SEOUL: South Korea’s capital city, Seoul, ranks as the seventh most expensive city in the world to live in this year, a survey showed Saturday.
The Worldwide Cost of Living (WCL) Survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), measures the prices of more than 150 items in 133 cities across the globe, with the index for New York set as a benchmark of 100.
According to the latest WCL poll, Seoul ranked seventh, on a par with New York, down one notch from the previous survey.
Singapore, Paris and Hong Kong are the joint most expensive cities in the world with an index of 107, followed by Zurich of Switzerland with 106, and its sister Geneva and Japan’s Osaka coming next with 101 each.
Tokyo is 4 percent cheaper than New York and Seoul to live in, while Shanghai is the most expensive city in mainland China, ranking 25th on the global chart with an index of 85.
“Seoul continues to be one of the most expensive cities in the world to top up a shopping basket,” the EIU said in the press release.
Cricket: South Africa World Cup squad
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday named the following squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.
No Pak soldier or citizen died in Balakot airstrike: Sushma Swaraj
AHMADABAD: Indian External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Thursday said no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force across the border in response to the Pulwama terror attack in February.
“When we carried out air strike across the border after the Pulwama terror attack, we had told the international community that we took that step in self-defence only.
“We had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike,” she said.
“The Army was told to target only the terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, which had taken the responsibility for the Pulwama attack.
“And, our Army did the same without harming any Pakistani citizen or soldier,” said Ms Swaraj.
N.Korea’s Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April: Kremlin
MOSCOW: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in late April for his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Moscow said Thursday.
“Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin… Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in the second half of April,” the Kremlin said in a statement on its website.