas. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Malaria and dengue fever increase in Calcutta.

epa03860577 Children play in a lane at a slum area in Calcutta, Eastern India, 10 September 2013. The city may be facing a dengue fever and malaria outbreak as representative data of government hospitals and a accredited pathology laboratory have revealed 73 dengue and 41 malaria cases in last 40 days. The Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) started an awareness campaign and opened medical camps in each city ward as initial steps to combat the increasing number of Malaria and Dengue cases. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Chhath festival in Calcutta

epa03478041 An Indian Hindu devotee holds a coconut to be offer to the setting sun while standing in Ganges river during the Chhath festival in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, 19 November 2012. The Chhath festival is observed by devotees for a prosperous life and goodwill among the people. It is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun) and Agni (fire). People fast for the whole day and in the evening they offer Chhat, worship, to the setting sun. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Traditional Indian wrestling championship in Calcutta

epa03470558 Indian wrestlers in action during a traditional Indian wrestling championship at the Barabazar Byam Samity at Barabazar in Calcutta, India, 14 November 2012. Wrestlers from different parts of India took part in the one-day event. The ancient sport of traditional Indian wrestling is a prehistoric subculture. Wrestlers live and train together and follow strict rules on ingestion and how the spend their extra time. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Christians offer prayers during All Souls' Day

epa03455668 Christians offer prayers at a graveyard during All Souls' Day in Calcutta, India, 02 November 2012. All Souls' Day is marked to following All Saints' Day, and is an opportunity for Roman Catholics and Anglo-Catholic churches to commemorate the faithful departed. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Durga Puja festival preparations

epa03429975 An element of a Goddess Durga idol representing an embryo of demon is installed by Indian artist Mukunda Mondal at a makeshift pandal in Calcutta, India, 12 October 2012, ahead of the Durga Puja festival. The Hindu festival of Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a five-day annual holiday. This year the festival will run from 20 to 24 October 2011. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

INDIA MONSOON

epa03400408 An Indian rickshaw puller runs through heavy rain in Calcutta, India, 17 September 2012.The monsoon season in India usually lasts from June to October. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

enjoy the shower

epa03397666 Indian boys and girls enjoy a shower at a pavement water tap in Eastern Indian city of Calcutta on 14 September 2012. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Malaria and Dengue infections in Calcutta

epa03382568 Health official Nandalal Mahato (C) sprays pesticides to kill mosquitoes with a portable smoke fogger in Eastern city of Calcutta, India, 04 September 2012. The city may be facing its dengue outbreak. Two children have died at BC Roy Children's Hospital since few days as 20 kids admitted to the hospital and reported 542 people have dengue affected in Calcutta. Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC) started a campaign in each ward as CMC has taken a number of steps to combat the increasing number of Malaria and Dengue cases. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Party members and supporters commemorate the death anniversary of the 13 members of Trinamool Congress party

epa03313116 Low speed exposure of some of the thousands of Trinamool Congress party members and supporters gathering in a mass rally to listen its leader and Chief Minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, in Calcutta on 21 July 2012. Party members and supporters commemorate the death anniversary of the 13 members of Trinamool Congress party. They died in a police gun fire during a rally on 21 July 1993. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

INDIA FIRE IN HOSPITAL

epa03028679 Rescue workers pull down a dead body of a patient at the AMRI non government hospital in the Eastern Indian city of Calcutta on 08 December 2011. At least sixty people have died and hundreds were injured in a massive fire that broke out at the AMRI hospital in south Calcutta. Nearly 25 fire tenders were working hard to evacuate all patients and staff. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Maharam procession in Eastern Indian city of Calcutta

epa03025662 Two Muslim boys Mahammad Akram (L) and Mahammad Sahid (R) travel on a train on their way to take part in the Maharam procession in Eastern Indian city of Calcutta, 06 December 2011. Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calander is observed around the world for ten days of mourning in rememberance of martydom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Indian Jockeys wait with their bulls

epa03752910 Indian jockeys and their bulls participate in the annual bull race at Al Takhali village, 82 km south of Calcutta, India, 20 June 2013. The traditional race in muddy rice fields is being organized by the farmers to celebrate a good harvest season. The jockeys ride on a pair of bulls, holding on to their tails, along 100 meters of a muddy soaked track in rice fields balancing barefoot on a wooden plank. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Flower Market in Kolkata

