Asia – A week in pictures 03 July 2011

July 5, 2011

A great news picture has to have the WOW factor and without a doubt the picture of the domb disposal expert being caught in a car bomb blast is amazing. What is even more amazing is that he lived.

A car bomb explodes as a member of a Thai bomb squad checks it in Narathiwat province, south of Bangkok July 1, 2011. The bomb planted by suspected insurgents wounded the squad member, police said.  REUTERS/Stringer 

This combination photo shows a car bomb exploding as a member of a Thai bomb squad checks it in Narathiwat province, south of Bangkok July 1, 2011. The bomb planted by suspected insurgents wounded the squad member, police said. REUTERS/Stringer 

Also in Thailand, opposition leader Yingluck Shinawatra, a political newcomer, prepared to lead her country after a weekend election victory but huge challenges lie ahead, including how quickly to bring home her brother, exiled ex-premier Thaksin who was ousted by a coup. Thailand chief photographer Damir Sagolj and Pakistan Chief photographer Adrees Latif with Sukree Sukpkang and Chaiwat Suprasom chased the story through all its twists and turns.

Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is surrounded by reporters as she takes a stage for the last big pre-election rally for her Puea Thai (For Thais) party at a stadium in Bangkok July 1, 2011. Thailand holds a general election on July 3 that might  be a step on the road to stability after five years of political turbulence. But it could just as easily prolong the crisis, especially if there is no clear-cut winner.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A red shirt supporter braves the heavy rain to listen to Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, as she addresses the last big pre-election rally for her Puea Thai (For Thais) party at a stadium in Bangkok July 1, 2011. Rain-soaked rallies in Bangkok on Friday marked a final push by candidates ahead of a national election aimed at ending a sometimes violent six-year political crisis but which many fear will only spur more turbulence.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj 

A ‘red shirt’ supporter casts his vote at a rural polling station in the outskirts of Udon Thani north east Thailand on July 3, 2011. In Thailand’s rural “red shirt” heartlands, villagers set out for polling stations early on Sunday, hoping to change the country’s government and avoid further bloodshed after six years of sporadic unrest.   REUTERS/Adrees Latif

In Afghanistan eight attackers, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons, stormed the heavily guarded Intercontinental hotel, frequented by Westerners and VIPs, before a NATO helicopter killed the remaining insurgents in a final rooftop battle that ended a raid lasting more than five hours. Omar Sobhani, Ahmad Masood and our team of stringers were quickly on the scene to capture the stunning pictures of the blasts. Also in Afghanistan Baz Ratner continues his embed with Canadian forces shooting this moving picture of the body of Master Corporal Francis Roy being sent home to Canada. Shamil Zhumatov has joined the US Forces on embed, and his almost peaceful picture of a soldier walking through water gives an insight into just how uncomfortable the day to day patrolling is and serves to counter the images of the violent blasts from Kabul and Baz’s coffin picture.  All of which combines to show the tension in the troubled country as NATO prepares to pull out..

Smoke and flames rise from the Intercontinental hotel during a battle between NATO-led forces and suicide bombers and Taliban insurgents in Kabul June 29, 2011. Afghan police sifted through one of Kabul’s landmark hotels room by room on Wednesday for any more casualties or security threats after an overnight assault by Taliban suicide bombers killed 10 Afghan civilians and police. The eight attackers, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons, stormed the heavily guarded Intercontinental hotel, frequented by Westerners and VIPs, before a NATO helicopter killed the remaining insurgents in a final rooftop battle that ended a raid lasting more than five hours.  REUTERS/Stringer

Canadian soldiers carry the coffin of Master Corporal Francis Roy during a ramp ceremony at Kandahar Air Field, June 28, 2011. Roy, 32, was found dead in a forward fire base in Kandahar city on June 25 and the circumstances of his death are still under investigation, an army spokesman said.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner

 

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier walks through shallow water of Helmand river during a break in a joint patrol with U.S. Marines along Helman river near the Camp Gorgak in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 3, 2011.  REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov 

 China celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Communist party of China and the launch of its latest highspeed train between Beijing and Shanghai amid complaints that it could go faster (320 kph) but for corruption that has led to concerns over safety. There are of course amazing pictures of parades and exhibitions with thousands of synchronised participants celebrating in red, but what caught my eye was Jason’s perfectly composed picture of the woman and the dog, David Gray’s picture of the hammer and sickle being ironed (no doubt in perfect unison) and the exclusive pictures shot by Barry Huang of artist Ge Xiaoguang’s who has painted the picture of Mao that has hanged in Tiananmen Square for the last 30 years. Ge’s job to make sure that Mao looks his best at all times and when the picture is defaced it is quickly replaced, order seamlessly retained. Hong Kong-based Bobby Yip travelled to Dadun village in Zengcheng near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to look at how immigrants live a week after clashes erupted  between workers and police. Before moving away from a busy China I want to highlight David Gray’s picture of dogs in a truck. It’s attractive to me personally beacuse it’s not a sentimental image. I am not a great pet lover and would never keep an animal at home.

