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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.
 
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Norway Uses Oil Wealth Fund Again to Stay Afloat
[Norwaynews] [13.05.2016, 07:19pm, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian government will tap into its wealth fund once again to sustain government operations, as the sting of a low-priced oil market burdens the Scandinavian country, according to Reuters. Officials have used the fund once before as a rainy day fund and may continue to do so as the economy lacks the necessary revenue. The economy is expected to expand 1.0% in 2016.

As wealthy as Norway may be, its Achilles heel is a non-diversified economy that relies heavily on oil exports. Norway will have to consider diversifying its economy in major ways to lessen the shock of price fluctuations in the energy markets. Because of revenue shortfalls, the government is forced to spend additional money to plug deficit holes.

The fiscal crisis has forced policymakers to reexamine their budget priorities, but the establishment will have to commence negotiations with opposition parties that may not be ready to make concessions. In the meantime, the state has no other choice but to rely on the fund, but the nation’s savings stash remains in trouble as income shortages diminish the overall value of the fund.
 
S. Korea, Norway Agree on Stronger Cooperation for Shipbuilding, Plants
[Norwaynews] [15.04.2016, 08:20am, Fri. GMT]
S. Korean President Park Geun-hye and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg agreed during a summit Friday to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in shipbuilding and offshore plants. The two leaders signed a fresh MOU in Seoul that is expected to expand exports of South Korean ships and offshore plants to Norway.
 
Norway group crosses language barrier with India through music
[Norwaynews] [06.04.2016, 02:23pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian musical group Ljodahatt recently used the medium of classical Norwegian literature and self-composed music to cross the language barrier in India. This week they played several concerts in New Delhi. This is the group's first visit to India and they were anxious about the reactions to their music.
 
Romanian parliamentary delegation continues working visit to Norway
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2016, 08:39pm, Sat. GMT]
A Romanian parliamentary delegation discussed with Norwegian MPs the necessity of constant bilateral cooperation to solve cases of Romanian families living in Norway who came to the attention of the local child protection services .
 
Indian twist to Xmas celebrations at Norway Embassy in Delhi
[Norwaynews] [22.12.2015, 01:29pm, Tue. GMT]
The Embassy of Norway brought together most of the Christmas traditions for one early holiday celebration today, and with an Indian twist. The staff made decorations for the tree, danced around the Christmas tree while singing the classic carols. Santa Claus made a surprise visit with an Indian twist; he arrived on cycle rickshaw and handed out sweets for everyone. Even without snow and cold, everyone experienced the true Christmas spirit. The temperature reminded us more of the Holy Land than Norway in December.
 
Lecture on ‘India-Norway relations’ in Hollotoli School
[Norwaynews] [20.11.2015, 09:39am, Fri. GMT]
A lecture on “India-Norway relations” was organized by Hollotoli School, Dimapur with by ambassador of Norway Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Wednesday at Dimapur. In the programme, Kamsvag based his lecture on the facts of Norway, climatic conditions, economy, culture and political system of Norwegians pointing out the similarity of India and Norway.
 
Delhi students to represent India at Telenor Youth Forum in Norway
[Norwaynews] [03.11.2015, 04:41pm, Tue. GMT]
What do Kaarika and Abhishek from India have in common? They’re both young and extremely passionate about increasing access to knowledge through digital and mobile technology. They are amongst the 25 delegates who will join this year’s Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo (TYF15). The annual event, which coincides with the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony week, has the theme of KnowledgeForAll this year.
 
Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway to India
[Norwaynews] [02.11.2015, 10:44am, Mon. GMT]
Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende, is leading a delegation of senior officials to India for the India- Norway Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) scheduled to be held on 02 November 2015 in New Delhi.
 
Young Iranians in Norway denounce Rouhani
[Norwaynews] [09.10.2015, 11:36am, Fri. GMT]
Young Iranians in Norway have added their voices to the campaign against human rights abuses in Iran. Iranians all over the world have embarked on a global campaign to expose the mullahs' president Hassan Rouhani who has drastically stepped up human rights violations in Iran since he took office two years ago.
 
