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September 2017

‘Come visit us in winter’
Ambassador’s interview in the Statesman newspaper.

India and Norway sign Letter of Intent to extend health cooperation
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018.

Ambassador Kamsvåg's visit to Bihar (Embassy story September 15)

Norway’s Ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvag meets Bihar CM
Kamsvag met Kumar at his official residence. Chief Minister's principal secretary Chanchal Kumar and secretary in CM Office Manish Kumar Verma were present during the meeting.

Norway keen on investing in state, envoy tells Nitish
Norway's ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvag met chief minister (CM)
Nitish Kumar on Wednesday and deliberated on the scope of future collaboration in the fields of health, education, food processing and information technology, an official statement said.

Norway envoy reviews joint initiative, lauds Bihar for IMR, MMR reduction
Norwegian ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvag and Second secretary Kai Simon Yuen on Tuesday said that they were happy with the progress of the two-phase Norway-India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) towards reducing infant and maternal mortality rates in India, the focus of millennium development goals (MDM).

Rahul Gandhi's visit to Norway(Embassy story September 8)

Norway comes out with details of Rahul Gandhi’s visit last month
Norway’s ambassador to India expressed hope that the Congress vice-president’s visit to Norway would have positive outcomes for Indian politics

Rahul meets head of NBIM Yngve Slyngstad, Norwegian Mayor Raymond Johansen
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is on a visit to Norway, has met Yngve Slyngstad,head of NBIM, world's largest sovereign wealth fund, and Norwgian Mayor Raymong Johansen while on his stay there.During the meeting with the Mayor of Norway, Rahul discussed common challenges that impact the two countries including issue of new jobs, urbanisation and climate action

Rahul meets Oslo Mayor
"It was great to interact with you Mayor Raymond Johansen. I hope we can take our discussion on these pressing issues forward," said Gandhi, who is on a visit to Norway, on Twitter


J&K activist, lawyer awarded Rafto Prize
The two were given Rafto Prize for their campaign “to expose human rights violations, promote dialogue and seek peaceful solutions to the intractable conflict in Kashmir that has inspired new generations across communities.”

United Nations ‘backbone’ of global order, stresses Norway at Assembly
Underscoring that the “unprecedented” progress achieved by human kind over the last decades cannot be taken for granted, Norway called for continued international cooperation to safeguard the achievements and to ensure that they remain sustainable.

Business and economy 

AKVA unveils Indian aquaculture partnership
One of India’s leading aquaculture companies, Mumbai-based West Coast Group, has joined forces with the AKVA group to mechanise farm facilities across subcontinental developing nations. “But to succeed in India we also need to offer the right quality at the right price. In order to do this, we will manufacture and supply components both from Norway and India, including highly efficient robot-manufactured cage brackets from Norway, which is a key component of the cages.

Switzerland keen on early conclusion of India-EFTA trade pact
EFTA, comprising Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, is negotiating a free trade pact, officially dubbed as Trade and Economic Partnership Agreement (TEPA), with India since October 2008.

The world's biggest sovereign wealth fund wants to change its strategy — and the effects could be global
and a whole range of other countries could see upheavals in their bond markets if Norway goes ahead with new proposals for its sovereign wealth fund, according to industry experts.

Norway's wealth fund hits record $1 trillion
The value of Norway
's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, hit $1 trillion for the first time on Tuesday as booming global stock markets and a rising euro lifted its assets.

Mahindra: Electric vehicles a profitable business model, don’t need subsidies
Anand Mahindra says clean technology is the single biggest business opportunity for the next couple of decades.. China is poised to become the largest market to seek a phase-out of the internal combustion engine, following similar moves in France, the UK and Norway.

Sweden and Norway have record amounts of dollar millionaires, outpacing the rest of Europe in new ranking
The World Wealth Report
by CapGemini has mapped the world’s high-net worth individuals; people with combined savings of at least a million U.S. dollars in securities, real estate or cash. These savings should exclude the value of the person’s primary apartment and collectibles.

Research and technology 

People in Norway work the least, and are still the most productive (Embassy story September 4)
Norway also has the happiest workforce in Europe, a report on productivity has revealed.

India at 103 rank on Global Human Capital Index; Norway on top (Embassy story September 14)
India has been placed at a 103 rank on the WEF's Global Human Capital Index, which has been topped by Norway.

Hardeep Puri directs review of FAR norms in mega cities
The initiative came in the backdrop of government's think tank NITI Aayog's recommendation for relaxation of FSI/FAR norms in urban areas to give a push to urban development. "It is paradoxical that while the developed countries and particularly, the Nordic countries like Norway are going back to cycles, developing countries including India are relying more on cars," he said.

