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The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 to OPCW.   The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 was awarded to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons".
Biswal and Solheim discuss Lanka
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2014, 02:47pm, Tue. GMT]
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, Nisha Biswal, had had discussions with former Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim on Sri Lanka. Solheim was a former peace envoy and mediator during the conflict in Sri Lanka and continues to follow the Sri Lankan issue while Biswal had in February visited Sri Lanka for the first time since taking over as Assistant Secretary of State.
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Foreign Minister Børge Brende Meets with the Friends of Norway Caucus
[Norway] [17.04.2014, 05:58pm, Thu. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende visited Washington and met with the Friends of Norway Caucus in the House of Representantives. The meeting took place in the Capitol, and was chaired by three of the Caucus co-chairs, The conversation focused on current foreign issues, particularly Ukraine and the international response after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of U.S.-Norway collaboration, and the need to take a firm stance through NATO and to monitor the situation closely.
Uninor faces Indian penalty
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2014, 06:29am, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s Telenor-backed Uninor may be asked to pay ₹350 crore penalty for allegedly violating licence conditions. The case dates back to the company’s earlier avatar, Unitech Wireless, which had bagged pan-India mobile licences in 2008 under different firms and had later merged these into a single entity called Unitech Wireless Tamil Nadu Ltd. According to an internal DoT note seen by Business Line, this was in violation of the policy that barred promoters of a telecom company to sell shares for 3 years. The note, if approved, would result in show cause notices to the company after which the DoT can impose a penalty of ₹ 50 crore per licence.
Long-Lost Silent Film Returned to China
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2014, 06:24am, Thu. GMT]
“The Cave of the Silken Web” was made in 1927 and was the first film adaptation of classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West," which has served as the source material for some of China's biggest blockbusters. Norway returned a long-lost silent Chinese film to Beijing on Tuesday. The nitrocellulose copy of The Cave of the Silken Web, produced in 1927, was discovered in Norway's national library in 2011 and is believed to be the only print in existence.
Czech Spy found "Working on something big" in Norway ?
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2014, 09:51am, Tue. GMT]
A Czech suspected of being Counter intelligence service Official suffering from “amnesia”, found in a snowdrift in Oslo last December, has began regaining fragments of memory after speaking with his family over the phone. It has come to light that the man, who has gone under the name of John Smith since his rescue, worked for the Czech Interior Ministry. With every turn, the mystery surrounding a 36-year-old calling himself john Smith has deepened, ago it was not ever clear he was Czech, although he understood the language, along with Slovak, Russian and Polish.
Norway to host donor conference for South Sudan
[Norway] [15.04.2014, 06:54am, Tue. GMT]
“South Sudan is experiencing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the armed conflict in the country. We cannot simply stand by and watch this happen. In response to a request from the UN, Norway will hold a conference in Oslo in May to mobilise resources for alleviating this serious crisis,” says Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The situation in South Sudan is extremely serious. More than a million people have fled their homes. Almost 300 000 of them are refugees in neighbouring countries.
In Norway’s far north the future of the internet is now
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2014, 05:56am, Sun. GMT]
Poky internet connections are now a thing of the past for residents of Longyearbyen, on the Norwegian island group Svalbard. In the past, the 2,100 people living in the world’s northernmost town faced the same, slow, internet realities as people in most other isolated areas. But following an ambitious pilot project by Telenor, a Norwegian mobile and internet service provider, Longyearbyen now boasts of one of the world’s most advanced digital services.
European Health Agencies Still Seeking Source of Multinational Hepatitis A Outbreak
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2014, 12:21pm, Sat. GMT]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today released an update on an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A that began over a year ago. More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 11 Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak. The full report (PDF) may be downloaded here. A summary of the report follows:
Fisherman left 'astonished' after finding SEX TOY inside cod's stomach
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2014, 12:18pm, Sat. GMT]
A fisherman was left 'astonished' after finding a SEX TOY inside a cod's stomach. This picture shows the vibrator which was discovered by Norwegian fisherman Bjoern Frilund inside his catch-of-the-day. After netting a 6-kilo cod while fishing for herring, Mr Frilund quickly discovered its stomach had an unusual shape. But the 64-year-old was left even more astonished when he discovered this large vibrator inside it.
