March 2018

Ambassador's visit to Punjab (Embassy story March 19)

Norwegian envoy lends ear to farmers, promises help

Norway’s Ambassador to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg today visited two Sangrur villages along with local Congress MLA Vijay Inder Singla and discussed farmers’ problems in detail. He interacted with residents of Panwa and Bhattiwal villages and promised to explore the investment possibilities in the state.

Norwegian ambassador comes calling

Norwegian Ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, accompanied by Erlend Draget, second secretary, and Undis V Singh, advisor, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today and discussed areas of collaboration with the senior university officials.

Norwegian envoy meets Punjab CM to discuss investment in various sectors

Norway's ambassador to India, Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, has shown keen interest in investing across various sectors in the state, while offering technical support to the state government in its ambitious target to make agriculture self-sustainable and profitable.

Norwegian diplomat and team visit PAU, explores areas of collaboration

The Norway Ambassador to India, Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg accompanied by Mr. Erlend Draget, Second Secretary and Ms. Undis V. Singh, Advisor, visited Punjab Agricultural University today and discussed areas of collaboration with senior university officials.

Norway shows interest in investing in Punjab

Norway has shown keen interest in investing across various sectors in Punjab, while offering technical support to the state in its ambitious target to make agriculture self-sustainable and profitable.

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Ambassador’s visit to West Bengal (Embassy story March 6)

Nordic economy 11th largest in world, with highest labour market participation

Ambassador of Norway Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg highlighted the Norwegian expertise in Maritime sector. Talking about Nordic innovations, he mentioned that innovation is crucial to become competitive in the world… In this regard, Ambassador informed that Government of West Bengal is willing to develop the fisheries and aquaculture in the state with Nordic technical expertise.

Aid for steady stream of hilsa

Kamsvåg was in Serampore on Wednesday to attend the inauguration of the Denmark Tavern, restored under the Serampore Initiative, a collaboration between the National Museum of Denmark, West Bengal Heritage Commission, West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd, Intach and the Hooghly district.

Danish tavern off to a new start

The exquisitely restored Denmark Tavern reopened on Wednesday with much fanfare in the presence of Bengal’s who’s who and envoys from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. However, uncertainty looms over its future as the ‘Serampore Initiative’ of the National Museum of Denmark, under which it was restored, comes to an end this year.

Five Nordic Countries Pitch For FTA With India

Ambassadors of the Nordic countries based in New Delhi were in the city to deliberate on issues relating to trade and cultural ties with India.

Amit meets Nordic envoys

Ambassadors asked to consider Bengal for investment.

ACCI team interacts with envoys of Nordic countries

The President and other senior officials of the Andaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry interacted with the Ambassadors from Nordic Countries.



Arctic vault that keeps world's seeds safe to undergo upgrade

Norway’s Svalbard Global Seed Vault – a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic island built 10 years ago – stores the world's genes, keeping them safe in case of disasters be it a nuclear war or global warming. The vault will undergo an upgrade after rising temperatures caused the melting ice water to enter its access tunnel in 2016. Here’s a look at what the upgrade will entail and a little about India’s own seed vault in the Himalayas.

'Doomsday' seed vault gets makeover as Arctic heats up

Designed to withstand a nuclear missile hit, the world's biggest seed vault, nestled deep inside an Arctic mountain, is undergoing a makeover as rising temperatures melt the permafrost meant to protect it.

The Global Seed Vault: humanity’s back-up

Dubbed the ‘Doomsday Vault’ and ‘Noah's Ark of food crops’, the Global Seed Vault, located in Svalbard, Norway, seeks to protect the world’s crops and serve as humanity's back-up. This week’s Five Ws and One H is about this Vault.

Norway to ban semi-automatic firearms as of 2021

Norway is moving to ban semi-automatic firearms as of 2021, which will mark a decade since mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik used such weapons to kill 69 people, most of them teenagers, before surrendering.

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Business and trade

NCLT clears Bharti Airtel's buyout of Telenor

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Thursday approved Bharti Airtel’s proposed merger with the Indian unit of Norway’s Telenor

Alibaba seeks links with seafood in Norway

And this may happen at a very convenient moment, because, according to Undercurrent News Chinas largest ecommerce company, Alibaba, is looking make links with the seafood industry – something that Norwegian businesses could benefit greatly from.

Norway’s Statoil to rename itself Equinor

The board of Statoil announced today it wants to rename the firm Equinor as Norway’s state-owned energy company seeks to diversify its business from the oil and gas sector.

Women At The Top Is Better For Growth

Two leading women – IMF’s Christine and Norway’s Erna – put up a case for accelerating gender equality in labour force that can lead to an estimated 9% and 27% GDP growth in Japan and India respectively. Indeed a strong economic impetus for countries to push the agenda.

India climbs from rank 76 to 67 on Ookla's Speedtest Global Index with Norway at the top

According to the statement, the February Speedtest Global Index showed Norway at pole position in the world for mobile internet with an average download speed of 62.07 Mbps.

HCL Tech bags IT deal from Norway's energy company Statkraft

India’s fourth largest IT services firm HCL Technologies today said it has signed a deal with Norway-based energy company, Statkraft.

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Research and technology

Canadian mathematician Langlands wins Abel Prize

Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands today won the prestigious Abel Prize for developing a programme connecting representation theory to number theory, Norway's Academy of Sciences and Letters said.


Culture and sports

A reception to mark a royal decoration from Norway

The most familiar hostess in Calcutta’s diplomatic community hosted a reception for a special reason. Nayantara Palchoudhuri, the honorary consul of Norway, had been chosen to be decorated Officer of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit by the King of Norway Harald V, and the Ambassador was in town to do the honours.

JaipurPhoto 2018: Terje Abusdal presents a surreal view of the Forest Finns, Norwegian farmers who practice magic

Today, the Forest Finns are one of the national minorities in Norway, and their culture of four centuries ago no longer exists. However, it was their past understanding of nature, rooted deeply in a shamanistic tradition, and their association with magic and mystery, that intrigued the Oslo-based artist, Terje Abusdal, who, about four years ago, set out to investigate what it meant to be, and to feel like a Forest Finn in today’s world.

A spiritual & sensual prayer

Norwegian author, Vikram Kolmannskog’s book of verses is in parts autobiographical and fictional as it follows a man in search of love.

Norway all the way

Adil Hussain is a happy man these days. The actor shared the news on social media that he has won an award at Kanon Prisen 2018, which is regarded as Norway's Oscars, for his film What Will People Say. Iram Haq, the director of the movie, also bagged an award for the coming-of-age drama about a Pakistani immigrant living in Norway. So, congratulations are in order, especially because we are always delighted when actors who are not of "star" material get recognised for sheer talent.

Kicking poverty, illiteracy out of life through football

Virendra represented India at the Homeless World in 2017 in Oslo, Norway. He is a firm believer of gender equality and says sports and education can go hand in hand.


Travel and tourism

From Norway to Hyderabad

There are several ways of befriending a city. Some people prefer venturing out to see the most famous landmarks, others count on friends and family when getting to grips with a place.

In this town in Norway, it is illegal to die!

The town has a population of 2000 and none of them are allowed to die here.

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Arctic circle to have World's first energy positive hotel

The Arctic Circle has a mystical attraction for travellers seeking to experience one of the world's most remote regions before it melts away.