Monday, May 31, 2004

Turkish Foreign Minister Sends Condolence Message To Iran After Earthquake - Turkish Daily News from Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Sends Condolence Message To Iran After Earthquake - Turkish Daily News from Turkey: "Turkish Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul sent on Monday a condolence message to Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi after an earthquake rocked Iran.
In his message, Gul expressed deep sorrow over death and injury of many people and financial damages caused by the earthquake which jolted Tehran and Mazandaran.
Gul implored God's mercy for the death, offered condolences to the relatives of the dead, and wished quick recovery to the injured.
An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked Iran on Friday. Officials put the death toll at 35, but did not expect the toll to rise. "

Mohammad Ali Abtahi - The End of the 6th Majlis

Mohammad Ali Abtahi: "The last day

The sixth parliament ended today. The four years efforts of this parliament will be remained in Iran's parliamentary history proudly.

After finishing the official and daily tasks, Ahmad Bourghani sat in Mr. Karrobi's place. Then Karrobi and Reza Khatami went to offer the representatives the paper of 'tasks end'. It was a poor one without any frame even! The representatives were called one by one to get theirs from the president and the vice-president. When Mrs. Haghighatjou went to get her paper, everybody clapped their hands for her."

Iran produces 81 percent of the world’s saffron

Mehr News Agency English: TEHRAN May 31 (MNA) -- Iran exported some 8401 kilograms of saffron in the first month of the current Iranian year (beginning March 20), news reports said on Monday.

The report also noted that last year, the export of the commodity experienced a 10-ton hike as compared with that of the past year. Also, there was a 40-ton increase in Iran’s saffron produced in 2003 as compared with that of the preceding year, the report also explained.

According to the report, 30 to 40 tons of the saffron produced is consumed domestically and the rest is exported.

Producing more than 170 tons of dried saffron per annum, Iran produces 81 percent of the world’s saffron production.

Gen. Anthony Zinni - Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz - lying, incompetence and corruption

Yahoo! News - Iraq War Woes Deepen Internal Pentagon Tensions:

"Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, former top U.S. commander in the Middle East, criticized Rumsfeld's team in 'Battle Ready,' a book written with author Tom Clancy.

'In the lead-up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption,' Zinni wrote. " | Iran's first anti-ship missile | Iran's first anti-ship missile (June 1, 2004): "Iran's first anti-ship missile
From correspondents in Tehran
June 1, 2004

IRAN has begun manufacturing its first locally made anti-ship missile, a 'kind of cruise missile' named the Kosar, the state-run news agency IRNA reported today.

Quoting the Islamic republic's Defence Ministry, the report said the missile was being made by Iran's Aerospace Industries Organisation and had been 'designed for defensive purposes'.
According to the report, the new missile can target its goals in three different positions as coast to sea, sea to sea and air to sea, and has been designed to be either televised or radar guided.
'The new missile has been designed according to geographical specifications of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman,' the report added, without specifying its range.
'Kosar' is a Koranic term referring to a river of eternal life in paradise. " - India confirms Iran Trade Deal - India confirms Iran LNG contract - May 31, 2004: "SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- India will buy five million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) a year from Iran for $800 million per year under a 20-year contract from 2010, a top official from India's Petronet LNG Ltd said Monday.
An initial agreement was signed about a month and a half ago between India's state run gas firm GAIL Ltd and National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC), said Suresh Mathur, chief executive officer and managing director of Petronet."

Times of Oman - Sultan Qaboos bin Said has sent a cable of condolences

Times of Oman: "MUSCAT His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has sent a cable of condolences to Dr Sayyed Mohammed Khatami, president of Iran, on the victims of the earthquake, which struck north Iran. ? ONA"

Reuters AlertNet - Iran watchdog approves division of province-papers

Reuters AlertNet - Iran watchdog approves division of province-papers: "Iran's constitutional watchdog has approved a bill to carve up the country's biggest province, a proposal that has ignited violent clashes in the past, local newspapers reported on Monday.
Iran's former reformist parliament voted last month to split the northeastern Khorasan province into three to allow more equitable budget allocation and prevent the regional capital Mashhad from absorbing the lion's share of state money.
The hardline Guardian Council watchdog, which has the power to veto any legislation it deems unconstitutional or un-Islamic, rejected the proposal earlier this month. But parliament re-submitted it after making some changes."