Development seminar a success in Norway
[Norwaynews] [11.04.2014, 01:05pm, Fri. GMT]
‘Developing the game’ was the key phrase at the FIFA Seminar for General Secretaries from Europe which took place in Oslo on Thursday, 10 April. The event was attended by representatives of FIFA’s 53 Member Associations in Europe as part of 11 special development seminars which will have taken place across the globe between September 2013 and summer 2014. This was the first of its kind in Europe, as world football’s governing body seeks to engage all of its members in a far-reaching consultation process.
Immigrants send their children to schools abroad
[Norwaynews] [11.04.2014, 11:41am, Fri. GMT]
Several hundred Somali-Norwegian children are sent to schools in Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and the UK, according to a recent report. The main reason is that their parents are unhappy with the Norwegian school system. "Parents often experience that their children are regarded as weak students, mostly because they do not speak Norwegian as well as other kids their age. It worries these parents that their children are not challenged enough in Norway," says Hilde Lidén at the Norwegian Institute for Social Research (ISF).
Church of Norway rejects same-sex marriage
[Norwaynews] [10.04.2014, 10:05am, Thu. GMT]
The protestant Church of Norway on Tuesday rejected a proposal for religious same-sex marriage, even though it had the support of most of the country's bishops. Norway was among the first countries in Europe to grant homosexuals full rights, including marriage and adoption in 2009, but the Church does not marry same-sex couples. Eight of Norway's 12 bishops said in October they favoured such a move, but on Tuesday the Church's highest decision-making body the synod rejected the proposal. "We are disappointed," said Baard Nylund from a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group.
Norway's VG big winners at Digital Media Europe Awards
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2014, 02:37pm, Wed. GMT]
VG, the Norwegian tabloid previously known as Verdens Gang, walked away from yesterday's Digital Media Europe Awards in London with two awards and two special mentions for their innovations in digital publishing. Teams from the news outlet won first prize in the Best Outstanding New Project category and Best Reader Engagement category for food site Godt.no and their coverage of the World Chess Championship 2013 respectively.
Incredible Start to 2014 for Norwegian Seafood Exports
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2014, 02:34pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway exported seafood for NOK 16.8 billion in the first quarter of the year. In total, this represents a 25 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2013. The incredible skrei fisheries contributed to a 65 per cent increase in the the export of fresh cod, according to figures from the Norwegian Seafood Council. In the month of March, seafood to the value of NOK 5.6 billion was exported. This represents an increase of 22 per cent or nearly a billion krone compared to last year.
Nordic bank regulators closer to mortgage rule harmony: Norway
[Norwaynews] [08.04.2014, 11:09am, Tue. GMT]
Swedish, Danish and Norwegian financial regulators have moved closer to harmonising mortgage requirements for banks operating across borders in the region, Norway's Finance Minister Siv Jensen said on Tuesday. The rules would force bank subsidiaries in a Nordic countries to set aside capital based on the rules of the host nation in cases when those rules are stricter, rather than on its own domestic regulation.
Oslo may get its first Islamic school
[Norwaynews] [08.04.2014, 11:06am, Tue. GMT]
This fall, Oslo may get its first Islamic primary school. The Association Mothers for Muslim Primary School has fought for several years to have their application approved to open up a school with up to 200 students. The association's proposal has been rejected several times, but now the Directorate of Education has approved the application, and the new school may be accepting students already this fall.
€35m proposal to build world’s largest biomarine ingredients facility
[Norwaynews] [06.04.2014, 07:09pm, Sun. GMT]
Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and its Norwegian partner Biomarine Science Technology are to develop the world’s largest biomarine ingredients facility. The proposed €35m project will create 50 construction jobs at the Donegal site, plus 70 direct and indirect jobs when in full production from 2016. It was unveiled during a BIM conference in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The facility will be used to extract high-end proteins, oils, and calcium from fish for use as food ingredients.
