October 2017

 ‘We are changing mindsets’

Ambassador’s interview on NIPI has appeared in the Statesman newspaper.

State seeks Norway investment in renewable energy sector

Norway’s Ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, in a meeting with Manu Srivastava, Principal Secretary, New and Renewable Energy Department of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, sought to have a better understanding of the advancements by the State in renewable energy sector in MP.

Norwegian Sea Food Council Hosted B2B Networking Dinner Event in Delhi Embassy of Norway

The networking dinner aimed at presenting fresh salmon from Norway that is produced in the cold, clear and pristine Fjords of Norway. The fresh Norwegian salmon was highly appreciated amongst the Executive Chefs, sales directors and F&B managers that were present from the top hotels in Delhi.

 

Ambassador Kamsvåg's visit to Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: Norway’s ambassador inaugurates FPC centre

Norway’s ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg inaugurated Family Participatory Care (FPC) centre at JP Hospital on Monday.

Norwegian envoy opens family care centre at JP hospital

Norwegian ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg inaugurated the family care centre (FCC) at JP hospital on Monday. The centre is being supported by the government of Norway. Set up as part of Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), FCC provides a new approach to improve infant care in Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at JP hospital.

Ambassador Norway Kamsvåg meets Chief Secretary Singh

Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh was called on by the Ambassador of Norway Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg today and discussed about the schemes and programmes being implemented in the state in the field of health, education and renewable energy.

Norway Ambassador meets Health Minister Rustam Singh

Madhya Pradesh is leading far ahead in Norway-India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) being implemented in Health sector between India and Norway. This was informed to the Minister for Health and Family Welfare Rustam Singh by the Ambassador of Norway Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, Counsellor Health Rannveig Rajendram and Second Secretary Norway Marta Gjørtz. Assistance is being provided by NIPI to Rajasthan, Orissa and Bihar beside Madhya Pradesh.

MP Tops in Health Programme being carried out with Assistance of Norway

Norway Ambassador Shri Kamsvåg Meets Health Minister Shri Rustam Singh.

 

The Royal Norwegian Consulate General and Norwegian Seafood Counsil about promoting salmon

Norwegian seafood industry eye Indian gourmet market

For well over two decades, Norwegian seafood is being served at high-end eateries in India but the imports have been significantly small due to high customs duties.

Creating Space for Norwegian Salmon in India

Norwegian salmon has been sold in India for the past 20 years, however it has been limited to the high end segment of hotels and restaurants make the volumes sold small. Yogi Shergill, vice counsel, Royal Norwegian Consulate General (Mumbai) & director (India) of Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) spoke to BW Hotelier about his plans to promote Norwegian salmon in India.

 

Politics

Women take ‘top three spots’ in Norway government

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg today announced a cabinet reshuffle putting women in "the top three spots" of government.

Norway appoints its first female foreign minister

Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was named as minister of foreign affairs on Friday, making her the first woman to hold the post in the Nordic country.

Norway grants immigration to Israeli nuclear whistle-blower

Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordecai Vanunu has been granted permission to immigrate to Norway so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.

 

Business

CRPF IG leads clean-up operation of Versova beach

Tor Dahlstrom, Norway's Consul General a regular volunteer donned the gloves once again as did first timers—various groups of students from Swami Vivekananda Education college from Chembur, SIES, IIT Powai, KJ Somaiya, and children from Dhai Akshar an NGO for the less privileged with its founder Nyla Masood.

Norway upbeat on Finnish plan for Arctic rail link to Belt and Road

US$3.4 billion project would connect Northern Europe with Russia, China and Arctic Ocean deep-water ports.

The number of millionaires in Sweden and Norway is growing fast

The World Wealth Report by CapGemini has mapped the world’s high net worth individuals, or people with combined savings of at least a million U.S. dollars in securities, real estate, or cash (HNWIs).

Aker BP in $2 bln deal to buy Norway unit of Hess

Aker BP has agreed to buy the Norwegian unit of U.S. oil firm Hess in a $2 billion deal to further expand its portfolio, the companies said on Tuesday.

Norway's Hofseth Biocare sees stronger results ahead as it enters commercial phase - CEO

Norwegian biotech firm Hofseth Biocare expects to report stronger results ahead as it enters a new commercial phase, its chief executive officer told Reuters, after reporting higher preliminary figures for the third quarter on Tuesday.

 

Research and Technology

India ranks 14th as best country for expats to live and work in: HSBC

The country has improved its expat explorer overall score to 0.51 in 2017 from 0.43 in 2016 which is the average of the economics, experience and family score covering 27 key questions from the survey…Singapore topped the list for the third year in a row, followed by Norway and New Zealand which ranked second and third, respectively. The survey covered 27,587 expats from 159 countries and territories in March and April of this year.

India, Norway extend ties in health sector through NIPI

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed the Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the Government of Norway here to this effect.

WestCoast Group partners with Norway's AKVA Group for aquaculture solutions and technology

The Mumbai based WestCoast Group, a fully integrated aquaculture company, has partnered with Norway's AKVA Group for innovative and sustainable aquaculture solutions and technology.

Google Doodle Celebrates 156th Birth Anniversary Of Fridtjof Nansen, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient And Norwegian Explorer

Fridtjof Nansen was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his work on rehabilitation for the displaced victims of the First World War.

Norway earthquake expert says congestion not helping matters

'Proximity to fault lines makes Shillong quake prone'.

Managing ocean resources for the benefit of future generations

Several Norwegian speakers emphasized the need for holistic management of ocean resources at the SAGAR conference that was recently held in Goa.

Saab Signs Contract with Nato for Upgrading Norwegian Air Surveillance Radars

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in Luxembourg for upgrading three SINDRE I air surveillance radars in Norway.

 

Culture

Europe’s first undersea restaurant to open in Norway

Seafood will take on a whole different meaning here.

I always find inspiration from my life: Norwegian-Pakistani filmmaker Iram Haq

Norwegian-Pakistani filmmaker Iram Haq speaks to Aseem Chhabra about the making of her film and how it helped her to understand her father.

The Snowman,” popular Norwegian noir merchant Jo Nesbø

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but there’s no fire — delightful or otherwise — inside “The Snowman,” a suitably frosty but flaccid first attempt at Hollywoodizing the oeuvre of popular Norwegian noir merchant Jo Nesbø.

 

Travel and tourism

Notes from Norway

In Norway, fjords are as much a part of the landscape as roads. And ferrying across these fjords can be a gorgeous break. Somewhere between Oslo and Geiranger, I did just that.

Finnair opens new routes to Bergen and Tromsø in Norway

Finnair has announced new routes to commence between its Helsinki hub and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway in May 2018, connecting the regions to Finnair’s extensive Asian network.

Anish hikes 14 km to shoot at popular cliff in Norway

When the team of the Kannada film Akira explored Norway for a song sequence and presented audiences with some breathtaking visuals, not many thought that anyone could better that. But Anish Tejeshwar, who was the hero of Akira, had the opportunity to do just that in his next.

European travellers in Medieval India

Denmark and Norway had also established the Danish East India Company! The ruins of their capital fort, Dansborg, still stand in Tamil Nadu. Completing the Scandinavian presence in India was the short-lived Swedish East India Company. Given how prosperous India was, it is no surprise that everyone wanted a piece of the trade cake.

Switzerland, Norway and Iceland: A snowy escapade

Neera Saggi is awed with her visit to the classic tourist favourites… Switzerland, Norway & Iceland.