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   VOL XXX NO. 242 (GGDN 024)                                                  SATURDAY,                          17th NOVEMBER 2007                                200 Fils


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$645,000 diamonds stolen from Jewellery Arabia
MANAMA: Jewel thieves struck                                                        day’s incident and said they received a     necklace from Cartier. Another diamond
Jewellery Arabia this year again, steal-              By MANDEEP SINGH              report of a theft at one of the stalls at   necklace, worth BD17,000, was stolen
ing diamonds and a necklace worth                     and REBECCA TORR              about 7.30pm.                               from the exhibition in October 2003.
$645,000 in the last two days, it was      two diamonds worth $145,000 from the        One of the ‘European-looking’ men        q Two watches, costing BD3,000, that a
revealed yesterday.                        KGK Diamonds’ stand at the Bahrain       stole the necklace while the other dis-     Gulf national bought from the expo were
   Two ‘European-looking’ men alleged-     International Exhibition Centre with     tracted the employee’s attention by talk-   stolen yesterday. They were stolen from his
ly made off with a $500,000 diamond        glass pieces on Thursday.                ing to her, sources told the GDN.           car where he had kept them before entering
necklace yesterday while a Hong Kong-         A Capital Governorate police             In October 2002 a Serbian gang stole     Salmaniya Medical Complex.
                                                                                                                                                                                  s His Majesty and President
based Indian couple allegedly swapped      spokesman last night confirmed yester-   a $1.5 million (BD567,000) diamond                    Interpol alert – Page 2                        Ahmadinejad

                                                                                                                                                                              Nejad visit to

                                                                                                                                                                              bolster links
                                                                                                                                                                              MANAMA: Bahrain’s relations with Iran
                                                                                                                                                                              will receive a positive new thrust when
                                                                                                                                                                              His Majesty King Hamad holds talks
                                                                                                                                                                              with visiting President Mahmoud
                                                                                                                                                                              Ahmadinejad today.
                                                                                                                                                                                 The Iranian leader will also meet
                                                                                                                                                                              other senior Bahraini officials and sign a
                                                                                                                                                                              number of agreements, further strength-
                                                                                                                                                                              ening ties in economic, commercial,
                                                                                                                                                                              technical and investment sectors.
                                                                                                                                                                                 He will arrive in the morning and later
                                                                                                                                                                              in the day travel to Saudi Arabia for an
                                                                                                                                                                              Opec summit.
                                                     DHAKA: Aid workers                  country into darkness.                  spared a direct hit by the                      The visit is expected to open up new
                                                     struggled last night to               Rescuers last night strug-            storm, and leaving the full                  horizons in bilateral co-operation in var-
                                                                                         gled through washed-out                 extent of the death and                      ious fields, mainly in the economic sec-
                                                     help hundreds of thou-                                                      destruction unclear.                         tor, which is considered the main
                                                                                         roads and areas blocked by
                                                     sands of survivors of a             wind-blown debris to get                   Reports were yet to come                  dynamo for stronger ties, Information
                                                     cyclone that slammed                                                                                                     Minister Jihad Bukamal told the BNA.
                                                                                         water and emergency food                in from two districts known to                  Bahrain-Iran relations are progressing
                                                     into Bangladesh’s coast             supplies to people stranded             have been worst hit – south-                 according to constant and well-defined
                                                     with 240kph winds,                  by floodwaters from Cyclone             ern Barguna and Jhalokati.                   plans which basically seek to boost bilat-
                                                     killing at least 1,200 peo-         Sidr, witnesses said.                      Capital Dhaka remained with-              eral dialogue and ensure further rap-
                                                                                           The winds wreaked havoc               out power last night. Strong                 prochement and co-ordination between
                                                     ple, savaging waterfront            on the country’s electricity            winds uprooted trees and sent                both sides regarding regional issues of
 s A woman who lost her hut in the cyclone           towns and villages and              and telephone lines, affect-            billboards flying through the                common interest, he added.
 weeps in Barishal, 120km south of Dhaka             plunging much of the                ing even areas that were                air, injuring several people.                       US must apologise – Page 2

                                                                                                                                                                              Special force to
Law on ministers’                                                                                                                                                             guard Saudi oil
salaries on way
MANAMA: A new law governing
                                                                                                                                                                              RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is building up a
                                                                                                                                                                              special 35,000-strong rapid reaction
                                                                                                                                                                              force to protect its energy installations
                                                                                                                                                                              from attacks by militants.
the salaries of Cabinet mem-
bers and another setting up a                                                                                                                                                    The kingdom started recruiting and
special Pension Fund for parlia-                                                                                                                                              training the industrial security force a
ment and Shura Council mem-                                           s An Airbus 340-600 lies on the tarmac at Toulouse Blagnac airport, southwestern                        year ago, after a failed Al Qaeda attack
bers and defining their monthly                                       France yesterday after slamming into a wall during engine tests on the ground on                        on the world’s largest oil processing
remuneration are being drafted      Commission for parliament         Thursday. Nine people on board, including seven Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways                          plant at Abqaiq in February 2006.
by the government.                  and Shura Council members               employees and a person on the ground were injured. Full report – Page 19
According to the first law, the                                                                                                                                                       Opec draft row – Page 26
                                    who will have to pay 10pc of
Prime Minister will receive a       their monthly remuneration as
starting basic salary of            subscription while the treasury
BD7,500, his deputies BD5,000       pays 20pc per month and three
and ministers BD4,000. All will     pc as accident coverage.
be eligible to a three per cent
annual increment. They will
also get BD2,000 as monthly
                                    s Musharraf snubbed
representation allowance and        ISLAMABAD: Pakistan opposi-
BD500 as monthly social             tion leader Benazir Bhutto dis-
allowance in addition to a tele-    missed Pervez Musharraf's
phone allowance for deputy          new caretaker government as
premiers and ministers and a        “unacceptable” yesterday as
car for each. The second law        US Deputy Secretary John
provides for a special Pension      Negroponte flew in to press for
Fund to be set up under the         an end to emergency rule.
umbrella of the Pension Fund               Full report – Page 19

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