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Farmers use a combined harvester in a wheat field in Amritsar.

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People offer prayers, on the first Friday of Ramadan month at the Khairuddin Mosque, amid the ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases, in Amritsar.

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People, not adhering to COVID-19 norms, walk at the Heritage Street near Golden Temple, amid a countrywide spike in coronavirus caes, in Amritsar.

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A police officer takes commuters, who were not wearing face masks, for a COVID-19 test in Amritsar.

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Fireworks at Golden Temple on the occasion of Baisakhi festival, in Amritsar.

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Devotees take a holy dip in the sacred pond of the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh places, on the occasion of Baisakhi festival, in Amritsar.

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Devotees pay obeisance at the sanctum of the Golden Temple on the occasion of Baisakhi festival, in Amritsar.

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Devotees pay obeisance at the sanctum of the Golden Temple on the occasion of Baisakhi festival, in Amritsar.

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Devotees offer prayers at Longa Wali Devi Temple on the first day of Navratri celebrations, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Amritsar.

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A View of Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) on the eve of Baisakhi festival, in Amritsar.

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Youngsters in traditional attire dance on the eve of Baisakhi festival in Amritsar.

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Youngsters wearing traditional attire dance on the eve of Baisakhi Festival, in Amritsar.

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Sikh devotees chant religious slogans as they leave for Pakistan to take part in Baisakhi festival, in Amritsar.

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Devotees wait in queues to offer prayer at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) on the occasion of Gurta Gaddi Diwas of Guru Har Rai Ji, in Amritsar.

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Sikh pilgrims, going to Pakistan for Vaisakhi festival celebrations, undergo Covid-19 tests, at Golden Temple complex, in Amritsar.

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Sikh pilgrims, going to Pakistan for Vaisakhi festival celebrations, undergo Covid-19 tests, at Golden Temple complex, in Amritsar.

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Nearly deserted market during a night curfew, amidst spike in coronavirus cases, in Amritsar.

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BJP Mahila Morcha activists during a protest against Punjab Government, in Amritsar.

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A farmer inspects his damaged wheat crop after rain and storm, at a village in Amritsar district.

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Owners and workers of the food and hotel service industry during a protest against night curfew imposed by the state government, to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Amritsar.

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A woman cultivates Calendula flowers in a field on the outskirts of Amritsar. Besides being used in decorations and religious offerings, the Calendula flower also has medicinal properties.

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Police personnel distribute mask during an awareness campaign against the spread of the coronavirus, in Amritsar.

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Farmers protest outside Food Corporation of India (FCI) office in Amritsar.

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People, not adhering to COVID-19 norms, walk at the Heritage Street near Golden Temple, amid a countrywide spike in coronavirus case, in Amritsar.

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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal along with party leaders and workers during 'Punjab Mange Jawab' rally, ahead of Punjab Assembly polls, at Ajnala on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Sikh volunteers clean a water tank that supplies to five holy sarovars including the Golden Temple, on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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A health worker takes a swab sample for COVID-19 teting from a police person, as coronavirus cases spike across the country, in Amritsar.

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Sikh devotees spray perfume and shower flower petals on the 'Palki Sahib', which carries the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh holy books), to mark the 'Hola Mohalla' festival, during a procession from the Golden Temple to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib in Amritsar. Hola Mohalla is a three day Sikh festival, in which Nihang Sikh 'warriors' perform Gatka.

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People celebrate Holi festival at a temple in Amritsar.

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People play with dry colours during Holi festival celebrations, at Shri Durgiana Temple in Amritsar.

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Farmers shout slogans as they block a road during a nationwide strike by various farmers' organizations against the new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers block a road during a nationwide strike by various farmers' organizations against the new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers block railway tracks during their 'Bharat Bandh' call against new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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A health worker tries to take a nasal swab sample from a woman for COVID-19 test inside a mobile van, in Amritsar. The state government imposed night curfew in Amritsar and other districts of Punjab to tackle COVID-19.

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Members of farmer unions commemorate the martyrdom day of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, during their ongoing agitation against new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers take out a march to commemorate the martyrdom day of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, during their ongoing agitation against new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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Students raise slogans as they take part in a protest over the decision to close colleges and universities till March 31, oustisde the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) in Amritsar.

