June 2017

Ambassador Kamsvåg opening of National Human Milk Bank in Delhi: (Embassy story 12.06.17)

Health Secretary inaugurates Vatsalya Maatri Amrit Kosh, a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre
Mr Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Ambassador of Norway to India, was also present at the occasion. Vatsalya Maatri Amrit Kosh" is established in collaboration with the Norwegian government, Oslo University and Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI).

Human Milk Bank Inaugurated At Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi
The human milk bank and lactation counselling centre, 'Vatsalya - Maatri Amrit Kosh', will collect, pasteurise, test and store milk donated by lactating mothers and make it available for infants in need.
The 'Vatsalya - Maatri Amrit Kosh' has been set up in collaboration with the Norwegian government, Oslo University and Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI).

Health Secy inaugurates human milk bank
Established in collaboration with the Norwegian Government, Oslo University and Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), will collect, pasteurize, test and safely store milk that has been donated by lactating mothers and make it available for infants in need.

Centre opens first human milk bank
Union Health Ministry officials are calling for healthy lactating mothers to come forward and donate excess breast milk. The milk bank, called the Vatsalya — Maatri Amrit Kosh, has been established in collaboration with the Norwegian government and the Oslo University as part of the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI).


Politics

India, Norway should work towards strengthening cooperation in combating terrorism
Ahluwalia led an Indian Parliamentary delegation on a three-day visit to Norway for promoting and strengthening parliamentary relations between the two countries.

“Welcome, Wonder Women!” Says the Indian Army
India may soon join a small league of countries, like Norway, Sweden, US, New Zealand, etc., in making combat roles gender neutral

Religious, indigenous leaders demand rainforests be saved (Embassy story 20.06.17
Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s environment minister, launched the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and is hosting the one- day meeting. He says today that halting deforestation requires “a global, tectonic shift.”

If they die, we will perish
For many years, Norway has invested some of its huge petroleum revenues in forests, and in particular, rainforests, as a key component of stopping and even reversing climate change. The government has also become keenly aware of the plight of the peoples of the world’s rainforests. 
 


Research, technology and education 

Norway's Statkraft to make biofuel from wood chips and other waste
Norwegian utility Statkraft has found a way to produce biofuel from wood chippings and other solid organic waste, which it says replicates in minutes a process that made crude oil underground over millions of years.

Campus Connect
The Department of Materials Science, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, conducted a two-week Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) programme on ‘Solar cells, materials and modelling,’ in collaboration with the Institute of Energy Technology (IFE), Norway, from May 29.

Scientists to explore meltwater at Greenland Cold War camp
Last month, Norway said it was boosting protection of a seed storage vault designed to protect the world’s crops from disaster, after soaring temperatures caused water to leak into its entrance.

Few resource-rich countries properly manage their natural resources
Eritrea was the worst performer in the annual index released by the New York-based Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), while Norway ranked top, closely followed by Chile, Britain and Canada.

Children of Immigrants in Norway Top the Statistics for Higher Education (Embassy story 14.07.17)
Young people with immigrant background are obtaining higher education more than ethnic Norwegians, and women constitute the majority, according to a new report from Statistics Norway (SSB).


Culture

Under the Norwegian sun
“I don’t know much about Norway,” I said, “But my father read the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy to me. Sigrid Undset, you know?” 
 


Sport

Viswanathan Anand to take on top chess players at the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand is all set to battle it out in his first classical chess competition for 2017 at Altibox Norway Chess tournament.

"I urge young Indian players to play outside India, don't be afraid," says Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
India’s ace shot-stopper recently took to Twitter to express the hardships he’s had to endure back in Norway, where he is currently the goalkeeper of Stabæk Football Club


Travel and tourism

Soon, budget flights from India to North America
You may soon have the option of flying low cost all the way from India to North America. Norwegian, the world's seventh largest budget carrier which recently announced fares starting at $65 from Europe and US, says it is considering India as a destination.

Norway’s Midnight Sun
Cherish the beauty of the never ending day.

Taapsee Pannu holidaying in Norway 
Actress Taapsee Pannu, who is filming for David Dhawan directorial "Judwaa 2", has taken a short break to Norway.


Other

Indian's Video of Bouncing Rice Balls Went Viral
A video posted by an Indian living in Oslo, Norway, went off-the-charts viral, racking up 2.6 million views in 12 days. Mandeep Singh, who belongs to Gurdaspur, watched numerous videos of people bouncing cooked rice off a wall - like a rubber ball - before deciding to do this on his own. Result: 2.6 million views.

World's first ATM machine turns to gold on 50th birthday
The world's most northerly machine is at Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway and the most southerly located at the McMurdo station at the South Pole.