Heatwave in New Delhi

epa09937821 People rest under a bridge to avoid scorching heat in New Delhi, India, 10 May 2022. The heatwave spell may continue in Delhi and the National Capital Region as predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Winter Season in New Delhi

epa08891421 Indian men covered in blankets walk on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, India, 18 December 2020. Recent snowfall in the hills of Himachal Pradesh state and Jammu and Kashmir has caused the temperatures to dip in the plains of North India as well. Winter takes a heavy toll each year around northern India, as poverty forces many homeless people to live outdoors. Temperatures in the northern Indian regions continue to decrease. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Indian farmers from Punjab and Haryana march to protest in New Delhi

epa08845623 Tear gas shell fired by police explodes near protesting farmers after police try to stop farmers from entering in Delhi to protest against new farm laws, at the New Delhi, Haryana Sindhu border, 27 November 2020. Thousands of farmers gathered and tried to cross the sealed New Delhi border points to hold protests against the government's farm laws. Farmers were stopped by the police at the various points outside Delhi. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Unrest following protests against CAA in New Delhi

epaselect epa08077136 Protesters clash with security forces during a protest against Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) in New Delhi, India, 17 December 2019. According to news reports, few vehicles were set ablaze by the protesters. The CAA will give Indian citizenship rights to refugees from Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsi or Christian communities coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Voting in the Assembly elections in the state of Rajasthan

epa07214250 An Indian woman casts her vote at a polling station in the Chaturbhuj Badabas village Kotputli in the desert state of Rajasthan, India, 07 December 2018. Polling is underway on the 199 seats for the Rajasthan legislative assembly at 51,687 polling booths across the Rajasthan. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Chhath Puja celebration in New Delhi

epa07967286 Indian devotees perform rituals during sunset in the polluted Yamuna river that is covered with toxic foam caused by industrial waste, during the Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, India, 02 November 2019. Chhath Puja, the worship of the setting and rising Sun, is dedicated to Chhatti Mai, the goddess of power. The festival is all about pure devotion, cultural bonds and distribution of fruits and sweetmeats. It is seen as a serene event when bejeweled women in colorful saris visit the banks of rivers and ponds, singing folk songs. Then they take a dip in the water and pray to the Sun god. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Air pollution in New Delhi

epaselect epa07105154 Indian people commute on motorcycles and cars through heavy dust and smog in New Delhi, India, 19 October 2018. Despite a ban on stubble burning, farmers are still burning paddy stubble before they grow the next crop. The pollution and smokey haze around the adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana, especially New Delhi has been linked with stubble burning and is said to be a contributing factor for increasing air pollution. The local farmers say that they have no other option than to burn the stubble unless they are offered a financial incentive for it. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Covid-19 crisis in India

epa09199429 Indian People perform last rites of a COVID-19 victim as relatives mourn at a cremation ground in New Delhi, India, 14 May 2021. India reported 4,000 COVID-19 deaths and 343,144 fresh cases in the last 24 hours on 13 May, while several Indian states have announced the suspension of the vaccination program to all adults due to a shortage of coronavirus vaccine doses. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Rainbow theme fashion show during Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019

epaselect epa07091185 A model prepares for the Rainbow theme fashion show backstage to celebrate the decraminalization of the anti-gay sex law during the grand finale of the Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2019 in New Delhi, India, 13 October 2018. Models walked the runway wearing dresses based on the Rainbow theme, an emblem for the LGBTQ community to show solidarity. India's Supreme Court ruled on 06 September 2018, that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence. Five Supreme Court judges repealed a colonial-era law (section 377) and legalize gay sex between consenting adults. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Covid-19 crisis in New Delhi

epa09185917 Suspected COVID-19 patients receive oxygen supply at a Sikh shrine, or gurdwara, where oxygen is made available for free by various Sikh religious organizations in the outskirts of Delhi, India, 08 May 2021. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, India recorded 414,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in the 24 hours leading to 08 May. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Muharram mourning procession in New Delhi

epa07087462 YEARENDER SEPTEMBER 2018 An Indian Shiite Muslim performs a ritual of self-flagellation with clusters of knives during a religious procession on Ashura Day in New Delhi, India, 21 September 2018. During the first ten days of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, Shiite Muslims mourn in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, killed in a battle in 680 AD. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Covid care facility in New Delhi

