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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
 
Corruption in Norway
Norwegian government seizes children, citing parents’ Christian ‘indoctrination’
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 07:29am, Thu. GMT]
After the Norwegian government seized five children from their family, citing the parents’ Christian beliefs, activists are fighting back to bring the kids home.

The Home School Legal Defense Association on Tuesday released a video documenting the story of the Bodnariu family, from whom five children, ranging from 3 months to 9 years in age, were taken last November.

Norwegian child services, known as Barnevernet, removed the family’s two eldest daughters from school on Nov. 16 without the parents’ knowledge, and later in the day arrived at the Bodnariu home to take two of the three sons.

Marius Bodnariu, an information technician, rushed home from work and went with his wife, Ruth, to the police station to find out what was the matter, but received no answers.

The next day, police arrived back at the Bodnariu home to take the family’s 3-month-old son, Ezekiel, saying Ruth’s emotional display at the police station was a sign that the baby was in danger.
 
Norwegian man arrested in multi million euro fraud
[Norwaynews] [18.02.2016, 05:13pm, Thu. GMT]
JUST before Valentine’s Day, a 45-year-old Norwegian had something of a shock when a taxi in which he was travelling arrived at his home in Marbella, City in Spain to be greeted by officers of the Spain National Police who handed him a warrant issued by the Oslo district court and arrested him on behalf of the Norwegian authorities.
 
CBI seeks Norway aid in bureaucrat probe
[Norwaynews] [04.11.2015, 07:01am, Wed. GMT]
The CBI is preparing to send a judicial request to Norway as part of its investigation against former senior bureaucrat posted with the Union ministry of chemicals and fertilisers J.S. Maini in a corruption case. The CBI on May 8 had registered an FIR against former IAS officer Maini and his family members for allegedly receiving a bribe of $1 million (about Rs 6.4 crore) in a joint venture deal between Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO) and Norwegian fertiliser major Yara in 2006-07.
 
Former Yara executives sentenced to prison in corruption case
[Norwaynews] [09.07.2015, 08:09am, Thu. GMT]
A Norwegian court sentenced four former top executives at Yara, the world's biggest nitrate fertilizer maker, to prison on Tuesday for paying bribes in Libya and India, in one of Norway's biggest corruption scandals. Prosecutors had accused the men of paying around $8 million in bribes to officials in India and Libya - including to the family of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's oil minister and the family of a financial adviser in India's Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers - for the right to establish joint ventures.
 
Indian CBI registers case against former Finance Ministry bureaucrat
[Norwaynews] [08.05.2015, 05:54pm, Fri. GMT]
Indian CBI has registered an FIR against a former senior Finance Ministry bureaucrat J S Maini and his family members for allegedly receiving bribe of USD one million (about Rs.6.4 crore) in a joint venture deal between cooperative Kribhco and Norwegian fertiliser major 'Yara' in 2007.
 
Norwegian firm bribed Iran ex-president’s son
[Norwaynews] [04.02.2015, 11:20am, Wed. GMT]
An Iranian lawmaker says Norway's largest oil producer Statoil ASA had bribed the son of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to secure a contract on the development of a giant oil and gas field in Iran. During an open session of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Tuesday, Ahmad Tavakkoli claimed that Statoil paid Mehdi Hashemi USD 5.2 million in kickbacks back in 2002 and 2003 to use his influence to win a contract on the development of South Pars gas field.
 
A corruption case, with India at the centre, embroils Norway
[Norwaynews] [12.01.2015, 04:21am, Mon. GMT]
Top former executives of fertiliser giant Yara face graft charges for paying money to the son of a senior official in the Indian Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers. In what has been called Norway’s biggest corruption scandal ever, four former top executives of fertiliser giant Yara have been indicted for “aggravated bribery” in Libya, India and Russia. In a 12-week trial that started at the Oslo District Court last week, all four pleaded not guilty.
 
Norway summons Telenor to Uzbek payments
[Norwaynews] [20.11.2014, 08:24pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway’s government summoned the chairman of Telenor ASA (TEL) to explain reports alleging that VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP) paid bribes to gain business in Uzbekistan, reports Bloomberg. Industry Minister Monica Maeland called Telenor Chairman Svein Aaser in for a meeting on November 19 to explain the payments, ministry spokesman Trond Viken said by phone. The government owns about 54 percent of Telenor, which in turn holds 33 percent of the Russian phone carrier.
 
Nesbø explores government corruption in Norway
[Norwaynews] [10.05.2014, 01:09pm, Sat. GMT]
Jo Nesbø’s mysteries routinely describe scenes of incredible brutality and vicious vengeance. This can surprise unaware readers who naively assume all is peaceful in the Scandinavian country of Norway. In “The Son,” Nesbø again breaks away from his detective Harry Hole series to portray a sympathetic tale of a young man serving a prison term for two murders he did not commit. In prison, he inexplicably gets the drugs he needs as an addict, and he has a magical way of absolving other inmates of their various transgressions. One is tempted to see him as a Christ-like figure, but going that far will surely offend the devout.
 