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A farmer inspects wheat crop affected due to rains and strong winds, at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Members of Sikh community hold the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Book) during a religious procession to celebrate the upcoming 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur, in Amritsar.

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Farmers from Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan) hold a bike rally during the ongoing farmers' protest against Centre's three agri-laws, in Amritsar.

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A medic collects a swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test at a government hospital, in Amritsar.

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Tourist walk near the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at the Heritage Street near the Golden Temple, in Amritsar. Amid growing concern over rising COVID-19 cases, authorities have announced night curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m in the districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Ropar.

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Sikh pilgrims shower flower petals on a portrait of Guru Teg Bahadur, before leaving for Dera Baba Nanak Gurudwara to celebrate forthcoming 400th birth anniversary of the Sikhism Guru, in Amritsar.

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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia addresses a press conference, in Amritsar.

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Students of 9th class appear for their annual exams at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Amritsar. The Punjab School Education Board on March 15 announced the postponement of the final exams of classes 10th and 12th due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

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Students of 9th class appear for their annual exams at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Amritsar. The Punjab School Education Board on March 15 announced the postponement of the final exams of classes 10th and 12th due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.

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Bank employees raise slogans during a protest in support of the two-day nationwide strike, called by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), against the proposed privatisation of two state-owned lenders, in Amritsar.

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Bank employees raise slogans during a protest in support of the two-day nationwide strike, called by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), against the proposed privatisation of two state-owned lenders, in Amritsar.

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A worker sanitises a coach of Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express Train after it resumed services, in Amritsar. Train services were closed due to the coronavirus lockdown and later because of railway track blockade by farmers in protest against the farm laws.

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Passengers carry their luggage on a platform as they wait to board a train after New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express Train resumed services, in Amritsar. Train services were closed due to the coronavirus lockdown and later because of railway track blockade by farmers in protest against the farm laws.

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Devotees perform 'Abhishek' of Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Mahashivratri' festival, at the historic Kasel Shiv Mandir, near Amritsar.

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Members of the United Forum of Bank Unions hold a protest against the privatization of public sector banks, outside Punjab National Bank, in Amritsar.

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Women work at a brick kiln on the eve of International Women's Day, on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Farmers raise slogans as they prepare to march towards the Delhi border to join the sit-in protest against the new agriculture laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers raise slogans as they prepare to march towards the Delhi border to join the sit-in protest against the new agriculture laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers raise slogans as they leave for Delhi to join the ongoing agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers raise slogans as they leave for Delhi to join the ongoing agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, in Amritsar.

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A ragpicker works at Bhagtanwala dumpsite to clear the waste, in Amritsar. A massive fire broke out at the dump yard yesterday resulting in the loss of machinery at the site.

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Family members of victims, who died in a train tragedy on Oct. 19, 2018, visit the Golden Temple after Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh decided to provide jobs to family members, in Amritsar.

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A elderly women being administered the COVID-19 vaccine, during the second phase of the countrywide inoculation drive, at Civil hospital in Amritsar.

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A medic collects swab sample of a man for COVID-19 test at Civil Hospital, amid concern over surge in COVID-19 cases, in Amritsar.

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A medic collects swab sample of a man for COVID-19 test at Civil Hospital, amid concern over surge in COVID-19 cases, in Amritsar.

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Members of Amritsar Distributors Association stage a protest against rising fuel prices and Goods and Services Tax (GST) rules, outside the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office in Amritsar.

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Members of various farmer organizations during a protest against the hike in fuel price and Center's new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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Members of various farmer organizations during a protest against the hike in fuel price and Center's new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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A labourer works at a brick kiln, on the outskirts of Amritsar.

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Members of various farmer organisations block a railway track during a four-hour 'rail roko' demonstration across the country, called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), as part of their agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, in Amritsar district.

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Members of various farmer organisations block a railway track during a four-hour 'rail roko' demonstration across the country, called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), as part of their agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, in Amritsar district.