epa08517845 Indian workers set up beds as they prepare a Covid care facility which can accommodate around five hundred Covid-19 patients in an indoor stadium inside Commonwealth Games(CWG) Village sports complex New Delhi, India, 30 June 2020. Countries around the world are taking measures to stem the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Eid al-Adha observed at Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi

epaselect epa06963742 A picture taken with a slow shutter speed shows Indian Muslims leave after offering prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha at Jama Masjid Mosque in the Old quarters of Delhi, India, 22 August 2018. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year, it marks the yearly Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to visit Mecca, the holiest place in Islam. Muslims slaughter a sacrificial animal and split the meat into three parts, one for the family, one for friends and relatives, and one for the poor and needy. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Sewer Scavengers Life Hazards

epa07110696 (26/26) Rani, partner of the 37 years old sewer worker Anil who died while cleaning a sewer line in New Delhi, perform the last rituals at the banks of the Ganges canal in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, 20 September 2018. Sewer workers clean the sewer lines by going inside the sewer pits without any safety masks or any safety equipment except for a safety belt to lift them up. Recent official government statistics showed one manual scavengers has died every five days since the beginning of 2017 while cleaning sewers. This is one of the most dangerous jobs in India and its usually done by the Valmiki community, a sub-caste that is considered one of the lowest of the so-called “untouchable” or Dalit caste. Members of these communities have traditionally occupied cleaning and sanitation work in Indian society. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa07110670

Sewer Scavengers Life Hazards

epaselect epa07110673 (03/26) Joney, a 26 year-old sewer worker cleans a sewer line in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, 26 July 2018. Joney along with other sewer workers cleans the sewer lines by going inside the pits in Ghaziabad area without any safety masks or any safety equipment except for a safety belt to lift them up. Recent official government statistics showed one manual scavengers has died every five days since the beginning of 2017 while cleaning sewers. This is one of the most dangerous jobs in India and its usually done by the Valmiki community, a sub-caste that is considered one of the lowest of the so-called “untouchable” or Dalit caste. Members of these communities have traditionally occupied cleaning and sanitation work in Indian society. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa07110670

International Health, Sports and Fitness Festival in New Delhi

epaselect epa06902169 Bodybuilders prepare backstage for the Men's Bodybuilding competition at the International Health, Sports and Fitness Festival, in New Delhi, India, 21 July 2018. International Health, Sports and Fitness Festival, a B2B fitness and wellness expo runs from 20 to 22 July 2018 in New Delhi. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Building collapse in Greater Noida

epaselect epa06895953 Indian National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue workers operate on the site of a building collapse in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, 18 July 2018. According to media reports, three people were found dead and fifty people are feared to be trapped under the wreckage in Shah Beri village. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Glacier burst aftermath in Uttarakhand, India

epa08999093 A general view of the damaged Dhauliganga hydro power project in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, 09 February 2021. At least 19 people died and nearly 150 are still missing after part of the Nanda Devi glacier fell into the river, triggering a flood that burst open a dam in the Tapovan area of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on 07 February 2021. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Migratory birds in India

epa06368039 Indian people in a boat feed the migratory birds on a smoggy morning on the banks of the Yamuna river in New Delhi, India, 05 December 2017. Migratory birds arrive in the winter season from different parts of India and neighboring countries and are expected to leave in March 2018. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Eleven members of a family found dead in New Delhi

epa06854361 Relatives mourn the death of 11 members of a family that were found dead in New Delhi, India, 01 July 2018. According to news reports, 10 people were found blindfolded and hanging and one elderly woman was found dead on the floor. Police are investigating the matter. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Water crisis in New Delhi

epa06833337 Indian people fill up canisters and containers with water from a tanker in Sanjay camp in New Delhi, India, 23 June 2018. National Institution for Transforming India(NITI), a policy think tank of the Government of India has warned that New Delhi will run out of water within two years due to the climate change and population growth. NITI has also warned that Indian states are going to face water crisis by 2020, which includes Major cities like New Delhi and Bangalore. India's worst ever water crisis is expected to adversely impact around 600 million people. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Water crisis in New Delhi

epa06833335 Indian people fill up canisters and containers with water from a tanker in Sanjay camp in New Delhi, India, 23 June 2018. National Institution for Transforming India(NITI), a policy think tank of the Government of India has warned that New Delhi will run out of water within two years due to the climate change and population growth. NITI has also warned that Indian states are going to face water crisis by 2020, which includes Major cities like New Delhi and Bangalore. India's worst ever water crisis is expected to adversely impact around 600 million people. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Coronavirus in India

epa08401189 Security officers try to enforce the safety distance while people queue up outside a liquor shop after its reopening during the extended nationwide lockdown in New Delhi, India, 04 May 2020. The Indian government announced lockdown extension for two weeks till May 17 with new relaxation action plan for red, green zones but people still seeking clarity from local authorities as the third phase of the countrywide lockdown begins from this morning to stem the widespread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