Liberians in Norway Seek Partnership for UL
[Norwaynews] [05.04.2014, 07:09am, Sat. GMT]
A four-man delegation from the Union of Liberian Associations in Norway (ULAN) and the University in Tromso arrives in Liberia shortly to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Liberia and the University in Tromso in Norway. Members of the delegation include ULAN's National Chairman Emmanuel Suah, National Vice Chairman Michael Forstherand National Secretary General Linford Aagon Gweh. The University of Tromso will be represented by Dr. Percy Oware.
Sri Lanka puts Norway group on 'terrorist' list
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2014, 08:12pm, Thu. GMT]
An Norwegian Tamil community group is one of more than a dozen Tamil organisations to have been listed as a terror group by Sri Lanka's government. The Tamil Coordinating committee ( Det Tamilske Samordningsutvalget (TCC) ) has responded by accusing the Sri Lankan government of trying to deflect attention from itself after the United Nations called for an investigation of human rights in the country. The Tamil Coordinating committee(TCC) in Norway is among 16 Tamil organisations, including TRO, TYO and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or Tamil Tigers, blacklisted by the Sri Lankan government.
Extended mandate for human rights defenders
[Norway] [03.04.2014, 07:09pm, Thu. GMT]
On Friday, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a draft resolution introduced by Norway, and extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders for a period of three years. “All over the world, human rights defenders are being attacked on a daily basis for defending the rights of others. The work carried out by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders enhances the international community’s ability to react to human rights violations and oppression. The renewed mandate means that this work can continue,” said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Norway seafood exports boom on $435m salmon sales hike
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2014, 06:54pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway saw its seafood exports boom by 25% in value in the first three months of the year, another record driven largely by a huge increase in salmon sales. The country’s seafood exports topped NOK 16.8bn in the first quarter of 2014, a NOK 3.36bn increase from NOK 13.44bn the same time last year. Much of this hike was driven by salmon sales, which soared by NOK 2.6 billion ($435 million) to NOK 10.7bn over the same period — accounting for 77% of the increase, and 63% of the total export value.
Somalia - why orthodox aid policy must give way to battlefield reality
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2014, 03:45pm, Thu. GMT]
Jens Mjaugedal, Special Envoy of Norway to Somalia, is frustrated… which is hardly surprising given his mission to try to turn Somalia, which has officially been the world’s most failed state for many years, into a success. The biggest problem in Somalia is how to keep the deadly al-Qaeda-affiliated, Islamist militant group al-Shabaab at bay. The African Union’s robust peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) expelled al-Shabaab from Mogadishu two years ago, and is now engaged in a major offensive to try to rid the country of the scourge altogether. AMISOM claims to have liberated 10 strategic towns so far, though the war is very far from won.
Norwegian churches face challenges of the future
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2014, 06:27am, Thu. GMT]
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), addressed the theme “Free to speak, believe and serve” at the recent Synod of the Church of Norway. The synod was held in Kristiansand, in conjunction with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution. The anniversary represents an important milestone for Norway as a nation and for the Church of Norway. “its give me particular pleasure to stand here as a representative of the World Council of Churches, the worldwide fellowship that the Church of Norway has belonged to since 1948,” said the WCC General Secretary, a Norwegian himself.
Women’s participation in labour market is more important than oil for Norway - Grete Lochen
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2014, 11:02am, Wed. GMT]
A wide-ranging interview with Grete Lochen, Ambassador for Norway in Sri Lanka on women’s contribution to national development and political participation, engagement in peace processes and the United Nations. The Norwegian experience on women’s emancipation is not a unique one. It has been a fight and it continues to be a struggle. It has benefited from the modern women’s movement, affirmative policies and laws and intense lobbying and awareness-raising of both men and women. In addition to the 50 per cent in Cabinet, the current Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Finance Minister are women. You will see by the key positions held by women that the political participation has not been mere tokenism but rather a meaningful experience.
Deeply worrying developments in eastern Ukraine
[Norway] [15.04.2014, 06:58am, Tue. GMT]
“Developments in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours give cause for concern. It is deeply regrettable that once again people have been killed as a result of the political conflict in the country,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Over the last few days, a number of government buildings have been seized by armed groups in several cities in eastern Ukraine, in what appears to be a coordinated and professional operation. “Those responsible for these actions carry a heavy responsibility. I urge all parties to refrain from aggressive and confrontational actions that could aggravate the situation,” said Mr Brende.
