By: D.K Choudhary
India Ranked 143 in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom Index
i. India has been ranked 143 out of 186 economies in the annual Index of Economic Freedom 2017 released by top US based Think Tank, The Heritage Foundation.The Index measures the degree of economic freedom in the countries of the world.
ii. Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand are the top three nations in the Index respectively.
iii. India has been placed in the category of “Mostly Unfree” Economies in which the points ranges from 50.0-59.9.
iv. Among South Asian countries, only Afghanistan (163) and Maldives (157) were ranked below India. Nepal (125), Sri Lanka (112), Pakistan (141), Bhutan (107), and Bangladesh (128) surpassed India in economic freedom
UNICEF Makes $110 Million Appeal for Sudan Children
i. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a $110 million appeal on February 15, 2017 to help two million acutely malnourished children across Sudan including hundreds of thousands living in conflict areas
ii. Sudan is home to around 13 percent of all children suffering from acute malnutrition across Africa. Two million children under five in Sudan are acutely malnourished.
iii .They have been displaced due to violence in Darfur, Regions of South and North Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei while many separated from their relatives and affected by grave violations.
iv. UNICEF has spent about $500 million in Sudan over the past five years and increasingly aims to tap funds from inside Sudan.
United Nations International Children’s Fund Nepal designated to UNICEF’s executive board member
♦ The United Nations International Children’s Fund is a United Nations programme that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
♦ Headquarters: New York City, United States
♦ CEO: Anthony Lake
♦ Founded: 11 December 1946