Monday, December 27, 2004

IranMania News

IranMania News: "Iran's parliament speaker invited to Kuwait

Monday, December 27, 2004 - ©2004
LONDON, Dec 27 (IranMania) - The Kuwaiti parliament decided to invite Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel to pay an official visit to the Persian Gulf emirate.

According to a parliamentary rapporteur, the decision was made at a top session of the Kuwaiti legislative body Sunday, headed by Parliament Speaker Jasim Mohammad al-Kharafi. Kuwaiti officials have shown keen interest in recent months to the expansion of bilateral ties with Iran, IRNA reported.

The two Muslim countries are fresh from Iranian Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari`s visit to Kuwait last month to attend their first joint economic and trade commission session. That visit was followed by Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi`s trip to the emirate, where he met several Kuwaiti officials, including al-Kharafi.

Earlier this month, Kuwaiti Deputy Industry Minister Youssef Sahab al-Bahar visited Iran to sign an MoU, removing obstacles on the way of their commercial and trade ties."

Mar’ashi to establish Persian Gulf Museum

CHTO to establish Persian Gulf museum: "CHTO to establish Persian Gulf museum
TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) -- The Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) is to establish a museum of the Persian Gulf in the region.

CHTO Director Hossein Mar’ashi announced on Sunday that the organization plans to establish ten new museums in different parts of the country.

The Persian Gulf museum will exhibit the latest archaeological discoveries and cultural changes in the region, proving that the Persian Gulf was one of the most important cultural areas of Iran.

On the use of an unacceptable alternative name for the Persian Gulf in the recently published eighth edition of the National Geographic Atlas, Mar’ashi stated that establishing a museum dedicated to the Persian Gulf region is far more important than the unreasonable act of the National Geographic Society."

Iran offers aid to Asian quake victims -

Iran offers aid to Asian quake victims -: "Iran offers aid to Asian quake victims
12/27/2004 2:00:00 PM GMT

"Overcoming a disaster in such a scale is not easy", Khatami said

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Monday that his country is willing to send aid convoys to Asia after the tidal waves that killed tens of thousands and displaced hundreds of thousands others, the state news agency IRNA reported.

“I regretfully received news of the earthquake and floods in your countries,” IRNA quoted Khatami as saying in a message to leaders of eight countries that were affected by the yesterday’s quake.

“I express condolences to you and your nations, particularly the bereaved families of victims... Naturally my country is ready to assist as much as it can the people affected by the quake,” he said.

A devastating earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Sunday, triggering massive tsunamis that lashed coastal areas of southeast Asia with waves up to 10 meters high.

Iran has just commemorated the anniversary of a powerfull earthquake that killed more than 30,000 Iranians and flattened the ancient city of Bam on December 26, 2003.

Mourning Iranians gathered at the southeastern city of Bam, marking the first anniversary of the massive earthquake that left the ancient Silk Road city in ruins.

Bam was hit by a pwerfull earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale on December 26 last year.

Thousands of Iranians gathered at the city's cemetery to pay their respects to their dead relatives.

"I now live in Kerman, I have come back after a year to be with my loved-ones for a day," said middle-aged man Ebrahim Faramarzpour. "I have lost 28 family members."

Men, women, the young and the old spent Sunday by the tombs which they decorated with flowers and black candles, praying for the dead.

Readings from the holy Qur’an mixed with the cries of mourners echoed through the cemetery.

"My Hassan, my Hossein, where are you? ... My heart is burning, won't you come back my children? It's already a year!" wailed Masoumeh Ebrahimpour, 50, as she looked over the nine tombs of her family members.

"Overcoming a disaster in such a scale is not easy ... there might have been some shortcomings," President Mohammad Khatami was quoted as saying, after he visited Bam this week.

"Bam will stand again before the end of this government," he said. Khatami will leave office in August.

"Once there were houses here, there was life here, now it is a ruin. Who has helped these people? No-one!" a middle-aged cried."

Iran's new Transport Minister nominated

IranMania News: "Iran's new Transport Minister nominated

Monday, December 27, 2004 - ©2004
LONDON, Dec 27 (IranMania) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami nominated Ahmad Sadeq Bonab to head the Roads and Transportation Ministry.

Speaking at the end of an open Majlis session on Sunday, Majlis Speaker Gholamali Haddad-Adel said the president named Sadeq Bonab as his ministerial choice in accordance with Article 133 of the constitution, IRNA reported.

Ahmad Sadeq Bonab has been the caretaker of the Ministry of Roads and Transportation since October, when former minister Ahmad Khorram failed to secure the parliament's vote of confidence following an impeachment.

Sadeq Bonab earlier served as deputy Roads and Transportation Minister for economic affairs.

Khorram is now a presidential advisor."