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The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".   The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".
Norway, UIA sign pact to promote investment in oil and gas
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:53pm, Thu. GMT]
The Norwegian Government and Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote investment in oil and gas industry. "This is one way of building a sustainable relationship between Uganda and Norway," Thorbjorn Gaustasaether, the ambassador of Norwegian embassy in Kampala said.
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Norway's sovereign fund invests 2. 6 percent in Italy
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:13pm, Sat. GMT]
Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund manager and Central Bank governor, Oystein Olsen, said he intended to keep investments in Italy unchanged. "At the moment we're not planning to increase our investments in Europe, which will remain at 40 percent of our global investments", Mr Olsen told Italian reporters after he was asked if he intended to increase investments in Italy.
Russian Northern Fleet's convoy of warships enters Norwegian Sea for drills
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:10pm, Sat. GMT]
A convoy of warships of the Russian Northern Fleet, led by the Udaloy class anti-submarine ship Severomorsk, entered the waters of the Norwegian Sea for anti-aircraft and anti-submarine drills, Northern Fleet's press-service chief captain 1st class Vadim Serga told TASS on Friday. The fleet's spokesman said that before entering the Norwegian Sea the grouping of warships already held anti-aircraft drills, exercised radioelectronic warfare and elimination of floating mines.
Gold Coin Remembers Transfer of Norway’s National Treasure During WWII
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2015, 02:39pm, Fri. GMT]
The Royal Canadian Mint have issued a new gold coin which remembers an extraordinary chapter during World War II which saw an allied country’s amazing transfer of its entire gold reserves to Canada for safe keeping. Norway’s transfer of its national treasury in gold to Canada was made all the more difficult as it had occurred after the advancing Nazi army had already landed in the country – beginning nearly five years of occupation.
Norwegian PM praises progress in Vietnam
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2015, 02:36pm, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg spoke to the Vietnamese press in Hanoi on April 16 during a three-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. What's your view on relations between Vietnam and Norway in recent year? Are there plans to promote bilateral ties between the two countries?
The Arctic: Important for Norway, Important for the world
[Norway] [17.04.2015, 02:31pm, Fri. GMT]
Traditionally, travel between Europe and the United States is described as moving "across the pond." However, the shortest distance between our two continents is actually across the North Pole, from Alaska to northern Norway. It is the Arctic Ocean, not the Atlantic, which is the ultimate short cut, writes Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
India Extends Visa on Arrival Scheme for Sri lankans living in Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:57pm, Thu. GMT]
India has extended the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) scheme for Sri lankans living in Norway in keeping with a pledge made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Sri Lanka last month. The Indian Government said the Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme has come into force with effect from April 14, 2015.
BBC Brit most watched international channel in Norway
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:54pm, Thu. GMT]
BBC Brit, one of the three new global genre brands from BBC Worldwide, made its international debut as a TV channel in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland on April 13th. The channel got off to a positive start providing strong overnight figures for launch day and becoming the most watched international channel in Norway, according to figures from TNS Gallup.
New report documenting extensive human rights violations in Western Sahara
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:50pm, Thu. GMT]
Torture, murder, arbitrary arrests, and violence. During the last year, 256 alleged human rights violations have been reported in the occupied territory of Western Sahara. A new report published by the Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund (SAIH) gives evidence to this. 2015 marks the 40 th anniversary of the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara and is also the focus of SAIH's political campaign, launched 13th of April.
Norway among fifty seven members for new China-led bank despite cold diplomatic relations
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2015, 01:23pm, Wed. GMT]
A total of 57 countries have been approved as founding members of a new Chinese-backed infrastructure bank, Beijing said Wednesday, including Norway, despite relations being in a diplomatic deep freeze since a Chinese dissident won a Nobel prize.
Norway prepares report on new airline business practices
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2015, 01:18pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway's Ministry of Transport and Communications is preparing a report on the effects of commercial air transport globalisation and the "fragmentation" of airline structures within the European economic area and globally. This will include a study of "atypical employment practices" within the industry, according to State Secretary for Transport and Communications Tom Cato Karlsen.
A look at Norway’s Pakistani gangs
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2015, 06:02pm, Tue. GMT]
Oslo is home to two infamous gangs whose members are mainly Pakistani Norwegians. They are known as the A gang and B gang or A-Gjengen and B-Gjengen. According to an article in Pakistan’s Daily Times, both gangs are run by criminals within Oslo’s immigrant Pakistani community.
Tobacco plants may boost biofuel and biorefining industries
[Norway] [14.04.2015, 05:49pm, Tue. GMT]
Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels. Biorefining industries produce fuel, power, heat, and various chemicals. The products are made from biomass, such as food waste and forest-based materials. Today the forest-based biorefining industries face huge challenges.
