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<p>A farmer carries plastic pipes used for watering fields on his bicycle in Tonk, in Rajasthan January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

A farmer carries plastic pipes used for watering fields on his bicycle in Tonk, in Rajasthan January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A farmer carries plastic pipes used for watering fields on his bicycle in Tonk, in Rajasthan January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi (C), embraces his mother as Indian Defence Minister A. K. Antony (L) watches during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in Jaipur, capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan January 20, 2013. Sonia Gandhi's son, Rahul, 42, was anointed party vice-president at the meeting. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi (C), embraces his mother as Indian Defence Minister A. K. Antony (L) watches during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in Jaipur, capital of India's...more

Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi (C), embraces his mother as Indian Defence Minister A. K. Antony (L) watches during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in Jaipur, capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan January 20, 2013. Sonia Gandhi's son, Rahul, 42, was anointed party vice-president at the meeting. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Neeta, 11, helps her father as she carries material to be used for burning fire in a kiln at a brickyard on the outskirts of Kota, in India's desert state of Rajasthan, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui</p>

Neeta, 11, helps her father as she carries material to be used for burning fire in a kiln at a brickyard on the outskirts of Kota, in India's desert state of Rajasthan, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Neeta, 11, helps her father as she carries material to be used for burning fire in a kiln at a brickyard on the outskirts of Kota, in India's desert state of Rajasthan, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>An eagle flies amid smoke caused by the Indian Air Force's Russian-made Sukhoi-30 aircrafts during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood</p>

An eagle flies amid smoke caused by the Indian Air Force's Russian-made Sukhoi-30 aircrafts during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

An eagle flies amid smoke caused by the Indian Air Force's Russian-made Sukhoi-30 aircrafts during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are hit by police water cannons during a protest in Chandigarh January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ajay Verma</p>

Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are hit by police water cannons during a protest in Chandigarh January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Activists from India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are hit by police water cannons during a protest in Chandigarh January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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<p>India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India's Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>A man wears a costume depicting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he sits inside a bus during an awareness campaign in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal</p>

A man wears a costume depicting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he sits inside a bus during an awareness campaign in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

A man wears a costume depicting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he sits inside a bus during an awareness campaign in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

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<p>Indian soldiers stand in front of the illuminated Indian Defence Ministry (L) and Home Ministry buildings during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

Indian soldiers stand in front of the illuminated Indian Defence Ministry (L) and Home Ministry buildings during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian soldiers stand in front of the illuminated Indian Defence Ministry (L) and Home Ministry buildings during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>An Indian soldier holds an official emblem of the government of India during the rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. It is held every year on January 29. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

An Indian soldier holds an official emblem of the government of India during the rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official...more

An Indian soldier holds an official emblem of the government of India during the rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi January 24, 2013. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations. It is held every year on January 29. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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<p>A fisherman steers his boat towards the shore near the Bandra-Worli sea link bridge as the sun sets in Mumbai January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

A fisherman steers his boat towards the shore near the Bandra-Worli sea link bridge as the sun sets in Mumbai January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

A fisherman steers his boat towards the shore near the Bandra-Worli sea link bridge as the sun sets in Mumbai January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>Kashmiri Muslim women raise their arms upon seeing a relic of Prophet Mohammad being displayed to devotees during the festival of Eid-e-Milad at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar January 25, 2013. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Friday thronged to the shrine of Hazratbal, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammad, to celebrate Eid-e-Milad or the Prophet's birth anniversary. REUTERS/Danish Ismail</p>

Kashmiri Muslim women raise their arms upon seeing a relic of Prophet Mohammad being displayed to devotees during the festival of Eid-e-Milad at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar January 25, 2013. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Friday thronged to the...more

Kashmiri Muslim women raise their arms upon seeing a relic of Prophet Mohammad being displayed to devotees during the festival of Eid-e-Milad at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar January 25, 2013. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims on Friday thronged to the shrine of Hazratbal, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammad, to celebrate Eid-e-Milad or the Prophet's birth anniversary. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man stands amidst the debris after a fire broke out at Saket Dham in Triveni area during the ongoing "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in Allahabad January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash</p>

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man stands amidst the debris after a fire broke out at Saket Dham in Triveni area during the ongoing "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in Allahabad January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man stands amidst the debris after a fire broke out at Saket Dham in Triveni area during the ongoing "Kumbh Mela", or Pitcher Festival, in Allahabad January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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<p>A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays on a cold winter morning during the festival of Eid-e-Milad at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail</p>

A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays on a cold winter morning during the festival of Eid-e-Milad at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays on a cold winter morning during the festival of Eid-e-Milad at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

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<p>Women pose with knives, distributed by India's radical Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena, in Mumbai January 23, 2013. The Shiv Sena, an ally of the main opposition BJP, has handed out kitchen knives and chilli powder to women in Mumbai following the gang rape of a student in Delhi that ignited a national debate on the best way to tackle sex crimes. Pictures of Bal Thackeray, founder of the Shiv Sena, dangle from key rings attached to the knives. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Women pose with knives, distributed by India's radical Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena, in Mumbai January 23, 2013. The Shiv Sena, an ally of the main opposition BJP, has handed out kitchen knives and chilli powder to women in Mumbai following the...more

Women pose with knives, distributed by India's radical Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena, in Mumbai January 23, 2013. The Shiv Sena, an ally of the main opposition BJP, has handed out kitchen knives and chilli powder to women in Mumbai following the gang rape of a student in Delhi that ignited a national debate on the best way to tackle sex crimes. Pictures of Bal Thackeray, founder of the Shiv Sena, dangle from key rings attached to the knives. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Fire fighters work to put out a blaze in a gutted building in a slum in Mumbai January 25, 2013. Six people died and several people were injured when a fire tore through a slum during the early hours in the Mahim area of Mumbai, local media reported.   REUTERS/Vivek Prakash</p>

Fire fighters work to put out a blaze in a gutted building in a slum in Mumbai January 25, 2013. Six people died and several people were injured when a fire tore through a slum during the early hours in the Mahim area of Mumbai, local media reported....more

Fire fighters work to put out a blaze in a gutted building in a slum in Mumbai January 25, 2013. Six people died and several people were injured when a fire tore through a slum during the early hours in the Mahim area of Mumbai, local media reported. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

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<p>Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck gestures as Queen Jetsun Pema watches during the king's ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi January 25, 2013. Bhutan's royal couple is on a week-long state visit to India and will be the chief guests at India's Republic Day celebrations on Saturday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi</p>

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck gestures as Queen Jetsun Pema watches during the king's ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi January 25, 2013. Bhutan's royal couple is on a...more

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck gestures as Queen Jetsun Pema watches during the king's ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi January 25, 2013. Bhutan's royal couple is on a week-long state visit to India and will be the chief guests at India's Republic Day celebrations on Saturday. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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