India, Norway set to clinch accord on N-safety

October 11, 2014 03:12 am | Updated May 23, 2016 04:37 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

India and Norway are expected to reach an agreement on nuclear safety measures during the upcoming visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Oslo — the first-ever by an Indian head of State to that country.

Mr. Mukherjee, who will leave for Oslo on Sunday, has his State visit scheduled for October 13-14.

He will then travel to Finland on October 15-16.

Venu Rajamony, Press Secretary to the President, told presspersons that education was a key focus area of the visits to both Norway and Finland.

A number of vice-chancellors are travelling with the President and several agreements will be signed in both Norway and Finland. “It will be a substantial visit with deliverables,” he said.

Mr. Mukherjee will be the first Indian Head of State to visit Rovaneimi, the “official home” of Santa Claus. Rovaneimi is promoted as a destination where you can meet Santa Claus every day.

Referring to India’s entry into the Arctic Council (which coordinates Arctic policy) as an observer in May 2013, Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West) in the External Affairs Ministry, said New Delhi was not working with the objective of exploiting Arctic resources.

“India’s focus is scientific and technological,” Mr. Sarna said.

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