Saab to upgrade Norwegian Army’s Arthur radar system
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2015, 05:33pm, Mon. GMT]
Saab has been awarded a contract to perform mid-life upgrade (MLU) for the Norwegian Army's ARTillery HUnting Radar (Arthur). Awarded by the Norwegian Defence Logistic Organisation (NDLO), the SEK115m ($13.2m) contract requires Saab Technologies Norway to upgrade the radar system's sensor to Saab's current production version of Arthur (ModC).
Will the US Buy the Naval Strike Missile?
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2015, 05:30pm, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian and U.S. defense contractors will team up to pitch an anti-ship missile to the U.S. Navy, according to media reports. The Norway-based Kongsberg Gruppen arms supplier and the U.S. missile manufacturer Raytheon have joined forces to try to convince the navy to acquire the fifth-generation over-the-horizon Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for its new Littoral Combats Ships (LCS).
Delhi to host Norway-Asia Business Summit 2015
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 09:09pm, Thu. GMT]
Around 200 Norwegian business professionals in Asia will take part in the Norway-Asia Business Summit 2015 in New Delhi from April 16 to 18. Focusing on the Asian market and the opportunities in the region, the Norway-Asia Business Summit will give an opportunity to get professional insights on the business prospects in this exciting region.
Norwegian journalist held in Yemen, accused of spying: reports
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 09:05pm, Thu. GMT]
A Norwegian freelance journalist has been arrested in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and accused spying, media reports said on Thursday. Raymond Lidal, 28, was detained in late March when he failed to show a journalist's visa while filming Saudi-led airstrikes against Huthi Shiite rebels who have seized the city, according to the Verdens Gang newspaper (VG).
Important agreement in nuclear negotiations with Iran
[Norway] [09.04.2015, 09:02pm, Thu. GMT]
‘I welcome the political agreement reached in the nuclear negotiations between the UK, France, Germany, the US, Russia, China and Iran. This is an important step towards a final agreement that will ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme is only used for peaceful purposes,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway - Africa Energy Summit takes place in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 08:58pm, Thu. GMT]
African Ministers of Energy from Ghana and Zambia are amongst the attendees at the Norway - Africa Energy Summit organized by Norfund and the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA). The African Ministers of Energy will, alongside energy companies, investors and researchers, highlight the current status on energy in Africa.
China receives Norway's application to join AIIB
[Norwaynews] [02.04.2015, 09:45pm, Thu. GMT]
China confirmed the reception of Norway's application to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Wednesday. "We have received the application. The AIIB is an open multilateral institute and welcomes countries in and out of Asia to apply for joining," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing.
Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria
[Norway] [02.04.2015, 09:40pm, Thu. GMT]
It is unacceptable that we have not reached a political solution in Syria by now. We must try again. Try better. Try harder.Today, we must demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Syria, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende in his speech at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait on 31 March.
BlackBerry Oslo leak includes image
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:11pm, Sat. GMT]
It’s always good to hear further information about upcoming devices, and readers may have heard some initial murmurings about the BlackBerry Oslo smartphone from Mobile World Congress. Although it was first thought that this handset would only release in China, in fact it will be available for global markets. Read on for more on the BlackBerry Oslo with unofficial details of specs and release date.
Romania, Norway exchange views on EU Neighbourhood Policy
[Norwaynews] [18.04.2015, 09:08pm, Sat. GMT]
The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Bogdan Aurescu (photo R)  and the Minister for European Economic Area and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, Vidar Helgesen have reiterated on Wednesday their countries’ support for the full implementation of the Minsk Memorandums, according to a release by the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) sent Agerpres. The implications of the crisis in Ukraine upon the regional security and the situation in the Eastern neighbourhood of the EU have been significant topics on the agenda of the two officials, on Wednesday, at the MAE HQs.
Norway, China agree on salmon trade deal
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2015, 02:38pm, Fri. GMT]
China and Norway have agreed on a new certificate formula which means exports of salmon to China can be maintained, the Norwegian fisheries and industry minister said in a release on Friday. Fisheries minister Elisabeth Aspaker characterized the agreement as a victory for salmon trade between the two countries, although the export halt on salmon from slaughterhouses in Sor-Trondelag, Nordland and Troms still applies at this point.
Women and men – a joint venture into an equal future
[Norway] [17.04.2015, 02:34pm, Fri. GMT]
State Secretary Hans Brattskar's remarks at the Nordic Council of Minister event during the UN CSW in New York on 11 March 2015. 2015 is an important year for gender equality. It is 20 years since the Fourth World Conference on women was held in Beijng, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted. The UN Security Council passed the ground breaking resolution 1325, 15 years ago. 2015 is also the target year for the Millennium Development Goals.
Norwegian PM starts VN visit today
[Norwaynews] [17.04.2015, 08:29am, Fri. GMT]
Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived in Hanoi on April 16, beginning her three-day official visit to Vietnam as guest of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Erna Solberg’s visit is intended to seek concrete orientations and measures to step up bilateral cooperation across economy, investment, climate change, water management, renewable energy, agriculture, maritime economy, oil and gas, and the ship-building industry.
