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Students participate in Pongal celebrations at a school in Chennai.

Picture credits: BCCL
New Year celebrations across the world
St Paul's Cathedral is seen as snow falls over central London. Heavy snow fell across northern and central parts of England and Wales and caused disruption, closing roads and grounding flights at Birmingham airport. Up to 10cm is expected to build up quite widely, with 15-20cm in some spots, raising the prospect of roads becoming impassable.

Pics: AFP
Our world is winning the war against #HIV
#worldaidsday #worldaidsday2017
Torrential rains pounded southern districts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Kerala crippling life and claiming eight lives - four each in the two states - as a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm 'Ockhi' on Thursday. 
Pics: BCCL
Amid the soaring pollution levels in the national capital, Delhi fire service carried out water 窶彜prinkling exercise窶 from Vikas Minar at ITO to tackle dust pollution. The procedure was taken to create artificial rain to bring down the alarming levels of pollution. The development comes days after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) slammed the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjabツand asked them why they were not using choppers to sprinkle water to control dust pollution.

Pics: Anindya Chattopadhyay
A child seen, selling balloons near a sand art sculpture with the theme 'Stop violence against children' to mark the #ChildrensDay in Kozhikode Beach on Tuesday. (沒キ By TOI's E Gokul)
Children wearing air pollution masks attend a demonstration to spread awareness of the problem of air pollution on Children's Day in New Delhi on November 14, 2017. Doctors declared a public health emergency last week when choking smog descended on the capital and elsewhere in northern India, prompting authorities to close schools, ban construction and bar trucks from entering the city. 
#pollution #airpollution #delhismog #healt
Hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, many wearing colorful costumes and holding balloons, marched through India's capital on Sunday.

Video Courtesy: Anindya Chattopadhyay/Harsha Singh 
Edited by: Debasis Bhattacharya
Delhi celebrated its 10th Queer Pride march with dance, flirt, love, and share all rainbow feelings on the streets. This pride represents a milestone 10 years of collective struggle to battle all forms of shame, stigma, transphobia, homophobia, and socio-economic hierarchy, at a time when such an assertion of dignity and self-respect grows in need and vitality.

Picture Credits: Anindya Chattopadhyay

#queerpride #prideparade #queerpride #pridewalk2017
At a house in Syria's Raqqa, women and men danced together in celebration at a wedding that would have been unimaginable just months ago, when the Islamic State group ruled the city.

Ahmad and Heba's wedding, held in Raqqa's western neighbourhood of Jazra, was the first in the city since US-backed forces seized it on October 17.

Picture Credits: Delil Souleiman
Horrific visuals from the smog which engulfed Delhi

#smog #delhismog #pollution #india 
Picture Courtesy: Anindya Chattopadhyay