London, May 21 (IANS) A Sikh bus driver in Finland is fighting for his right to wear a turban while at work. Gill Sukhdarshan Singh, who works at the Veolia bus company at Vantaa near the Finnish capital of Helsinki, is trying to set a precedent by making the authorities allow him to wear a turban at work, Yle, the Finnish public broadcasting company, reported Tuesday. "I have a right to my turban, and I am a Sikh also," the report quoted Singh as saying.
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Norway's sovereign wealth fund, Government Pension Fund Global, is investing $4 billion in India and is focused in the areas of oil and gas, shipping and hydropower, Norway's envoy to India has said.
New Delhi/Kiruna, May 15 (IANS) The Arctic Council agreed Wednesday to include six new nations, including India and China, as observers to their eight-state diplomatic council. The council includes the eight Arctic nations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.
Oslo, May 15 (IANS) Norway welcomed India and five other countries after they secured permanent observer status in the inter-governmental forum Arctic Council Wednesday. In a Twitter posting, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide extended his welcome to Japan, South Korea, China, India, Singapore and Italy as observers, Xinhua reported. Eide described as "a major breakthrough" the decision taken by the eight-member Arctic Council to have six new observers.
Kiruna (Sweden), May 15 (IANS) India and China Wednesday got observer status in the Arctic Council along with four other countries.
Moscow, May 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet on the sidelines of the two-day Arctic Council meeting due to begin in Sweden Tuesday. "Following the talks held on May 8 in Moscow, the foreign minister and the US secretary of state plan to hold a separate meeting in Kiruna," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. Ryabkov said the agenda of the meeting was currently being drafted.
Thiruvananthapuram, May 13 (IANS) Kerala is working out a perspective plan for its economy so that the state will rely less on the remittances from the diaspora and more on its resources.
Vancouver, May 10 (IANS) Canada's overseas investment and foreign direct investment in the country both grew by more than 5 percent last year, Statistics Canada said. Statistics showed that Canada's direct investment abroad increased 37 billion Canadian dollars ($36.75 billion) to 711.6 billion Canadian dollars ($706.86 billion) in 2012, reported Xinhua.
Helsinki, May 8 (IANS) Finland is considered to be the country where mothers enjoy the best conditions in the world, according to a worldwide report. The annual report -- State of World's Mothers 2013 -- was issued Tuesday by an international NGO "Save the Children", reported Xinhua. The report has a ranking list of Mothers' index, showing the conditions of mothers in 176 countries -- where mothers fare better and where they face more hardships
The Svalbard Islands in Norway is looking to hire someone as a polar bear spotter. The job is meant to keep researchers in the field safe from the growing population of polar bears, which are estimated as outnumbering humans on the Norwegian islands. Patrick Jones has the story