Ge Xiaoguang looks at a giant portrait of China’s late Chairman Maozedong on an elevator in his working studio located between the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing, June 29, 2011. Reclusive Chinese painter Ge Xiaoguang’s art has gazed over one of the world’s most famous city squares for decades. For 30 years, he has painted the portraits of former paramount leader Mao Zedong that look across Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The giant oil paintings of the “Great Helmsman” have kept watch from the Gate of Heavenly Peace since the Communist Party won the civil war and declared a New China on October 1, 1949.  REUTERS/Barry Huang

A train driver prepares to depart the Beijing-South railway station for Shanghai in a new high-speed train as part of an official trip for members of the media June 27, 2011. The landmark Beijing-Shanghai line, which costs 220.9 billion yuan and spans 1,318-km linking the capital and financial hub, is set to launch by the end of June. REUTERS/David Gray

A woman and a pet dog walk past a poster depicting the logo of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Chongqing municipality June 30, 2011. Only the ruling Communist Party can guarantee China’s development and “save” the country, but it faces severe challenges to maintaining its rule in the long-term, the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary on Wednesday. The poster commemorates the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the CPC. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Workers use electric irons to smooth out a Communist Party of China flag on a table at the Beijing Jingong Red Flag factory located on the outskirts of Beijing June 28, 2011. The factory has made more than 30,000 flags over the last three months for the upcoming celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of China’s Communist Party on July 1.    REUTERS/David Gray 

A migrant worker smokes in his bedroom inside a family-run factory in Dadun village in Zengcheng near the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou June 20, 2011, one week after militia fired tear gas in this factory town to quell rioting over the abuse of a pregnant street hawker who became a symbol of simmering grassroots discontent.  Picture taken June 20, 2011.       REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A truck carrying dogs can be seen travelling along a road on the outskirts of Beijing June 28, 2011. The first draft of a law against animal abuse, aiming to protect animals from being hurt or killed in a cruel manner, was completed by a group of experts and was due to be raised for legislation in April, local media reported earlier this year. The proposal included jailing people who eat dog meat for up 15 days. While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.     REUTERS/David Gray 

I love a picture that is full of action that allows you to study the faces of those involved. Tyrone’s image of protesters battling it out with police, the air alive with pepper spray, is fantastic as is his image of disgraced  Birmingham City FC owner Yeung leaving court, the shadows of hands held up cast over the faces.

Police use pepper spray on protesters during a protest march to demand universal suffrage and to rally against rising property prices in Hong Kong July 1, 2011. Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the territory’s handover to China from Britain. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 

Birmingham City’s owner Carson Yeung (C) leaves the Eastern Law Court in Hong Kong June 30, 2011. Hong Kong hairdresser-turned-tycoon Carson Yeung, who hit the headlines when he bought English soccer club Birmingham city two years ago, is in the news again — this time being charged in a Hong Kong district court for money laundering. On Thursday, he was charged with five counts of “dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offence” totalling some HK$721 million ($92.6 million), according to a statement by the Hong Kong magistrate court.  REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

 It’s not often you get to see a living goodess whose feet are not allowed to touch the ground but Navesh Chitraker took full advantage of the opportunity to make some great picturs when he covered the Bhotojatra festival. I wanted to edit his pictures down to two but just could not decide which one to delete, so you get to see all three. Which one would you delete?

A child, covered with mud on his face, smiles after celebrating Asar Pandhra festival in Bhaktapur June 29, 2011. Farmers in Nepal celebrate the festival to mark the commencement of rice crop planting in paddy fields. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Children wait to catch a glimpse of the vest of Red Machindranath during the Bhotojatra festival in Lalitpur June 28, 2011. Red Machindranath, regarded as the god of rain, is worshipped during the festival by farmers who pray for rain and an abundant harvest before the monsoon season in Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

The feet of Living Goddess Kumari are seen on a silver plate as she observes the Bhotojatra festival in Lalitpur June 28, 2011. Red Machindranath, regarded as the god of rain, is worshipped during the festival by farmers who pray for rain and an abundant harvest before the monsoon season in Nepal. The Kumari’s feet is believed to be sacred and should never touch the ground. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

In Pakistan it’s been almost a year since flooding displaced 5 miilion people.  Akthar Soomro is in the region working on the story to illustrate the plight of those still suffering from the effects of the flood. What I like most about this picture is that even though the story is about flooding the picture looks like an image from a drought.

A labourer carries a pan on his head as he walk past a water gauge pillar while working to repair a portion of the Aliwan Band embankment in Sukkur, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province on June 27, 2011. Up to five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and the inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from last year’s epic deluge, the United Nations said. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

A girl, who has been displaced by heavy floods for a year, carries water container on her head which she filled from a nearby hand pump while taking refuge in a makeshift camp along the road in Sukkur, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province on June 27, 2011. Up to five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and the inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from last year’s epic deluge, the United Nations said. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Lastly I will include a selection of pictures that i like just because of shape, colour, design or just because they are plain weird. I will let you judge which picture falls into which category.

 

Jaseem, a taxi driver, sleeps with a fluorescent light on inside his cab in Mumbai early June 30, 2011. The practise of keeping the light on is an indication to customers that even though the driver is resting, the cab is available for hire. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

 

An electrician installs a fan in a tent where India’s yoga guru Swami Ramdev is scheduled to start his fast at the Ramlila ground in New Delhi June 2, 2011. The government suffered a fresh blow on Thursday in containing growing anger over corruption from million of voters as leading civil activist Anna Hazare joined forces with influential yoga guru Ramdev in a “fast-until-death” against graft.     REUTERS/B Mathur

Hindu devotees perform a stunt during a rehearsal for the 134th annual Rath Yatra, or chariot procession in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad June 28, 2011. The annual religious procession, which will be held on July 3, commemorates a journey by Hindu god Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, in specially made chariots.   REUTERS/Amit Dave

 

A soldier stands guard with his weapon during the 2011 Jinhua exercise at the Port of Taipei in New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, June 29, 2011. Taiwan on Wednesday hosted a disaster and anti-terrorism drill that involved more than 1000 people from the police, army, navy, and air force. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Managing Director Toshio Nishizawa attends an interview with Reuters in Tokyo June 16, 2011. TEPCO will struggle to stay in business unless lawmakers quickly approve a bailout to help cover compensation for the thousands of residents forced to evacuate from around its Fukushima nuclear plant, said Nishizawa, who became its new president on June 28, 2011.    REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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