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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Tourists flock to Taj Mahal despite India pollution crisis | AFP

Thousands of tourists stream in to visit the Taj Mahal – the iconic 17th century marble mausoleum – as hazardous smog blankets New Delhi and north India.

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Air pollution | AFP Animé

Videographic on air pollution. Millions of people in India’s capital New Delhi started the week choking through “eye-burning” smog, with schools closed, cars taken off the road and construction halted.

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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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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 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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At the UN, visitors immerse themselves in New Delhi’s polluted air | AFP

Visitors immerse themselves in the polluted air of Sao Paulo, New Delhi and London, at the UN headquarters, where an installation of domes reproducing the atmosphere of these large cities has been set up by a Scottish artist.

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Millions around the world demand climate action | AFP

From Sydney to New Delhi and from Stockholm to Jakarta, crowds of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change, heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults act to stop environmental disaster.

It is expected to be the biggest protest ever against the threat posed to the planet by climate change.

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Thousands rally in Pakistan over Kashmir after PM Khan calls for nationwide demos | AFP

Pakistanis rally in Islamabad after Prime Minister Imran Khan calls for mass demonstrations against New Delhi’s actions in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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The neighbourhood fighting back after Modi’s Kashmir move | AFP

In an act of defiance against New Delhi’s controversial decision to strip the Muslim-majority region of its autonomy, the Soura neighbourhood on the outskirts of Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar has sealed itself off from security forces.

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Students hold protest against Kashmir status removal, lockdown | AFP

Students, many from Jammu and Kashmir, hold a sit-in protest in New Delhi after India removes the region’s special constitutional status and imposes an indefinite communications blackout.

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Indian PM: Kashmir to ‘return to normal gradually’

An unprecedented security lockdown and near-total communication blockade has continued since Sunday night in Muslim-majority Kashmir, a day before the Hindu nationalist-led government in New Delhi scrapped the disputed Himalayan region’s autonomous status. (August 8)

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Kashmiris speak on New Delhi’s clampdown on disputed region | AFP

“People will come out” : Kashmiris in Srinagar explain how they feel about New Delhi’s decision to strip the Himalayan region of its seven-decade-long semi-autonomous status through a contentious presidential decree, just hours after it imposed a crippling curfew on the valley.

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Kashmir on edge under lockdown

The lives of millions in the Indian-controlled area of Kashmir have been upended since New Delhi imposed a security lockdown and communications blackout in the region. (Aug. 8)

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Migrant workers try to leave Indian Kashmir after security lockdown | AFP

Non-Kashmiri migrant workers try to board buses to leave the troubled region after New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its seven-decade-long autonomous status via a presidential decree on Monday, hours after imposing a massive security lockdown in the state to quell any unrest.

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Deserted streets in Srinagar after India’s Kashmir move | AFP

India’s Hindu nationalist government hails “historic” legislation to bring Kashmir under its direct control but Pakistan and China challenge the divisive move, sending tensions soaring between the nuclear neighbours. New Delhi stripped Kashmir of its seven-decade-long autonomous status via a presidential decree on Monday, hours after imposing a massive security lockdown in the state to quell any unrest. ++COMPLETES 1JD19A ++

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