Subsea Valley Conference opens with Norway’s Minister of Petroleum & Energy remarks
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:55pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s Minister of Petroleum & Energy, Tord Lien, opened the Subsea Valley Conference, held in Oslo, Norway, with remarks on the state of the country’s reserves and current plans in the industry’s current down cycle. Earlier this month, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate celebrated its 50th anniversary of the country’s first licensing round with an objective to ensure thorough exploration and secure sound financial return for the country.
Classical show to celebrate Vietnam – Norway harmony
[Norwaynews] [16.04.2015, 02:51pm, Thu. GMT]
Renowned musicians from Vietnam and Norway will gather for a special cultural exchange celebrating the two countries’ friendship on April 17-18 in Hanoi. According to information released by the Vietnam Opera House on April 14, the event will feature the classical conductor Thomas Rimul and performances by Vietnam’s Dao To Loan and violist Nguyen Thien Minh and Norway’s baritone Halvor F. Melien.
Norway increases support for education in Lebanon
[Norway] [16.04.2015, 02:48pm, Thu. GMT]
‘Most of the 665 000 children who have fled from Syria to Lebanon are still not going to school. Norway is therefore increasing its support for education in Lebanon, and will provide NOK 45 million for these efforts in 2015,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norwegian leader visit to foster multi-faceted ties with Vietnam
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2015, 01:21pm, Wed. GMT]
The official visit to Vietnam by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg from April 16-18 is expected to boost bilateral relations which have grown over the last four decades. Since their diplomatic ties were established in November 1971, Vietnam and Norway have seen their relations actively developing across politics, economics, culture and society.
Norwegian state secy Hoglund calls on PM Koirala
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2015, 01:16pm, Wed. GMT]
Visiting State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Morten Hoglund, Wednesday called on Prime Minister Sushil Koirala . During the meeting held at Prime Minister Koirala's official residence in Baluwatar on Wednesday, bilateral relations between Nepal and Norway and development assistance, among other issues were discussed.
Norwegian Prime Minister asks Indonesia to halt ISIS-style executions on "foreign citizens"
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2015, 05:51pm, Tue. GMT]
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) welcomed the Royal of Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg in a state ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. Prime Minister Ernas first visit to Indonesia is to consolidate and develop good bilateral relations between the two countries, and to strengthen Norwegian engagement in the region through dialogues with one of Asias most influential countries.
Norway and South Africa seeking to increase the number of women mediators
[Norway] [14.04.2015, 05:47pm, Tue. GMT]
Fifteen years after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, there are still very few women around the negotiating tables in peace processes. ‘Norway and South Africa are now taking steps to increase the number of women mediators,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norwegian Prime Minister to make official visit to Vietnam
[Norwaynews] [13.04.2015, 05:31pm, Mon. GMT]
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will pay an official visit to Vietnam from April 16-18, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 12. The visit will be made at an invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Norway to provide NOK 30 million in humanitarian aid to Yemen
[Norway] [13.04.2015, 05:28pm, Mon. GMT]
‘We are deeply concerned about the dramatic developments in Yemen. The conflict is having a severe impact on the civilian population and there is an urgent need for emergency aid. Norway is therefore providing NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway offers 70 million NOK to Norwegian and Indian institutions
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 09:07pm, Thu. GMT]
The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) and the Norwegian Research Council is furthering the cooperation between Norwegian and Indian institutions through a new programme, dubbed "INTPART". 70 million NOK has been designated for the programme.
Rolls-Royce Delivers Propulsion for Norwegian Ferries
[Norwaynews] [09.04.2015, 09:03pm, Thu. GMT]
Rolls-Royce has signed contracts with Bastø-Fosen and Fjord 1 in Norway for azimuth propulsion systems for five new double ended ferries. The ferries are scheduled to enter into service along the coast of Norway in the summer of 2016.
Situation desperate for Yarmouk refugees
[Norway] [09.04.2015, 09:00pm, Thu. GMT]
'The situation for thousands of Palestinians and Syrians in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria is critical. Norway has provided NOK 10 million to support the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Syria, in the hope that the organisation will gain access to the people in Yarmouk, who are in dire need of assistance,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Joint Statement on the National Dialogue and Election in Sudan
[Norway] [09.04.2015, 08:56pm, Thu. GMT]
The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway) have issued a joint statement where they express disappointment that a genuine National Dialogue in Sudan has not begun and concerns for the upcoming elections.
Historic agreement in Myanmar
[Norway] [02.04.2015, 09:42pm, Thu. GMT]
‘After more than 60 years of armed conflict, the Myanmar authorities and the armed ethnic groups agreed today on the text for a national ceasefire agreement. This is a historic milestone, and an important step towards a peaceful solution to the conflict in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Election in Nigeria
[Norway] [02.04.2015, 09:38pm, Thu. GMT]
‘I would like to congratulate the Nigerian people on the election, and Muhammadu Buhari on his victory. This is a historic election for Nigeria. For the first time, an elected president has relinquished power to his successor after losing a free and democratic election,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
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