Egyptian NGO seeks to revoke Norwegian correspondent's licence
[Norwaynews] [22.09.2015, 06:42pm, Tue. GMT]
local Egyptian NGO is attempting to revoke the licences of a Norwegian news team working in Egypt, after the latter's company was involved in investigating alleged money-laundering crimes by an affiliate NGO based in Norway. The Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights have submitted a lawsuit before the Administrative Court of the State Council to call for the revocation of journalist licences given to correspondent Sigurd Falkenberg and his Norwegian state television (NRK) team based in Cairo.
 
Norway to develop peatland-friendly agriculture in Indonesia
[Norwaynews] [03.05.2016, 06:17pm, Tue. GMT]
The Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia, Stig Traavik, has said his government is ready to help Indonesia to develop peat land-friendly agriculture.

"Well help Indonesia in mastering how to cultivate plants without drying the peat lands, and how to increase the value added of the plants. There are some plants that can grow without drying the peat, such as sago," Traavik said here on Tuesday.

He added that the Norwegian government will also help to market the commodities produced through peat-friendly agricultural practices.

The Ambassador said in principle, Norway is ready to support all efforts to prevent damage that land and forest fires cause.
 
Singapore and Norway reaffirm close ties
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2016, 02:18pm, Thu. GMT]
One year after Norway became independent in 1905, the Scandinavian country set up a consulate here - a sign of Singapore's importance as a harbour for Norwegian vessels. Yesterday, 110 years later, Norway's visiting Prime Minister Erna Solberg paid tribute to the enduring friendship between the two countries, calling Singapore "one of our closest friends in Asia".
 
Yayoi Kusama, the Queen of Polka Dots, comes to the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK)
[Norwaynews] [12.02.2016, 07:08pm, Fri. GMT]
The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) is busy preparing for a spectacular exhibition opening on February 19th. Visitors will be invited to enter into Japanse artist Yayoi Kusama's world of colours, patterns and movement. The enormously productive career of this Japanese artist spans over 70 years.
 
Lithuania hopes for cheaper gas deal with Statoil, PM says
[Norwaynews] [04.01.2016, 06:57pm, Mon. GMT]
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius expects that Norway's gas company Statoil will lower the price Lithuania is paying for liquefied natural gas (LNG). After Litgas, Lithuania's state-owned gas company, concludes negotiations with Statoil, consumers can expect price drops, he said on Monday.
 
Norway-India Partnership ensuring a healthier, happier future
[Norwaynews] [09.12.2015, 03:50am, Wed. GMT]
The Congress Party on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision in connection with former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case and trained its guns on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for what the grand old party dubbed as 'pathetic politics' on this issue.
 
Norway reopens Consulate General in Mumbai after four decades
[Norwaynews] [03.11.2015, 04:42pm, Tue. GMT]
Norway reopened its Consulate General in Mumbai today after over four decades and pushed for closer cooperation with fast-growing India in economic and other fields. Norwegian Foreign Minister Borje Brende re-opened the office at Bandra-Kurla Complex in suburban Mumbai, a move he said will consolidate his country's ties with India.
 
Norway backs India’s bid for NSG and UNSC membership
[Norwaynews] [03.11.2015, 10:16am, Tue. GMT]
Norway backed India’s bid for permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Nuclear Suppliers Group as the foreign ministers of the two countries held wide-ranging talks to boost ties. The MTCR is an elite club of 34 countries that controls trade in missile and space technology.
 
ASEAN Cultural Night 2015 in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [10.10.2015, 03:24pm, Sat. GMT]
The ASEAN Committee in Oslo (Embassies of Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam) held the ASEAN Cultural Night on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at the concert hall Gamle Logen, Oslo, Norway.
 
Norway to shut down Zimbabwe Embassy, off to Haiti, India
[Norwaynews] [09.10.2015, 11:35am, Fri. GMT]
NORWAY will in 2016 close its Zimbabwe embassy as part of plans to strengthen its presence in India and Haiti. The Norwegian foreign affairs said it would be closing down its embassies in Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “Next year, some changes will be made to Norway's diplomatic presence abroad - its embassies in Astana, Sofia, Lusaka and Harare will close and contact with the countries where embassies are to close will be maintained through other channels,” a statement issued on Wednesday said.
 
Tourists taken hostage in the Philippines
[Norwaynews] [22.09.2015, 05:58pm, Tue. GMT]
A Norwegian, two Canadian tourists and a Filipino woman have been abducted in the Philippines, the army in the country informs. An unidentified group of armed men abducted the four from a popular resort south of the country, the news agency Reuters reports.
 
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