Saturday, January 08, 2005

India, Iran cut big energy deal

India, Iran cut big energy deal: "India, Iran cut big energy deal
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Big News Network.com Sunday 9th January, 2005

India has agreed to spend a reported $40 billion on an energy deal with Iran, the Financial Times reported Saturday.

The preliminary agreement with the National Iranian Oil Co., unofficially estimated to be worth $40 billion, commits India to import Iranian liquefied natural gas and help develop two oil fields and a gas field in the Persian state.

The LNG imports are expected to start in 2009 and last for 25 years, and Iran will pay India 90,000 barrels of oil per day for its help in developing the oil and gas fields.

India's rapidly growing economy is expected to hike oil demand least 3.6 percent yearly for the next three years. The country imports about 70 percent of its crude oil needs."

Iran amongst world’s top cooking oil importers

Iran amongst world�s top cooking oil importers: "Iran amongst world’s top cooking oil importers
TEHRAN, Jan. 7 (MNA) –- Each year, Iran spends more than $1 billion on importing cooking oil and soybean cakes.
The total cooking oil consumption in Iran reaches 1.1 million tons, of which almost 90% is imported and the rest (120,000 tons) is produced domestically. Meanwhile, some 400,000 tons of oil seeds is consumed annually in the country, most of which used as livestock food.

Recently, the Agricultural Jihad Ministry prepared a plan that will help the national self-sufficiency in production of cooking oil. If everything goes according to this plan, Iran’s dependence on imports of the basic product will plummet from 90% to 23% in a short period. Yet, the plan is yet to start, being left on the shelf in the Management and Planning Organization (MPO).

Experts predict that Iran will have to import some $2 billion of oil seeds in the next few years. The per capita consumption of these seeds in the country has reached 17 kilograms. Figures also show that, in order to produce 1 million tons of cooking oil, some 3.5 million tons of oil seeds is needed. So, about 15% of the total oil seed output is expected to be used for making cooking oil next year."

Iran Mania News

Iran Mania News: " Iran calls for respect right over Hirmand river

Saturday, January 08, 2005 - ©2004 IranMania.com

LONDON, Jan 8 (IranMania) - Zabol interim prayers leader, Hojatoleslam Gholam-Reza Dehqan called upon Afghan officials to respect Iran`s right over Hirmand river, according to IRNA.

Addressing this week`s Friday sermon, he thanked Almighty God for the recent rainfalls in Sistan-Baluchestan province which helped rehabilitation of Hirmand river and hoped that the Afghan officials would be fair about Iran`s right over the river especially under the current circumstances that the province is suffering from draught.

The clergy said that he looked forward to the resumption of the water flow towards Iran which will help give a boost to various sectors in the area including agriculture, fishery and cattle breeding.

"During the draught in recent years, farming activities continued at a limited scale as the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad proceeded to dig a number of wells. But given the gravity of draught, such measures have been insufficient," he said. The city of Zabol is located 205 kms to the north of the provincial capital of Zahedan."

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei calls for revitalization of science in Iran

Leader calls for revitalization of science in Iran: "Leader calls for revitalization of science in Iran
TEHRAN, Jan. 7 (MNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei here on Thursday called for the revitalization of science in Iran.
In an address to university chancellors and directors of scientific and research centers, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that indifference toward science and hopelessness about scientific progress were major factors behind Western powers' influence over Iran in modern times.

The Supreme Leader said that it is necessary to create self-confidence in all scientific fields, to promote scientific development, and to believe in scientific progress and added that universities are important bases for realizing these goals.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to Iran’s great achievements in the field of science over the past two decades and said that efforts should be made to keep this process going.

Lauding the scientific capabilities of Iranian professors and academics, he underlined the need to respect and pay due attention to universities and professors.

The Supreme Leader went on to say that certain groups and individuals are attempting to question the scientific capabilities of the Iranian people, adding that Iranian history and civilization as well as the progress the Iranian nation has made over the past 25 years prove that the great nation of Iran has the ability to reach new horizons in scientific innovation.

On the importance of the cultural dimension of universities, Ayatollah Khamenei said that chancellors of universities and officials of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology shoulder a heavy responsibility to promote culture at universities.

The Supreme Leader expressed his support for political activities by university students and said the tendency of students to seek justice must be encouraged.

Their support for the oppressed nation of Palestine and resistance against Washington’s hegemonic policies are a manifestation of the justice-seeking attitude of Iranian university students, Ayatollah Khamenei observed.

Afterwards, Minister of Science, Research and Technology Jafar Towfiqi briefed the Supreme Leader on the activities and plans of the ministry.

Towfiqi emphasized the importance of scientific development at universities and said that over 4000 political, scientific, and cultural groups are currently active in Iranian universities."