Dutch news in brief, 27 September 2005

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Maxima orders first children's stamps

Maxima orders first children's stamps

Princess Maxima ordered the first batch of children's stamps (kinderpostzegels) on Tuesday when two children called to Palace Noordeinde in The Hague to sell stamps for charity. From Wednesday, a quarter of a million primary school pupils will begin the nationwide campaign to sell the stamps which feature Nijntje the rabbit. The money raised will go to charities in the Netherlands and abroad that help children who are suffering violence, discrimination, poverty and illness.

Enschede victims' group disbands

The lobby group representing the victims of the Enschede fireworks disaster has disbanded. A majority of the handful of people present at a meeting on Monday voted in favour of the decision. Volunteers will continue to staff a helpline for people who need assistance arising out of the explosion at a fireworks depot which killed 22 people and destroyed an entire residential district in the eastern Dutch city in May 2000.

Drenthe tucks into weight study

All babies born in the Drenthe region from April 2006 to April 2007 are to be included in a major new study on on weigh gain. Th expertise centre for overweight children in the University of Groningen will monitor the babies to try and establish why some children become fat and others do not. Some 5 to 10 percent of Dutch children aged 4 and 6 are overweight.

Queen visits Flevoland

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the province of Flevoland on Tuesday as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of her coronation. At 1pm she arrived in the provincial capital Lelystad, which is has existed for 25 years after the area was reclaimed from the sea. Queen Beatrix met the province's first residents, known as 'polder pioneers', and attended a Moroccan wedding. After Flevoland, the Queen travels to Drenthe, Noord-Brabant as well as Noord and Zuid-Holland provinces.

Afghans face jail for torture

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) has called on a court in The Hague to impose sentences of 12 years and nine years on two Afghan men who are living in the Netherlands. Habibullah J., 58, and Hesamuddin H., 57, are accused of torturing opponents of the former communist regime in Afghanistan from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. The men were members of the regime's secret police at the time. They came to the Netherlands in the 1990s seeking asylum.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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