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  • 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 visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 countries February 6, 2014

    New Delhi: India will extend visa-on-arrival 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 visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take 5-6...
  • 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 second-most 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 second-most 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 pre-quarters 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 3-0 win over Finland and enter the pre-quarters 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 1-1 draw by Finland in WC qualifier March 23, 2013

    Gijon: Spain conceded a late goal on Friday to draw 1-1 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 23, 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 non-core assets. "We are evaluating different options for non-core 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 6-2, 6-4 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 surface-to-air missiles found on a British-flagged 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, colour-coded to indicate the vole density. We are happy for the voles (small mouse-like 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...
  • Finland shootout ends in suicide; 6 dead December 31, 2009

    Helsinki: A shooting spree that left five people dead in the Finnish city of Espoo appeared to end on Thursday after police found the body of the man believed to be the shooter, an apparent suicide. Officials reported the discovery of the body of Kosovo-born Ibrahim Shukpoli, 43, hours after the...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi win Helsinki event November 30, 2009

    New Delhi: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi clinched their third ATP Challenger doubles title of the season after defeating Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen 6-2 7-6 in the final of the Helsinki event in Finland. The third seed duo split euro 6600 as prize money and secured 110 ranking points each. They...
  • Want prosperity? Index ranks Finland as place to be October 27, 2009

    Singapore: For those who value their freedom of expression as much as health, wealth, and prosperity, then Finland is the place to be, with an index ranking the Nordic nation the best in the world. The 2009 Legatum Prosperity Index, published on Tuesday and compiled by an independent policy, advocacy and...
  • Two arrested for molesting, robbing foreign tourist August 3, 2009

    Jaipur: Two youths were arrested for allegedly molesting and robbing a foreign woman tourist on late Saturday night, police said. According to police, the victim - a Finland national - had gone to a discotheque in a hotel along with her friends, in the Malviya Nagar area where three youths allegedly...
  • More countries join list of nations with swine flu May 14, 2009

    New York: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that 33 countries have reported 5,728 laboratory confirmed cases of swine flu with Cuba, Finland, Thailand and Brazil the latest to join the list. Mexico has reported 2,059 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths, while the United States has...
  • Santa's home Rovaniemi is the perfect X-mas place December 22, 2008

    New Delhi: If you want the perfect Christmas this year, Rovaniemi in northern Finland is the place to be. Home to Santa Claus, Rovaniemi has built up a large industry around Santa's village at the Arctic Circle, some 2,600 km from the North Pole with reindeer safaris, driving huskies and of...
  • Kindergarten shooting game pulled from website October 3, 2008

    Helsinki: An Internet game in which players roam a school and kill kindergarten students with a shotgun has been pulled from a Finnish children's gaming site one week after the country's worst school shooting. "We have removed pages from our site that are not necessarily appropriate for younger family members," lastenpelit.fi...