FINLAND

  • Finland Prime Minister warns of new 'Cold War' November 12, 2014

    Helsinki: Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb warned on Wednesday that the conflict in the Ukraine was bringing the world to the "brink of a Cold War" but that trade sanctions were the only credible weapon against Russia. "Russia's foreign policy doctrine has Cold War elements," he told public broadcaster YLE. "In...
  • Nokia shuts down its India plant in Chennai, over 8000 workers lose job November 1, 2014

    Chennai: Nokia, once an iconic mobile handset maker, is shutting down its India plant on Saturday at Sriperumbudur near Chennai, a company spokesperson said on Friday. "As announced earlier (October 7), we are stopping handset production at our Chennai plant from tomorrow (November 1) in the absence of orders from our...
  • The results are in and the world's funniest person hails from Finland! October 28, 2014

    Los Angeles: The winner of the Funniest Person in the World competition is a brown-haired, slightly rotund stand-up comic from Finland who boasts he has hit on the perfect solution to the planet's international monetary woes. "Countries don't owe money to each other, countries owe money to banks," says Ismo Leikola....
  • Watch: President Pranab Mukherjee meets Santa Claus October 17, 2014

    President Pranab Mukherjee, who was on a five-day visit to Norway and Finland, met Santa Claus. He became the first Indian President to visit Santa Claus's official workplace and meet him in person. ...
  • Keen about the 'Make in India' policy, says Finland President October 16, 2014

    President Pranab Mukherjee who is in Finland carried the government's message of 'Make In India' during his three day visit to the country. "Top priority is clean energy and clean technology. We are keen about the 'Make in India' policy," said Finland President Sauli Ninist. ...
  • Pranab Mukherjee arrives in Finland on a two-day visit October 15, 2014

    Helsinki: President Pranab Mukherjee arrived on a two-day visit after completing his maiden visit to Norway. Mukherjee was received by Secretary of State Peter Stenlund at the airport. In the second leg of his tour, Mukherjee will visit Santa Claus village, making him the first Indian Head of State to...
  • Pranab Mukherjee to visit Norway, Finland next week October 8, 2014

    New Delhi: After his state visit to Vietnam last month, President Pranab Mukherjee will be going on a two-nation visit to Norway and Finland next week. Mukherjee will be visiting Oslo, Norway, and Helsinki, Finland in mid-October, official sources said. The visit was scheduled much in advance, the source added. The president will...
  • India world's cheapest country to fly: Report September 5, 2014

    Sydney: India tops the list of the cheapest countries in the world in which to fly, a leading Australian daily reported on Friday. Airfares to India cost just $10.36 per 100 km. It is followed by Malaysia and South Africa, which claim second and third spots respectively, ahead of Australia, The...
  • 'Yes, Steve Jobs took our jobs', says Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb July 5, 2014

    Stockholm: Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb on Friday accused Apple's late founder Steve Jobs of crushing his Nordic country's job market by selling innovations that caught Finland's companies off guard. "We had two pillars we stood on: one was the IT industry, the other one was the paper industry," Stubb told...
  • Eating fish can boost good cholesterol levels March 4, 2014

    London: Increasing the intake of fish to a minimum of three to four weekly meals can boost good cholesterol levels which may provide protection against heart diseases, a new study has found. People who increased their intake of fatty fish had more large High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) particles in their blood...
  • India to extend visaonarrival facility to tourists from 180 countries February 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India will extend visaonarrival to tourists of all nations barring eight, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iran, as it looks to boost tourism, Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday. "We have decided to extend the visaonarrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take 56...
  • Finland finds life after Nokia in mobile games boom November 15, 2013

    Helsinki: From mobile phones to mobile games. Finland has found there's life after Nokia in a bustling startup scene that's produced hugely popular game apps from Angry Birds to Clash of Clans. Mobile gaming is fast becoming the Nordic country's new flagship export industry, with revenues expected to double to 2...
  • Mumbai world's secondmost honest city: Readers' Digest experiment September 25, 2013

    Would you hand in a lost wallet or would you keep it? According to the results of a new Readers' Digest experiment, Mumbai is the world's secondmost honest city whereas more people are likely to hand in a wallet in Helsinki in Finland than in any other city in the...
  • Iker Casillas, Xavi celebrate milestones in Finland September 7, 2013

    Madrid: Among the rising stars to shine at the U-20 World Cup in 1999, including Ronaldinho and Diego Forlan, two callow Spaniards would go on to represent their nation's senior side more times than anyone else. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas and playmaker Xavi, who helped Spain win the tournament in Nigeria...
  • Spain's Isco misses training with ankle problem September 4, 2013

