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Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir
A woman walks on a deserted commercial street in Srinagar, a city in Indian-administered Kashmir, where a military-enforced curfew has been in place since July 9. The curfew behttps://globalpressjournal.com/asia/indian-administered_kashmir/featured-photo-indian-administered-kashmir-curfew/gan to curb protests occurring throughout the city and surrounding districts that began after the death of Burhan Wani, a leader of an armed group. Wani was killed on July 8 in Anantnag district in a gun battle with Indian military forces.
Tamil Nadu, India
Sinnu Gili wears a “poothkuli,” a hand embroidered shawl, in her kitchen in Pudhu Mund in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Traditionally, just red and black threads are used in this type of embroidery, but now members of the Toda tribe incorporate other colors. The white indicates purity and innocence, the red indicates adolescence and the black indicates maturity, Gili says.
Kavrepalanchowk District, Nepal
Laxmi Devi Tiwari, 27, works at a stone quarry in Kavrepalanchowk district, located east of Kathmandu. Tiwari earns about 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about $28) to 4,000 Nepalese rupees (about $37) a month to break stones into small pieces. She says she’s worked in the quarry since she was 12 years old. “In order to survive, I have had to do this hard labor for 15 years,” she says.
Maya Devi Thapa, 56, (seated) roasts corn over a wood fire in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Steaming hot corn is a popular snack in Nepal, and Thapa earns a living selling it streetside. She says she earns about 700 rupees ($6.50) per day during corn season, which usually lasts from May to November. When corn isn’t in season, Thapa says she sells vegetables she buys from a local wholesale market.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cycle rickshaws are fast disappearing from Madurai, a city in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state, due to lifestyle changes and the automobile revolution. Vinayaga Moorthy says many other cycle rickshaw operators now drive auto rickshaws or have turned to other jobs. “I don’t have money to buy an auto rickshaw, and people who own auto rickshaws don’t come forward to offer jobs considering my age,” Moorthy says. “I now pedal for my daily bread. I earn 100 rupees ($1.49) to 150 rupees ($2.23) a day to feed myself and my wife.”
Pulchowk, Lalitpur District, Nepal
Dental technicians studying at KIST Medical College examine patients at a free dental clinic set up on a street in Pulchowk, in Nepal’s Lalitpur district, on July 16. Along with basic checkups, the students offered advice about diet and hygiene.
Kotagiri Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India
Cecilia Amma, 50, harvests tea leaves at a private tea estate in Kotagiri, Nilgiris, a district in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state. “We are the last of the tea pluckers,” Amma says, noting that her community’s children are in school to pursue professional careers. Amma says she lived in Sri Lanka before she was repatriated to India under the Sirima-Shastri pact, a 1964 agreement between Sri Lanka and India that granted Indian citizenship to people of Indian descent in Sri Lanka.
Welikada Prison, Sri Lanka
The prison cells shown here house prisoners who are on death row. All male death row prisoners at Welikada Prison live in a building called the “Chapel,” which also contains the gallows used when death sentences are carried out.
Budgam, Indian-administered Kashmir
Muzaffar Ahmad, 11, guides bulls to plow rice fields in the Budgam area of Indian-Administered Kashmir. Some local farmers use tractors, but many people, like Muzaffar, continue to utilize traditional plowing methods.
A masked dancer performs a Bhadrakali dance in Kathmandu on June 25 during a festival to Bhadrakali, a Hindu goddess. The festival, held every 12 years, is mainly celebrated among Nepal’s Newar people and is intended to bring prosperity and peace to the country.
Panauti, Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal
Ranjana Thapa Khadka, 32, on right, loads grass into a Doko carried by Kaushalya Guragai, 39, kneeling on left. The women have, since 2002, been members of a forest committee in the Indreshwor Thalpu Community Forest 1 in Panauti Municipality in Kavrepalanchowk district, commonly known as Kavre, in Nepal. There are nearly 19,000 community forest users groups in Nepal and women have leadership roles in 1,200 of those groups. The groups ensure that local villagers have access to grass, twigs and other forest materials without harming the forests.
Students affiliated with the Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of Nepali Congress, Nepal’s largest political party, stage a protest on May 19 at Ratna Park in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, to demand changes including an end to price hikes. The students’ signs, worn as clothing, display slogans including “It’s hard for the public to survive.”
