Norway minister defends Telenor’s Thai apology

Norway's Industry Minister Monica Maeland has defended the embarrassing apology forced on state-owned phone company Telenor by Thailand's military junta, saying the situation for the company is "very challenging".

Norway minister defends Telenor's Thai apology
DTAC's offices in Thailand. Photo: Telenor
On Tuesday, Telenor issued a lengthy apology to the junta, saying it "regretted" that it had “damaged the public image” of the junta by disclosing its request to block access to Facebook at the time of the country's military coup in May. 
“Thailand requires unity among its people and its many foreign friends who are operating in the country,” the company said. “We will continue to strengthen our dialogue with the people of Thailand for the betterment of the country.”
The abject apology was not enough to stop the country's new military rulers from abruptly shelved a planned auction of 4G capacity on Wednesday, in a blow to Telenor's subsidiary DTAC, which unlike its rival True Corporation, cannot yet offer 4G services. 
Maeland conceded that it was "natural to be critical" of the way Telenor had handled the situation. 
"It is unusual that a company is asked to apologise for the fact that they have acted with transparency," she said. "But this is a difficult situation that the company's management and board must deal with."

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Found out what’s going on in Norway on Tuesday with the Local’s short roundup of important news.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
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One in ten international students in Norway has had Covid-19

Ten percent of overseas students studying in Norway, compared to just 2.9 percent of Norwegian students, have had Covid-19, according to the Students Health and Well Being Survey (SHoT).

Some 62,000 thousand of Norway’s 300,000 students responded to the survey.

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Overall, nearly three percent said that they been infected with the Coronavirus, just over half have had to self isolate, and 70 percent took tests.

Woman in her 40’s charged with murder

A woman has been charged with murder in Halden, southeast Norway after a body was found in an apartment in the towns centre.

She will be questioned on Tuesday. A public defender has been appointed. 

Six police cars attended the scene at a small housing association in the centre of Halden.

A person found in the same apartment is being questioned as a witness.

Network provider Telenor’s revenues down 2.1 billion kroner compared to last year

Telenor’s revenues are down 2.1 billion in the first quarter and the company has written of its 6.5 billion kroner investment in Myanmar following Februarys military coup.

The mobile network operator became one of the first foreign providers in the country and had gained a 35 percent market share.

However, the country’s new military regime shut down the mobile network on March 15th.

“In Myanmar, we are experiencing a confusing and uncertain situation. We are deeply concerned about the development in the country,” The company stated in its quarterly report.

Norway and Sweden in reindeer border dispute

Swedish Sami reindeer herders will appear in court this week in a case against the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

The Swedish Sami herders believe they have exclusive rights to grazing areas across the Norwegian border because they have lived in the surrounding area for hundreds of years. The Norwegian government rejects these claims.

The reindeer grazing convention will be central to the case; the convention facilitates mutual cross-border grazing for reindeer herds.

Sweden withdrew from the convention in 2005. However, Norway enshrined the convention in law in 2005.

483 Coronavirus infections recorded

On Monday, 483 new cases of Covid-29 were registered, an increase of 75 compared to the average of the previous week.

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This is down from 1150 cases registered during the peak of Norway’s third wave on March 16th.

This is partly because fewer infections are registered during weekends and public holidays, causing an uptick on Mondays.