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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".
Norwegian Journalist Writes Book on Indian Women's Plights
[Norwaynews] [19.10.2014, 05:01pm, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian journalist has authored a book which tells stories of the plight of women who are victims of trafficking and forced into sex trade in India. Prem Nagar: Town of Love by Anne Ch. Ostby is a searing indictment of a practice that turns humans into chattels. Tamanna is sold to the Nats, a community whose women are forced into prostitution for a living. Sucked into the flesh trade, Tamanna eventually manages to make her escape, but has to leave her little daughter Rupa behind.
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Norway unable to supply extra gas to Europe: Minister
[Norwaynews] [19.10.2014, 05:03pm, Sun. GMT]
Norway cannot be a sufficient alternative to Europe in case of a possible cut in gas supplies from Russia, Norway's Energy Minister has said. According to Aftenposten newspaper, Norwegian Energy Minister Tord Lien sent a letter to European Union officials saying that Norwegian gas will not be an adequate source for Europe if Russia cuts off gas supplies. There was no way to expand production capacity and to try to do so would overload the system, Lien said in the letter.
“Invest in Ethiopia” held in Norway
[Norwaynews] [18.10.2014, 10:34am, Sat. GMT]
An International Business Forum entitled “invest in Ethiopia” organized by the Norwegian African Business Association was held in Oslo, Norway. The International Business Forum aimed to build a new chapter of cooperation between Norwegian and Ethiopia and was attended by high-level government officials from both countries as well as members confederation and representatives of Norwegian companies.
800 million undernourished people Worldwide
[Norwaynews] [16.10.2014, 11:19am, Thu. GMT]
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and cuts in the food aid provided by the United Nations may increase the number of people affected by hunger dramatically. “We must not end up in a situation where people who have survived Ebola end up dying of hunger instead,” says Jan Egeland, Secretary General of Norwegian Refugee Council. In Liberia, one million people are threatened by potential food shortages and according to the United Nations 85% of the households in Sierra Leona do not have enough food. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the UN now distributes food to one million people.
Norway provides funding for the electricity sector in Mozambique
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 03:05pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway plans to grant US$90 million to support construction of a power transmission line from Tete to Maputo in Mozambique. The Norwegian ambassador to Mozambique, Mette Masst told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias the funding would be used not only for the Tete-Maputo transmission line but also construction of the Maputo-Malawi transmission line. The Tete-Maputo line, considered to be the backbone of the electricity grid in southern Mozambique, is expected to cost US$2.7 billion and includes two power transmission lines.
Statoil finds more gas offshore Tanzania
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 10:59am, Wed. GMT]
Norway's Statoil has found more gas offshore Tanzania at the Giligiliani-1 well, increasing its total for an eventual investment decision on a liquefaction plant with Britain's BG Group, which operates neighbouring exploration blocks, it said on Tuesday. Statoil announced yesterday that it had found another 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas in its block, taking its total volume in-place to 21 trillion cubic feet, or about 3.8 billion barrels of oil equivalents.
Norway Extend Military Service to Women
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 05:18pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway today voted to extend military service to women, saying the step was meant to expand the talent pool for its armed forces. "We wish to extend military service to all in order to attract the most motivated and competent (recruits)," Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Soereide told news channel TV2 after parliament adopted amendments to two laws paving the way for the change. Most European countries have abolished conscription in favour of a professional army, but Norway has instead said it wants to ensure its military is more competent and diverse by making it "gender neutral".
Defence to fish, Norway & India sign 13 agreements
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 11:48am, Tue. GMT]
As many as 13 agreements were signed between Indian and Norwegian entities on the second and concluding day of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to this Scandinavian nation. The agreements, which range from a statement of intent between the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and setting up a state-of-the-art fish farming unit outside Delhi, also had IIT, Kanpur, Hyderabad University and several other educational institutions reaching accord with their Norwegian counterparts.
