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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (10 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

"It didn't go as I expected," Aar said later, when back at home.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (9 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

The team of judges decided to give the beauty award to Chitwan Kali, an elephant from the Chitwan National Park. Aar's Pinki didn't receive any award this year. She and her owner returned home empty handed.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (8 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Aar is the man behind Pinki's beauty, Dec. 28, 2012, Chitwan. A team of judges looked at their physical hygiene,body structures, their nails and dresses.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (7 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Pinki at the main gate of the venue in Chitwan, Dec. 28, 2012. The event seemed like any other beauty pageants however with elephants as the participants.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (6 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Beautifully dressed up and with colourful makeup, the three finalists – Pinki Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali – walk on the ramp.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (5 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Pinki is the main source of income for Aar's family.
On Dec 28, beautifully dressed up with colorful makeup, Pinky Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali walked on the ramp.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (4 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Five elephants participated in the beauty pageant and Pinki is among the three picked for the final round.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (3 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Aar uses red, pink, green, blue and black colours to paint various symbols and signs on her body, Dec. 28, 2012, Chitwan. Aar and Dosh hope that Pinki will win the beauty contest.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (2 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Aar Mohammad (right), 20, and Dosh Mohammad, 24, paint Pinki on Dec. 28, 2012 in Chitwan. She was washed on the banks of the river Rapti early in the morning.

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Nepal Elephant Beauty Contest (1 of 10)
Chitwan, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
28 Dec 2012

Pinki Kali, one of the participants at the elephant beauty contest, painted on Dec. 28, 2012 in Chitwan, Nepal. This was the third Elephant Beauty Contest held in Nepal.

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ELEPHANT BEAUTY CONTEST
Chitwan, Nepal
By Mais Istanbuli
27 Dec 2012

For the last three years Nepal has been organizing Elephant Beauty Contest in December in Chitwan. On Dec 28, beautifully dressed up with colorful makeup, Pinky Kali, Prakriti Kali and Chitwan Kali walked on the ramp. A team of judges looked at their physical hygiene,body structures, their nails and dresses. The event seemed like any other beauty pageants however with elephants as the participants. Elephants' intelligence was also judged. Elephants perform catwalk, shake hands and greet as requested by the judges.

Chitwan Kali, an elephant from the Chitwan National Park won the award.

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India Celebrating Christmas Festival
News Delhi, India
By newspoint
24 Dec 2012

India - Christmas Festival Celebration
Byte in Hindi of Father:
“Joy of giving, its a special moment for us, we have a chance to celebrate Christmas in its true spirit. Its a small gesture by all people to express that they care for less privileged.”
News Agency: News Point TV
Shooting Dateline: December 25th 2012
Shooting Location: News Delhi (INDIA)
Publishing Time: December 25th 2012
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Protest on the 11th anniversary of th...
New Delhi , India
By newspoint
15 Dec 2012

On the 11th anniversary of the Parliament attack, Bajrang Dal held a protest in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.


“11 years have passed since the attack but the perpetrators have not been punished yet. The government has set up a fast track court for the speedy completion of the case. But despite the court decision, justice has been delayed because of the misinterpretion of Article 72 of the Constitution."

-Byte in Hindi- Volunteer of Bajrang Dal

“The dreaded terrorist Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to capital punishment by the Supreme Court, is still alive because of our cowardly government surrendered, before the appeasement policy and the vote."

  • Byte in Hindi- Volunteer of Bajrang Dal

Local News Agency: News Point TV 
Shooting Dateline: December 14th, 2012
Shooting Location: New Delhi, (INDIA) 
Publishing Time: December 14th, 2012
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Religious Flag Hoisting In Maha kumbh
Allahabad, India
By newspoint
12 Dec 2012

In Mahakumbh, the Junna Akhara group has been given the right to Shadhvi, which is the practice of being a nun. This is being done to hoist their religious Saffron flag at Confluence in Allahabad.

In Sri Dashnam, the Junna Akhara is also the largest of the 13th Akharas in the country. Junna Akhara has given space to the Sadhvis Nuns within their own region and set an illustration which emphasize equal rights for all women.

“We don’t underestimate the Sadhvis. They have been given equal rights with respect. Juna Akhara are providing equal space to the Sadhvis flag. In 2007 Jauna Akhara also gave equal Space to Sadhvis. these ladies are nuns and we look at them as a Sati. ”

  • Byte In Hindi- Mahant Hari Giri , Pious Group (Secretary Juna Akhara)

“Men have played a big role in our flag hoisting. We cannot do this work alone. Women have been grateful to us for suggesting different locations. We are cooperating with each other.”

