August 2017

Rahul Gandhi's visit to Norway (Embassy story September 8)

Has anyone seen India's Opposition? Congress in disarray as Rahul heads to Norway to 'exchange ideas with political and business leaders'
As the Opposition crumbles with the exit of strong allies such as JD(U) and NCP, the Congress now plans to keep a safe distance from any outward demonstration of unity.
 

Rahul Gandhi's Itinerary Is Anywhere But Here
So Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice-President will return from a 4-day trip to Norway this week; come September, he will fly to the USA for two weeks. Gandhi will be travelling across the USA from Silicon Valley to Boston. He will also participate in a round table at the Carnegie Institute in Washington, DC. Gandhi, who will be accompanied by family friend Sam Pitroda, is also expected to attend a host of events with Non Resident Indians (NRIs), venture capitalists and early stage investors in California.


Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg's visit to Papagoya kindergarten (Embassy story July 11)

Where kids play to hearts’ content 
Actually, it is a win-win situation for all involved. As Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Ambassador of Norway to India aptly explains, “It is a pleasure to know that this form of learning is gaining interest in India. The Nordic model of education aims at a holistic development of children in a setting that is comfortable and enjoyable for them. In Norway, the best interests of the children are top priority. Of course, in the long term, we are happy if such initiatives also create Norway lovers in India.” 


Politics

Time for India to adopt an Arctic strategy
The Arctic is witnessing dramatic physical changes. The effects of ice melting in the Arctic Ocean present both opportunities and challenges. The commercial openings range from harnessing potential resource wealth including oil and gas finds and the opening of the northern sea route for shipping and trade.

Six-month maternity leave to help more women seek jobs: Government
The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by Lok Sabha in March, months after Rajya Sabha approved the measure that takes India to the third position in terms of the number of weeks for maternity leave after Canada and Norway where it is 50 weeks and 44 weeks, respectively.

12 of the most beautiful prisons around the world
Norway's Halden Prison lets inmates cook, play video games, shoot hoops, and sleep on plush beds. Rooms look more like college dorms than cells. The idea is to treat convicts like people, so they will re-enter society in a healthy mindset.

India is not the best place to retire: Ranked lowest in Global Retirement Index
Surprisingly, while India has ranked the lowest in each measurable factor of GRI, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland topped the rankings respectively.

Arctic fjords help Russia combat fish shortage problems
Arctic fjords that hid Soviet nuclear-powered submarines during the Cold War are now being used as a weapon in the sanctions war with Europe - to rear fish that Russia can no longer import.

Lessons for UK and Ireland? Norway, Sweden keep EU external border soft
Sharing a border of 1,600 km (1,000 miles), with close to 80 crossings, Norway and Sweden face some of the challenges that Ireland and Northern Ireland may experience when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
 

Anti-immigrant group mistakes empty bus seats for burkha-clad women, gets mocked
A Norwegian Facebook group, critical of immigration, is being mocked for confusing empty bus seats with six burkha-clad women. Not only did they make a mistake, but also posted Islamophobic comments on the post.
 


Business  

Norway’s Orkla unveils Laban candy in India
Norway’s Orkla ASA, introduced its chewy candy, Laban, through its nationwide network set up by its subsidiary MTR Foods, in an Indian confectionery market worth ₹8,200 crore.

Norway's $975-billion wealth fund should improve ethical stance - NGO report
Norway's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should be more forceful in promoting its ethical agenda and influencing the thousands of companies it invests in, a report commissioned by non-governmental organisations said on Monday.

Norway appoints commission to assess wealth fund's asset management strategy
Norway's finance ministry has appointed a commission to assess the management of the country's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, it said on Monday.

Conoco to start dismantling historical Norwegian oil platform
ConocoPhillips
has won permission to prepare for the removal of the first permanent oil platform built off Norway more than 40 years ago, the country's industry regulator said on Thursday.


Research and technology

How realistic are plans to ban new gas and diesel cars?
Norway has aggressively promoted electrics, but even there the proposed elimination of gas and diesel except for hybrids by 2025 is a goal to be achieved, not a fixed date for a ban. 
 

Is India ready for an all-electric future?
Tesla and Mahindra aren’t th
e only players looking for a slice of the electric pie

For electric cars to take off, they'll need place to charge
Take Norway, which has publicly funded charging and generous incentives for electric car
buyers.

Electric Cars - Not as green as you think
Norway is the leading country in Europe for electric vehicle sales. However, as the sales of electric cars have gone up, the use of public transport to get to work dropped by 80 percent so the benefits of converting to e-cars would be limited if it resulted in more personal car ownership and that is not a situation we can afford in the over-crowded Indian roads.