Norwegian Co-produced Vietnamese Movie Wins Award in Venice
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 05:20pm, Mon. GMT]
The Vietnamese movie "Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere", co-produced by the Norwegian SØRFOND, received the prestisious Fedora Award for best movie at the 29. Venice International Film Critic's Week on Friday 5 September. The movie is a cooperation between the Norwegian producer Allan R. Milligan from Filmfarms and the Vietnamese director Mrs Nguyen Hoang Diep. Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere is Mrs Diep's first movie.
(PHOTOS) Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee in Norway
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 04:19pm, Mon. GMT]
President Pranab Mukherjee was received by Norwegian King Harlad V at the Royal Palace and given a 21-gun salute there. After the guard of honour, Mukherjee, accompanied by his daughter Sharmishta, was taken by the Norwegian King around the Royal Palace built in in 1849. Later, the President visited "Storting", the Norwegian Parliament. After his visit to Parliament, the President, the first head of state to visit Norway, wrote in the visitor's book that "it was interesting to learn about the functioning of Norway’s unicameral Parliament. The people of India see Norway as an exemplary democracy with which we share many values."
Money alone will not solve the problems
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 07:39am, Mon. GMT]
As donor countries meet for a pledging conference in Cairo today, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns against turning the rebuilding of Gaza into only a question of money. “Money for reconstruction cannot substitute international pressure for the political change needed to deliver hope for people in Gaza. We cannot continue rebuilding Gaza every few years”, says Secretary General Jan Egeland.
Gaza rebuilding conference secures $5.4 billion, Norway says
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 07:35am, Mon. GMT]
Conference in Cairo on rebuilding the Gaza Strip after it was devastated in a war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas secured $5.4 billion in assistance on Sunday, Norway's foreign minister said. "The participants pledged around $5.4 billion, half of which will go towards rebuilding Gaza, and the assistance will be distributed in response to the daily needs of the Palestinian people," Borge Brende said in comments translated into Arabic on Egyptian state television.
Norway Urges Continued Support to Palestinians at Cairo Conference
[Norwaynews] [12.10.2014, 05:08pm, Sun. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende Sunday said the international community must continue its efforts to support the Palestinian people in easing the difficulties they are enduring. He said, “This conference must work on providing the sufficient funds needed for the reconstruction of Gaza and the restoration of electricity and gas facilities.” Brende stressed the importance of continuing the peace talks, affirming that the war positioned the Palestinians and Israelis at a crossroads.
INTERPOL congratulates joint Nobel Peace Prize winners from India and Pakistan
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 09:47am, Sat. GMT]
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai put forward by INTERPOL as Turn Back Crime ambassadors. On behalf of the international law enforcement community, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has congratulated India’s Kailash Satyarthi  and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai after they jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to improve the rights of children. Child education activist Malala Yousafzai, aged 17, was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan in 2012 for advocating the rights of girls to be educated.
Indian President to cross Arctic Circle
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 09:34am, Sat. GMT]
President Pranab Mukherjee, during his upcoming trip to the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Finland, will become the first Indian President to cross the Arctic Circle. "President Mukherjee is scheduled to visit the town Rovaniemi in Finland and by doing so, will become the first Indian President to cross the Arctic Circle," said Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West) of the Ministry of External Affairs, while interacting with the media in India on Friday.
India, Norway set to clinch accord on N-safety
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 09:29am, Sat. GMT]
India and Norway are expected to reach an agreement on nuclear safety measures during the upcoming visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Oslo — the first-ever by an Indian head of State to that country. Mr. Mukherjee, who will leave for Oslo on Sunday, has his State visit scheduled for October 13-14. He will then travel to Finland on October 15-16. Venu Rajamony, Press Secretary to the Indian President, told press persons that education was a key focus area of the visits to both Norway and Finland.
Important to honour Indians working for the greater good: Jagland
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 09:26am, Sat. GMT]
By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousufzai, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is trying to give hope to the young generation all over the world and strengthening the hands of those working for children and their rights, says Committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland. He was speaking to Indian media The Hindu after announcing the prize at the Nobel Institute here on Friday.