New Delhi struggles with heavily polluted air

epa06314944 An Indian woman performs yoga as the Lodhi garden is engulfed in heavy smog during early morning in New Delhi, India, 08 November 2017. People in the Indian capital city are struggling with heavily polluted air as air quality hit 'severe levels,' according to reports. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

World Environment Day in New Delhi

epa06784198 A plastic bag hangs on the horns of a cow as it sifts through rubbish for food ahead of World Environment Day in New Delhi, India, 03 June 2018 (issued 04 June 2018). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India has the world's 14 most plastic polluted cities. The World Environment Day is held annually on 05 June and this years theme is plastic pollution. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Chhath Puja celebration in New Delhi.

epa06291188 An Indian devotee performs rituals during a sunset in polluted Yamuna river during the Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, India, 26 October 2017. Chhath Puja, the worship of the setting and rising Sun, is dedicated to Chhatti Mai Goddess of Power. The festival is all about pure devotion, cultural bonds and distribution of fruits and sweetmeats. The festival is seen as a serene event when bejeweled women in colorful saris visit the banks of rivers and ponds, singing folk songs. Then they take a dip in the water and pray to the Sun god. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Chhath Puja celebration in New Delhi.

epa06291181 An Indian devotee performs rituals during a sunset in polluted Yamuna river during the Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, India, 26 October 2017. Chhath Puja, the worship of the setting and rising Sun, is dedicated to Chhatti Mai Goddess of Power. The festival is all about pure devotion, cultural bonds and distribution of fruits and sweetmeats. The festival is seen as a serene event when bejeweled women in colorful saris visit the banks of rivers and ponds, singing folk songs. Then they take a dip in the water and pray to the Sun god. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Ramadan in India

epa06780734 Indian Muslims gather for Iftar (breaking fast) meal inside a water pump shop in the Old quaters of Delhi, India, 02 June 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating and drinking during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran’s first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Chhath Pooja in New Delhi

epa06286440 Indian people travel in a crowded train to go to their respective hometowns to celebrate Chhath Pooja festival, in New Delhi, India, 24 October 2017. Chhath Pooja is a worship of the setting and rising sun and is dedicated to Chhatti Mai (Goddess of Power). During the festival bejewelled women in colourful saris visit the banks of rivers and ponds, singing folk songs and take a dip in the water and pray to the sun god. Chhath Pooja will be celebrated on 26 October. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017

epa06269624 Paraguay's Braian Ojeda (L) and USA's Tim Weah in action during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 round of 16 soccer match between Paraguay and USA at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 16 October 2017. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017

epa06254941 Colombia's Juan Penaloza celebrate scoring during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group A soccer match between India and Colombia at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 09 October 2017. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017

epa06248370 Colombia's Andres Perea (R) in action against Ghana's Kudus Mohammed (L) during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group A soccer match between Colombia and Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 06 October 2017. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017

epa06248356 Colombia's Brayan Gomez (R) in action against Ghana's Kudus Mohammed (C) during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 group A soccer match between Colombia and Ghana at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, 06 October 2017. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

BJP celebration in New Delhi

epa06739409 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party workers after BJP wins highest seats in the Karnataka state elections, at party headquarters in New Delhi, India, 15 May 2018. Leaders and workers of BJP celebrated after the party won highest seats in the Karnataka state elections the results of which were declared on the same day. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

