March 2017

Capital Hospital’s new facilities inaugurated
Three new facilities were unveiled at Capital Hospital by Norwegian Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg.

Kamsvåg's visit to Andhra Pradesh: (Embassy story 04.04.17)

Norway keen on exploring investment avenues in A.P.
Norwegian Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, who was here to interact with trade representatives and top officials of the Hindustan Shipyard Limited, a Ministry of Defence enterprise, said that despite having a small population of 5.3 million and being one-tenth of India in size, their country had emerged as the 22nd biggest economy in the world.

Norway team visits HSL
A team of officials from Royal Norwegian Embassy led by Ambassador Nils Ragnar Karmsvag visited Hindustan Shipyard Limited on Thursday.

Kamsvåg's trip to Odisha: (Embassy story 28.03.17)

Norway would continue to support Odisha in Health Sector: Envoy
Continuing its support to Odisha in the health Sector, Norway today said nurses and families can play a key role in reducing Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR).

Kamsvåg's TV interview with Reporters Today

Ambassador of Norway visits CIFA in Odisha
Norway’s ambassador to India H. E. Nils Ragnar Kamsvag visited ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Kausalyaganga, Bhubaneswar. Dr J K Sundaray, Director, CIFA welcomed the envoy and apprised him about the Institute’s activities and achievements.

Odisha seeks Norway support
With the Odisha Government moving ahead to scale up Sea Food Exports to Rs.20,000 Crores in next five years, experts see lot of opportunities in Norwegian collaboration to explore Sea Food processing, Marine Cage Culture and Re-circulatory Aquaculture Technology in the State for mutual development.

Norway likely to invest in Odisha
Norwegian Ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvag met Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat here on Wednesday and discussed on issues related to economic and health ties between the two governments.


Politics 

Norway says its greenhouse emissions to fall to 1990 levels by 2020
Norway's greenhouse gas emissions will fall to around 1990 levels by 2020, the government said on Wednesday, far from original goals of deep cuts for an economy struggling with high emissions from oil and gas.

Native Americans to meet Norway's wealth fund watchdog over pipeline
Standing Rock Sioux tribe representatives will meet the ethics watchdog for Norway's $915 billion sovereign wealth fund on Monday over a U.S. oil pipeline, a watchdog official said on Monday.

Stop treating oceans as "waste swimming pool" - U.N's FAO chief
The world must stop treating the oceans as a "waste swimming pool" for pollution, a senior U.N. official said on Friday at the debut in Oslo of a $65 million research ship to help developing nations manage fish stocks.

India ranks 87th on energy architecture performance: World Economic Forum
Switzerland topped the annual list released by Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF) and was followed by Norway, Sweden, Denmark and France in the top five. India’s rank improved three places from 90th last year.

 Lok Sabha passes bill to raise paid maternity leave to six months
The Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill 2016 had been pending in Parliament for nearly nine months. Now, India has reached 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.


Business

Norway's sovereign wealth fund returns 2.17 pct in Q4
Norway's $900-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, returned a profit in the fourth quarter due to strong equity markets.

Norway's wealth fund may blacklist firms over emissions
The ethics watchdog for Norway's $900-billion sovereign wealth fund will recommend this year that the fund exclude or put on a watch list several firms in the oil, cement and steel industries for emitting too much greenhouse gas.

Volkswagen’s uphill passage to India is worth the drive
Piyush Goyal wants the country to move to 100% electric vehicles by 2030, perhaps an aspirational target that would in theory put India not far behind Norway.


Research

Here comes the sun: What a town in Norway has learnt about sunlight and happiness
Do dark winter months trigger tiredness and mood disorders?

World Happiness Report: Norway unseats Denmark as happiest country, India ranks 122
India ranked a lowly 122 on a list of the world's happiest countries, dropping four slots from 2016 and coming behind China, Pakistan and Nepal.

Why Are Norwegians So Happy?
The 2017 top ten countries, all bunched closely together, are: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, and (tied) Australia and Sweden. The U.S. is ranked #14, which, given that Donald Trump is president, and Betty DeVos is Secretary of Education, seems outlandishly high.


Other

Rejuvenated by yoga, Norwegians shake off drug addiction to serve society
12 former drug addicts from Norway are working on a month-long project to build a complex of ladies’ toilets in Mumbai Central .