AFGHANISTAN, Herat : An Afghan woman buys silk yarn for weaving from a shop in Herat on August 6, 2014. Western Afghanistan, once a stop along the Silk Road trade route, has a long tradition in the silk production process dating back thousands of years. Carpets are Afghanistan’s best-known export, woven mostly by women and children in the north of the country, a trade which once employed, directly or indirectly, six million people, or a fifth of the country’s population, but that figure has dropped sharply. AFP PHOTO/Aref Karimi


Diwali, the ‘Festival of Lights’, was celebrated across the world last week by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. The above images are selected from:

1. Indian widows wave sparklers as they participate in a celebration for the Hindu festival Diwali on the banks of the Yamuna river in the northern city of Vrindavan.

2. A police dog licks its face after receiving food during the dog festival, as part of celebrations of Tihar at Nepal Police Academy in Kathmandu

REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

3. Indian women pose with earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in Siliguri.

4. Customers shop for lanterns at a roadside Diwali market in Mumbai

REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

5. 21 October 2013: A worker paints earthen lamps ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Kolkata. Earthen lamps are sold in large numbers during Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, as people use them to decorate their homes

INDIA, SILIGURI : An Indian child, the son of a street vendor, poses at a stall selling water guns for the upcoming Hindu festival of Holi in Siliguri on March 13, 2014. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month and will be celebrated on March 16 this year. AFP PHOTO /Diptendu DUTTA


India Goes Apeshit After Beating Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Semi-Finals.


Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the jungle, this happens. This mighty beast had been giving it large to the locals (mauling 11 people) of Siliguri, in West Bengal, India and required a load of armed soldiers to calm things down. Calming things down involved tranquilising the big cat, which sadly, later died from its injuries.

It’s always a terrible shame when humans and animals get up in each others faces, as humans tend to have better weapons, and the animals lose. Rest in peace leopard.

The year in Pictures: Part II - The Big Picture - “A leopard attacks a forest guard July 19 at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked was injured. (Associated Press)”