At least 22 people drowned when a boat carrying 60 people capsized in India

epa06203936 Footwears of victims of the capsized boat as National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel search and rescue victims at the site where a riverboat capsized carrying 60 people in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, India, 14 September 2017. At least 22 people drowned after an overloaded boat capsized in Yamuna river, media reports said. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Tibetan Turning Point

epa06312685 (37/40) A young Tibetan boy living-in-exile in India plays while studying in a class room in a Tibetan school in New Delhi, India, 01 September 2017. At the heart of the Free Tibet movement are principals of non-violence and a middle way towards conflict resolution with China and a return to Tibet. Yet nearly six decades have passed since the soul of the movement and leader of the peaceful resistance, the Dalai Lama, known also by his religious name as Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, fled China controlled Tibet fearing his life. The Dalai Lama cites dreams stating that he will live until 113 years of age, but as decades pass and international attention strays to other conflicts, commentators now say Tibetan Buddhism is at a cross-roads. The reality of returning to Tibet, for those wishing for return, is very distant, according to assessments by independent observers. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06312648

Rohingya Refugees living in a makeshift settlement in New Delhi

epa06161403 A Rohingya Muslim child is seen in a makeshift settlement in Madanpur Khadar, in New Delhi, India, 22 August 2017, (issued 25 August 2017). There are around 50 Muslim Rohingya families living in the makeshift provided by a NGO Zakat Foundation of India near Madanpur Khadar. Most of the refugees living in this area are daily wagers and ragpickers who earn around 5 US dollars a day. The small children study in a local madarsa, which is also their place for offering prayers. A picture made available on 25 August 2017 shows a Rohingya Muslim woman in a makeshift settlement in Madanpur Khadar, in New Delhi, India, 22 August 2017. There are around 50 Muslim Rohingya families living in the makeshift provided by a NGO Zakat Foundation of India near Madanpur Khadar. Most of the refugees living in this area are daily wagers and ragpickers who earn around 5 dollars a day. The small children study in a local madarsa, which is also their place for offering prayers.Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the Indian government's intention to deport around 40,000 refugees of the Rohingya Muslim minority, who had fled there from Myanmar. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 in New Delhi

epaselect epa08231103 Munkhnar Byambasuren of Mongolia (red) wrestles with Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova of Uzbekistan (blue) in the Bronze medal match of the women’s 50kg category at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 in New Delhi, India 20 February 2020. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Eve of World Water Day in New Delhi

epa06618163 A metro train passes near the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi, India, 21 March 2018. About 57 million people depend on Yamuna waters for washing and drinking, despite the river being heavily polluted and laden with sewage. World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is 'Nature for Water', exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

International Day of Action for Rivers in New Delhi

epa06602467 An Indian man looks for coins and other offerings, thrown by mainly Hindu devotees after their worship, in the polluted Yamuna River in New Delhi, India, 14 March 2018. On 14 March every year environmental activists globally hold the International Day of Action for Rivers with the aim of raising awareness around issues concerning the world's water ways. International Day of Action for Rivers was founded in 1997 in Curitiba, Brazil. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Yamuna river pollution in New Delhi

epa06073332 Indian women take holy bath on the bank of the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi, India, 07 July 2017. About 57 million people depend on Yamuna waters for washing and drinking, despite the river being heavily polluted and laden with sewage. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Celebrations for Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon

epa06564948 Indian women beat men with sticks during the annual Lathmar Holi festival in Nandgaon, Mathura, India, 25 February 2018. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana and Nandagaon, people celebrate a variation of Holi called 'Lathmar' Holi, which means beating with sticks. During the first day of Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put color on them and on the second day, In Nandgaon the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, beat the men of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, with wooden sticks. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Celebrations for Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon

epa06564616 Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon throw colored water on Hindu men from Barsana as they arrive at the Nandgram temple during the Lathmar Holi festival in Nandgaon, Mathura, India, 25 February 2018. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana and Nandagaon, people celebrate a variation of Holi called 'Lathmar' Holi, which means beating with sticks. During the first day of Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put color on them and on the second day, In Nandgaon the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, beat the men of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, with wooden sticks. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Celebrations for Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon

epa06564604 Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon throw colored water on Hindu men from Barsana as they arrive at the Nandgram temple during the Lathmar Holi festival in Nandgaon, Mathura, India, 25 February 2018. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana and Nandagaon, people celebrate a variation of Holi called 'Lathmar' Holi, which means beating with sticks. During the first day of Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put color on them and on the second day, In Nandgaon the women of Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, beat the men of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, with wooden sticks. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Indian Muslims offer last Friday prayer of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in New Delhi

epa06045214 Indian Muslims attend the last Friday prayer of the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque near New Delhi Railways station in New Delhi, India, 23 June 2017. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating and drinking during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran's first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Badminton India Open

