July 2017

Amarnath Yatra Attack: International community condemns attack on pilgrims
In a tweet, Norwegian Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvag said, "Norway condemns cowardly Amarnath terror attack . Amarnath yatra represents faith and pilgrimage. Our condolences to the families.


Politics

G-20 summit: Norway PM Erna Solberg gifts PM Modi a symbolic football
At Session 2 of the G-20 Summit on Sustainable Development, Climate and Energy, PM Modi emphasised on need for cooperation in world of opposing realities. He also speaks about tech facilitation, ODA commitments, infrastructure, labour mobility and health.

The devil’s excrement: how Norway warded off the oil curse (Embassy story July 13)
By the time Norway discovered petroleum, it had already built a stable, wealthy and equitable economy with high standards of living.


Business

PM invites Norway pension funds to invest in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited Norwegian pension funds to invest in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund as he met Norways Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who gifted him a symbolic football.

Norway: The country where no salaries are secret  (Embassy story July 24)
This week the British papers revelled in news about how much the BBC's on-air stars get paid, though the salaries of their counterparts in commercial TV remain under wraps. In Norway, there are no such secrets. Anyone can find out how much anyone else is paid - and it rarely causes problems.



Research and technology

Sure, yoga is good for your health. But do you know how it affects the brain? (Embassy story July 4)
A research team at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo and the University of Sydney have worked to determine how the brain works during different types of meditation. Meditation techniques can be divided into two main groups. One type is concentrative meditation, where you focus attention on your breathing or on specific thoughts, and in doing so, suppresses other thoughts.

Kongsberg Group enters into MoU with India's PTC (Embassy story July 5)
A part of the 200 year-old Kongsberg Group, Kongsberg Digital AS of Norway has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India's largest power trading organisation, the Power Trading Corporation of India (PTC) recently

This Is The Best Country In The World To Be An Immigrant According To US Study
Sweden wasn't the only Nordic country to fare well - Norway, Finland and Denmark also took places in the top 10, largely due to favorable perceptions found in the survey about their economies and commitment to income equality.

Three European firms join in robot ship project
French offshore services company Bourbon said it had signed up with Automated Ships Ltd.
(ASL) of Britain in a scheme with Norway tech firm Kongsberg Maritime to build the first ship of its kind in the world.

Arctic winter warming events becoming more frequent
"The warming events and storms are in effect one and the same," said Robert Graham, a climate scientist at the Norwegian Polar Institute
in Tromso, Norway, and lead author of the new study.

Telecom group GSMA appoints Laxmi Akkaraju as Chief Strategy Officer
With more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry across India, Norway
and the US, Akkaraju was recently recognized as one of the top 10 women leaders in technology in Norway.

Sharks could hold genetic secret to long life
Professor Kim Praebel from the Arctic University of Norway and colleagues sequenced the DNA from Greenland sharks, some of which were alive in the Georgian era.

Govt push for e-vehicles: No permits, fast-charging stations
The electric mobility push is in line with the global trend. Norway, which has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world, has set a target of permitting sales of only electric or plug-in hybrid cars by 2025.

For EV dream to take off, govt needs to plug in and charge more
Norway leads the pack in electric cars on its road with 29 percent of market share globally, followed by Netherlands (6.4 percent) and Sweden (3.4 percent). China, France, and the United Kingdom all have market shares close to 1.5 percent.

Future Volkswagen cars will 'talk' to other vehicles
Volvo
too has introduced a car-to-car communication technology in the new V90 in Sweden and Norway.

Mahatma Gandhi University’s faculty to lead expedition team to Arctic
India is one of the leading contributors in polar research and had started its Arctic expedition in 2007. India's first Arctic research station, named Himadri, was inaugurated in 2008 at the International Arctic Research base, Ny-Alesund, located 2,000km north of Norway.

Pensioners in Norway have the Highest Standard of Living
Norway, Switzerland and Iceland top the list of countries where it is best to get a retirement. This is shown by the Global Pension Index, compiled by the Natixis financial corporation. Reports BGNES. 

