Monthly Archives: February 2012

Varanasi, India

An Indian Hindu woman waits to enter her home in a narrow alley in Varanasi, India. Varanasi is among the world’s oldest cities, and millions of Hindu pilgrims gather annually here for prayers and ritual bathing in the river considered holiest among Hindus.

Source: AP Phots of the Day

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Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Education Campus at Kinangaon village

An indigenous Garo woman pulls silk thread from cocoons at the inaugural class of the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Education Campus at Kinangaon village, along the Assam-Meghalaya border, about 50 miles west of Gauhati, India. The villagers were receiving training on spinning, reeling, natural dyeing and weaving techniques as part of livelihood training.

Source: Associated Press, Photo of the Day

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India 3rd phase of elections

An officer counts electronic voting machines before distribution by polling officials for their polling stations in Allahabad, India. The third phase of the seven-phase elections in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous and politically crucial state, is to be held Wednesday.

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Diclofenac killing Vultures in India

A vulture flies towards the decomposed body of an animal, unseen, at Nandani on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, about 19 miles north of Jammu, India.  Tens of millions of vultures once played a key role in South Asia’s ecosystem, disposing of carcasses and keeping down populations of stray dogs and rats that also feed on carcasses and are likely to spread diseases among humans. But millions of long-billed, slender-billed and oriental white-backed vultures have died in South Asia over the past several years after eating cattle carcasses tainted with diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory painkiller given to sick cows.

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