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Norway’s Svindal wins Olympic men’s downhill

NEWS DESK: ‘Attacking Viking’ Aksel Lund Svindal claimed gold in the blue riband event of the Olympic alpine skiing programme, the men’s downhill, on Thursday in a thrilling Norwegian one-two, reported AFP. Svindal, 35 and coming to the end of a stellar career, clocked 1min 40.25sec down the 3km-long Jeongseon course to hand Norway its…

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Trump lauds delivery of F-52s to Norway – the planes are fictional

NEWS DESK: US President Donald Trump caused a stir with his announcement that the United States had delivered F-52 fighter jets to Norway. Except that the planes are fictional, reported The Washington Post. Was it a secret advanced jet capable of beating its Russian counterparts? A ruse to fool intelligence analysts? Neither, it turns out….

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Yemen civil war: Norway suspends arms sales to UAE as part of ‘precautionary line’

NEWS DESK: Norway has suspended exports of munitions and arms to the United Arab Emirates as a “precautionary line,” based on its assessment of the situation in Yemen, reported The Independent. A Saudi-led coalition including the UAE has been fighting Shia rebels in the country for nearly three years. Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said…

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Norway boasts of huge ratio of electric cars

OSLO: Electric or hybrid vehicles accounted for more than half of all new cars sold in Norway last year, official data showed on Wednesday, confirming the country’s pioneering role in carbon-free transport. Zero-emission, mainly all-electric as well as a few hydrogen-powered cars, accounted for 20.9 percent of total sales in 2017, while hybrid vehicles accounted…

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Norway appoints its first female foreign minister

OSLO: Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide was named minister of foreign affairs on Friday, making her the first woman to hold the post in the Nordic country, reported Reuters. She replaces Boerge Brende, who last month was appointed president of the World Economic Forum. The appointment leaves the top three government jobs, that of…

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Uber suspends unlicensed service in Norway in change of tack

NEWS DESK: Uber said on Monday it would suspend its unlicensed service UberPOP in Oslo until Norway introduces new rules, as the U.S. ride-hailing app adopts a more conciliatory tone with national authorities, reported Reuters. The move follows a similar one-year suspension in Finland in July to allow a new taxi law to come into…

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Who won Nobel Peace Prize since 1901?

OSLO: Here is the full list of Nobel Peace Prize laureates from 1901, when the prize was first awarded. The 2017 prize will be announced on Friday: 2016: Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia) 2015: The National Dialogue Quartet (Tunisia) 2014: Kailash Satyarthi (India) and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) 2013: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons…

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Fear of protest: London university cancels Musharraf’s event

LONDON: The University of London has announced that the event in which former president and army chief General (retd) Pervez Musharraf at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has been cancelled due to fears of protests. Musharraf was scheduled to speak on the 1999 martial law, war against terrorism, disqualification of prime minister Nawaz…

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Norway pledges $1.1 million to to support Punjab police, Prosecution

The Norway Government and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed an agreement today on Norway’s contribution of NOK 9,000,000 (USD 1.1 Million approx.) for over a period of three years.  This funding will assist UNODC to carryout activities to enhance the capacity in two divisions of Punjab Police and Prosecution Departments…

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Overseas Pakistani workers remit US $19.3 bln in FY17

KARACHI: The Overseas Pakistani workers remitted US$ 19,303.58 million in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) (July to June), compared with US$ 19,916.76 million received during the same period in the preceding year, a State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) statement said here on Monday. It said that during June 2017, the inflow of workers’ remittances…

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Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy appointed Consul General of Norway in Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistan’s first Oscar winning documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has been appointed Consul General of Norway in Karachi. According to reports, she will be taking over the position from Muhammad Moonis who will be retiring after 38 years as the consul general of Norway in Karachi. The handover took place at a reception at…

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Pakistanis are happier than Indians: report

According to The World Happiness Report 2017, India is ranked below countries like Pakistan, China and Nepal on a list that features the happiest countries in the world. India came in at a dismal 122 on a list that featured the world’s happiest countries. The report places Pakistan on number 80, China on number 79…

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May’s Brexit: going it alone, hoping for an EU trade deal

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May has finally outlined what Brexit really means for her: Britain going it alone, fully disentangled from the European Union while hoping the bloc will agree to a comprehensive trade deal.

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Norway seeks ban on burqas in the classroom

OSLO: Norway’s government on Wednesday announced plans to ban the full-face veil from classrooms and university lecture halls. Education Minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, quoted in the Vart Land newspaper, said the government was seeking “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities”. Women are rarely seen wearing such veils in Norway, let alone…

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Norwegian Prime Minister caught playing Pokemon Go in Parliament

OSLO: Touching the heights of Pokemon mania, Norwegian ministers have been in the news for playing games on their phones during sessions, however this time it was the Prime Minister of the country herself who could not refrain from giving into temptation during an important Parliamentary session. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg was caught red-handed…

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Norway hairdresser fined for turning away client in hijab

OSLO: Norway hit a hairdresser with a roughly 1,000-euro fine on Monday after she was convicted of discrimination for turning away a Muslim client wearing a headscarf. Merete Hodne had risked up to six months in prison for religious discrimination for turning Malika Bayan away from her hair salon in Bryne, a small town in…

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Fatemi seeks Norway’s support for NSG membership

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs (SAPM), Syed Tariq Fatemi, currently on an official visit to Oslo (Norway), as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, held a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway, Tore Hattrem on Tuesday. The SAPM highlighted that Pakistan and Norway enjoy close and cordial relations that are based…

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Norway PM pops out for Pokemon play in Bratislava

OSLO: An avid gamer, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg took a break from her official duties in Bratislava this week to hunt for Pokemon monsters in the Slovak capital’s old town. Accompanied by bodyguards, senior officials and a television crew, Solberg took advantage of some free time between two meetings on Monday to hit the…

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Pakistan enjoys cordial ties with Norway: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday said Pakistan and Norway enjoyed cordial ties in multiple fields besides having unanimity of views on regional issues. Addressing a joint press stakeout along with visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brendre after their meeting here at Foreign Office, the Adviser said the bilateral…

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Eradication of terrorism top priority: PM to Norwegian FM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that Pakistan hoped to cross five percent GDP growth in coming months as the government was focusing on all crucial sectors of economy including agriculture and industry. During a meeting with Foreign Minister of Norway Borge Brende who called on him along with his delegation at PM…

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Chechen, Pakistani-origin jihadists jailed in Norway

OSLO: An Oslo court on Wednesday jailed two jihadists of Pakistani and Chechen origin for six and seven and a half years respectively for joining the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Adam Idrisovich Magomadov, a 23-year-old Russian of Chechen origin, and Hasan Ahmed, a 46-year-old Norwegian of Pakistani origin, were convicted of belonging…

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