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With tourism on top of the agenda of the new government of India, Chandan Chawla captures a glimpse of the infrastructure deficit in the religious town of Omkareshwar. While national and state tourism schemes will benefit limited destinations of utmost importance for India, small towns like Omkareshwar will have to look at alternative possibilities to alleviate infrastructure deficits.

The career of Gustavo Petro, mayor of Bogotá, is on the line. While global media is focused on the implications for the piece talks, focusing on the fate of the informal recyclers involved reveals challenges for just and equitable cities.

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Kumbh Mela: the world's largest pop-up city

As the Kumbh Mela festival closes in Allahabad, Kristen Teutonico wonders why the lessons of this pop-up city aren't being applied to India's permanent mega-cities.

Health and sanitation is an economic right as well

Whereas governments are quick to scapegoat the chop bar owners of Accra, in reality they spend onerous sums of money on sanitation, an effort which should be supported by health policy.

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