Cuba and Norway strengthening oil cooperation
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 08:52am, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), and the Cuban ministries of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX), and the Ministry of Energy and Mines signed new agreements for bilateral cooperation in the oil sector, confirming the negotiations between the two countries started in 2011. The signed documents are part of the Oil for Development program of NORAD. With this program Norway holds meetings with Cuban authorities to share experiences on staff training, development of techniques and knowledge sharing about fuel.
Norway backs India’s Arctic efforts
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 08:48am, Sat. GMT]
India’s investment in polar research might seem strange to some but not to Norway’s King Harald V. “That is where we see the changes most quickly as far as climate change is concerned. [In the Arctic] it is very very obvious what is happening,” the King told to Indian media The Hindu in an interview. The King shared hopes of reaching a strong deal at the U.N. climate change conference in Paris in 2015.
India's Hindu, Pakistan's Muslim joint winners of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
[Norwaynews] [10.10.2014, 09:50am, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 to India's hindu Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani Muslim teenager Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." "Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60 per cent of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected.
World's last dose of ZMapp given to Norwegian Ebola victim
[Norwaynews] [09.10.2014, 10:22am, Thu. GMT]
Norway's first Ebola patient is to receive the world's last available dose of the experimental drug ZMapp. The Norwegian Medical Agency's medical director confirmed the treatment - which was also given to Briton William Pooley - was being sent from Canada to Oslo University Hospital. ZMapp has not been approved in Norway but Steinar Madsen told newspaper Dagens Medicin the agency would allow experimental drugs to be imported where there is an "acute need".
Norwegian students learn to farm in Vietnam
[Norwaynews] [18.10.2014, 02:20pm, Sat. GMT]
A group of 52 Norwegian students from Norway had a trip to Hoi An City in central Vietnam on Friday to learn to be farmers as part of their extra-curricular activities. The trip to the An My vegetable village in Cam Chau District was organized within the framework of a research and development program run by Norway’s University of Oslo and the University of Da Nang, located in Da Nang City in the central region.
Biometric bank card in Norway
[Norwaynews] [17.10.2014, 06:43pm, Fri. GMT]
If you're excited about the ease of paying for stuff with a wave of your bank card but you're worried about security, and you just can't put your finger on why, fear not: MasterCard has teamed up with Zwipe for a contactless payment card with a fingerprint sensor on it. Started in 2009 by Norwegian entrepreneur Kim Kristian Humborstad, Zwipe is a company seeking to replace your credit or debit card's personal identification number (PIN) and your signature with your fingerprint.
Norwegian companies doing business in Vietnam
[Norwaynews] [16.10.2014, 11:10am, Thu. GMT]
Oslo Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Embassy of Vietnam, organized a Workshop on Doing Business in Vietnam on October 15th, 2014, in Oslo.  The Workshop discussed most important aspects of doing business with and in Vietnam, offering an opportunity for Norwegian companies to explore possibilities to do business in Vietnam by meeting and discussing with not only Norwegian representatives who have expertise and experience in doing business in Vietnam but also Vietnamese representatives including Commerce Counselor from Ministry of Trade and Industry, municipal authorities and businesses from Haiphong city (a seaport city in northern Vietnam), as well as representatives of Benthanh Group based in Hochiminh city.
NABA Summit 2014 to address infrastructure at its 4th Summit in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 03:03pm, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian African Business Association (NABA) will host the Norwegian-African Business Summit, the largest Nordic business conference on Africa, Thursday 30 October 2014 at the RaddisonBLU Scandinavian Hotel in Oslo. The summit will welcome African and Norwegian leaders from across industries to the fourth summit of its kind. The leaders will convene under the theme “Mapping the African Infrastructure Landscape.”
Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Meets Norwegian Foreign Minister and USAID Boss
[Norwaynews] [15.10.2014, 10:57am, Wed. GMT]
The Governments of Norway and the United States of America have pledged to stand by the Government and people of Liberia by providing more financial and material support in its fight against the Ebola virus disease ravaging the country. According to an Executive Mansion release, the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Rajiv Shah said their respective Governments see the Ebola crisis not only as a Liberian problem, but a global crisis.
