Dutch news in brief, 30 May 2005

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Deal on Chinese-Dutch diplomas

Deal on Chinese-Dutch diplomas

The Netherlands and China have agreed to recognise each other's school diplomas. Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven and her Chinese counterpart Zhou Ji signed the deal in Beijing on Monday. The agreement will make it easier for students from one of the countries to enter tertiary education in the other. Currently, 8,000 Chinese students are studying in the Netherlands and 70 Dutch nationals are studying in China.

AH wins greater market share

Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn (AH) has increased its market share to 28.1 percent in the first quarter of 2005. This is compared with 27.3 percent in the last three months of 2004 and 26.9 percent in the first quarter of that year, research bureau AC Nielsen said on Monday. The subsidiary of Dutch retailer Ahold appears to be winning the supermarket price war it launched in October 2003. The supermarkets of French-Dutch retailer Laurus — Edah, Konmar and Super de Boer — particularly lost ground at the start of this year and now hold a 15.4 percent market share.

PKK suspects acquitted

Den Bosch Court acquitted on Monday five suspected members of the Kurdish separatist group PKK who were arrested on 12 November at a campground in Liempde in Brabant. The public prosecutor requested their acquittal. Some 39 suspects were arrested last year on allegations the camp was a PKK military training base. Five of the suspects were arrested at Schiphol Airport. All suspects have now been released from prison due to a lack of evidence.

Truck overtaking ban a success

Trials involving an overtaking ban on trucks are a success and should be quickly introduced elsewhere across the country, the national police force KLPD said on Sunday. Special traffic signs alerting trucks to the overtaking ban light up when traffic congestion starts to build. The KLPD said traffic flows better when keep to the right-hand lane.

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