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Mercer Quality of Living Ranking 2019

The Quality of Living Index 2019 was released by the Consulting Agency Mercer. The index was based on the data analysed between September and November 2018. The index ranks 231 cities.

Quality of Living Index 2019

  • Austrian capital Vienna tops the Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row.
  • Vienna was closely followed by Zurich in Switzerland. Auckland, Munich, and Vancouver came in joint third.
  • San Francisco with the ranking of 34 was named the best city to live in in the U.S.
  • London with a ranking of 41st was the best city in the UK on Mercer’s scale.
  • Singapore with a ranking of 25th has held onto its status as Asia’s most livable city.
  • Uruguay’s capital Montevideo was the highest ranked city in South America.
  • Port Louis, Mauritius, was Africa’s top city.
  • Baghdad ranked last, followed by Bangui in the Central African Republic and Yemen’s capital Sanaa.
Indian Cities in the List
  • Hyderabad and Pune topped the list among the Indian cities with a rank of 143.
  • Bengaluru was the second best with the ranking of 149.
  • Mumbai with the ranking of 154 stood third among Indian cities.
  • The capital of India, New Delhi ranked at 162 in Mercer’s Quality Of Living Index.

The index is based on 39 factors such as access to public transport and traffic congestion levels, availability of housing and international schools city’s cultural scene which are grouped under 10 heads like “political and social environment”, “recreation”.

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AFINDEX-19

Africa-India Joint Field Training Exercise (AFINDEX-19) between the Indian Army and 16 African nations will be conducted in Pune from March 18 to 27.

Features of AFINDEX-19

  • 10 personnel, each from the participating nations from the African continent and personnel of Maratha Light Infantry of the Indian Army will participate in the joint exercise.
  • The joint exercise would be held at Pune’s Foreign Training Node at Aundh Military Station and College of Military Engineering in Kirkee.
  • AFINDEX-19 aims to train the participating contingents in Humanitarian Mine Assistance (HMA) and Peace Keeping Operations (PKO) under the United Nations Charter through practical and comprehensive discussions and tactical exercises
  • Contingents from Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, Uganda, Niger & Zambia are part of the joint exercise together with officers from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar as Observers.
  • The joint exercise will also focus on achieving interoperability, learning each other’s methodologies and tactics through synchronised operational level planning and tactical level training.
  • The joint exercise will also cover the dynamics of raising a Mission headquarters, nuances of establishing military observer team sites in disturbed

AFINDEX-19 is expected to greatly facilitate sharing of Indian Armed Forces experiences in United Nations Peace Keeping operations with countries in Africa and shall significantly enhance relations with the African continent.

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