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Residents undergo thermal screening before casting their votes during Punjab municipal elections, near Amritsar.

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Residents stand in a queue to cast their votes during Punjab municipal elections, near Amritsar.

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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and senior leader of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference, in Amritsar.

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Congress leaders and workers raise slogans during a protest against the central government over the fuel price hike in Amritsar.

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Farmers raise slogans as they block a highway during three-hour nationwide 'chakka jam' blockade of national and state highways, in support of their agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, at Golden Gate in Amritsar.

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Egrets fly as workers segregate waste at Bhagtanwala dumpyard during bio-remediation work at the site, in Amritsar.

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Students raise slogans as they take part in a protest against Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Jaspal S Sandhu, in Amritsar.

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People holding utensils raise slogans during a protest against the LPG and petrol price hike, in Amritsar.

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Activists of farmers' unions raise slogans as they observe fast on Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary, in solidarity with farmers' ongoing agitation against farm reform laws, in Amritsar.

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Border Security Force personnel and Pakistani Rangers (wearing black uniforms) during the Beating Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagha border, about 35 km from Amritsar.

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An artist holds a model depicting farmers on tractors protesting against the central government's recent agricultural reforms in front of the Red Fort in Delhi, in Amritsar.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists participate in a motor cycle rally in support of farmers' agitation against Centre's farm reform laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers take out a tractor march as part of the preparations for their planned tractor parade in the national capital on Republic day, during a protest against the new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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Farmers take out a tractor march as part of the preparations for their planned tractor parade in the national capital on Republic day, during a protest against the new farm laws, in Amritsar.

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Priests stand behind the Sikh Holy Book - Guru Granth Sahib - as a 'Jalau', a show of Sikhism's symbolic items is displayed inside the Golden Temple on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, in Amritsar.

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An illuminated Harmandir Sahib (Golden temple) on the eve of the 355th birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Ji, in Amritsar.

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Australia's High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrell offers 'sewa' at the Langar Ghar during his visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

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Artist Jagjot Singh Rubal gives final touches to portraits of US President-elect Joe Biden (R) and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (L), on the eve of their oath-taking ceremony, at his home workshop in Amritsar. Artist Rubal intends to send the paintings to the new US President and Vice President as a gift.

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Activists of various organizations stage a demonstration to support farmers continuing their protest against the central government's recent agricultural reforms in Amritsar.

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Activists of various organizations stage a demonstration to support farmers continuing their protest against the central government's recent agricultural reforms in Amritsar.

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Activists of various organizations stage a demonstration to support farmers continuing their protest against the central government's recent agricultural reforms in Amritsar.

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A medic administers the first shot of Covishield vaccine to Dr Digvijay Singh, after the virtual launch of COVID-19 vaccination drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Civil hospital in Amritsar.

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A medic administers the first shot of Covishield vaccine to Dr Rajesh Sharma, after the virtual launch of COVID-19 vaccination drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Civil hospital in Amritsar.

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A health official shows a Covishield vaccine dose after a consignment of the vaccine arrived from Serum Institute of India, in Amritsar. A countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive is set to rollout from January 16, 2021.

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A vehicle carrying consignment of the Covishield vaccine arrives from Serum Institute of India, in Amritsar. A countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive is set to rollout from January 16, 2021.

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Devotees arrive to offer prayers on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers burn copies of the new agricultural reform laws as they celebrate Lohri festival during a demonstration against the central government, in Amritsar.

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Students from Shahzada Nand College, wearing traditional Punjabi attire, perform 'Gidha' during an event to celebrate the 'Lohri' festival in Amritsar.

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Students from Shahzada Nand College, wearing traditional Punjabi attire, perform 'Gidha' during an event to celebrate the 'Lohri' festival in Amritsar.

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A protestor uses a kite as placard during a protest in support of farmers' agitation, on the eve of Lohri festival, in Amritsar.

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Students, wearing traditional Punjabi dresses, fly kites to celebrate the Lohri festival, in Amritsar.

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Students, wearing traditional Punjabi dresses, offer groundnuts and sweets as part of a ritual to celebrate the Lohri festival, in Amritsar.

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