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Norway Kid Custody: Sushma Swaraj stands to reunite Indian Child with his Natural Parents

This is not a new phenomenon for Norwegian authorities, they have done this twice since 2011

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Sushma Swaraj, VOA

New Delhi, Dec 27, 2016: India made a clear statement regarding the reunion of the five-and-a-half year old boy (who is custody of an Indo-Norwegian family) with his natural parents, ahead of its Ambassador’s meeting with authorities in Norway regarding the custody of the child.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went very clear on her view while strictly mentioning that she refuses to accept the fact that foster parents can take better care of the child than natural parents, mentioned PTI.

“Our Ambassador in Norway is meeting the Norwegian authorities today regarding Aryan. I refuse to accept that foster parents can take better care of the child than the natural parents” Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

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“The foster parents are totally ignorant of the Indian culture and our food habits. We want restoration of Aryan to his natural parents,” she said.

An Indian national Gurvinderjit Kaur and her husband, a Norwegian national has complained that in a frivolous complaint of abuse the Norwegian authorities has taken away their son, who is also a Norwegian. She has also written to the Ministry seeking help in getting back her son, who has been taken away by the Norway Child Welfare Services.

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This is not a new phenomenon for Norwegian authorities, they have done this twice since 2011. Children were taken away from their Indian origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse.

During the UPA regime, a three-year-old and an one-year-old were taken away from their parents by the Norwegian authorities. After taking up this issue with Norway the Norwegian court allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.

In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 year old. Later, they were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.

prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon

 

 

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Passengers Airlifted From Cruise Ship Off Norway As Heaving Waves Tossed The ship

The Viking Sky, a vessel with gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.

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The cruise ship Viking Sky drifts toward land after an engine failure, Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019. VOA

A cruise ship with engine problems sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast on Saturday as it desperately tried to avoid being grounded on the rocky coast. Rescue workers then launched a high-risk evacuation of the ship’s 1,300 passengers and crew, winching them one by one up to helicopters as heaving waves tossed the ship from side to side.

The Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as bad weather hit Norway’s coastal regions and the vessel started drifting toward land. Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim, so the evacuations could take place.

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances. Norwegian media reported gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet). The area is known for its rough, frigid waters.

Passengers protect themselves from a collapsing ceiling aboard the cruise ship Viking Sky while listed, after an engine failure, near Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video.
Passengers protect themselves from a collapsing ceiling aboard the cruise ship Viking Sky while listed, after an engine failure, near Hustadvika, Norway, March 23, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. VOA

Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said the Viking Sky’s evacuation was a slow and dangerous process, as passengers needed to be hoisted from the cruise ship to the five available helicopters one by one. By 6 p.m., some 100 people had been rescued and were being taken to a nearby sports hall.

Second rescue

Later, reports emerged that a cargo ship with nine crew members was in trouble nearby, and the local Norwegian rescue service diverted two of the helicopters to that rescue.

Authorities told NRK that a strong storm with high waves was preventing rescue workers from using lifeboats or other vessels to take passengers ashore.

“It’s a demanding exercise, because [passengers] have to hang in the air under a helicopter and there’s a very, very strong wind,” witness Odd Roar Lange told NRK at the site.

Video and photos from people on the ship showed it heaving, with chairs and other furniture dangerously rolling from side to side. Passengers were suited up in orange life vests, but the waves broke some windows and water flowed over the feet of some passengers.

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The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. Pixabay

According to the cruisemapper.com website, the Viking Sky was on a 12-day trip that began March 14 in the western Norwegian city of Bergen.

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The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames.

The Viking Sky, a vessel with gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises. (VOA)