Electric vehicles buzz gains traction in India as e-car sales hit 2 mn mark globally
In India, the talk of moving towards electric vehicles may have suddenly gained currency but globally, innovation and environmental awareness has been gradually paving the way for such a transition with governments prodding the industry to develop and manufacture only electric vehicles (EVs). Most European countries are at the forefront of this EV revolution. In Norway, these vehicles form a third of the total passenger vehicles, while in the Netherlands, it is 6.4% and 3.4% in Sweden.

6 million electric vehicles on Indian roads – the path to tomorrowland
It is said that Norway, with a population of just about 5.2 million, has well over 130, 000 electric vehicles (EV) plying on its streets. Those also have the lowest ecological footprint in the world as they are run on hydropower.

From refuelling to recharging: filling up electric vehicles
, where electric cars have a 29 percent market share, is the most advanced market, followed by the Netherlands with 6.4 percent and Sweden with 3.4 percent. China, France and Britain all have EV market shares close to 1.5 percent.

Mobile phone use in pregnancy may not affect kids’ brains
However, “our findings do not support the hypothesis of adverse effects on child’s language, communication and motor skills due to the use of mobile phone during pregnancy”, said lead author Eleni Papadopoulou from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Norway.

Swine flu infection may trigger type 1 diabetes, especially in children
T1D is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys the cells needed to control blood-sugar levels. More than 65,000 new cases of type 1 diabetes are diagnosed worldwide annually. Yet the exact cause of T1D is not clear, researchers at Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Norway said.

The Pressure to Feel Happy All the Time Is Making a Lot of People Unhappy
We're living in a golden age of happiness research. Scientists, economists, philosophers and even heads of state have trained their attention on a subject that not so long ago would have been considered "soft," as studies increasingly show that happiness is much more than a warm fuzzy feeling - being happy is a skill with tangible and wide-ranging benefits.


Balakrishnudu teaser out (Check out Indian movies shot in Norway)
With entire shooting completed including two songs shot in picturesque Norway locations, makers are excited to release Balakrishndudu teaser on Vijaya Dasami. 

Arjun Rampal’s 'Daddy' earns applause in Norway (Embassy story August 22)
After impressing critics and cinegoers in India, the Arjun Rampal-starrer 'Daddy' seems to have wowed the audience in other countries, too.

Toronto date for Indian actress playing a Pakistani mom in a Norwegian film
A Kolkata actress playing a Pakistani character in a
Norwegian film has been selected to compete at the Toronto International Film Festival's Platform section.

Film on Pakistani girl wows audience at Toronto festival
Pakistani-Norwegian actor-director Iram Haq's much talked-about film "What People Will Say" wowed audience at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Kangana Ranaut Is The Finest Actresses We Have – Anupam Kher
Veteran Actor Anupam Kher is impressed with Kangana Ranaut’s acting and hails her acting standards in par with international level, on the sidelines of Ibsen festival opening ceremony in Mumbai.

Joachim Trier’s supernatural thriller “Thelma” chosen as Norway’s entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar category
Ahead of its international premiere at Toronto Film Festival, Joachim Trier’s supernatural thriller “Thelma” has been chosen as Norway’s entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar category.

Globally Indian
Coming to the city to perform on September 8 at bFlat, the ensemble, led by Norwegian/Indian violinist Harpreet Bansal, will be showing Bengaluru’s music lovers what makes their sound so different from the rest.

Madhur Bhandarkar wins best director award for Indu Sarkar at Bollywood Festival Norway
Renowned filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar received the best director award for his film
Indu Sarkar at the prestigious Bollywood Festival Norway on September 8 in Oslo. Norwegian Culture Minister Linda Catherine handed over the award to Mr Bhandarkar.

Travel and tourism 

The Indian Express destination of the week: Bergen: This unpretentious city is close to nature, but closer to fitness
Bryggen was reduced to ashes by multiple fires, especially the great fire of 1702. The city was rebuilt on the very foundations that had been there since the 12th century, which essentially means Bryggen is unchanged through the course of time.


Meet The 19-Year-Old Footballer Who Represented India At The Homeless World Cup
When she started pursuing football as a young teenager, R Shobha didn’t know where her passion for the game would take her. The 19-year-old was elated when she was among the eight girls selected to represent team India in the Homeless World Cup 2017 held in Oslo, Norway from August 29 to September 5.