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.
 
“Norwegian Lycamobile” Reported To Cops For “Money Laundering”
[Norwaynews] [10.05.2016, 07:16am, Tue. GMT]
Suspicious six-figure Post Office cash drops by the Lycamobile group were reported to the police as “prima facie evidence of money laundering” a year ago by the telecoms giant’s biggest commercial rival, BuzzFeed News can reveal.

Lebara, a major competitor in the market for prepaid calling cards used by Europe’s migrant communities, deployed a team of corporate spies to tail Lyca’s bagmen all over London and reported their unorthodox cash movements to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

A major investigation by BuzzFeed News revealed this week that Lyca deploys three men to drive around in unmarked people carriers depositing rucksacks stuffed with hundreds of thousands of pounds twice a day across London. The Conservatives have accepted £1.3m from Lycamobile, and Labour MPs have demanded that the party put a freeze on any further donations from the telecoms giant and consider handing back its money.

The former director of public prosecutions Lord MacDonald QC said the cash desposits caught on film by BuzzFeed News were “deeply suspicious” and demanded an urgent investigation.
 
Norwegian Social Security Regime Under Scrutiny
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2015, 07:24am, Wed. GMT]
Following a judgment from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court, the EFTA Surveillance Authority has opened a formal investigation into an exemption rule in Norway's scheme of differentiated social security contributions. The rule in question concerns ambulant services only. Apart from that rule, the decision has no bearing on the scheme as such.
 
Are these the least corrupt countries in the world?
[Norwaynews] [29.09.2015, 06:09pm, Tue. GMT]
Is corruption widespread in the government of your country? The latest survey from Gallup shows that Scandinavians have the greatest confidence in their governments’ resistance to corruption. Sweden ranked first, Denmark second, while Norway and Finland also scored in the top ten.
 
Norwegian human rights organization accused of money laundering
[Norwaynews] [14.06.2015, 12:48pm, Sun. GMT]
A Norwegian human rights organization and its leader have been accused of money laundering and receiving stolen goods, Norway's public broadcaster NRK reported on Friday. The amount of the charges against the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), based in Stavanger, Norway, was over 100 million Norwegian kroner (13 million US dollars), which the organization should have received from sources in the United Arab Emirates over a period of three years, NRK said.
 
Three former footballers jailed for corruption
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2015, 03:33pm, Fri. GMT]
Three former footballers were jailed by a Norwegian court on Thursday for between six and eight months over a match-fixing scam. Following a complaint from the Norwegian Football Federation, police investigated a series of major bets placed on two third division matches played on June 24, 2012.
 
Norway asked to divest from company linked to Malaysian official
[Norwaynews] [04.02.2015, 06:26am, Wed. GMT]
Activists have petitioned the world's largest sovereign wealth fund to drop its investment in a company they say is linked to large-scale corruption in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. In a letter published this week, the Switzerland-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) and Norway-based FIVAS recommended that Norway's Government Pension Fund Global sell its $11 million stake in Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS), a Sarawak-based infrastructure majority-owned by relatives of former Sarawak chief minister and current governor Taib Mahmud. The holdings represent 2 percent of CMS.
 
Norway among corrupt countries
[Norwaynews] [06.12.2014, 03:40pm, Sat. GMT]
In the Transparency International Association 2014 list of countries ranked according to the percentage of rampant corruption, Norway is ranked 5th of the least corrupt from most corrupt countries—followed by South Sudan, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea and Somalia. The least corrupt country in the world is Denmark for the second consecutive year, followed by New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Norway’s position did not progress compared with last year, collecting nearly same points and was also ranked 05 among 174 countries.
 
Norwegian chief prosecutor reports Sarawak Energy CEO to Malaysia’s corruption watchdog
[Norwaynews] [22.05.2014, 10:43am, Thu. GMT]
Økokrim, Norway’s National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime, have approached the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) over a major corruption case involving a Norwegian energy manager. The case involves Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, the CEO of state-owned Malaysian power supplier Sarawak Energy. In a letter disclosed today, Trond Eirik Schea, the Director of Økokrim, writes: „The case concerns alleged involvement in corruption in Malaysia.
 
Breivik interrogation transcript disappears from police station
[Norwaynews] [25.04.2014, 05:56pm, Fri. GMT]
The transcript of one of the longest and most emotional interrogations of Anders Breivik, a terrorist sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people in July 2011, has mysteriously disappeared from a locked office in an Oslo police station, the Norwegian media report Friday. The records disappeared in August 2011, but this was made public only now. A special police taskforce is investigating.
 
Telenor Norway visited by police over Vimpelcom probe
[Norwaynews] [13.03.2014, 12:55pm, Thu. GMT]
Telenor Norway has had a visit from the national financial crime investigation service Okokrim, Nettavisen reported, citing Dagens Naeringsliv. It said Okokrim is supporting probes in a number of European countries into telephone operators with interests in Uzbekistan. Marianne Djupesland of Okokrim's corruption team said the team is backing Swiss and Dutch authorities in their investigations into Vimpelcom, among other companies.
 
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