    Madrid: Spain playmaker Isco hurt an ankle in Tuesday's training session and will have tests to determine whether he can play in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Finland in Helsinki, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday. The Real Madrid midfielder, who has been in fine form for his club...
  • India enter prequarters of World Team Squash Championship June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Indian men's squash team dished out a dominating performance to notch up a commanding 30 win over Finland and enter the prequarters of the World Team Championship in Mulhouse, France. After the tight escape against Argentina, the eighth seed Indian team made the bold choice of bringing in...
  • Finland: Sikh man fights for right to wear turban at work May 21, 2013

    London: 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...
  • Finland best place to be a mother; India behind China, Pakistan May 8, 2013

    Beijing: Finland has topped the list of countries where mothers enjoy the best conditions in the world, while India ranks a low 142nd, below China and Pakistan, according to a new global report. The annual report called 'State of World's Mothers 2013' was issued by an international NGO "Save the Children"...
  • Spain held to 11 draw by Finland in WC qualifier March 23, 2013

    Gijon: Spain conceded a late goal on Friday to draw 11 at home against Finland, conceding top spot to France in their World Cup qualifying group and jeopardizing their chance of automatically advancing to the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Sergio Ramos marked his 100th appearance for Spain by scoring from...
  • Xavi doubtful for Spain qualifier against Finland March 20, 2013

    Madrid: Spain playmaker Xavi is a major doubt for Friday's World Cup Group I qualifier at home to Finland after he missed Tuesday's training session due to a niggling hamstring injury. The Barcelona midfielder has been sidelined several times by muscle problems in recent months and the 33-year-old was absent...
  • Bible quotes on Finnish toilet paper? March 5, 2013

    A Finnish toilet paper maker has removed quotes from the Bible, including the words of Jesus, that it inadvertently placed on its rolls after protests from some Norwegian church leaders. Metsa Tissue was trying to convey messages about love but accidentally included lines from the Gospel of Matthew and First Corinthians...
  • FIFA investigates Zambia over match-fixing players February 22, 2013

    Geneva: FIFA is investigating Zambian officials over allegations they allowed eight players banned for match-fixing in a notorious case in Finland to return to football without permission. FIFA said Friday it opened a disciplinary case and invited the Football Association of Zambia to provide an explanation "together with any documentary...
  • FTN: Are blasphemy laws out of place in a secular state? December 4, 2012

    Sanal Edamaruku has been forced to live outside India as he fears arrest after proving that a 'weeping crucifix' was caused by faulty plumbing, not divine intervention. ...
  • Rationalist fears arrest if he returns to India from Finland December 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku has been forced to live outside India as he fears an arrest back home. He has been accused of hurting religious sentiments and an FIR has been registered against him in Mumbai. But Edamaruku says he will never apologise for something that he has scientific...
  • Nokia mulls selling its headquarters October 3, 2012

    Helsinki: Struggling cellphone maker Nokia is seeking to sell its headquarters in Espoo, Finland as part of a drive to dispose of noncore assets. "We are evaluating different options for noncore parts, such as real estate holdings, and that includes the headquarters," spokeswoman Maija Taimi told Reuters. The glass and steel building...
  • US air guitarist Howard crowned world champion August 27, 2012

    American Justin Howard, alias Nordic Thunder, was crowned world champion air guitar player in the northern Finnish city of Oulu, narrowly ahead of his compatriot Matt Burns, or Airistotle. Howard, looking like a Viking warrior in his leather tunic, gave an energetic performance that including sliding across the stage bare legged,...
  • Murray advances in Olympics tennis July 31, 2012

    Wimbledon: Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the Olympics with a 62, 64 win over Jarko Nieminen of Finland at Wimbledon on Tuesday. World No. 4 Murray next faces Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. The Briton lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final this year. ...
  • Finland seizes Patriot missiles headed for China December 22, 2011

    Helsinki: Finnish authorities on Wednesday impounded 160 tons of explosives and 69 surfacetoair missiles found on a Britishflagged cargo ship ultimately destined for Shanghai, China, officials said. The M/S Thor Liberty sailed from the north German port of Emden on December 13 and two days later docked in Kotka, southern Finland,...
  • Finland: The owl and the financier August 5, 2011

    The voles, Leena's email says, are numerous. It's what we've been waiting to hear all through the Northern winter. Her earlier reports on Finland's vole population contained a map of the country, colourcoded to indicate the vole density. We are happy for the voles (small mouselike rodents), but what we're...
  • One E coli case identified in Finland June 4, 2011

    Helsinki: The E coli bacterial infection is fast spreading across Europe, with one case diagnosed in Finland, Xinhua reported. The E coli infection was detected in the capital city of Helsinki, the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare said on Friday. The properties of the bacteria found in the patient were...