Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an Army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, a move that may lead to a resumption of peace talks and diffuse a crisis that threatened to extend five decades of war.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has charged Norway with funding the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Ealam (LTTE) terrorist group during the island`s three-decade civil war, and demanded an investigation into the involvement of the former Norwegian Government.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday demanded that the Norwegian government must probe the funding of the LTTE during the island's three-decade civil war, alleging that Norway financed the ethnic Tamil militant group.
With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its "willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with" the eight countries of the region.
Norway on Tuesday said it would act as a facilitator for investment of Norwegian companies in India by having "good agreements on tax" so that an adequate environment is in place for long term investments.
Emphasising that corruption undoubtedly remains a concern, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said it must be handled, controlled and eradicated through certain institutional arrangements which have been put in place in India.
A donor conference in Cairo to raise money to rebuild the Gaza Strip after this year's war between Hamas and Israel ended with pledges of USD 5.4 billion for reconstruction there, Norway's foreign minister said on Sunday.
With an aim of giving a boost to India's relations with Scandinavian countries, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday left on a tour of Norway, the first by the Head of State, and Finland during which efforts will be made to attract investment from Norway to India.
A visit to the village of Santa Claus will make President Pranab Mukherjee the first Indian Head of State ever to cross the Arctic Circle during his six-day visit to Norway and Finland starting October 12.