epa06496109 A multiple exposure image of Pusarla V. Sindhu of India in action during the women's singles final match against Beiwen Zhang of the USA at the India Open badminton tournament in New Delhi, India, 04 February 2018. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad

epaselect epa07285720 Indian Naga Sadhus, or naked holy men, take a 'shahi snans', or holy bath, at the Sangam river, the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati, during Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, 15 January 2019. The Hindu festival is one of the biggest in India and will be held from 15 January to 04 March 2019 in Allahabad. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad

epa07285384 Head of Kinnar Akhara, a transgender congregation, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi (C) and members take a 'shahi snans' or holy bath at the Sangam river, the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology, the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati, during Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, 15 January 2019. The Hindu festival is one of the biggest in India and will be held from 15 January to 04 March 2019 in Allahabad. EPA-EFE/RAJAT GUPTA

World Population Day

epa05414295 (14/28) Indian passengers hang on an overcrowded train as it departs from Loni town, in Uttar Pradesh, India, 29 June 2016.Current Population of India in 2016 is 1.33 billion (133 crores) and soon India is set to replace China as the most populous country in the world by 2025, a news reports said. The United Nations' (UN) World Population Day is observed on 11 July each year. Asia's population is more than 4.4 billion people and rising, the region claims more than half of the total world's population. China with about 1.38 billion people is the most populous nation, but projections state that India will take the lead, in less than a decade. Better healthcare and an increase in life expectancy are the main reasons for the world population to grow about 1.13 percent per year. World Population Day is observed on 11 July annually since it was established by the United Nations in 1989. It aims at drawing attention on important of population issues. Under the theme of 2016 'Investing in teenage girls', the UN enlists the help of the world in supporting teenage girls to have the means to exercise their human right. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Eid Al-Adha preparations in India

epa05526654 An Indian goat seller sleeps as he displays his goats for sale at a market outside the Jama Masjid mosque ahead of the Eid Al-Adha festival in Delhi, India, 06 September 2016. Millions of Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated by slaughtering goats, sheep and cattle in commemoration of the Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Hindu devotees take part in a religious procession

epaselect epa05891854 A Hindu devotee is helped by other people as she walks on burning coals during a religious procession Vel Festival of the Hindu goddess Maha Mariamman (Sheetla Mata), in New Delhi, India, 06 April 2017. People get their bodies pierced with different kinds of metal needles and rods and participate in a religious procession as thanks giving gesture to the goddess in return of their fulfilled wishes during the annual procession. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Indian rag pickers work at Landfill in New Delhi

epa04724043 An Indian rag picker helps another rag picker carry material collected after searching a landfill in New Delhi, India, 28 April 2015. Hundreds of poor people work around landfills, selling whatever they can to owners of recycling business. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana

epa04640435 Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon smeared with powdered colors attend the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana village, Mathura, India, 27 February 2015. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana, people celebrate a variation of Holi called 'Lathmar' Holi, which means beating with sticks. During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to put color on them. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Badminton India Open Superseries 2017

epa05884658 India’s P.V.Sindhu celebrates winning her Women’s Single Final Match against Spain’s Carolina Marin at the Yonex India Open Superseries 2017 badminton tournament in New Delhi, India, 02 April 2017. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rohingya Search for Somewhere to Call Home

epa06024049 (24/28) Rohingya Muslim mother Hazra Khatoon decorates a head-scarf in a traditional way with her daughter inside her space in a makeshift settlement in Madanpur Khadar in New Delhi, India, 10 February 2017. There are around 50 Muslim Rohingya families living in the makeshift housing, having fled Myanmar, provided by the NGO Zakat Foundation of India. Most of the refugees living in this area work where they can on day rates or as ragpickers, and earn about US5 dollars per day. The small children study in a local madarsa, which is also their place for offering prayers. Despite the risks, the Rohingya continue to leave Myanmar, fleeing alleged anti-Muslim violence and discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country, searching for state-hood and a country to accept them as citizens. A religious Muslim minority group, Rohingya have faced waves of persecution, according to human rights groups. More recently, those in the north-west of the state have faced alleged brutal human rights abuses: beatings, murder, house burnings, disappearances, extortion, rape and harassment. The Rohingya have been called perhaps the most persecuted minority group in the world. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06024025

