India’s position on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2022 has further declined as the country of 1.38 billion slipped to the 107th spot out of 121 countries, lagging behind Pakistan, Bangladesh, and even Myanmar, and Nepal.
As per the peer-reviewed annual report, jointly published by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, this was the third straight year in which New Delhi’s ranking further plunged – it was previously ranked 101 in 2021, and 94 in 2020.
The South Asian nation with the world's second-largest military force got a score of 29.1, a hunger level falling under the ‘serious’, which is only below alarming and extremely alarming.
Global Hunger Index ranked countries on four indicators including undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality.
In the latest report, it mentioned that the country's child wasting rate is at 19.3 percent, while undernourishment prevalence soared from 14.6 percent, it said at least 225 million Indians are being undernourished.
Several cash-strapped countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal performed better than India. Pakistan however stood at 99 with a score of 26.1 which was also labelled serious by the organisations.
Sri Lanka, the island nation which is facing its worst economic crisis ranked 64th and Nepal at 81st, and Bangladesh at 84th.
Meanwhile, the top-performing countries in the index include Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, China, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Uruguay.
Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar in the open bank market on Friday.
On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.
Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||361.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.63||36.98|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.
On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,400, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs186,390.
Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate hovers around Rs163,050.
In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.
|Lahore||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Karachi||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Quetta||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Attock||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Multan||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,400||PKR 2,696|