  • Byte In Hindi- Divya Giri, Nun, Juna Group (Sadhvi Juna Akhara)

Local News Agency: News Point TV 
Shooting Dateline: December 12th, 2012
Shooting Location: Allahabad, Utter Pradesh (INDIA) 
Publishing Time: December 12th, 2012
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20th Anniversary of Babri Mosque Demo...
Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh, India
By newspoint
07 Dec 2012

The 20th anniversary of Babri mosque of Ayodhya. The 6th of December 1992 became a historical date in Indian history. After the demolishment of Babri masque in the Hindu’s spiritually city Ayodhya, a rift created between the two communities (Hindu & Muslim) Ayodhya was prohibited by the Government for a long time.
A superstructure called the Babri mosque standing in the city of Ayodhya, came crashing down. It remains even today a traumatic event for the nation, because modern Indians had not yet been weaned on a true history of India but on the Macaulayian version of the destruction of the structure as criminal vandalism.
However, the real act of vandalism was the superstructure built on a hoary and existing temple, and the vandals came from abroad to demolish the temple, and to build a mosque on the same spot. But temples, once it is shown that (prana prathista puj) wordhip was performed to build it, is where God or the deity resides, and therefore a temple belongs to God forever.
Babri mosque was built as an affront to the Hindus. Otherwise it could have been built anywhere else since namaz can be offered anywhere. Hindus can be proud to have prevailed in history because despite 800 years of Islamic and 200 years of Christian domination, Bharat today is still over 80 per cent of Hindus in population, and a continuing Hindu civilisation.

Byte-Hidu’s (Sant) Pious, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“I don’t want to hurt anyone's feelings. We are doing these programs (Bhajan, Kirtan) merely for build Ram temple at Lord RAM birth place in Ayodhya. The Babri Mosque demolition is not good for Muslims but Babar was to attacker and he attacked both Hindu & Muslims. Place of prayer should not be on anyone name like (Babri mosque) BABRI MASJID.”

Byte- Eye witness, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“I am connected with these cases since 1986. It seems that the Court will not sort out this issue.”

Byte- Eye witness, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“The issue (Temple & Mosque) will not give a chance to Politicians. Whether it is Mulayam Singh Yadav (Leader of Samajwadi Party), Mayawati (Leader of Bahujan Samjwadi Party), Maneka Gandhi (Leader of Bhartiya Janta Party) or Sonia Gandhi (President of UPA). Now it should be stopped. If it continues, then there won’t be any development of Ayodhya”.

Byte-Hidu’s (Sant) Pious, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“At that time we were scared looked at the chaos. But now, I felt that incident was caused by political parties. Now we had forgotten old quarrels and live with love both Hindu & Muslim.”

Byte – Resident, Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh
“ Ayodhya has not developed yet because nobody paid priority of Lord Ramachandra. I am a Muslim guy. I can proudly say that I am a resident of Ayoddhya but there did not any kind of development. People here live in amity. Political parties try to create rift again between two communities, they have failed.”

Local News Agency: News Point TV
Shooting Dateline: December 7th, 2012
Shooting Location: Ayodhya, Utter Pradesh (INDIA)
Publishing Time: December 7th, 2012
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Varanasi: City Of Death
Varanasi, India
By U.S. Editor
03 Dec 2012

The Aghori are a Shauvite Hindu sect in India that believe nothing is blasphemous or independent from God. What differentiates them from other Hindu sects is their taboo rituals, which include cannibalistic and alcohol-related ceremonies. These rituals are associated with death and dead bodies; participants cover themselves with human ash, wear human bones, and sleep on and among dead bodies. They are all based on the belief that even in death, a human body is beautiful because it is God’s creation, and remains contain a life force to be harnessed.

The majority of the Indian community believe that the Aghori are a lower-class sect because of such rituals. However, traditions are changing among some Aghoris. In Varnasi, one of oldest inhabited cities in the world, there is a temple called Avadhoot Bhagwan Ram Kustha Sewa Ashram which welcomes the more progressive Aghoris who no longer take part in old rituals. Instead of claiming lower-class qualities, they tend to those who are truly the lowest on the sectarian hierarchy in society, as they run a center for the lepers in Varnasi.

