Consumers feel the pinch as Indian economy slows | AFP

The hunt for work becomes more desperate every day on Delhi’s street corner labour markets as India’s economic slowdown bites deeper, piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi just half a year into his second term.

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Protesters in India demand for rapists to be hanged | AFP

Protests continue in Delhi as demonstrators take to the streets, demanding harsher punishment for rapists, including death by hanging. The spark for the protests was the gang-rape and murder by four men of the 27-year-old vet next to a busy road in the outskirts of Hyderabad in southern India last week.

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The blind stumble on Delhi’s mean streets | AFP

Tapping his white cane, Vinod Kumar Sharma spends four hours a day running the gauntlet of crowded trains and New Delhi’s congested, potholed and often pavement-less roads. He is one of an estimated eight million blind people in India who make up 20 percent of the global total, according to the World Health Organization.

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One of the last Urdu calligraphers in Delhi | AFP

Mohammad Ghalib has been hand-writing sign boards to wedding invitations on the streets of New Delhi. He is one of the last known Urdu calligraphers in the dying profession.

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Children race in Delhi despite polluted air | AFP

Children as young as nine years old run in smoggy Delhi, as part of an event organised by a non-profit, ignoring health warnings issued after pollution reached dangerous levels forcing the governmernt to shut schools for two days.

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In ‘gas chamber’ Delhi, kids get tips how to adapt | AFP

Children in Delhi learn ways to cope with Delhi’s toxic air, from monitoring air quality to restricting activities outside. India’s capital is choking with alarming levels of pollution, forcing schools to shut earlier this week.

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Mothers-to-be fear for their unborn in smog-choked Delhi | AFP

Anxious mothers-to-be in India are listening to tips and tricks on coping with the pollution that is so bad that Delhi’s chief minister recently likened the city to a “gas chamber”. The toxic air is being blamed for soaring miscarriage rates and infant deaths.

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Indian farmers say they have no choice but to burn stubble despite alarming pollution levels | AFP

As they light fire to their fields, farmers in Punjab say they have no alternative to stubble burning to prepare their farm for the next crop. India’s top court has ordered a complete halt to stubble burning around Delhi, a major contributor to lethal smog that on Tuesday kept the metropolis of 20 million people choking in air rated “very poor”.

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Protest for action against pollution as Delhi chokes under smog | AFP

Protestors gather in India’s capital to demonstrate for action against pollution as New Delhi is enveloped in heavy, toxic smog — the worst levels in recent years — with flights diverted or delayed as politicians blame each other for failing to tackle the crisis.

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New Delhi under “severe pollution” smog | AFP

India gate and other Delhi monuments are hidden by the smog as air in the Indian capital, a noxious cocktail of industrial and vehicle emissions and agricultural smoke from the surrounding regions, is rated as severe. Especially hazardous levels of particulates smaller than 2.5 microns, so tiny they can enter the bloodstream, were 19 times the World Health Organisation’s safe maximum, data from the US embassy website showed.

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Delhi shrouded in smog after Diwali celebrations | AFP

After India’s biggest firework party of the year, Delhi awoke to a pollution hangover on Monday, with residents in the capital forced to breathe hazardous levels of toxic particles.

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Indian farmers burn crop stubble despite Delhi ban | AFP

Indian farmers burn crop stubble despite a ban, causing a dip in air quality in many parts of Delhi and surrounding cities. Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities and each winter, seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke from millions of Diwali firecrackers turn its skies a putrid yellow.

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Fridays for Future: Children in India take part in climate protest | AFP

Children in Delhi hold a protest as part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement to demand faster action to tackle climate change. More than 5,000 events are planned worldwide, culminating in a massive rally in New York, where 1.1 million students from around 1,800 public schools have been given permission to skip classes. IMAGES

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Lockdown leaves Kashmir’s tourism in turbulence | AFP

Indian Kashmir, normally booming with summer tourists, is deserted after Delhi ordered visitors to leave and sent in tens of thousands of troops as it stripped the region of its autonomy.

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Pakistan Wants The World To Do Something About India And Kashmir

Muneeb Ur Rehman was at home with his family when a mortar shell hit the house and killed him.

“He was hit in the head once, and one shell piece hit his leg. There was huge bloodshed, so much blood just flowing inside the house,” said Nazakath Ali Khan, Muneeb’s cousin.

Battal lies on the Pakistani side of the so-called Line of Control, a de facto border that splits the disputed region of Kashmir with Pakistan controlling one side and India controlling the other.

Islamabad and Delhi both claim Kashmir in full, but since the 1949 U.N.-brokered ceasefire, they control only parts of it — territories recognized internationally as Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The two countries are on the verge of war over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move earlier this month to revoke Article 370, a constitutional provision that had granted special status to the region of Kashmir that it controls.

Khan told VICE News that since Modi’s move on Aug. 5, there’s been an upsurge in violence.

“It has become routine here — people dying here day by day. You can find there is more bombardment from India, there are more fighters, there’s more targeted killings from the Indian side,” Khan said.

To try to stifle any violent reaction, India has put the region it controls on lockdown. The military patrols the streets, and the internet has been blacked out. It’s the only Muslim-majority state in India, leading many in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir to believe Modi’s move is motivated by extreme Hindu nationalism.

The situation has become serious enough that the United Nations Security Council met on Aug. 16 to discuss the crisis, the first time it met formally to discuss Kashmir since 1971.

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Thousands pray at India’s largest mosque on Eid | AFP

Thousands of Muslims in the Indian capital Delhi mark Eid-al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, by praying at India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid.

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Indian saris stand out on Delhi’s runways

Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week celebrated the sari, Indian women’s most idiosyncratic garment. (March 28)

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Protest held outside Pakistan High Commission in Delhi

A small group of supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protest outside the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi as tensions between India and Pakistan rise after tit-for-tat air raids and the capture of an Indian pilot by Pakistan. IMAGES