Afghan approves two int’l agreements
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2014, 08:51pm, Sun. GMT]
Afghan Lower House of the Parliament on Saturday approved two agreements on strategic partnerships with Finland and Norway. Norway and Finland strategic partnership agreements were signed between Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Norwegian and Finland prime ministers in 5th February and 29th April 2013 in Oslo and Helsinki the capitals of Norway Finland for a stable Afghanistan. Strategic cooperation in economic, political, security, governance, role of law, regional cooperation, and refugees’ affaires based on national and international laws, were the man three goals of the agreements.
Oslo architect Ron Pundak dead at 59
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2014, 07:11pm, Sat. GMT]
Ron Pundak, an architect of the 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the PLO, died at home of cancer Friday, aged 59, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. In the early 1990s, with the approval of then foreign minister Shimon Peres, Pundak and fellow Israeli academic Yair Hirschfeld forged a secret channel of communications with the PLO in Norway, at a time when such links were illegal for Israelis. "The secret channel, nicknamed 'the academic talks,' which took place in an Oslo research center with the approval of Norway's government, eventually led to the Oslo peace process," wrote Haaretz.
Depression May Raise Heart Failure Risk
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2014, 12:19pm, Sat. GMT]
People with moderate to severe depression may face a higher risk of developing heart failure, according to a new study. Researchers in Norway examined data from the Nord-Trondelag Health Study in Norway, which included nearly 63,000 people. They tracked the participants for 11 years, during which time 1,500 people developed heart failure. An association was found between depression and heart failure; people with mild depression had a slightly increased risk of heart failure over that time period -- just 5 percent.
Norway. Kongsberg Maritime wins contract to supply Engine Room Simulator to Ghana
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2014, 07:19am, Sat. GMT]
The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract to deliver its K-Sim Engine simulator for its premises in Accra, Ghana. The highly advanced Full Mission Engine Room Simulator (ERS), which is due for delivery in May 2014 will enable RMU to provide education according to STCW requirements. RMU is a tertiary institution that gained university status in October 2007. It exists to enhance development of the maritime transport sector and the fishing industry in member states through the maritime education of students, training of marine personnel, research and consultancy and promotion of maritime co-operation.
Thon Hotels and Glo Hotels join Global Hotel Alliance
[Norwaynews] [11.04.2014, 01:03pm, Fri. GMT]
Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) today announced two new member brands, both from the Nordic region, namely Thon Hotels headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and glo Hotels based in Helsinki, Finland. Together with existing GHA member First Hotels, GHA now has 120 hotels across Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, giving it significant coverage of these important travel markets. Third largest hotel chain and has 9,300 rooms and over 64 hotels in Norway, five hotels in Belgium ' strength, with hotels designed specifically for the business and convention traveller.
Norway's Naval Strike Missile Aims for the Pacific
[Norwaynews] [10.04.2014, 10:07am, Thu. GMT]
When navies gather this summer in the warm waters near Hawaii for the biannual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, among them will be at least one warship more at home in the cold waters of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen will take part in RIMPAC, aiming to launch a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) at a target ship provided by the US Navy. It will be the first time Norway has fired an NSM in a RIMPAC, as the missile became operational in 2012.
Japan, Norway highlight green opportunities in maritime
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2014, 02:39pm, Wed. GMT]
Senior government officials from Japan and Norway believe that developing environmental solutions is set to be a new growth area for the marine and shipping industries. In a message to the opening ceremony of Sea Japan 2014 in Tokyo on Wednesday, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he had high hopes that the marine resource management market would become a new growth area. Other Japanese government officials underscored the view that the green revolution in shipping provided business opportunities.
Norway voices concern over US/EU trade deal
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2014, 02:36pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway has expressed fears that a probable free trade deal between the United States and the European Union could adversely impact on its fish exports to member states. The country's trade minister, Monica Maeland, has warned that the potential impact could be serious. Only last week Norway announced record seafood exports of 16.8 billion kroners (£1.68bn sterling) for the first quarter of this year.