This photo-essay explores the ancient rituals of the old and new Aghoris, including a yogi, Sri Baba Nagnath Yogeshwar, who has not bent his elbows in 17 years and has not eaten in seven, all to prove his devotion to God. The essay also portrays how some of these followers are changing to benefit those who need help most in Varnasi, India.

For full article read here: http://transterramedia.com/media/18400#

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Juna Akhara Makes 'Shahi Bhoomi Pujan...
Allhabad, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
By newspoint
01 Dec 2012

It was an event awaited by all as it happens only once in 12 years as the first akhara in the series of 13 of Sanatan dharma Panch Dasnam Juna Akhara made an official entry into the city led by two Shankaracharyas and 40 Maha Mandaleshwars. Truly a historic occasion, given the fact that the occasion was the most auspicious.
Kumbh Mela (Fair) is the largest gathering of people for a religious purpose in the world. Millions of people gather on different places for this auspicious occasion. Kumbha is a Sanskrit word for Pitcher, sometimes referred to as the Kalasha.
According to astrologers, the 'Kumbh Mela Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. Kumbh (Kumbha means pot) Mela (means fair) is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage. In 2013 from 27th January the Purna Kumbh Mela will be held on Allahabad which occurs after every 12th years.
Byte - Hari Giri, Pious , Juna Akhara
“Kumbh Mela (Fair ) will start its time. It was the first worship of the Kumbh. It is called the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ (land worship ). I am fully satisfied with the arrangements”. News Agency: News Point TV
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Pushkar Fair of Rajasthan
Pushkar, Rajasthan (INDIA
By newspoint
29 Nov 2012

Located in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, the city plays host to the biggest camel fair in Asia. Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and is situated on the shores of the Pushkar Lake. According to legend Lord Brahma is the creator of this city and is said to have performed penance for 60,000 years.

The fair is a much-awaited annual event and is normally held after Diwali. According to Hindus calendar, the royal Pushkar fair is celebrated in (Kartik mas) the month of October or November every year. The importance of this fair is Hindu’s Pious do take purity bath (Snaan), After bath in river (sarover) all Pious do worship (Maha Arti), then all pious depart to be their place ‘Brahma mandi’. There pilgrim move and pass various way of the City.

Pushkar fair Organised by ‘’Pushker mela vikas samiti & Rajasthan tourism department’’. In there has been lot of Competition in the fair. Rajasthani play, like Mataka fod, Mataka dhaud, Dulhan & Asav. Pepole Participated from National as well as International. This fair is the region’s central cattle market for local herdsmen and farmers to buy and sell camels, horses and cattle.

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Raj Kumar’s fight against social stig...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
27 Nov 2012

Raj Kumar is among many Nepalis who contracted HIV from a dirty needle, and now he is trying to adjust in society and working hard to achieve his long cherished dream, to be a singer. Though Raj Kumar knew that he had HIV in 2004, he didn’t disclose the fact to his wife, out of the fear of ruining his family and being stigmatized by society.
It has been two months since Raj Kumar disclosed the news about his HIV infection to his wife, with much care and counseling.
He took advantage of help of his friends, colleagues and counselors to do the “impossible task,” telling others. Raj Kumar said that he waited for “the right time,” but always “felt heavy with the guilt of hiding it to his wife.” The right moment however, came after nearly a decade. “It was difficult to gather the courage to tell,” he added. “Now I have gathered courage to face it.”
Raj Kumar is now pursuing his childhood dream to be a singer. Raj Kumar’s first song “Mod” was released during a function in Kathmandu on April 29, 2013.

“I was born genius, drugs spoiled me,” Raj Kumar said looking back at his life. When he reached grade eight he got into a habit of using drugs. It was very late that his mother, his primary caretaker, knew about it.

According to government data, an average of 1,437 new infections are reported each year. In 2011, 50,287 people were living with HIV and 3,804 of them are children. Out of the total HIV cases reported in 2011, 87.9 percent were from sexual transmission. The number of new cases of HIV infections has been on decline in the last five years. In 2007, a total of 64,585 people were believed to be living with HIV. Government figures put HIV prevalence in the adult population at 0.3 percent. Only 20,583 HIV cases are reported so far.

Nepal’s first HIV case was reported in 1988. The high-risk group includes intravenous drug users, female sex workers and their clients, men who have sex with other men and male migrant laborers.