Norway-India relations
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 01:12pm, Tue. GMT]
India is an important partner to Norway, where increased trade, investments and economic cooperation with mutual benefits are the topmost priority for our two countries. During the last years, the number of enquiries from Norwegian companies that would like to enter the Indian market has gone up significantly. 90 Norwegian companies are established in India. Indian companies are getting large contracts in Norway. Norwegian investments in India are estimated to close to USD 10 bn.
Blatter visits Nobel Peace Center in Norway
[Norwaynews] [14.10.2014, 05:39am, Tue. GMT]
FIFA President Blatter visited the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway to promote and share the successful implementation of the Handshake for Peace during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. The visit began with a tour of the Nobel Peace Center, including a short presentation and viewing of the exhibition space. Following the tour, FIFA President Blatter joined the Director of the Nobel Peace Center Bente Erichsen and the Norwegian Football Association (Norges Fotballforbund, NFF) President Yngve Hallen for a press conference, where they shared thoughts about the continued success of the Handshake for Peace.
Indian President avoids comment on Indo-Pak relations in Norway
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 04:52pm, Mon. GMT]
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday refrained from making any comment on the Indo-Pakistan relations and said the President of India does not make any observations on any "political or controversial issues". Asked by reporters whether giving Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India would in anyway help resolve the conflict between the two countries, he said, "In Indian Constitution, the President does not make any comments on such issues."
President Pranab Mukherjee to meet Norway's King, other dignitaries
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 09:22am, Mon. GMT]
President Pranab Mukherjee reached Oslo on the first leg of his five-day visit to Norway and Finland during which a number of agreements on trade, education and earth sciences will be signed. He was accompanied by Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon Radhakrishnan. During the visit, Mukherjee will be crossing the Arctic Circle and will also visit the village of Santa Claus.
Call for Liu Xiaobo's Freedom by Nobel Peace Laureates and Human Rights Groups
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 07:38am, Mon. GMT]
In an open letter that Nobel Peace Prize Laureates together with major human-rights organizations addressed to the United Nations and the European Union today called for the immediate release of Dr. Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, currently in prison in China and the lifting of the severe restrictions against his spouse, Liu Xia, well known poet and artist. Mairead Maguire, Arch. Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, and Shirin Ebadi expressed their strong indignation regarding the continuous imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo and their dismay for the situation of Liu Xia who is still under house arrest, in absence of any legal grounds.
Norwegian Aid fight against Ebola
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2014, 07:33am, Mon. GMT]
Norway has decided to make a new contribution of 89m kroner (nearly $15m) to the fight against Ebola in West Africa, the Norwegian news agency NTB reported on October 6. “The situation is critical in the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. The outbreak is still accelerating faster than the response. It requires a dramatic and rapid scale-up of efforts to stop the outbreak,” Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said.
Norway To Ground F-16 Aircrafts Due To Hull Cracks
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 12:32pm, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegian defense ministry has confirmed that they have found cracks in the hull in several of it’s F-16 fighter aircrafts. In an email to the newspaper Bergens Tidende, Air Force said that cracks have occured in the fuselage under the cockpit. Some planes with cracks can still be used, while other aircrafts must be repaired first. The Air Force has conveyed that they will look seriously into the matter, and that they are constantly working to rectify the problems.
Prime Minister congratulates Nobel Peace Prize winners
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 09:35am, Sat. GMT]
Congratulate this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. Their engagement in efforts to safeguard children’s rights, in particular their right to education, is an inspiration to us all, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said. ‘Children’s rights, and in particular the right of girls to education, is a topic close to my heart. Safeguarding children’s rights is one of the greatest challenges of our time and one of the Norwegian Government’s top priorities. An education is the most important thing we can give our children.
EU requests meeting with US over Norwegian Air application
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 09:31am, Sat. GMT]
In an unprecedented move, the European Commission requested an urgent meeting between the European Union and the United States to discuss Norwegian Air International's pending application for a foreign air carrier permit before the U.S. Department of Transportation. The extraordinary meeting, which is being requested by the Commission on behalf of the European Union as a party to the U.S-EU Open Skies Agreement, sends a clear message that the European Union is closely watching Norwegian Air International's application, to fly to the U.S from several cities in Europe which has been pending for over eight months.