Eid Al-Adha prayers in New Delhi

epa04948020 Indian Muslim children play after offering prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha at the Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India, 25 September 2015. Muslims worldwide observe the Eid Al Adha festival, during which they sacrifice permissible animals - generally rams, goats, sheep, cows and camels - to commemorate Prophet Abrahams' readiness to sacrifice his son as a sign of his obedience to God. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

India farmer protest in New Delhi

epa05869770 An Indian farmer from South Indian Rivers Interlinking Farmers Association plays dead near human skulls claiming they belong to farmers who died in the past in Tamilnadu during a protest and hunger strike in New Delhi, India, 25 March 2017. Hundreds of farmers continuing their protest as they are demanding the formation of Cauvery river management committee and networking for all rivers by smart waterways project. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

India Art Fair 2017 opens in New Delhi

epa05766622 An Art work by Shrine Empire Gallery on display at the India Art Fair in New Delhi, India, 02 February 2017. The modern and contemporary art fair runs from 02 February to 05 February EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Indian Monkey in New Delhi.

epa05806956 An Indian pet monkey peers from an autorickshaw in New Delhi, India, 21 February 2017. Tuesdays are known to be an auspicious day to worship Indian monkey God Hanuman. Delhi's monkeys have gained a notorious reputation for invading homes, schools and government offices. The monkeys who have moved into residential areas and official enclaves due to Delhi's shrinking forests, are said to have become a security threat. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Indian widows participate in fashion show in New Delhi

epa05586189 An Indian widow waits backstage to take part in a fashion show at an event organized by the NGO Sulabh International in New Delhi, India, 15 October 2016. Widows in India are considered highly inauspicious according to Hindu tradition and are often ostracized by society. For years, many have been living in poverty at the holy town of Vrindavan, also known as the 'city of widows'. At the behest of the Supreme Court, Indian NGO Sulabh International is trying to improve the condition of widows who are living in government shelter homes here. The new welfare program includes education, healthcare and vocational skills training. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Celebrations for 'Lathmar' Holi at Barsana

epa05833096 Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon celebrate covered with colored powder the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana village, Mathura, India, 06 March 2017. Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. In Barsana, people celebrate a variation of holi, called 'Lathmar' Holi, which means 'beating with sticks'. During the Lathmar Holi festival, the women of Barsana, the birth place of Hindu God Krishna's beloved Radha, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Hindu God Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their efforts to throw color on them. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rohingya Refugees living in a makeshift settlement in New Delhi

epa04808013 A picture made available on 19 June 2015 shows a Rohingya refugee child returning home after feeding his goat near a makeshift settlement in Madanpur Khadar on the eve of World Refugee Day, in New Delhi, India, 17 June 2015. There are around 50 Muslim Rohingya families living in the makeshift provided by a NGO Zakat Foundation of India near Madanpur Khadar. Most of the refugees living in this area are daily wagers and ragpickers who earn around 5 dollars a day. The small children study in a local madarsa, which is also their place for offering prayers. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Daily life in New Delhi

epaselect epa05610832 An Indian security guard offer prayers to a peepal tree before starting his work in New Delhi, India, 31 October 2016. Peepal tree is often worshiped by Hindu devotees due to its mythological importance. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Diwali aftermath, levels of pollution increased in New Delhi.

epaselect epa05610813 Birds sit on a tree as sun rises through smog, one day after the Diwali festival, in New Delhi, India, 31 October 2016. According to a news report, hundreds of people faced breathing problem and poor visibility due to heavy smog after fireworks set off during the Diwali festival in Delhi have worsened the pollution problem. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Tibetan activists in India

epa04655788 Tibetan activists jump over as Indian policemen trying to detain Tibetan activists during a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, India, 10 March 2015. Tibetans from all over the world commemorate the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day on 10 March. Tibetans offer tributes to the Tibetan Martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom in Tibet. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Transgender models audition in New Delhi.

epa05148010 An Indian transgender, Niharika, poses for a photoshoot during her audition during a transgender models audition in New Delhi, India, 07 February 2016. According to a news report, transgender models took part in India's first trangenders models audition organised by Mitr trust in New Delhi. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Four year old girl raped in Indian capital

epa04976971 A doll hangs on a wall at the home of a four-year-old rape victim in a slum area, New Delhi, India, 14 October 2015. According to media reports, two men are being questioned by police related to the rape of a 4-year-old girl in Delhi. The girl was found by some railway lines on 09 October and is in hospital with serious injuries. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rehearsals of the Beating the Retreat in New Delhi.