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Raj Kumar’s fight against social stig...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
27 Nov 2012

Raj Kumar is among many Nepalis who contracted HIV from a dirty needle, and now he is trying to adjust in society and working hard to achieve his long cherished dream, to be a singer. Though Raj Kumar knew that he had HIV in 2004, he didn’t disclose the fact to his wife, out of the fear of ruining his family and being stigmatized by society.
It has been two months since Raj Kumar disclosed the news about his HIV infection to his wife, with much care and counseling.
He took advantage of help of his friends, colleagues and counselors to do the “impossible task,” telling others. Raj Kumar said that he waited for “the right time,” but always “felt heavy with the guilt of hiding it to his wife.” The right moment however, came after nearly a decade. “It was difficult to gather the courage to tell,” he added. “Now I have gathered courage to face it.”
Raj Kumar is now pursuing his childhood dream to be a singer. Raj Kumar’s first song “Mod” was released during a function in Kathmandu on April 29, 2013.

“I was born genius, drugs spoiled me,” Raj Kumar said looking back at his life. When he reached grade eight he got into a habit of using drugs. It was very late that his mother, his primary caretaker, knew about it.

According to government data, an average of 1,437 new infections are reported each year. In 2011, 50,287 people were living with HIV and 3,804 of them are children. Out of the total HIV cases reported in 2011, 87.9 percent were from sexual transmission. The number of new cases of HIV infections has been on decline in the last five years. In 2007, a total of 64,585 people were believed to be living with HIV. Government figures put HIV prevalence in the adult population at 0.3 percent. Only 20,583 HIV cases are reported so far.

Nepal’s first HIV case was reported in 1988. The high-risk group includes intravenous drug users, female sex workers and their clients, men who have sex with other men and male migrant laborers.

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Raj Kumar’s fight against social stig...
Kathmandu, Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
27 Nov 2012

Raj Kumar is among many Nepalis who contracted HIV from a dirty needle, and now he is trying to adjust in society and working hard to achieve his long cherished dream, to be a singer. Though Raj Kumar knew that he had HIV in 2004, he didn’t disclose the fact to his wife, out of the fear of ruining his family and being stigmatized by society.
It has been two months since Raj Kumar disclosed the news about his HIV infection to his wife, with much care and counseling.
He took advantage of help of his friends, colleagues and counselors to do the “impossible task,” telling others. Raj Kumar said that he waited for “the right time,” but always “felt heavy with the guilt of hiding it to his wife.” The right moment however, came after nearly a decade. “It was difficult to gather the courage to tell,” he added. “Now I have gathered courage to face it.”
Raj Kumar is now pursuing his childhood dream to be a singer. Raj Kumar’s first song “Mod” was released during a function in Kathmandu on April 29, 2013.

“I was born genius, drugs spoiled me,” Raj Kumar said looking back at his life. When he reached grade eight he got into a habit of using drugs. It was very late that his mother, his primary caretaker, knew about it.

According to government data, an average of 1,437 new infections are reported each year. In 2011, 50,287 people were living with HIV and 3,804 of them are children. Out of the total HIV cases reported in 2011, 87.9 percent were from sexual transmission. The number of new cases of HIV infections has been on decline in the last five years. In 2007, a total of 64,585 people were believed to be living with HIV. Government figures put HIV prevalence in the adult population at 0.3 percent. Only 20,583 HIV cases are reported so far.

Nepal’s first HIV case was reported in 1988. The high-risk group includes intravenous drug users, female sex workers and their clients, men who have sex with other men and male migrant laborers.

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Returning from Tazia rally
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Youth are Beating the Drums as They a...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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A Rushing Rally of Tazia
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Fire Works During Tazia
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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People made a battle ground like Karb...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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A Well Decorated Battle Horse as it i...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Fire works going on during Tazia
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Fatema and her Father During Tazia
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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People praying in front of a Tomb
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Abdullah Bits a Drum During Tazia
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Khandaker Azizur Rahman
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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THE DAY OF ASHOURA IN BANGLADESH
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Mais Istanbuli
25 Nov 2012

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram.
It is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHc: October 9 and in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

