January 2018

Ambassador’s article on electric vehicles in the Times of India

Ripple to tidal wave: Norway is currently the world’s demonstration project for green transport solutions

With just over 5 million inhabitants, in the big scheme of things we do not make much of a difference. But on the other hand, the biggest wave always starts with the smallest ripple. In Norway, the wave is gaining strength. Right now, India could look to Norway to see how green transportation solutions work in practice.


MoU made between Norway and India

IIT Roorkee exchanged MoU with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) of Norway for research and education

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee has exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) documents with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Norway during roundtable meeting organized at New Delhi today on “Leveraging Norwegian Experience for Hydropower Development in Indian Subcontinent”.



Norway suspends arms, ammo exports to UAE amid war in Yemen

Norway today said it has suspended exports of munitions and arms to the United Arab Emirates as a “precautionary line,” based on its assessment of the situation in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Shiite rebels for the past three years.

Trump says US could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal

Standing alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump presented himself as a champion of environmentalism.

Norway's coalition expands but remains minority govt

Norway's right-wing coalition today took in a small centre-right party, but remains a minority government and will continue the search for the parliamentary majority needed to ensure it can pass laws.

Gender parity can boost India’s GDP by 27%, say IMF Chief Christine Lagarde, Norway PM Erna Solberg

Raising women's participation in the labour force to the same level as men can boost India's GDP by 27 per cent, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde and Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg have said in a joint paper.

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Norwegian Housing Slump Deepens in Threat to Economic Recovery

Norway’s house prices extended losses in December, adding to concerns an economic recovery will be thrown off track.

Norway wealth fund wants to invest in unlisted groups

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world worth more than USD 1 trillion, wants to be able to invest in companies that are not listed on the stock market, it said in a letter published today.

Norway's sovereign fund excludes nine more firms on ethics grounds

Norway's $1.07 trillion sovereign wealth fund has excluded nine more companies from its portfolio based on breaches of its ethical investment criteria, the Norwegian central bank, which manages the fund, said in a statement on Tuesday.


Research and technology

Norway powers ahead (electrically): over half new car sales now electric or hybrid

Sales of electric and hybrid cars exceeded half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by generous subsidies that extended the Nordic nation's lead in a shift from fossil-fuel engines, data showed on Wednesday.

More than half of Norway’s new cars are electric: data

Electric or hybrid vehicles accounted for more than half of all new cars sold in Norway last year, official data showed today, confirming the country's pioneering role in carbon-free transport.

Electric vehicles charging infrastructure: Debate begins with sale vs service argument

Besides the upfront cost of electric vehicle, the availability of user friendly charging infrastructure is the single biggest factor that determines whether a country’s EV (electric vehicle) pursuit would succeed or not, Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian minister of climate and the environment, emphatically asserted when The Indian Express met him in his office in Oslo last month.

Tesla in soup over false advertising

Tesla is in trouble after nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway sued the American electric carmaker over misleading advertising. The complaint is based on the fact that the electric cars did not deliver the promised performance, according to a report published by a Norwegian daily, Dagens Naeringsliv (DN).

Norway government plans to electrified flights by 2040

By 2040 the Norway government plans to elect 100% of the short-distance flights. The Aviation Authority of Norway (ABA) said it has set a target for electrification throughout the country for a maximum of one and a half hours.

India And Blue Economy In The Bay Of Bengal – Analysis

Bangladesh has established scientific technical collaboration with Norway through the Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies (NABIC); likewise, ITCOocean has tied up with Norway’s Nansen Scientific Society and the Research Council to collaborate in teaching and research.

Is alcohol consumption bad for heart? Study shows it depends on your paycheck

Researchers came to the conclusion after analysing data on more than 200,000 Norwegian adults.

Norway achieves its transport emissions target three years early

More than half the new cars sold in Norway last year were electric or hybrid, which has led to the country already reaching its transportation emissions target initially set for 2020.

Why Are Indian Institutes and Labs So Lacking in Their Outreach Efforts?

Aswin Sekhar is an Indian astrophysicist based at CEED, University of Oslo, Norway.

CMFRI to host international symposium

B Meenakumari, chairperson of the National Biodiversity Authority; Lasse H Pettersson from the Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Centre, Norway; Rodney M Forster from the University of Hull, the United Kingdom; and N R Menon, chairman of the Nansen Environmental Research Centre-India, will speak on the inaugural session of the meet.A special stakeholder meeting on disaster management will be held on January 17.

Joint US-Nordic workshop on nuke security concludes

More than 90 nuclear security experts participated in a workshop in Oslo, Norway, from January 17 19, 2018, to strengthen best practices and promote international cooperation in the field of nuclear forensics.


The Times of India went to Norway to drive a Tesla

I rode in a Tesla: This is what it felt like (Press trip story)

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Travel and tourism

Exploring Norway’s Coast in the Polar Night for our 100th Country - Winter Cruising with Hurtigruten to see the Northern Lights

We had arrived in the land where the sun never rises, at least for several months in the middle of winter anyway!  


Culture and sports

Madhavan is Best Actor and three more International Awards for 'Vikram Vedha'

News from the Norway Tamil Film Festival.

Of Norwegian tunes and Indian classical notes

For over three years, students of the Norwegian Academy of Music, in association with Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), have been part of a cultural exchange programme that allows them to experience Indian culture in many forms, but mostly through music.

Seed chronicles

The Doomsday Vault, or the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, is located over 350 feet inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island in Norway, and is home to over 4,30,000 specimens of seeds from around the world.

Will Go to Europe On My Terms and Conditions, Says Gurpreet

He is the only Indian to get a start in an Europa League game but the country's numero uno goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu revealed that Bengaluru FC pays him much more than what he used to get at Norwegian club Stabaek FC.