epa05129609 Members of an Indian armed forces band stand after their performance in front of the illuminated Indian Presidential House on occasion of the rehearsals of annual military ceremony 'Beating the Retreat' in New Delhi, India, 27 January 2016. Beating the Retreat is a tradition in which military bands perform during the closing of Republic Day celebrations. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rehearsals for International Yoga Day in New Delhi

epa05377567 Thousands of participants perform yoga exercises during the rehearsals of the second International Day of Yoga, at Rajpath in New Delhi, India, 19 June 2016. International Yoga Day will be observed on 21 June 2016. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Indian slum fire destroys some 400 properties

epa05261567 An Indian kid takes bath from the water logged inside the burnt air cooler after a fire that destroyed an estimated 400 buildings in the Dwarka slum area in the West of Delhi, India, 16 April 2016. According to reports the fire broke out in the morning due to a cylinder blast in the slum dwellings with some 18 fire trucks deployed in attempts to control the blaze but arrived too late to save the dwellings. No casualties were reported and an investigation into the cause has been instigated by authorities. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rehearsals for International Yoga Day in New Delhi

epa05377562 Indian Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev (R) with his associate Balkrishna (L) leads yoga exercises during the rehearsals of the second International Day of Yoga, at Rajpath in New Delhi, India, 19 June 2016. International Yoga Day will be observed on 21 June 2016. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rajesh Pratap Singh - Runway - Amazon India Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015

epa04678281 A model presents a creation by Indian designer Rajesh Pratap Singh during the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2015 in New Delhi, India, 25 March 2015, that is scheduled to be held from 25 to 29 March. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rehearsals for Indian Air Force Day

epa04965561 The Indian Air Force's 'Sarang' helicopters team show their aerobatics skills in a rehearsal for the Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station outside New Delhi, India, 06 October 2015.The Indian Air Force was established in 1932 and will celebrate its 83rd anniversary on 08 October. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Rehearsals for Indian Air Force Day

epa04965560 Indian Air Force 'Air Warriors' parade during a rehearsal for the Indian Air Force Day at the Hindon air force station outside New Delhi, India, 06 October 2015.The Indian Air Force was established in 1932 and will celebrate its 83rd anniversary on 08 October. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Train accident in Uttar Pradesh

epa05639558 Rescue workers of the National Disaster Response Force, carry the body of a victim from the site of an accident where coaches of an Indore-Patna Express train derailed, near Pukhrayan, in Kanpur, India, 20 November 2016. According to reports, over 60 people were killed and more than 100 were injured after 14 coaches of an Indore-Patna Express train derailed in the early morning hours. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

An Indian child sleeps on a roadside

epa04724024 A child sleeps in a hammock made of cloth on a roadside in New Delhi, India, 28 April 2015. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

International Day of Education 2022

epa09705820 Indian teacher Kuldeep Maurya teaches students in a makeshift school called 'Panchsheel Shikshan Sansthan' running under a metro bridge in New Delhi, India, 21 January 2022 (issued 24 January 2022). The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the education system in India, with scores of children from poor areas and remote regions across the country moving to online schooling or dropping out and vast majority comprising millions of children from underprivileged families - have been struggling to continue their education due to their limited access to technology. Makeshift schooling is playing an important role in this present time amid the Covid restriction and an effort to reach the underprivileged children. 'Panchsheel Shikshan Sansthan' (Panchsheel education organization) started in 2015 by the Satyendra Pal with five students and the school is situated at the Yamuna river bed at the resentment colony. Now there is 15 teaching staff who teach around 250 students of different classes. Kuldeep Maurya, who is now studying in 12th standard in a government school, is one of the teachers and also a former student of the same school. Most children cannot go to a proper school as they support their parents in nearby farm fields or are engaged in other jobs like ragpickers. Furthermore this school does not have class rooms, so they have to suspend the classes in extreme weather conditions and for electricity depended on solar lights. There is no proper funding to run the school and students and teachers contribute among themselves to bear the day to day expenses. The change to online schooling proved beneficial only for a limited number of children, mostly in towns, cities and urban areas but regional governments have tried to address the problem by donating devices and conducting lessons on television channels to some such schools. The United Nations proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and develop
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