May 2016

Ban Ki-Moon names choices for top UN environments posts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Norway's former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the UN environment agency and announced his choice of Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Norway police sets up Panama Papers hotline, offers discounted sentence

Norway's white-collar crimes police unit on Tuesday established a telephone hotline for people seeking to confess to tax evasion linked to the Panama Papers documents leak and said those who come forward could expect more lenient treatment.

Obamas welcome leaders, celebrities to Nordic State Dinner

Famous people and people just famous-for-Washington scored coveted invitations to Friday night's White House state dinner honoring the leaders of Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

'Tick here please': Changing gender in Norway gets easier

Under a proposed new bill hailed by activists as one of the most liberal in the world, people who want to change gender in Norway would no longer be required to undergo any physical transformation.

President of India’s Message on the Eve of Constitution Day of Norway

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King and people of the Kingdom of Norway on the eve of their Constitution Day (May 17, 2016).

Norway opens new Arctic zones to oil exploration

Norway awarded Wednesday Arctic drilling licenses to 13 oil companies, including in a hitherto unexplored part of the Barents Sea, provoking condemnation from environmental groups.

Indian, Norwegian researchers to urge UGC on interdisciplinary energy education

Experts working under an Indo-Norwegian collaborative programme said on Tuesday that they will approach India's University Grants Commission to take a "serious look" into launching interdisciplinary sustainable energy education in the country.

Extreme beliefs may lead to criminal acts: study

Researchers from University of Missouri (MU) studied the 2011 case of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, and suggested a new forensic term to classify non-psychotic behaviour that leads to criminal acts of violence.

Norway readathon takes aim at wordy app terms

What exactly do we agree to when we download a smartphone app? To prove the 'absurdity' of lengthy terms and conditions, some Norwegians are reading those of 33 apps, from Tinder to iTunes, in a live two-day readathon.

Norway to Detail Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco May 31

The Norwegian government will discuss the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products next week, as the Nordic nation seeks to become the latest country to stamp out one of the last remaining vestiges of cigarette marketing.

Excessive working may up anxiety, depression risk

"Workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics," said Cecilie Schou Andreassen, researcher and clinical psychologist specialistat the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway.

Norway commits to zero deforestation

The Norwegian parliament pledged that the government’s public procurement policy will go deforestation-free.

Business

MTR Foods investing Rs.200 crore on capacity expansion

Food processing major MTR Foods Ltd said on Tuesday that it is investing Rs.200 crore, over the next four years, on capacity expansion and to extend its presence to south India to across the country.

Elkjøp Nordic AS Selects L&T Infotech as its Strategic Partner for Infrastructure Management Services

The engagement will improve availability, scalability and flexibility of IT environment with infrastructure-as-a-service model of deployment.

Telenor India upgrades 10K sites, boosts network capacity by 25%

Telenor India has upgraded 10,000 network sites across its six operating circles, a move aimed at improving the company's network capacity by nearly 25% using the same spectrum resources, in turn, boosting a customer's data experience.

Five Young Innovators To Represent India At Telenor Youth Forum Asia 2016

The answers to some of the most daunting challenges facing Asia’s young population may be found by the youth themselves. This is the premise to Telenor India and Telenor Group’s announcement today that it is bringing its global Telenor Youth Forum to Asia for the first time.

Scotland Will Soon Get the World's Biggest Floating Offshore Windfarm

The Guardian reports that Norwegian company Statoil has been awarded a seabed lease for construction of its Hywind Scotland wind farm, which is set to go float roughly 15 miles off the eastern coast of the country.

Norway's wealth fund to sue Volkswagen over emissions scandal: FT

Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, is planning to sue German automaker Volkswagen AG over the impact of its emissions scandal, the Financial Times reported.

World Telecommunications Day: Telenor announces special rates for subscribers

Telenor India has announced unlimited calls on its network for its 12 million subscribers in UP East, on the occasion of World Telecommunication Day.

L&T Infotech partners Norway firm

Larsen & Toubro Infotech, a subsidiary of Indian engineering giant Larsen & Toubro Limited and one of the country’s leading information technology services and solutions companies, has signed a contract with Elkjøp Nordic AS to provide end-to-end infrastructure management and data centre services.

Indian offshore wind ‘open playing field’

A consortium has been running a project to assess these areas with involvement from Norway’s DNV GL

NSC strengthens presence in India with new appointment

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) has employed Yogi Shergill as country director for India. Shergill will build on the existing business activities developed by NSC and Norwegian companies and explore the potential for further export growth of Norwegian seafood, explicitly Norwegian salmon and cod, to the Indian market.

Telenor promises lowest tariff in 4G services

Telenor already offers narrow-band 4G service in Varanasi where the company, Mehrotra said, is offering an average download speed of 2 megabit per second.

Health

Prenatal exposure to anti-depressants may lower birth weight

"The biological mechanisms by which long term SSRIs exposure may affect birth weight remains unknown," said Katerina Nezvalova-Henriksen from the University of Oslo in Norway.

Borrowing immune cells can help fight cancer

"Our study shows that the principle of outsourcing cancer immunity to a donor is sound," said Johanna Olweus from the University of Oslo in Norway.

Culture

Kochi-Muziris Biennale Announces First List Of Artists

The third edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) will feature internationally-reputed writers, musicians and theatre-persons along with a host of visual artistes from across India and the world.

Sports

Harikrishna helps Carlsen win Norway tourney

India’s P. Harikrishna’s draw in the final round of the Norway chess tournament helped World champion Magnus Carlsen triumph at home.

Football: Scandinavian players slam Qatar 2022 labour conditions

Danish and Norwegian players on Tuesday criticised the "cruel" working conditions of labourers at Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums in a video published by world football players' union, FIFPro.

Against IK Start, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu starts new journey

After breaking into first team of Norwegian top division club, Sandhu keen to make the position his own