Vancouver Current Affairs - 2019

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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”.

17th World Sanskrit Conference held in Vancouver, Canada

The 17th World Sanskrit Conference was held at Vancouver, Canada from 9th July to 13th July, 2018. It was inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. The purpose of this conference was to promote, preserve and practice Sanskrit language all over world by the people.

Key Facts

The World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every three years under the auspices of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies. So far it has been held thrice in India. This year, more than 500 scholars and delegates from over 40 countries participated in this conference and exchanged their knowledge by presenting papers on various subjects followed by discussions from amongst the members.

Special panel discussion were held on over dozen topics like History & Education of Women in Vedic Literature, Mimamsa Beyond the Yagasala, Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts, The Yuktidipika Forging Place for Sankhya, Research on Gargiyajyotisa and Introducing Bhagavata Purana Commentaries. Over 500 papers on various themes were presented during the 5-day conference.