Today in pics: December 18, 2013

Wed Dec 18 2013, 16:47 hrs
Anna Hazare today broke his nine-day fast shortly after Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal Bill, and announced he would form "watchdog bodies" comprising people of "impeccable integrity" to keep an eye on how the law is enforced.  A happy Anna Hazare is waving the tricolor as his supporters celebrate at the Yadav Baba Temple in Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Sandeep Daundkar)
Anna Hazare today broke his nine-day fast shortly after Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal Bill, and announced he would form "watchdog bodies" comprising people of "impeccable integrity" to keep an eye on how the law is enforced.
A happy Anna Hazare is waving the tricolor as his supporters celebrate at the Yadav Baba Temple in Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Sandeep Daundkar)
Looking a bit frail yet brimming with enthusiasm after the landmark bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, Hazare thanked all parties, barring Samajwadi Party, for their support, but obliquely criticised his former proteges in the Aaam Aadmi Party, his fellow travellers in the Jan Lokpal movement, who have dubbed the new legislation as "Jokepal" bill.  Anna Hazare breaks his fast on the ninth day in Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Sandeep Daundkar)
Looking a bit frail yet brimming with enthusiasm after the landmark bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, Hazare thanked all parties, barring Samajwadi Party, for their support, but obliquely criticised his former proteges in the Aaam Aadmi Party, his fellow travellers in the Jan Lokpal movement, who have dubbed the new legislation as "Jokepal" bill.
Anna Hazare breaks his fast on the ninth day in Ralegan Siddhi on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Sandeep Daundkar)
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) unexpectedly kept the country's policy interest rate on hold on Wednesday, despite calling current inflation too high, citing the prospect of easing retail prices and its concerns about the weak domestic economy. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan at a media conference in Mumbai on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) unexpectedly kept the country's policy interest rate on hold on Wednesday, despite calling current inflation too high, citing the prospect of easing retail prices and its concerns about the weak domestic economy.
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan at a media conference in Mumbai on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
The RBI had been widely expected to raise the repo rate on Wednesday, after lifting the country's main lending rate by 25 basis points each at its previous reviews in September and October. It instead opted to keep the country's main lending rate at 7.75 percent. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
The RBI had been widely expected to raise the repo rate on Wednesday, after lifting the country's main lending rate by 25 basis points each at its previous reviews in September and October. It instead opted to keep the country's main lending rate at 7.75 percent. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
Benchmark 10-year bond yield dropped 12 basis points to 8.78 percent from levels before the decision, while the NSE share index gained more than 1 percent. The Indian rupee strengthened. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
Benchmark 10-year bond yield dropped 12 basis points to 8.78 percent from levels before the decision, while the NSE share index gained more than 1 percent. The Indian rupee strengthened. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
However, the central bank warned it would remain vigilant on inflation and that it would be ready to act even in between policy reviews should headline or core inflation not ease as expected, albeit noting it would do so in a "calibrated" manner. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
However, the central bank warned it would remain vigilant on inflation and that it would be ready to act even in between policy reviews should headline or core inflation not ease as expected, albeit noting it would do so in a "calibrated" manner. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
The RBI added it would also gauge the impact from any decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to start withdrawing its monetary stimulus. The U.S. central bank concludes its policy meeting later in the day. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
The RBI added it would also gauge the impact from any decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to start withdrawing its monetary stimulus. The U.S. central bank concludes its policy meeting later in the day. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
"The policy decision is a close one. Current inflation is too high," said the RBI in its policy statement.(IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
"The policy decision is a close one. Current inflation is too high," said the RBI in its policy statement.(IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
Lokpal is a big success; more needs to be done to fight corruption, said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.  Rahul Gandhi at Parliament on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Anil Sharma)
Lokpal is a big success; more needs to be done to fight corruption, said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi at Parliament on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Anil Sharma)
Cheque clearances, withdrawing and depositing of money in public sector bank branches were hit across the country as their employees went on a one-day strike today to press for wage revision and other demands.  People protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
Cheque clearances, withdrawing and depositing of money in public sector bank branches were hit across the country as their employees went on a one-day strike today to press for wage revision and other demands.
People protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Wednesday. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
Private sector banks like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank were functioning normally because their staff are not on strike. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)
Private sector banks like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank were functioning normally because their staff are not on strike. (IE Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)

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