epa03017910 Indian boy Mannu Kumar carries flowers at the Mallikghat wholesale flower market in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, 28 November 2011. The wholesale flower market is located next to Howrah Bridge over Hoogle River. Approximately 6,000 flower growers from the urban areas come daily to the market to sell and export flowers to different countries. During wedding seasons and festivals, the number of growers may even double. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Women activists protest against rape case in Calcutta

epa03742418 A detained activists reacts from a police van during a protest action against a recent rape case, near Bengal Chief Ministers home in Calcutta, India, 13 June 2013. The activists from a non-government organization for women rights Maitree protest and demand justice against the recent gang rape and murder of a 20-year-old girl by at least six persons at Barasat village. The victim was raped in an under-construction building and her body was found with injury marks near a canal, according to news reports. Six persons have been arrested so far in connection with rape and murder. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Rain clouds over Calcutta

epa03256355 Dark rain clouds illuminated by the setting sun create a dramatic scenerey over the Eastern indian city of Calcutta, 09 June 2012. Following a long and hot summer the clouds were heralding this season's first rainfalls hoped to bring local residents a welcome relief. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Durga Puja festival preparations

epa02913348 Indian cart puller walk past idols of Goddess Durga seen at a pavement workshop ahead of the Durga Puja festival at Kumartully district, in Calcutta, India, 12 September 2011. The Hindu festival of Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa and Tripura where it is a five-day annual holiday. This year the festival will starts 02 October to 06 October 2011. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

INDIA DAILY LIFE

epa03610767 An Indian massager waits for his customers on the banks of Holy river Ganges in Eastern Indian city of Calcutta on 05 March 2013. Massage is a very popular service provided all over India, a service according to cultural traditions. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

World Human Rights Day in Calcutta

epa02488425 An unidentified Indian woman with her child waits for food next to a public house on World Human Rights Day in Calcutta, East India, 10 December 2010. The activists are demanding a stop to political violence in different villages of Bengal. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

World AIDS day preparations

epa02473954 Indian sex workers visit a health clinic as they donate their blood samples for HIV/AIDS test at Sonagachi red light district on the eve of World AIDS day in Calcutta, East India, 30 November 2010. Durber Mahila Sammanay Committee, an organization for sex workers rights, runs a HIV prevention program in Sonagachi. World AIDS Day, observed 01 December each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Baboons at callcutta zoo

A Hamadryas Baboon from Egypt is pictured in its enclosure at Alipoor zoo in Calcutta

Monsoon Season in Calcutta

View of monsoon cloud pattern over the Victoria Memorial landmark in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta

Monsoon Season in Calcutta

epa02780716 View of monsoon cloud pattern over the Victoria Memorial landmark in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, 15 June 2011. Monsoon rains enter India's mainland from the southern state of Kerala at the end of May or in the first week of June, and then progresses to cover the rest of the country by July. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Child Labour in India

epa02775384 Mahamad Salim, an Indian child labour heads back home after he finished his eight hours shift at a steel factory during which he earned about one and half US dollar, in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, on the eve of World Day against Child Labour, on 11 June 2011. A report published on the International Labour Organization ILO's website citing studies from industrialized and developing countries indicated that child labourers suffer work-related accidents, illness or psychological trauma every minute of every day somewhere in the world. ILO warned that an enormous number of children are still caught in hazardous work and called for urgent action to stop this practice. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

INDIA BANANA HARVESTING

epa02411710 Indian farmer Rahim Mondal operates an oxen pulled plough as he prepares a field for banana tree plantation at Chaugacha village north of Calcutta, India, 25 October 2010. India occupies first position in banana production globally, supporting the livelihoods of millions of people with total annual production of 16.91 million tons. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

