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2010

Two Hindu devotees prepare to bid farewell to Year 2010 and welcome the Year 2011 on the bank of River Ganga in Allahabad.

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Shobhaa De vs Puneet Malhotra “Reviewing” Puneet Malhotra’s film I Hate Luv Storys, Shobhaa (did we miss a vowel?) wrote, in her elegant way, about spanking him in public. Retaliating with equal elegance, he tweeted: “She is a fossil who’s getting no action and going through menopause.” Sonam Kapoor, who acted in the film, re-tweeted it all. Plenty of off-screen histrionics followed!

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Jairam Ramesh vs Everybody Vedanta, POSCO, Lavasa, the Jindals, the Adanis, convocation gowns, SUVs (“Socially Useless Vehicles”), as the year progressed, the list of Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh’s targets grew longer. There was return fire too, from the likes of Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and Naveen Patnaik, who saw their pet projects endangered. For others, Ramesh was a hero, though sceptics did wonder whether the 24/7 activism was largely designed to impress Sonia and Rahul.

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Mani Shankar Aiyar vs Suresh Kalmadi Aiyar, arch-critic of the Commonwealth Games, announced in July that he wanted them to fail and was “delighted” that the rains were causing difficulties. Kalmadi retaliated: “Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, nobody can spoil the Games. Things are on track, stadiums have been built. If Mr Mani Shankar had continued to be the sports minister, probably we would not have seen these stadiums”. With Kalmadi’s stars trampled all over, it isn’t hard to figure out who’s had the last laugh.

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Ratan Tata vs Rajeev Chandrasekhar Does Ratan Tata forget stuff easily? Even matters like when is the right time to complain about ministers allegedly demanding Rs 15-crore bribes? Chandrashekhar clearly thought so, dwelling on Tata's amnesia in an open letter to the industrialist, and going on to allege that the Tatas had benefited from out-of-turn spectrum allocations. Tata hit right back with gems like: “Mr Chandrasekhar parked himself at Taj Mahal Hotel to prevent WLL Limited Mobility.”

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P. Chidambaram vs Arundhati Roy After Roy’s pointed jibes, the Union home minister came back with a diatribe in Parliament: “If the CPI (Maoist) overthrows the established authority and seizes power, will they allow any human rights organisation to function in this country? Will all those who write 33-page articles be allowed to write 33-page articles?” he asked, taking a dig at Roy’s long essay on the subject in Outlook. Roy didn’t blink.

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Amar Singh vs Mulayam Singh Yadav Finally, they fell out and spectacularly at that. Shortly after being expelled by his Samajwadi boss Mulayam (for “anti- party activities”), the irrepressible Amar Singh livened up the political sphere with attack after attack on his former political patron, calling him “sexist”, a “betrayer” and an “opportunist”. The latest potshot: “If I open my mouth, Mulayam Singh Yadav will land himself behind bars.” Ahem.

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Barkha Dutt vs The World “What should I tell them?” Facing the backlash from that fateful line captured on the Radia tapes, Barkha Dutt responded at first by flatly denying she had erred, then went on to concede that she may have made an error of judgement. Lest anyone mistake this for an apology, the star-anchor lashed out at critics—on prime-time TV, of course—and found herself staring at a PR disaster.

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Narendra Modi vs Nitish Kumar It all began with an election ad. Nitish, anxious to protect his secular image, was so piqued at ally BJP showing him holding hands with Modi that he nixed a dinner for BJP leaders. Modi hit back with speeches blipping Nitish out, while harping on the Rs 5 crore Gujarat gave to the Kosi flood victims. That took the row to a new level; Nitish returned the money.

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Poet, essayist, translator, "transcreationist", the founder and publisher of the Writers Workshop, Purushottama Lal (August 28, 1929 - November 3, 2010) died in Calcutta.

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Jerome David Salinger (January 1, 1919 - January 27, 2010): The celebrated author of Catcher in the Rye, and the creator of the Glass family, who had been living as a virtual recluse at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire since 1953, died Wednesday, January 27.

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Children participate in a Christmas celebration at a school in Moradabad

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13-year-old Arman Jaffer, nephew of Mumbai Ranji captain Wasim Jaffer, at a cricket tournament in Mumbai. Jaffer walked into the record books by scoring 498 runs (490 balls, two days) playing for his school Rizvi Springfield School in the U-14 Giles Shield match against IES Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya. Arman broke several records, including the highest score in an innings in school cricket, breaking Nagpur schoolboy Ali Zorain Khan's recent record of 461 runs.

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Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir The Hansie Cronje Award for the Exciting New Fixers of 2010. With the kindly support of their captain, the gamechangers bowled no-balls for a price at Lord’s—cricket’s spiritual home, no less.

