Asia – A Week in Pictures January 23 2011

January 24, 2011

As India heads towards their Republic Day celebrations, Prime Minister Singh makes minor adjustments to his cabinet while outside on the streets people demonstrate over food and fuel price inflation and corruption. Adnan Abidi produces a great picture as a middle-aged demonstrator gets to feel the full force of a police water canon. In stark contrast, B Mathur gets a glimpse of the dress rehearsal of the full military parade planned to celebrate India’s independence where the security forces are deployed in a somewhat different manner.  Danish Siddiqui added to the file this week with a well seen picture to illustrate a government spending initiative with a man pulling a pipe across a building site, the shadow creating an eye like image that almost seems to wink at the viewer.  


Police use water canons to disperse supporters of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during a protest in New Delhi January 18, 2011. Thousands of the supporters on Tuesday in New Delhi held a protest against a recent hike in petrol prices and high inflation. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi


Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2011. India will celebrate its Republic Day on Wednesday. REUTERS/B Mathur


A labourer pulls an underground cable at a construction site of a commercial complex in Mumbai January 20, 2011. India plans to spend $1.5 trillion over 10 years to revamp its creaky infrastructure, which is seen as a brake on its economic growth. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Flooding is still affecting many parts of the region. In Australia,  the floodwaters have reached large unpopulated areas of Victoria. Sri Lanka, Philippines and Indonesia have also been hit. Supri took this very affectionate picture as the people of Jakarta make the most of their misfortune after sea defences were breached. A giant swimming pool for children close to home, while others offer to carry motorcyclists through the flood water, for a small charge.


 Children play outside their flooded houses in Muara Baru, North Jakarta January 23, 2011. The area is flooded with sea water due to tidal flooding after a levee broke about a week ago, a local radio station reported on Sunday. Tidal flooding are a common occurrence in North Jakarta. REUTERS/Supri

I don’t think there has been a better image this week to illustrate the Asia wide concern over the increases of food and fuel prices and the effect it has on the region’s poorest than this picture by Eric de Castro. You just know that shortly after this picture was taken the boy would have lost the coin he had no doubt begged earlier.


A beggar falls asleep with a coin in his hand on a road pavement in Manila January 20, 2011. After a decline for most of 2010, hunger is again on the rise, affecting some 3.4 million Filipino families, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS). In its year-end 2010 survey, the SWS also said the number of households that consider themselves poor basically stayed the same.   REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Back to the sub-continent with more fighting outside the stock exchange in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Drivers who felt the force of disgruntled investors last week took their revenge on traders by beating them and stripping them naked. A great picture by Lutfor Rahman who managed to capture the moment of humiliation as the naked trader runs away while sparing the blushes of our more sensitive viewers. Another picture that has a clothing theme to it is this wide angled portrait of the Indian commander of the Air force, the wide angle view allowing us to see that he had more gold medals than Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps ranged across his chest, adding to the weighty tension on the buttons on his shirt.


Drivers strip an investor who was accused of vandalizing cars during a clash around the stock exchange in Dhaka January 19, 2011. Trading halted at Bangladesh’s two stock exchanges on Wednesday, for a third time this month, in the wake of continuing fall in prices that sent angry investors out to the streets, witnesses said. REUTERS/Lutfor Rahman


India’s Commander of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik (R) inspects  the Indian peacekeeping force memorial during a commemoration ceremony in Colombo January 17, 2011. Naik is visiting to meet Sri Lanka’s Air Force Commander and Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Roshan Gunathilake to hold talks for future co-operations.   REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Like an icy blast from the days of the cold war Vietnam held its National Congress with all the formality and colour that only a Communist country can muster – which of course is great for pictures. Hanoi-based photographer Kham takes full advantage of the visual feast.  Sitting in balconies draped in red sashes, the great and powerful smile and clap as the Politburo reshuffle process reaches its climax before their very eyes in the form of a hug. Kham captures the moment perfectly. 


Vietnam’s Communist Party’s outgoing General Secretary Nong Duc Manh (center, R) embraces his successor Nguyen Phu Trong at the closing ceremony of the 11th National Congress of the Party in Hanoi January 19, 2011. Trong, head of parliament, was named to the top spot in the party as general secretary while Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was reappointed to the ruling Communist Party’s elite Politburo on Wednesday, paving the way for him to serve a second term and ensuring some continuity of policy. REUTERS/Kham

Strangely linked in a visual movement from right to left are these three completely different pictures. The first by Singapore based photographer Tim Chong as devotees celebrate the Thaipusam festival, the perfect, eye-closing, wincing moment as the skewer cuts through flesh. The second picture, shot by Daniel Munoz at the Australian Open, the ball is perfectly frozen on player’s racquet. It’s a lot harder to do that it looks. The last and maybe most subtle is the picture shot by Seoul based Lee Jae-Won. The eyes of the student are looking from right to left as he prepares for his next challenge at the military camp. You don’t need me to tell you what is in his eyes… 


A metal skewer is pierced through the cheek of a Hindu devotee in a trance, at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple during Thaipusam festival in Singapore January 20, 2011. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan. REUTERS/Tim Chong


Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a return to Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2011.       REUTERS/Daniel Munoz


Students wear gasmasks before entering a building where they will be exposed to tear gas as part of their chemical, biological and radiological training during a winter military boot camp at a military unit in Bucheon, west of Seoul January 20, 2011. The boot camp is run by South Korean special forces, who have organised six winter boot camps across the country in January. There are currently 1,200 civilians including students, who participate in the four-day long boot camp.   REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Lastly, pictures included just because I like them. Two different perspectives of   Thailand, the military and religion. The start of the holiday period in China (Year of the Rabbit fast approaching), military trials from Taiwan, for which Nicky is producing an MM piece. I will add the link when it’s complete and tweet it @cropperboyce. Another great picture from Tim Chong from what was really a non-event and finally a tennis picture from Mick Tsikas.


General Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the Royal Thai Army, inspects a parade on Armed Forces Day at the Thai Army 11th Infantry Regiment in Bangkok January 18, 2011. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang


Buddhist monks pray during a religious ceremony held to mark King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th birthday anniversary at the Wat Phra Kaew Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Si Ratana Satsadaram) in Bangkok January 21, 2011. To the Thais, the 84th birthday is a significant milestone. The King’s birthday will be celebrated throughout the year with various events. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom


Passengers queue to board their trains at a railway station in Taiyuan, Shanxi province January 19, 2011. China on Wednesday begins its annual Spring Festival travel rush, with an expected 2.56 billion passenger trips in the coming 40 days. Airlines and trains have been added to cope with the passenger surge, which is 11.6 percent up year on year, according to the Ministry of Transport. REUTERS/Stringer


A pedestrian walks during snowfall in Shanghai January 20, 2011. China’s National Meteorological Center and the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau have issued a warning for heavy snowfall in Shanghai for Thursday and Friday. REUTERS/Aly Song


A trainee leopard crawls along a 50 metre-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan Marine Corps frogmen “Road to Heaven” test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung January 19, 2011. The test is the final stage of a nine-week intensive Amphibious Training Program. REUTERS/Nicky Loh


Performers on stilts rest near a row of portable lavatories before the dress rehearsal for the Chingay parade in Singapore January 22, 2011. The word Chingay means “the art of masquerade” in Chinese Hokkien dialect. Chingay parade is an annual street and floats parade held during the Chinese new year period in Singapore.  REUTERS/Tim Chong


Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark serves to Anastasjia Sevastova of Latvia during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas






Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark serves to Anastasjia Sevastova of Latvia during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2011.                REUTERS/Mick Tsikas


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