NOK 150 million allocated to business projects in the north
[Norway] [08.04.2014, 04:28pm, Tue. GMT]
“Promoting economic activity and providing jobs in the north are important objectives of Norway’s High North policy. Our High North efforts have so far focused on increasing knowledge, but now we need to translate this into concrete value creation. We have therefore allocated NOK 150 million to strengthening the business dimension of our High North efforts in the coming years,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated NOK 150 million to business projects under Norway’s High North efforts for the period 2014–19.
Iran, Norway Stress Enhancement of Mutual Cooperation
[Norwaynews] [08.04.2014, 11:07am, Tue. GMT]
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi and outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Peter Camproud discussed ways to consolidate Tehran-Oslo relations, and urged both countries' officials in charge to do their best to this end. In a Monday meeting, Sarmadi pointed to the Norwegian ambassador's constructive role during his mission in Tehran, and expressed the hope that the two countries would further expand their relations in different areas.
Finance Minister wants to close the Ethics Council
[Norwaynews] [07.04.2014, 11:34am, Mon. GMT]
Progress Party-leader and Minister of Finance Siv Jensen has suggested to close the Oil Fund's Council on Ethics. The Liberal Left Party and the Christian Democrats disagree. Neither the Christian Democrats (KrF) or the Liberal Left Party (Venstre) want to support Siv Jensen's proposal to shut down the Council on Ethics. The council is an independent body that evaluates which companies the Oil Fund should invest in.
Kongsberg wins important satellite contract
[Norwaynews] [06.04.2014, 07:07pm, Sun. GMT]
Kongsberg Spacetec AS (KSPT) has been awarded a contract with the Raytheon Company of the U.S. for delivery of parts of the ground segment for the satellite program Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). The contract has a significant potential for extensions, maintenance/support and technical updates after 5 years. JPSS is a consolidated satellite program for weather and climate, and is considered to be the most important source for improved weather reports, civilian preparedness and climate research in the U.S. and the rest of the world in the years to come.
Norway refuses to send troops to Central African Republic
[Norwaynews] [05.04.2014, 07:04am, Sat. GMT]
Norway will not contribute troops to the European Union (EU) peacekeeping force for the Central African Republic (CAR), said a high-ranking diplomat in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry on Friday. "Norway has no opportunities to prioritize a military contribution to the EU force in the Central African Republic," Baard Glad Pedersen, state secretary in the Foreign Ministry, was quoted by the Norwegian news agency NTB as saying. The UN Security Council has not yet made any formal decision on taking over the African Union force in the violence-torn African country and so it is too early to decide on a possible Norwegian contribution, said Pedersen.
Norway supports China’s participation in Trade in Services Agreement talks
[Norway] [03.04.2014, 07:12pm, Thu. GMT]
“I am pleased that China has today confirmed that it would like to participate in the negotiations on an international Trade in Services Agreement,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Norway, along with 49 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), is taking part in negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), which is intended to improve and expand international trade in services. “China is a key actor and a major market for trade in services. Norway supports China’s participation in the talks. This is important if we are to achieve the aim of including as many WTO members as possible in the agreement,” said Mr Brende.
Fugro assigned northern Norway seafloor survey
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2014, 06:56pm, Thu. GMT]
The Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) has awarded Fugro OSAE a $4.95-million hydrographic survey contract. This will cover more than 13,200 sq km (5,096 sq mi) in the Barents and Norwegian seas. There is also an option to extend the survey area by two-thirds. The Barents Sea area is near the Russian maritime border, in water depths of 150-250 m (492-820 ft). In the Norwegian Sea the survey area is around 100 mi (161 km) offshore in water depths of 400-800 m (1,312-2,624 ft).
Norway Tamil Film Festival committee thanks participants
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2014, 06:52pm, Thu. GMT]
Mr. Vaseharan Shivalingam, the director of the Norway Tamil Film Festival committee, has taken this platform to personally congratulate every participant who came forward with their films for the festival. The latest update is that the films have been shortlisted to be screened in Oslo, Norway. We also hear that 20 short films, 4 documentaries, 8 music videos and 1 animation movie have been selected for screening. It is also said that the finalists have been selected and the prizes will be awarded to them on April 27 in Oslo, Norway.
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