Coronavirus: Indian manufacturers ramp up domestic PPE production | AFP

With the rising demand of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers in India, a factory in Ahmedabad is ramping up production. Many healthcare workers in the country have reported a lack of adequate PPE, as the nation grapples with the second week of its three week long nationwide lockdown.

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Indian police dance and get creative to boost coronavirus awareness | AFP

From traffic police dancing and donning coronavirus shaped helmets to painted horses, creative stunts by these Indian police say they are promoting safety and awareness for the coronavirus, urging citizens to stay indoors as a three-week long countrywide lockdown is enforced.

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Coronavirus : French citizens arrive at New Delhi airport to be repatriated to France | AFP

French nationals arrive at New Delhi airport in buses chartered by the French Embassy in India, to board the first repatriation flight which is expected to take about 500 French nationals back home. The majority of them are tourists trapped by the 21-day national lockdown ordered by the Indian government to fight the spread of coronavirus. IMAGES

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Indian cop confronts coronavirus head-on with handmade helmet | AFP

Chennai policeman Rajesh Babu has found a creative way to get people to take precautions against the COVID-19 outbreak: a helmet made to make people think of the coronavirus. India has been under a countrywide lockdown from Wednesday, but the authorities are struggling to keep people in their homes.

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Indian city to use drones to disinfect crowded areas | AFP

Drones carrying disinfectants take off and fly to spray a mist of disinfectant as part of a trial-run in southern India’s Chennai. The drones, developed by a university in Chennai are meant to disinfectant many slums and crowded market areas which are otherwise inaccessible for vehicles.

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Panic-buying as India goes under total lockdown | AFP

New Delhi and Mumbai residents queue up outside stores to buy essentials, minutes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country’s 1.3 billion people will go under “total lockdown” for 21 days to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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People cheer outside Delhi prison after 2012 bus gang-rapists hanged | AFP

Standing outside Tihar Jail in Delhi, people wave Indian flags and cheer after four men were executed for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion. IMAGES

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Let’s dance: Indian police hand washing video becomes a hit online | AFP

Police from India’s southern city of Thiruvananthapuram release a video of officers wearing masks and dancing to highlight the importance of hand washing amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Hindu activists drink cow urine against the coronavirus | AFP

Dozens of Hindu activists hold a cow urine party in the Indian capital to protect and cure themselves from the coronavirus, as countries around the world struggle to control the deadly pandemic. Many in the Hindu-majority nation of 1.3 billion consider cows sacred and some, in recent years, have made several unverified assertions about cow urine being an elixir, claims that critics have rejected as quackery. Governments and scientists have said no medicine or vaccine is available to protect or cure the infection.

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Colourful Holi festival celebrations underway in India | AFP

Indian families and revellers across the country cover each other in coloured powder as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colours. Holi is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES

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Customers of India’s Yes bank queue after withdrawals limited | AFP

People queue outside a Yes Bank branch in the Indian city of Mumbai following the announcement on Thursday that customers can only withdraw 50,000 rupees ($678) over the next 30 days while the Reserve Bank of India tries to put together a rescue

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Stick em’ up! Indian women ‘beat’ men during Holi festival | AFP

Thousands of Indians welcome spring in a rainbow of colours at the annual festival of Holi, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he will not attend the festivities due to the coronavirus. Women “beat” men with sticks as part of the festivities in Nandgaon village. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna is said to have teased a woman and was chased away with sticks by the local women.

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Sport of kings? Indian women take reins in modern polo’s birthplace | AFP

In the remote Indian state of Manipur, polo dates back centuries – it was there that it came to the attention of British colonialists who formalised the sport as polo, and spread it around the world. Now a group of women players are challenging the rural region’s traditions in the so-called ‘sport of kings’.

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Parts of Delhi resemble war zone aftermath after deadly riots | AFP

Delhi’s worst sectarian violence in decades with deadly battles between Hindus and Muslims has left parts of the Indian capital looking like a war zone.

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Myanmar’s last generation of tattooed headhunters | AFP

Myanmar’s last generation of tattooed headhunting Naga warriors near the Indian border reminisce about their gory past but say they’re happy their tribes have moved on.

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Spectators dance, cheer at mega Trump rally in India | AFP

Spectators inside the world’s biggest cricket stadium cheer and dance for US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the pair hold a rally in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. The “Namaste Trump” event is part of Trump’s first official visit to India, although some in the stadium crowd, unable to bear the afternoon heat, chose to leave midway through the president’s address.

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Trump visits Gandhi’s former home on India visit | AFP

Donald Trump and wife Melania tour Mahatma Gandhi’s former home in Ahmedabad alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the US president and first lady are welcomed to the western Indian city on their whistle-stop, 36-hour official visit.

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President Trump arrives in India

President Donald Trump arrived in India on Monday for a two-day visit. His packed itinerary includes a large rally in the world’s biggest cricket stadium in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, and a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal. (Feb. 24)

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