Caricatures by Sandeep Adhwaryu

John Abraham LIC’s Kick-Ass Policy of the Year Award to John Abraham for insuring his precious butt for Rs 10 crore. We are still wondering, though, how much the premium amounted to?

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David Davidar The Society for Interpretation of Sexual Harassment’s award for Intra-Office Extra-Marital Consensual Flirting and Other Novel Achievements.

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Akshay Kumar The Sanjeev Kapoor Khana Khazana Award for the most unappetising hodge-podge of 2010 is claimed by the host of Masterchef India for getting none of the masalas right. Viewers refused to bite.

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Swami Nityananda Swami and Fiends Award for ungodly bonding with women disciples and for his now-thwarted noble intention of leading a hermit’s life on a Los Angeles island.

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A. Raja The Tele Phony Award for Underpricing and Allocation of National Resources. Uncontested winner of the Transparency Award, picked by a phone poll.

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Rahul & Dimpy Mahajan The Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi Award for a union made in TRP heaven: after a TV swayamvar, breaking news-worthy wife-beating allegations.

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Shoaib Malik & Sania Mirza The Not-Single-But-Ready-To-Mingle (Beyond Borders) Award for sportingly forsaking prior engagements for the sake of more compelling commitments.

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B.S. Yediyurappa The Landowner Sangha’s ‘We Are Family’ badge of honour for exceptional asset management and complimentary nomination to the Hum Banenge Crorepati hall of fame.

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Suresh Kalmadi Organiser of the Year Award by Graft (Un)Ltd for putting together a breathtaking countdown to the Commonwealth Games. Also wins the Diana Memorial Pin, awarded by Camilla Parker Bowles.

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BROKEN WINGS Rescuers crowd around the wreckage of an Air India plane from Dubai that crashed after it overshot the ‘table-top’ runway in Mangalore on May 22. The human cost: 160.

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THE STATE WILL ENDURE? Clashes between Maoists and security forces turned increasingly bloody in 2010. Soldiers here haul off the body of an alleged woman Maoist after an encounter in West Midnapore, Bengal.

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ALL SHOOK UP US President Barack Obama’s visit had something for everybody. Here he joins students for a Diwali jig at the Holy Name High School, Mumbai, Nov 7

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V FOR VICTORY Kim Aris, the younger son of Aung San Suu Kyi, shows the victory sign to supporters. Kim was visiting his mother for the first time in a decade, after the pro-democracy icon was released from house arrest by the Myanmar junta in November.

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HYPER INFLATION Luckily, the balloon did not burst. Spectators cheer the CWG opening ceremony on October 3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

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GOLDEN BOOTS Spain’s midfield general Andres Iniesta is hoisted by teammates on a stage set up in Madrid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup winning team.

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SHAKEN TO THE CORE For an island nation which has seen riots, dictatorships and mud cakes, the cruellest blow came in 2010. On Jan 12, Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince was hit by a 7.0 quake.

AFP (From Outlook Magazine January 10, 2011 Issue)

BREATHE EASY Chilean miner Osman Araya, part of the group of 33 miners who had a harrowing 10-week ordeal in a collapsed San Jose mine, is welcomed by wife Angelica as he comes out of the Fenix capsule that brought him up to the surface.

AFP (From Outlook Magazine January 10, 2011 Issue)

SKY BREAD Pakistani flood survivors in Lal Pir, Sindh, scramble for air-dropped food bags, Aug 7. Pakistan’s worst floods ever affected almost one-fifth of the landmass and population.

AFP (From Outlook Magazine January 10, 2011 Issue)

Gujjar agitators sit on railway tracks and block trains at Pilupura village in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.

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Senior BJP leader L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj, party president Nitin Gadkari and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav display the swords presented by their supporters during a mass rally against corruption, in New Delhi.

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Samajwadi Party supporters make garlands of onions and shout slogans during a protest against the Centre for the skyrocketing price of the vegetable in Allahabad.

