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Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai conferred Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai conferred Nobel Peace PrizeOslo, Dec 10 : Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 at a ceremony held here on Wednesday for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

This is the first time that an Indian and a Pakistani have jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Speaking at the ceremony, Satyarthi said that he was accepting the award on behalf of the martyrs and activists.

President Mukherjee invites Norway to invest in infrastructure

Pranab MukherjeeOslo, Oct 14 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday invited Norway to invest in the infrastructure sector of India, calling it an area of focus for the nation and thus a great opportunity for the Scandinavian country.

Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai jointly awarded 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousufzai Kailash SatyarthiOslo, Oct 10 : Renowned child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, who leads the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai have been jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for "their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".

Chemical arms watchdog wins 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Chemical arms watchdog wins 2013 Nobel Peace PrizeOslo, Oct 11 : The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons", the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Friday.

Stating that disarmament figured prominently in Alfred Nobel’s will, the Committee stated that it had, through numerous prizes, underlined the need to do away with nuclear weapons.

App can be used for psychological testing

App can be used for psychological testingOslo, Feb 10 : An iPhone app, known as iDichotic, places psychological testing at your fingertips, yielding results as reliable as lab tests, says a new study.

Dichotic listening, a lab test, indicates which side of the brain is most active during language processing. The iPhone app was launched in 2011.

"We found that the results from the app were as reliable as those of controlled laboratory tests," says Josef Bless, doctoral researcher in psychology, University of Bergen, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports.

Norwegian newspaper reprints controversial Islam cartoons

Norwegian newspaper reprints controversial Islam cartoons Oslo, Jan 8 : The Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten Friday reprinted cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed that generated controversy 2005 when they were first published in a Danish newspaper.

"We have always defended media's right to print these cartoons, and we printed a facsimile when the dispute began 2005," Aftenposten editor-in-chief Hilde Haugsgjerd wrote.

Obama receives 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, justifies war for peace at times

Obama receives 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, justifies war for peace at timesOslo (Norway), Dec. 10 : The United States President, Barack Obama, on Thursday accepted the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in a special award ceremony

“I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations -- that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice,” said Barack Obama during his Nobel Prize speech.

Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize

Barack ObamaOslo, Dec 10 : US President Barack Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday at a ceremony in this Norwegian capital.

The prize was awarded to Obama in October for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples".

"Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize... my accomplishments are slight," Obama said in his acceptance speech at Oslo's City Hall.(DPA)

President Obama arrives in Norway for Nobel Peace Prize

President Obama arrives in Norway for Nobel Peace PrizeOslo, Dec 10 - US President Barack Obama arrived early Thursday in Oslo, where he later was to accept the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

The president was accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama and welcomed by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store and Kaci Kullmann Five, deputy chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

The highlight of Obama's visit will be his receipt of the coveted prize and delivery of an acceptance speech at Oslo City Hall.

Iranian leader Khamenei named dictator of the year

Iranian leader Khamenei named dictator of the year Oslo, Dec 9 :Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was Wednesday selected as winner of "dictator of the year prize", students at Oslo University said.

The Iranian leader was chosen from 11 candidates - selected by human rights experts - including North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and Myanmar's General Than Schwe.

Munch artwork stolen in Oslo

Munch artwork stolen in OsloOslo  - A lithography by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch was stolen late Thursday in a break-in at an art dealer in Oslo, police and media said Friday.

"It is a unique hand-coloured print," Pascal Nyborg who runs the art dealership told broadcaster NRK. He declined to state its value.

According to Nyborg the thief or thieves apparently did not touch any other works, and smashed one of the front windows opening on to the street.

A van used in the break-in was found a few blocks away from the art dealership and is being investigated by police.

NATO chief Rasmussen and Norwegian PM call for Afghan self-reliance

NATO chief Rasmussen and Norwegian PM call for Afghan self-relianceOslo - Helping Afghans claim their future was the main theme of a meeting between NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in Oslo Friday.

"The way forward is that the Afghan people and government take responsibility for security in Afghanistan," Rasmussen said. "Our mission in Afghanistan ends when Afghanistan is capable to take charge of its security. That is what we will help with."

