January 2017

Culture

Breaking all barriers (Note: This festival is funded by the Norwegian Embassy through Kulture Tank)

The Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, established in memory of L. Subramaniam’s father 25 years ago, is more than just a family affair

A Norwegian choreographer to fly down from Norway to instruct Kangana Ranaut for Rangoon

A choreographer from Norway was flown down to instruct Kangana Ranaut for a song in Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming film.

Research

India, Norway to begin collaborative research on antimicrobial resistance

India and Norway will soon begin collaborative research in the area of antimicrobial resistance. The broad research areas covered under this collaborative research programme include, surveillance systems for antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use in humans and/or animal population; design, implementation and evaluation of antibiotic stewardship programmes including intervention studies to promote infection control and clinical practice guidelines in hospitals, primary care and veterinary medicine; novel strategies for diagnosis and treatment of infections caused by multidrug resistance bacteria; and ecological, evolutionary and molecular properties of antimicrobial resistance.

Step Aside, America, Norway’s Free Education Draws Indian Students

Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia began conducting his research in Norway about a decade ago. At the time, Ahluwalia joked to his mother that the only Indians in the Arctic city were him and a statue of Gandhi at the university. But things have changed. Ahluwalia started the city’s first and only cricket club. Now, around 30 Indian citizens are working or studying in Tromsø. 

Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost: study

Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway used advanced electroencephalogram (EEG) technology for many years to study the brain activity of hundreds of babies.

Business:

Airtel in advance talks with Telenor to buy its India business

Bharti Airtel, the country’s leading telecom operator by users, is in talks with Norway-based Telenor for buying its India business for $350 million, ET Now reported on Monday.

Aker Solutions to make up to 650 job losses in UK, Norway and India

Aker Solutions said it would be making further job cuts across its operations. The Norwegian firm said the decision will affect 650 jobs in India, the UK and Norway.

Travel and tourism

Seeing the Seasons Pass in Norway Is Just So Good

Morten Rustad traveled over 12,000 miles and took 20,000 photos over the course of an entire year to make this beyond impressive time-lapse of the seasons changing in Norway that'll take you away from all the nonsense going on in the world for a few moments. It almost makes you want to leave everything behind and just live under the sky.

Why Two Norwegian Entrepreneurs Put $1.5 Million Toward Slow Travel In Fjord Country

Set in Norway’s majestic fjord country, Flam is a town about 230 inhabitants. Yet in one year it will see about half a million visitors and nearly 200 cruise ships -- ships so big they drown out the few small hotels situated on the waterfront. At the base of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Flam and its nearby residents are concerned about the number of tourists descending on the small, picturesque village.

Why Norway wanting to gift Finland a mountain makes our day

The idea behind this ‘unprecedented show of kindness’ is to celebrate 100 years of Finnish freedom.

Other

Norway first to shut down FM network today for digital radio

Norway tomorrow will become the first country in the world to start shutting down its FM radio network in favour of digital radio, a bold move watched closely by other countries around Europe.

Norway Is Killing FM Radio Tomorrow

On Wednesday, Norway will become the first country in the world to start shutting down its national FM radio network in favor of digital radio. Norwegians have had years to prepare, but the move is still catching many off guard.

US Marines land in Norway for contested deployment

Some 300 US Marines arrived in Norway today for a rotational deployment in the Scandinavian country, to neighbouring Russia's dismay amid rising tensions with the West.

Stories from journalists sent on an Embassy-funded press trip to the Arctic Frontiers conference have started appearing, including on other subjects:

Linking the Arctic to the Himalayas

Despite being massively impacted by the effects of climate change evidenced in the Arctic, South Asia is largely missing from the policy dialogue, although that may be slowly changing.

Norway's Lutheran Church embraces same-sex marriage

Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favour of new ceremonial language that will allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.