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Biggies That Bombed Kites Raavan Guzaarish Jhootha Hi Sahi Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Rann Aisha No Problem

Southern Invasion Rajnikanth had the North raving over Robot Vikram in Raavanan was one up on Abhishek Bachchan in Raavan Suriya’s eyes spoke volumes in Rakthacharitra 2

Indie Spirit The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project made for a paltry Rs 40,000 Onir raises funding for I Am through Facebook Q makes the explicit and provocative Gandu Leaving Home, a docu on the Indian Ocean, finds mainstream, multiplex release Dingora, online theatre for small films, launched

Ensemble Performances Thanks Maa Love Sex Aur Dhokha Phas Gaye Re Obama Peepli [Live] Udaan

Bela Negi Daayen Ya Baayen

Habib Faisal Do Dooni Chaar

Maneesh Sharma Band Baaja Baaraat

Vikramaditya Motwane Udaan

Abhishek Sharma Tere Bin Laden

Anusha Rizvi Peepli [Live]

Abhishek Chaubey Ishqiya

Abhinav Kashyap Dabangg

Veena Malik This Pakistani model and actress courted controversy, cricketers and contestants in killer heels and an accent all her own. The Bigg Boss cameras loved her, even as the clergy back home shuddered and called her a threat to Islam.

Deepika Kumari After two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, she missed a medal at the tougher test, the Asian Games. But the 16-year-old archer, of humble, small-town origins, holds out promises of much greater glory.

Paul the Octopus He ate his way to fame in the 2010 World Cup, every mussel he picked sending nations into transports of joy, or deep gloom; and then he retired, and died shortly afterwards. All this before he turned three.

Sakshi Rawat Sakshi who? Not a question to be asked after July 4, 2010, when the traditional-yet- modern, twentysomething hotel management graduate was unveiled as the bride of cricketing hearthrob, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Natha After Peepli [Live], strangers now call Omkar Das Manikpuri by this name. The unassuming actor, making his Bollywood debut at the ripe age of 40, didn’t just catch a nation’s attention—he stirred its conscience.

Ashish Kumar An Indian isn’t supposed to win a gymnastics medal, but this 19-year-old from Allahabad did it twice: at the Commonwealth and—more creditably—the Asian Games.

Madhuri Gupta Female Indian spy in Islamabad, leaking secrets to a Pakistani male friend, how much sexier could it get? The reality was a middle-aged woman with a bitter back-story, apparently, of alleged discrimination by supercilious male bosses.

Julian Assange Anarchist or liberator, web terrorist or www messiah? As 2010 turned into 2011, the debate raged around the WikiLeaks founder, even as the prospect of an unending stream of revelations gave world leaders the jitters.

Niira Radia Plenty of people knew her—god, yes, we know that now. But 2010 was the year when she became a household name—and appeared on Outlook’s cover no less than thrice!

Sunanda Puskhar She popped up out of nowhere, thanks to a tweet, and filled our TV screens with Dubai bling. Yet managed, after a forsaken job and lost equity, to morph from scandal queen to graceful Kerala bride.

Thousands of farmers during the second day of their protest in support of their various demands in Bhopal.

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Cicket captain M S Dhoni and his wife Shakshi arrive for a party hosted by Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda in Ranchi.

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Korma-Cola The wrong Shoaib, we all thought first. Anyway, a broken engagement and a divorce later, Sania and Shoaib were married. A big fat Hyderabadi wedding, a frugal korma-naan reception in Sialkot—call it people-to-people contact.

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Men in Black B’wood icons Hrithik, srk and the Big B broke into an impromptu jig at the Karan Johar-Varun Bahl menswear show at the HDIL India Couture Week. The celeb q sure set the ball rolling for the designers.

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Industrialist Vijay Mallyas son Sidhartha Mallya and Deepika Padukone during the Kingfisher Calendar Girl Hunt 2011 shooting in Mumbai.

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On Hindsight The 2010 derriere list is out. No surprises. The ‘holy grail of hindquarters’ went to international reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Butt, of course, deservingly.

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Crane Watching A Lisa Haydon February awaits you on the Kingfisher swimsuit special 2011—the damsel in a post-yogic trance, her stripes colouring the horizon and the mute azure waters. A mesmeric tale from mermaid land, told through the all-knowing lens of Atul Kasbekar.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance with students as they celebrate Diwali during a visit the Holy Name High School in Mumbai.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narandra Modi is honoured during the inauguration of the 36th Giants International Convention in Mumbai.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a ceremony for the signing of agreements at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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Match Point The tacky bad boy of cricket and a man-eater—it’s an even pitch. After months of innuendo-laden tweets, Liz Hurley and Shane Warne’s public dalliance was waiting to happen. Her three-year-old marriage to Arun Nayar is history and Warnie too has parted from wife Simone for the nth time. Just another fling or a chemistry mystery?

B’day Boss Turning 61, Rajnikanth seemed to have a quiet birthday with family and friends. Calls and wishes poured in. Posters appeared on Chennai streets and fan clubs organised charity meals in true Rajni ishtyle.