For Shi'as, commemoration of Ashura is not a festival, but rather a sad event, while Sunni Muslims view it as a victory God has given to his prophet, Moses . This victory is the very reason, as Sunni Muslims believe, Muhammad mentioned when recommending fasting on this day.Sunnis also commemorate this day as the day of victory for
Islam. The martyrdom of Hussain, gave new life to the message of Islam. Sunnis gather at the mosques, to remember the noble sacrifice made by Hussain and his companions, hold seminars and take out procession in the remembrance of this great martyr of Islam.
For Shi'as, it is a period of intense grief and mourning. Mourners, congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic recitations such as marsiya, noha, latmiya and soaz performed in memory of the martyrdom of Husayn

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Women in Uttar Pradesh Have a New Har...
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (INDIA)
By newspoint
15 Nov 2012

Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, is scheduled to institute a telephone helpline service in the state for women to report harassment including indecent phone calls, SMSes and MMSes. The service named “Women Power line” will be available by dialling 1090 from 15 November, and will be charged at normal call rates. It offers a security cover for working women and college girls, facing insecurity at public places from eve teasers. The power line will not be an emergency service, but will operate between 8 am and 2 am.

The identity of the caller to the power line will be a kept secret and the caller won’t be summoned to the police station or any government office or the office of the power line. The calls would be attended only by women police officers and the power line office will maintain contact with the aggrieved women till her grievance is redressed.

Women police constables who will run the service have been imparted training and also an orientation programme. The selected personnel have also been trained to answer calls in English. The uniform of the women constables posted in power line will be different from the police uniform. They will be dressed in a sky blue shirt, dark grey trouser and navy blue blazer with the centre's monogram. The power line service would be further expanded after the staff gets familiar with the hi-tech IVRS-based operations. The initial staff strength of the power line would be a total of 45 women constables, 25 male constables, and two women sub-inspectors.

Byte-Akhilesh Yadav , U.P Chef Minister
I want to congratulate police officers, who are involved in Women helpline system. After being launched, this number 1090 will help victims through the police. On this occasion (Bhaiya Dooj) we have given power line to the sisters of Uttar Pradesh. I think, the number 1090 will help those victims who are in trouble. The society is constantly changing due to mobile technology.

Byte-AC Sharma , Director General of Police (DGP)
"Alarming". What it shows, he asserts, is that the police are now in "proactive mode". "See, who attacks a docile police party? It is only because we are issuing challis, raiding criminals and setting things right that we are being attacked. The people doing the attacking will be dealt with strictly,"

Byte -Navneet Sekera, DIG, Lucknow range
“The women power line will not be a toll free service like the emergency police and fire brigade service. The service is at normal, applicable call rates. It is not an emergency service and will help restrict hoax calls made on the number’’, who is also the nodal officer of the project. “Only 10 per cent of the calls made to city police control room dial 100 service are genuine and worth taking cognizance,’’

Byte -Navneet Sekera, DIG, Lucknow range
“Earlier we had planned to run the service 24x7, now it has been decided to run it in three shifts of six hours each, the first shift will be from 8am to 2pm, the second from 2pm to 8pm and the third from 8pm to 2am’’.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Rae B...
Rae Barreli Utter Pradesh , India
By newspoint
06 Nov 2012

UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi inaugurated a modern coach manufacturing factory in her Lok Sabha constituency Rae Barreli tomorrow.

The inauguration of the Rs 1,685 crore coach factory was delayed for more than a year due to the vexed issue of compensation to farmers whose land was used for the factory.

Beside the inauguration, Sonia also handed over appointment letters to farmers whose land was used for the project. The country's largest public transporter had acquired 541 hectares of land for the coach manufacturing factory, out of which 283 hectares belonged to private land owners.

The Rae Bareli coach factory is expected to cater to railways' increasing demand for coaches by annually rolling out about 1,000 coaches. Currently, the factory is engaged only in assembling coaches.

Byte-Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson

“The coach manufacturing unit here will provide job opportunities to the local residents and farmers who have given their land for this project and add to the development of the area”

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Demolition Drive At Sion Koliwada
Mumbai, India
By Javed Iqbal
05 Nov 2012

The homes of the original inhabitants of Mumbai, the Kolis have been facing demolition drive for high-end development projects.

As per law, a builder requires 70% of the residents of a registered society to give consent to the project but in Sion Koliwada, the residents have repeatedly asserted that the builder used forged documents to claim a majority for the project.

There are over 80 re-development projects in Mumbai where residents have repeatedly claimed that the builder used fraudulent means to claim consent.

