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Pakistanis in Norway donate Rs80 mn in two hours for dam fund

KARACHI: Pakistanis living in Norway have contributed 80 million rupees in two hours for Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand Dam Fund. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Faisal Javed Khan lauded efforts of Pakistani community in Norway and Embassy of Pakistan in Oslo for holding "one of the biggest events of overseas Pakistanis in Europe". "Hats off to Pakistanis living in Norway - Contributed Rs. 8 Crores in 2 hours at Pakistan Dams Fund Raiser in Oslo. One of the biggest events of overseas Pakistanis held in Europe.…

Norway tests tiny electric plane, sees passenger flights by 2025

OSLO: Norway tested a two-seater electric plane on Monday and predicted a start to passenger flights by 2025 if new aviation technologies match a green shift that has made Norwegians the world’s top buyers of electric cars. Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen and Dag Falk-Petersen, head of state-run Avinor which runs most of Norway’s airports, took a few minutes’ flights around Oslo airport in an Alpha Electro G2 plane, built by Pipistrel in Slovenia. “This is ... a first example that we are moving fast forward”…

First of its kind underwater restaurant to open in Norway

NORWAY: Europe's first underwater restaurant is set to open its gates early in 2019 in the south of Norway. The structure features a 36-foot wide panoramic window and is designed to become a part of the marine surrounding. The menu will feature local authentic seafood. The restaurant named "Under" is designed by Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, famous for its work on the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. It will stand on the seabed five meters below the surface, with…

World’s biggest sovereign fund makes more money than ever

OSLO: Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, yielded returns of 1.02 trillion kroner (106 billion euros, $131 billion) in 2017, a record sum thanks to soaring global stocks, the Norwegian central bank said Tuesday. At the end of last year, the fund was worth a whopping 8.488 billion kroner (almost 880 billion euros or $1.08 trillion). Tasked with managing the country's oil wealth and intended to finance Norway's generous welfare state when its oil and gas wells runs dry, the fund posted a return of 13.7…

Record-breaking Norway out of Olympic golden shoes

OSLO: Norway might have won the most medals of any country ever at a Winter Olympics but it has come at a cost -- they have run out of commemorative, gold-coloured shoes. The Scandinavians were sitting pretty at the top of the medals table on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Pyeongchang Games, with a record 38 medals, 13 of them gold. That betters the previous record of 37 won by the USA at Vancouver 2010. But their gold rush has created a problem -- albeit a nice one. On Monday, Norway ran out of the…

‘Thanks, but no thanks’: Norwegians reject Trump’s immigration offer

OSLO: Many Norwegians rejected on Friday a suggestion by U.S. President Donald Trump that they would be more welcome to move to the United States than immigrants from "shithole countries" such as Haiti or African nations. The Nordic country, one of the richest in the world by GDP per capita, was last year named the happiest nation on the planet and is known for a cradle-to-grave welfare state funded in part by large reserves of oil and natural gas. Trump mentioned Norway in derogatory comments about other countries of…

Norway first country to switch off FM radio

OSLO: Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network despite some grumblings. As scheduled, the country's most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway's public and commercial radio. The transition, which began on January 11, allows for better sound quality, a greater number…

Horror as Norway freight trains mow down over 100 reindeer

OSLO: More than 100 reindeer have been mowed down by freight trains in northern Norway in recent days in what has been called a "bloodbath" during their winter migration, said the nation's public broadcaster.  One train killed 65 deer on a track on Saturday while 41 died between Wednesday and Friday, NRK reported late Sunday. "I'm so angry that I'm dizzy," owner of the 65 dead reindeer, Ole Henrik Kappfjell, told NRK. "It's a senseless animal tragedy...a psychological nightmare," he added. Norway is home to…

Norway seeks ‘Tesla tax’ on electric cars

OSLO: Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, proposed a "Tesla tax" aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars in a heavily criticised move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented market share in the world. In a 2018 finance bill presented to the parliament on Thursday, the right-wing minority government suggested…

Sindh govt has started safe city project in Karachi: CM Murad

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday said that after restoration of law and order in the city, the government has embarked upon a safe city project in Karachi to keep an eye on the mobility of citizens and vehicular traffic. This chief minister while talking to Ambassador of Norway Mr. Tore Nedrebo, said that under the safe city project more than 10,000 high-quality CCTV cameras are being installed at 3000 different strategically selected locations, including entry and exit points. “The cameras…