Energy giant Statoil's third-quarter net income up 6 per cent

Energy giant Statoil's third-quarter net income up 6 per centOslo  - Norwegian energy giant Statoil's net income increased by 6 per cent in the third quarter of 2009 despite lower oil and gas prices, the state-owned group said Wednesday.

Net income for the quarter was 6.6 billion kroner (1.1 billion dollars) compared to 6.3 billion kroner for the corresponding quarter 2008.

Net operating income declined 40 per cent to 28.3 billion kroner, while year-on-year revenues fell 30 per cent to 122 billion kroner, Statoil said.

Norwegian police act on tip from Serbia

Norwegian police act on tip from Serbia Oslo/Belgrade - Cooperation between authorities in Serbia and Norway has resulted in the recent arrest of several suspects in the Scandinavian country, Norwegian police said Tuesday.

Norwegian police have cooperated "extremely well" with Serbian police on the matter, Norwegian police prosecutor Havard Kampen said in a statement to the German Press Agency, dpa.

Citing the ongoing investigation, the Norwegian Criminal Investigation Service declined to go into details about the suspects or what crime they were suspected of planning.

Norwegian police act on tip from Serbia

Norwegian police act on tip from Serbia Oslo/Belgrade - Cooperation between authorities in Serbia and Norway has resulted in the recent arrest of several suspects in the Scandinavian country, Norwegian police said Tuesday.

Norwegian police have cooperated "extremely well" with Serbian police on the matter, Norwegian police prosecutor Havard Kampen said in a statement to the German Press Agency, dpa.

Citing the ongoing investigation, the Norwegian Criminal Investigation Service declined to go into details about the suspects or what crime they were suspected of planning.

Norway's higher swine flu death toll to be analyzed

Norway's higher swine flu death toll to be analyzed Oslo - Norway had as of Thursday registered a higher number of swine flu cases and fatalities than its Nordic neighbours, sparking speculation of a possible mutation of the A(H1N1) virus.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported Norway has registered 13 deaths, neighbouring Sweden has to date had two, and Denmark none.

The institute however said that tests so far have shown that the virus was the same as in neighbouring countries.

Norwegian customs foil smuggler carrying pythons, geckos

Norwegian customs foil smuggler carrying pythons, geckosOslo - A random spot check by Norwegian customs officials resulted in the find of 14 baby pythons and 10 albino gecko lizzards strapped to the would-be smuggler's body, reports said Monday.

The incident took place Sunday when a man arriving with a passenger ferry from Denmark was stopped for a spot check. When customs officials found a box containing a tarantula in his luggage, they decided to search him more thoroughly.

The man then admitted that he was carrying other reptiles, a customs official told the regional Faedrelandsvennen newspaper.

Norwegians urged to get vaccination against swine flu

Norwegians urged to get vaccination against swine fluOslo - All citizens of Norway were urged Friday to vaccinate themselves against the A(H1N1) virus, or swine flu.

The Nordic country of 4.8 million people has registered 10 deaths among more than 2,000 cases reported.

"Norway is well prepared for this pandemic," Health Minister Anne-Grete Strom-Erichsen said at a news conference, saying enough vaccines had been ordered for the whole population.

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2009Oslo (Norway), Oct. 9 : United States President Barack Obama has been surprisingly given the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 for his extraordinary efforts in strengthening international diplomacy and for taking landmark initiatives to create a nuclear-free world.

Announcing the award here, an official of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that Obama was yet to be informed about the award, and would receive the award on December 10 this year.

He also said that Obama had beaten 205 other nominees for the prestigious award, which includes a gold medal, a Nobel diploma and 1.4 million dollars.

Norway's state pension fund queries VW takeover of Porsche

Norway's state pension fund queries VW takeover of PorscheOslo  - The terms for Volkswagen's takeover of sports-car maker Porsche have been questioned by the Norwegian state pension fund, reports said Thursday.

The pension fund, which has a minority stake in Volkswagen, expressed "deep concern" over the deal in a letter sent Wednesday to Volkswagen's supervisory board.

The fund said it was not convinced the deal would "benefit Volkswagen's various shareholders equitably."




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