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Videographic on air pollution. The Indian capital’s notorious air pollution hit “emergency” levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain’s Prince Charles.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Sikhs celebrate founder Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary | AFP

It is one of the biggest birthday celebrations in the world: millions of Sikhs mark the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of their religion, the Guru Nanak. The annual celebration has been given extra significance this year with the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, a secure, visa-free passage between arch-rivals India and Pakistan that gives Indian Sikhs access to the place where the guru died in 1539, now one of the religion’s holiest sites.

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Indian b-girl flips norms in world breakdancing title bid | AFP

Long before b-girl Johanna Rodrigues began improvising routines combining Indian classical dance with headstands and backflips in a quest to “redefine femininity”, she found inspiration at home in her widowed mother. A rare female face on India’s breakdancing scene, Rodrigues is representing the South Asian nation at this week’s Red Bull BC One world championship in Mumbai, where she will battle 15 women and 16 men for the top prize.

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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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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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Body of two-year-old Indian boy retrieved from well | AFP

A two-year old boy trapped 26-metre (85-feet) down a well in southern India for more than three days dies. Sujith Wilson was the latest in a series of incidents involving children falling into disused wells in rural India.

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Giant question mark highlights Indian plastic pollution | AFP

A giant question mark made of 3,00,000 upcycled plastic bottles floats on a lake in South India in an effort by an Indian street artist, Daku, to bring attention to the global problem of single-use plastics

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Blanket of smog covers New Delhi | AFP

New Delhi is covered in a thick blanket of grey smog as pollution levels exceed safe limits. Every winter, the Indian capital is enveloped in a noxious cloud of car fumes, industrial emissions and smoke from crop fires.

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Air pollution | AFP Animé

Videographic on air pollution. New Delhi banned the use of diesel generators on Tuesday as pollution levels in the Indian capital exceeded safe limits by more than four times.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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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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Pope Francis creates five new saints in canonisation ceremony | AFP

Pope Francis creates five new saints, including Britain’s Cardinal John Henry Newman – one of the Catholic Church’s most renowned converts – and a nun dubbed the “Mother Teresa of Brazil”. Heads of state from across the world attended the canonisation ceremony, which also raised a Swiss laywoman as well as two other nuns – an Indian and an Italian – to the highest position within the Church. IMAGES

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Indian town gets ready for Modi-Xi ‘summit’ | AFP

The Indian town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu gets ready with beefed-up security, decorations and cleaning operations under way for the “informal summit” due to take place between China’s President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Long way to go for India to achieve ‘open defecation free’ tag | AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared the country of 1.3 billion people free of open defecation. But despite huge progress, experts have expressed scepticism about the claim, saying millions still lack access to a toilet, and that because of old habits many of the new facilities are not being used.

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Indian PM Modi marks 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth | AFP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a ceremony at Raj Ghat in New Delhi, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the site of his cremation, to honour the 150th anniversary of the icon’s birth.

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Pakistan warns of Kashmir bloodbath, India silent

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has denounced terrorism but avoided any mention of India’s crackdown in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan denounced India’s crackdown and warned of a “bloodbath.” (Sept. 27)

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Modi supporters, protesters rally outside UN

There were some tense moments between those who supported and those who opposed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside the United Nations in New York on Friday as police had to separate some of the protesters from each other. (Sept. 27)

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