In­dia slips 11 spots on World Hap­pi­ness In­dex, lags be­hind Pak­istan and China

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

NEW DELHI: In­dia ranked 133rd, far be­hind ter­ror-rav­aged Pak­istan and poor­est-of-poor Nepal in the global list of the hap­pi­est coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to a United Na­tions re­port re­leased on Wed­nes­day. It slipped 11 places as it was placed 122nd last year, which was a drop from 118th rank the pre­ced­ing year. It was be­hind the ma­jor­ity of South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion (Saarc) na­tions, apart from war-rav­aged Afghanistan, that stood at 145. Among the eight Saarc na­tions, Pak­istan was at 75th po­si­tion, up five spots from last year. Nepal stood at 101, Bhutan at 97, Bangladesh at 115 while Sri Lanka was at 116. In­dia’s other testy neigh­bour, China, was also far ahead at 86th spot. The UN Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment So­lu­tions Net­work's (SDSN) 2018 World Hap­pi­ness Re­port ranked 156 coun­tries ac­cord­ing to things such as GDP per capita, so­cial sup­port, healthy life ex­pectancy, so­cial free­dom, gen­eros­ity and ab­sence of cor­rup­tion.

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