Tibetan activists shout slogans against Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao during a protest march against Wen's visit to India, in New Delhi.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the U.S. during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram wears a traditional Manipuri headgear, "koyet", during an interaction programme with students of GP Women's College in Imphal

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Dec 22: In One-day cricket, India won the Asia Cup after 15 years. India also suffered defeat and an early exit from the T20 World Cup in the West Indies. *** Indian players and team support staff pose with the winning trophy after their victory over New Zealand in the last one day international cricket match in Chennai. India won the series 5-0.

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Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar, prior to meeting with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, during a visit to the Capitol in Jackson. Shankar was pulled from an airport security line and patted down by an American security agent in Mississippi despite being told of her diplomatic status.

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Italian tourist Manterli, 33, receives treatment at the Heritage Hospital after he was injured in a blast in Varanasi.

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From Left, Gursharan Kaur, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy pose before a dinner at the Prime Minister residence in New Delhi.

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People look on as policemen and officials inspect the site of an explosion that rocked the holy town of Varanasi.

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A Jewish woman distributes sweets near a Menorah in front of the Gateway of India monument during Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, in Mumbai.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni walk during a visit to the Fatehpur Sikri, a town that was the capital of the Mogul empire in the 16th century, near Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Sarkozy arrived on his four-day India visit on Saturday, accompanied by his defense, foreign and finance ministers and nearly 60 business leaders.

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INDIA FINISH SIXTH WITH 14 GOLDS (64 medals) at the Guangzhou Asiad, an athletics resurgence helping out. China took no prisoners:197 gold, over 400 medals.

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Accused of the LIC housing scam being produced at a session court in Mumbai.

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Devotees look at the caparisoned elephants at Sree Poornathrayesa temple during the 'Vrischikotsavam' festival in Thripunithura, Kochi.

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Winning Hand: The future course of the NDA may hinge on the choice

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Lost Moral The Adarsh Society scam cost the Congress its chief minister and caused a massive loss of reputation

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Vehicles are stranded on the New York State Thruway during a winter storm in Buffalo, N.Y.

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INTUC members burning the effigies of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattcharjee and Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata during their "Mahakaran Abhijan" agitation against the state government in Kolkata.

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Members of the Naga community drink traditional brew after participating in a traditional dance during the week-long Hornbill festival at Kisema near Kohima.

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CPI(M) MPs from Kerala shout slogans as they stage a protest demanding rail coach factory in Kochi, at Parliament House during the ongoing winter session in New Delhi.

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Mermaid and the Sea She lies on the white sand, unaware. The azure seas behind, a story retold—of an ethereal being that lost its way on earth. Anjali Lavania, a picture of perfection, all set to take you to a land amid the lagoons and corals where beauties play—a new edition of the Kingfisher Swimsuit Special.

Non-NDA opposition leaders march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit a memorandum to the President demanding JPC probe into the 2G scam in New Delhi.

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Amitabh Bachchan drives a tractor on the agricultural land that he had purchased a few months ago in Muzaffarnagar village near Kakori, about 30 kms from Lucknow.

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Amitabh Bachchan drives a tractor on the agricultural land that he had purchased a few months ago in Muzaffarnagar village near Kakori, about 30 kms from Lucknow.

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Contrary to what this photo shows, it was the year of Nadal, as he won three of the four grandslams. Just five male players reached at least the third round of all four grand slams: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Albert Montañés. Only Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic reached the fourth round at all four major, but all three also reached all four quarterfinals. The year began well for Federer as he won the Australian Open, but the French challenger won all the other three as the year progressed: French Open, Wimbledon & US Open. By winning the 2010 French Open, Rafael Nadal became the first man to qualify for the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, as well as becoming the first man to complete 'the Clay Slam', by winning all 3 Masters 1000 titles (Monte Carlo, Rome and Madrid), as well as the French Open, in the same calendar year. By successfully defending his title in Monte Carlo, Nadal became the first player in the open era to win six back to back titles at a single tournament. *** Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates as he holds the trophy after beating Spain's Rafael Nadal, left, to win the singles final tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London.

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Women 4X400m relay gold medalists pose with their medals on their arrival at IGI airport in New Delhi.

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Kabaddi team, Asian gold medalists, travel on board Guangzhou-New Delhi flight.

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Athletes Mandeep Kaur (L), Manjit Kaur (C) and A C Ashwini display their winning medals on their arrival at IGI Airport in New Delhi.

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Athlete A.C. Ashwini poses with the winning medals after she arrives at IGI airport in New Delhi.

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People light candles to pay tribute to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on its second anniversary, in Moradabad.

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Indian artists perform on the first day of Octave 2010 in Hyderabad. Octave is a four-day festival showcasing the art and culture of the north eastern states of Hyderabad.

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