Extreme weather conditions will kill 152,000 Europeans a year by 2100: Study
The study analysed the effects of the seven most harmful types of weather-related disaster – heat waves, cold waves, wildfires, droughts, river and coastal floods and windstorms – in the 28 countries of the European Union, plus Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

Diabetes cure comes a step closer
Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have transformed skin puncture cells from diabetes patients into insulin-producing cells. Their aim is to transplant these cells under the skin of people with diabetes.

How goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen decoded
Scientists at the University of Oslo in Norway and University of Liverpool in the UK found the molecular mechanism behind this highly unusual ability, which is unique among vertebrates and more commonly associated with brewer’s yeast.
 

Norway has world’s fastest mobile Internet
According to global leader in broadband testing Ookla, Norway has the fastest mobile Internet in the world.

An astronomer who’s seen 14 eclipses is ready for her biggest eclipse chase yet
Shadia Habbal has been chasing solar eclipses with telescopes for more than two decades. Habbal, an astronomer with the University of Hawaii, has set up equipment everywhere from India to the icy barrens of Svalbard, Norway over the last 22 years.

Chronic fatigue syndrome biomarkers found: Study
More than one million people in the US suffer from the CFS, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. It was reported earlier in 2017 that in Norway, a nation with a population of over five million, about 270 primary and secondary students dropped school due to the syndrome.

How Carbon Clean Solutions is helping industries cut their carbon footprint
Carbon Clean Solutions, a start-up involved in the niche carbon capture technology, does its job at rates much lower than market standards and even allows industries to sell the captured carbon. Sharma today is the chief operating officer of one of the few companies in the world that specialize in carbon capture, an industry dominated by big companies like Shell Cansolv, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Aker Solutions (Norway).

Norway extends grant for Mongstad CCS research
Norwegian state-owned carbon capture technology firm Gassnova
has extended an 85 million euro ($100.42 million) grant for research at the CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, free trade association watchdog ESA said on Tuesday.

Norway, Sweden water reservoir levels rise
Water reservoir levels for hydropower generation in Norway
and Sweden rose last week, energy authorities said on Wednesday. Water levels are key to electricity prices in the Nordic region which gets half its power from hydroelectric stations


Culture

‘Indu Sarkar’ To Open The 15th Annual Bollywood Festival – Norway
National award winning film maker, Madhur Bhandarkar‘s critically acclaimed film Indu Sarkar will open the 15th Annual Bollywood Festival Norway, 2017.

Assamese ‘Bhojpuri Melody Queen’ creates ripples in Norway!
In a recent event known as the Norway Oslo Mela Festival, Kalpana Patowary performed live wherein she sang an Assamese marriage folk song from Barpeta district. The singer is known to flaunt the traditional attires from Northeast India and this time was no exception. She donned a colourful Bodo traditional attire Dokna and Aronai at the Oslo Mela Festival, Norway.

400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist
Some 400 Viking objects were stolen from a Norwegian museum at some time over the weekend of August 11-13, the museum's director said today, describing the loss as "immeasurable".


Sport  

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu set to return home
Indian goalkeeper parts ways with Norwegian club Stabaek, poised to join Bengaluru FC for this year’s ISL

‘Norway made me a better person’
When Gurpreet Singh Sandhu moved to Norwegian club Stabaek in 2014 it was a step into the unknown. Not many Indian footballers had plied their trade abroad and for the handful who tried, success was scant.


Travel and tourism

Taapsee Pannu talks about life post Pink, turning a Japanese tourist in Norway and why she’ll never quit regional films
Taapsee recently took to her Instagram profile and shared some great pictures from her solo Norway trip.

India-bound 2017 Range Rover Velar first drive review
I'd like to tell you about Norway and how it is this amazing country with landscapes so spectacular that it would make you weep! And after this abundance of fjords and scaling peaks, teeming alpine forests and ice caps, it makes me wonder what made the Vikings leave their homes.

Nargis Fakhri on stranger tides in Norway
Nargis Fakhri is enjoying herself to the fullest in Norway. Her Instagram pictures are a proof of the same. While she has been having a gala time with friends and basking in the Oslo sun, the pretty actress has taken some time out to rejuvenate herself.

Self-drive road trips abroad on your Indian driving licence
Norway: The Land of the Midnight Sun beckons you to come and explore its amazing fjords. Drive from Oslo to Bergen and you'll pass some of the most beautiful villages, waterfalls, and fjords in Europe. Indian visitors can drive in Norway for three months with a valid Indian driving licence.

Norway fines tourist guide for scaring polar bear
When a group of tourists on a snowmobile expedition in May spotted a bear standing still, 900 metres (2,950 ft) away, their guide decided to approach the predator to take a closer look