The last monsoon?
There is no mistaking the coming reality of an unrecognisable future due to climate change. Bleak irony was when this resulted in Norway's "Doomsday" global food vault and seed bank becoming flooded (but luckily not damaged).

World’s first wind farm being built off Scotland coast
The world's first full-scale floating wind farm - with turbines taller than the Britain's Big Ben - is being built off the coast of Scotland. The output from the turbines is expected to surpass generation from current ones, according to the Norway-based manufacturer Statoil.


Culture 

Witness Indian haldi in Norway, courtesy art-work (Embassy story June 27)
Imagine a turmeric-filled cliff rock Such a piece of art was witnessed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in the national capital, last month.

Norway- perfect place for horror movie makers (Embassy story June 16 and June 19)
Norwegian landscapes are well known for their beauty, providing sites to aspiring film makers Last year, Norway witnessed 23 percent increase in travel bookings from India which according to the State Secretary Dilek Ayhan, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries could have been a result of the Bollywood blockbuster 'Shivam', which included scenes from the Atlantic Road and the Geiranger Fjord.

Nara Rohit next rolling in Norway
Nara Rohith's new film in the direction of Pavan Mallela has kick started its first schedule of shoot in Norway. This untitled film to be extensively canned in and around beautiful locations of Scandinavian country.

Join musicians and pay tribute to 'Papa Rock' Amit Saigal on his 52nd birth anniversary
“It was because of Amit that we got a chance to play at the Inferno Festival (Norway) in 2010. RSJ, through its network, had a tie-up with Norwegian concert companies and we won a ticket as part of an exchange programme. He was there with us throughout,” recalls Sahil Makhija of Demonic Resurrection, who also participated in the music conferences in that tour with Saigal.

Norway returns stolen antique Buddha sculpture to Myanmar
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who is visiting Myanmar, says the sculpture will be returned during his visit. He says Thursday that that the Scandinavian country "wants to help stolen cultural objects be returned to the country of origin in line with international agreements."

‘Art needs great rasikas not just artists’
In Norway every child is exposed to minimum of two concerts from various heritages in a year. Children are not pre-programmed, so when you expose them to something, it just goes into their system,” he says.

Watch: The trailer of the movie based on Jo Nesbo’s bestselling novel ‘The Snowman’ is out
Michael Fassbender will play Harry Hole, the gifted and alcoholic detective.


Travel and tourism

Norway witnesses largest Indian tourists growth in 2017 (Embassy story July 27)
Indian tourist numbers to Norway continue to grow steadily as India now reaches the third spot after China and Russia in visitor visas.

Norway- perfect place for horror movie makers (Embassy story June 16 and June 19)
Norwegian landscapes are well known for their beauty, providing sites to aspiring film makers Last year, Norway witnessed 23 percent increase in travel bookings from India which according to the State Secretary Dilek Ayhan, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries could have been a result of the Bollywood blockbuster 'Shivam', which included scenes from the Atlantic Road and the Geiranger Fjord.

Photos of Taapsee Pannu’s Holiday in Oslo, Norway Will Make You Want to Explore the City
Taapsee Pannu from big movies like Pink, Naam Shabana and Baby recently went to Norway, sharing pictures of her time in the capital city of Oslo. From the famed tiger statue in front of Oslo Central to the Nobel Peace Center and Akershus Castle, Miss Pannu explored the entire city.


Other  

Seven more districts to get mother’s milk bank
At present the state has 13 human milk banks at 10 district hospitals in Beawer (Ajmer) Alwar, Banswara, Baran, Bhilwara, Bharatpur, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Sawai Madhopur and Tonk, at Rabindra Nath Tagore Medical College in Udaipur, at Sawai Man Singh Medical College in Jaipur run by the Norway government, and one in private Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Jaipur.

In hot and humid India, the growth in ice cream sales is outpacing the rest of the world
Nevertheless, at just 0.25 litres, India’s per capita ice cream consumption trails far behind those of world leaders Norway (9.8 litres), Australia (9.4 litres), and Sweden (8.9 litres).