Norwegian diplomats meet, focus on deepening ties with South Asia
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 09:27am, Sat. GMT]
A recent meeting of top Norwegian diplomats in Delhi — with a focus on the regional impact of PM Narendra Modi’s electoral win — reflects Oslo’s increased focus on South Asia, according to top Norwegian sources. Indian Media has learnt that at the end of September, Norwegian ambassadors based in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal met to discuss ways to deepen Norway’s relationship with the region, and its prospects.
A Norwegian 12-Year-Old Is "Marrying" a 37-Year-Old Man — but For a Good Reason
[Norway] [11.10.2014, 09:25am, Sat. GMT]
Thea likes to bake and ride horses, she LOVES One Direction, and the Norwegian 12-year-old is also engaged to be married to a man in his late 30s, according to her own blog. The site chronicles her path to the altar from her perspective, from picking out wedding desserts to trying on white dresses, and even discussing what will happen on her wedding night. The good news: the shocking story is not actually real — for Thea, at least. However, there are forced marriages happening around the globe, and the initiative by Plan Norway — a branch of Plan International, an organization that works to protect the rights of children — has been launched to raise awareness about the issue. The charity explained the purpose of the campaign:
Norway Tightens Sanctions Against Russia
[Norwaynews] [11.10.2014, 08:50am, Sat. GMT]
Norway said on Friday it is tightening its economic sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine to bring them in line with the latest round of EU restrictions. “Despite massive international pressure, Russia has not demonstrated any willingness to change its course in Ukraine, which is in violation of international law,’ Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brende said in a statement. The latest round of EU and US sanctions against Russia was introduced on September 12, targeting the country’s banking, defence and energy sectors. The new restrictions imposed by Norway replicate those imposed by the EU last month and will take effect immediately.
Norway's 2015 Budget Cuts Taxes
[Norwaynews] [10.10.2014, 09:52am, Fri. GMT]
The 2015 Budget, the first presented by Norway's new center-right Government, is to broaden the tax base to allow for targeted tax cuts. Finance Minister Siv Jensen indicated that "the Government will make the tax system simpler and more conducive to growth," by lowering tax on income to strengthen incentives to work. After taking over from the previous center-left Government following the election in September last year, the Government has already changed Norway's fiscal policy direction in a supplementary budget for 2014, which reduced the ordinary individual income tax rate from 28 percent to 27 percent, decreased net wealth tax, abolished inheritance tax, and hiked energy and carbon taxes. These measures cut the tax burden by NOK7.3bn (USD1.1bn).
Norway's Northug jailed
[Norwaynews] [09.10.2014, 10:54am, Thu. GMT]
Norway's former Olympic cross-country skiing champion Petter Northug was sentenced to 50 days in jail for crashing his car and injuring a friend in a drink driving accident in May. Northug, twice a gold medalist in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, also received a permanent driving ban and a 185,000-crown fine ($28,800) after he fled the scene of the accident in Trondheim in western Norway, leaving his friend behind.
Taiwanese celebrates 103rd National Day in Norway
[Norwaynews] [09.10.2014, 08:15am, Thu. GMT]
The Taiwanese community of the Republic of China in Norwegian Capital Oslo celebrated its 103rd National Day yesterday. Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in Norway Mrs.Gloria Chen delivered the keynote address, saying that it is also a significant moment for us to remember the hardship and struggles our ancestors have overcome to fulfill the realization of liberty, democracy and prosperity in Taiwan, the concepts of democracy and rule of law are deeply embedded in Taiwan’s society. Taiwan is exporting democratic values to mainland China and Taiwan’s path towards democracy will serve as an inspiring model for mainland China to follow in the future. Taiwan concluded economic cooperation agreements with New Zealand and Singapore respectively, government has striven to improve relations with mainland China and to safeguard peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait also actively functioned as a "peacemaker" and a "provider of humanitarian aid", Gloria noted.
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