Killa Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal
A major earthquake in April 2015 destroyed many schools in Nepal. At the Shree Gramanati School in the village of Killa in Kavrepalanchowk (commonly known as Kavre) district, the building hasn’t been rebuilt. Some classrooms, like this one, are without proper walls. Killa and the area around it does not have road access, so some students walk up to three hours to attend school.
Khushboodil Muslim, 32 (left), sells flutes in Taumadhi Tole, a square with historic and religious buildings in Nepal’s Bhaktapur municipality. Muslim, an Indian who has lived and worked in Nepal for eight years, says he earns about 1,000 to 1,200 Nepali rupees ($9.39-11.26) per day selling flutes that range in price from 20 to 350 rupees (19 cents - $3.29).
Bay of Bengal, Sri Lanka
Nearly half a million people were displaced in Sri Lanka in this week as flooding and landslides due to a storm that became Tropical Cyclone Roanu, which ripped through Asia’s Bay of Bengal. Rescue efforts were uncoordinated and included many private boats, operated by people who sought to help the many families in need of rescue or supplies. Despite the floodwaters, some families remained in the upper levels of their home to guard against looters.
Tamil Nadu, India
R. Shobhana, a nurse, checks the blood pressure of Letchumi Neelagiri, 65, who has sickle cell anemia. Neelagiri is from the Irula tribe, which inhabits the southern and eastern slopes of the Nilgiris, a mountainous region in Tamil Nadu state in southeastern India, among other areas. Most Irula women and children suffer from anemia and other health challenges, including scurvy and night blindness, due to food habits and local cultural practices, health experts say. Neelagiri’s blood pressure check is part of a mobile outreach program organized by the Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA). The program brings medical teams to the Irula every 15 days to check on anemic patients as well as those with other health problems.
Neel Maharjan, 44, left, with her 65-year-old brother-in-law, Tare Mam Maharjan, salvages bricks from her home in Khokana, about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. The home was destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake. Neel Maharjan says she waited more than 10 months after the earthquake to salvage building materials because she believed the house would eventually completely collapse, making it easier to gather bricks and wood. She hopes to receive a government grant to rebuild her home. Until then, she’ll continue to live in a temporary shelter.
Children and young people pull a large, multi-tiered chariot that carries a statue of the Hindu god Bhairav in Nepal’s Bhaktapur municipality. The event is part of Bisket Jatra, an annual, nine-day street parade that is held to celebrate the Nepali New Year, which falls each year in mid-April. This year, New Year’s Day was April 13.
Pida, Dhading District, Nepal
Manijt Bahadur Chepang, 80, is a basket weaver in Pida, a rural area in Nepal’s Dhading District. He has been making baskets, which are often used to carry water jars, grass or firewood, since he was 15 years old. People tie the baskets to their heads or shoulders with rope or cloth to carry their loads. Chepang pays 350 Nepalese rupees ($3.29) for a bamboo tree from a local forest, which he strips into thin pieces for weaving. He makes about five baskets from one bamboo tree and sells each basket for 250 rupees ($2.35). The only basket weaver in his area of the community, Chepang has a thriving business, selling about 200 baskets a month from his home or at the market.
Mutina Kapali washes clothes at a Dhunge Dhara, a stone water spout traditionally built near temples in ancient cities in Nepal. This tap is in Bhaktapur, a city in the Kathmandu Valley.
Dinesh Karki, 22, and his sister Kamala Karki, 27, sell flowers, incense sticks and other items in Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in Kathmandu, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage monument zone. The square was damaged in a major earthquake in April 2015, so it’s now held up by wooden beams. The siblings have sold goods in the square since 2011, but now they worry it will collapse on them while they work. The square is among an estimated 2,900 locations with cultural or religious value that were damaged in the quake.
Empty gas cylinders in front of shops are a common sight in Nepal, where an ongoing blockade along the border with India has made basic necessities scarce. The blockade, which started in September 2015, has pushed prices up: A cylinder of cooking gas on the black market sells for 8000 to 9000 Nepalese rupees ($77-86). The normal rate is 1500 rupees ($14).