INDIA BANANA HARVESTING

epa02411729 Indian banana traders and buyers busy during auction at a wholesale market at Naihati village, north of Calcutta, India, 25 October 2010. India occupies first position in banana production globally, supporting the livelihoods of millions of people with total annual production of 16.91 million tons. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Tarpan ritual on banks of River Ganga in Calcutta

epa02378732 Hindu devotees take part in the 'Tarpan' ritual for the remembrance of their ancestors as they take a holy dip during Mahalaya prayer at the banks of the Ganga river in Calcutta, India, 07 October 2010. Mahalaya is an auspicious occasion observed seven days before the Hindu festival, Durga Puja. The day of Mahalaya is also the day of remembrance. On this day, people offer 'tarpan' in memory of their deceased forefathers. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Fire in slum area

epa03072714 A slum boy cries while he uses his cell phone after a massive fire blaze destroyed hundreds of homes at a slum in Kaliakapur in Eastern Indian city of Calcutta, 22 January 2012. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Indian cricket supporters cheer

epa02666098 Indian cricket supporters cheer while watching the Cricket ICC World Cup final match against Sri Lanka at a market place in Eastern Indian city of Calcutta on 02 April 2011. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Baboons at callcutta zoo

epa02659499 A Hamadryas Baboon from Egypt is pictured in its enclosure at Alipoor zoo in Calcutta, India, 29 March 2011. Calcutta zoo recently acquired two baboons. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

World Water Day 2011

epa02637975 (14/39) An Indian woman lines up as she waits for the Municipal container tank that supplies drinking water at a slum area in Calcutta, India, 12 March 2011. World Water Day is marked annually on 22 March. The official United Nations statement reads: This year, UN-Water chose the theme Water and Urbanization under the slogan Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge. The objective of WWD 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY ***PLEASE REFER TO THE ADVISORY NOTICE (epa02637961) FOR COMPLETE FEATURE TEXT***

Ganga Sagar Fair

epa02529096 Indian pilgims head back home after they took a holy dip in the Bay of Bengal on Sagar Island during Ganga Sagar Fair 130km South of Calcutta in West Bengal, India, 14 January 2011. Ganga Sagar Fair is the annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims during Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

INDIA WINTER NIGHT LIFE

epa02515642 Indian rickshaw puller Raghubir Jha smokes as he tries to warm himself on a footpath in Calcutta, East India 03 January 2010, braving the current cold wave. It is estimated that over 30,000 rickshaws are operating in Calcutta. In August 2005, the Communist government of West Bengal announced plans to completely ban rickshaws in Bengal. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Fire at Stephen Court building

epa02089775 An Indian relative of trapped residents asks police Gautam Mohan Chakraborty (C) for help at the site of a fire that broke out at Stephen Court building in Calcutta, eastern India on 23 March 2010. Five people are feared to have died in the blaze that started when a lift caught fire, supposedly due to an electrical fault, authorities said. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Indian fire fighters try to extinguish fire

epa02030842 An Indian fire fighter wants the hosepipe as he tries to extinguish fire at a warehouse, part of Burrabazar in Eastern Indian city of Calcutta on 14 February 2010. A major fire broke out at a hundred year old warehouse on Strand Road during early morning.The blaze soon engulfed the entire building as the warehouse was packed with combustible articles. West Bengal Fire Services director Gopal Bhattacharya said, 'Altogether 30 fire engines have been pressed into service'. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Band Party in Calcutta

epa02020692 Members of a band party wait fully dressed next to the Mahatma Gandhi road in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, 07 February 2010. A so-called band party, better known in Calcutta as Tasha party, is musical community or group who performs during various social occasions with instruments like drums, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets etc. The tradition of the band party goes back as early as the the 18th century in India. Traditionally each member of a band wears a uniquely decorated uniform decoration with different colours for the jackets, caps and trousers. Main colours for the dress materials are usually red, blue, white, green, and purple with golden or silver craft over it. A single performer earns 1,50 USD per performance. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

MOTHER AND CHILD SELL CALENDARS ON TRAIN

epa00851816 Rina holds her 23-day-old baby Sumi as she tries to sell pocket calendars in a passenger train compartment, in Calcutta on Monday 30 October 2006. Rina maintains her five family members in Nadia district village. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

INDIA BENGALI POVERTY

epa00689669 A new-born child with her brother Rana spend time on a traffic island near the Mahatma Gandhi Road, Calcutta, on Tuesday, 11 April 2006. More than two million under privileged families live on sidewalks of Calcutta. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
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