For a deeper understanding, please refer to previously published material available here - http://moonchasing.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/invisible-cities-part-ten-the-demolition-seige-of-sion-koliwada/

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The Mobile Taj Mahal in Ahemdabad
Ahmdabad , Gujarat, India
By newspoint
27 Oct 2012

In Ahmadabad, the Mobile Taj Mahal, made by Ishtiyaq handicraft artisans, is the center of attraction. The height of the Mobile Taj Mahal is 51 feet tall and 72 by 72 deep and wide. There were 54 people who worked on it over the two years It took to build. It required 30 trucks to move from place to place.
Byte –Ishtiyaq, Mobile Taj handicraft artisan:
“The Taj Mahal height is 51 fit and width 72 by 72. There were 54 people who have worked. The aim is to bring the world handicraft in front. It was built the first small Thermocol. It is movable. It required 30 trucks to move from place to place. Byte - Rizhwana, viewer “I felt so good to be here. Taj Mahal is very beautiful. Byte –Abdul Rahim Momin,
“I saw the Taj Mahal in 1976; they should appreciate the work done. Gujarat government should reward these artisan” Local News Agency: News Point TV
Shooting Location: Ahmadabad, Gujarat (INDIA)
Publishing Time: October 26th , 2012
Length: 0:5:00
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Language: Hindi
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SHOTLIST:
1. Long shot of Mobile Taj Mahal
2. Camra pan
3. Long shot of Mobile Taj Mahal
4. Close Up shot Mobile Taj Mahal
5.Various Long shot of Mobile Taj Mahal
6. wide shot of Mobile Taj Mahal
7. Zoom in Zoom out
8. Mid Long shot of Mobile Taj Mahal

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Malala- A voice for freedom
Mingora, Swat, Pakistan
By Rohit Gandhi
26 Oct 2012

I met Malala first when she was 11 years old. The Taliban had just been flushed out and she wanted to speak out. One of the very few there who spoke in such good English. We waited for hours before we could meet her. There was still risk of being attacked in Swat as remnants of the Taliban were still floating around.

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Bara Imambara of royal city Lucknow II
Lucknow, Utter Pradesh, India
By newspoint
17 Oct 2012

Bara Imambara is the grandest building of Lucknow, including the large Asfi mosque, the bhulbhulayah (labyrinth), and a well with running water. Two imposing gateways lead to the main hall. The Bara Imambara was built in 1784 during a devastating famine and one of Asaf-ud-Daula's objectives in embarking on this grandiose project was to provide employment for people in the region. According to reports, the famine continued for over a decade and the construction of the building continued for this time. It is said that ordinary people used to work in the day building up the edifice, while noblemen and other elite were called in at night to break down all the structure built each day, as they were incapable of doing anything else. These see-saw efforts continued until the period of famine was over. It was a project that preceded a Keynesian-like intervention for employment generation.

Byte- Nawab Mir Jafar Abdullah, Descendant of Nawab (peer) (Urdu)
“It is identified as the largest amongst Asifi Imambara in Lucknow is also known as Bara Imambara. Before making Imambara, Asif made a luxurious mosque. This is because of the importance of Bara Imambara in Muhrram Tazia of the Imam Hussein (a.s), first launched in India. Bara Imambara was built in 1784. Bara Imambara is so important in architectural beauty, Bara Imambara is a great matter for civil engineer.”

Byte-M A Khan, Senior Conservator Assistant archeology Department of India (Hindi)
“The big Imambara was made by Asif Uddullah. During his reign, he made Imambara for the people so that they had a chance to work. When he went to that mosque named Asifi, he felt there had to be an Imambara there too. Then he made his own Imambara and the amazing architectural accomplishment was a terrace without any supportive pillars. At that time there were no buildings as such in the whole world. The height of the building is 165ft long and 55ft broad. This type of building is never seen anywhere. A famous feature there, was a labyrinth where people used to get disguised and face difficulties while coming back to that area, which seems wonder because of two things of Imambara.” Local News Agency: News Point TV
Shooting Dateline: October 16, 2012
Shooting Location: Lucknow, Utter Pradesh (INDIA)
Publishing Time: October 16, 2012
Length: 0:10:24
Video Size: 168 MB
Language: Hindi
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SHOT LIST:
1. Long shot of entrance gate of Imambara
2. Camera pan left
3. Mid Close Up shot of design of Imambara gate
4. Various shot of Imambara
5. Different Angel shot of Imambara
6. Long Shot of Central Hall of Imambara
7. Wide shots campus of Imambara
8. Zoom out shot of Imambara