Delhi is getting ever more modern and wealthy, but for millions of poor slum dwellers even clean drinking water is a distant dream.
The Indian government says sex-selective abortions and a neglect of girls have resulted in millions of statistically "missing" women. Despite the numbers, some gender equality indicators have improved for women.
Colombo is getting in shape for the 21st century. German technology giant Siemens is supporting Sri Lanka in achieving the target, but it is a challenge to upgrade the city with an outdated infrastructure.
The authorities had promised to remodel Delhi's famous artist colony, but the project has landed in hot water due to the residents' reluctance to leave old houses, capitalist greed and the officials' high-handedness.
A severe outbreak of dengue and chikungunya in Delhi is having a crippling impact on the city's productivity as hundreds of laborers fall prey to the virus and stay away from work. Sonia Phalnikar reports from New Delhi.
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