Iranian government extends voting time

Mostafa-Mohammad-NajjarTehran, June 14 (IANS) As millions of Iranians were casting their ballots for the presidential election at over 60,000 polling stations Friday, the government announced the voting time would be extended.

Of some 75 million Iranians about 50.5 million are eligible to cast their ballots in the presidential election, which was due to end at 6.00 p. m. (1.30 p. m. GMT). Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar later announced that voting time would be extended, possibly by several hours, BBC reported.

Iran's supreme leader calls for high turnout in poll

Ayatollah-Ali-KhameneiTehran, June 12 : Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday called for high turnout in the upcoming presidential vote, reported Xinhua citing the semi-official Fars news agency.

High public turnout in the election will enable the next president to stand firm and strong against enemies, Khamenei was quoted as saying.

"The international scene is not the scene of hesitation and shyness and the more you show weakness and withdraw, the more the enemies will move forward," he said, persuading people to decisively cast their ballot.

Iran asks UN to use technology to prove its innocence

Iran asks UN to use technology to prove its innocenceThe Islamic Republic of Iran has asked the United Nations nuclear monitors to make use of sophisticated technologies to inspect its facilities and prove to the world that the country is not seeking to build a nuclear bomb.

Iran offering attractive terms for oil sale to India

Iran offering attractive terms for oil sale to IndiaThe government in the Islamic republic of Iran is offering attractive terms for sale of fuel to India as it faced stiff international sanctions over its nuclear programme.

The government of Iran has offered oilfields on lucrative terms, routing gas pipeline through sea to avoid Pakistan and insurance to refiners if India is ready to increase the level of oil imports from the country. A high level delegation headed by Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi is in India to convince the country to increase oil imports from Iran.

India to upgrade Chabahar port in Iran

India to upgrade Chabahar port in IranIn a move to expand its strategic presence in the region, India will upgrade the crucial Chabahar port in the Islamic republic of Iran.

Some say that the move is significant as the port will provide an access point to land-locked Afghanistan. A team of experts from India will soon visit the port, which is located on the Iran-Pakistan border facing the Arabia Sea, to determine the level of investment needed for the up gradation project.

Iran ready to host meet on Syria

Iran ready to host meet on SyriaTehran, April 29 : Iran is ready to host the next meeting of the quartet group on Syria set to begin in near future, the country's foreign minister Ali-Akbar Salehi has said.

Salehi, during a joint press conference with visiting Guinea- Bissau's foreign minister, here Sunday said that he had contacted his counterparts in the group -- foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- to speed up diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, Xinhua reported.

40 die in Iran quake

Iran-quakeTehran, April 16 : At least 40 people were killed Tuesday when a powerful quake shook Iran, a media report said.

An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province, reported Press TV citing the Iranian Seismological Center.

The epicenter of the quake was 81 km north of Saravan city.

However, the United States Geographical Survey reported that the quake measured 7.8 on the Richter scale.

The quake was felt in Pakistan as well as in India.(IANS)

Iran denies radiation leak at Bushehr n-plant

Bushehr-n-plantTehran, April 15 : Iran has dismissed as baseless the media reports suggesting possible radiation leakage at Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) due to last week's earthquake.

"Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has been constructed to withstand an eight Richter magnitude earthquake," Xinhua quoted Mohammad Ahmadian, deputy of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), as saying Sunday.

He said the "Bushehr NPP has been designed based on the most advanced and strict international regulations", Ahmadian said.

U.S. blacklists Iranian business executive over violation of sanctions

US-blacklists-IranianThe U. S. on Thursday blacklisted Iranian business executive Babak Morteza Zanjani for allegedly running a multibillion-dollar money laundering network on behalf of the Iranian regime.

The Treasury Department alleged that Zanjani was selling oil for Iran in breach of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran due to its controversial nuclear program.

'West has no right to stop Iran-Pakistan pipeline'

Mahmoud-AhmadinejadTehran, March 11 : Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday said the West "has no right to obstruct" the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

The pipeline project has nothing to do with the nuclear issue, said Ahmadinejad at a ceremony attended by his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari to inaugurate the project in Iran's southeastern Chabahar city, reported Xinhua.

The $7.5-billion project was launched Monday despite strong opposition by the US.

Iran to begin gas exports to Iraq soon

Iran to begin gas exports to Iraq soonDubai, March 11 - Iran will start exporting gas to Iraq within next three months, according to Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi.

Qasemi, who met his Iraqi counterpart Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi in Baghdad, said Sunday the agreement on Iranian gas supplies to Iraq had "reached the stage of final signing".

"The launch of gas exports will proceed by stages. First, gas will start to be supplied to Baghdad and then, within another three months, to Basra," IRNA quoted Qasemi as saying.

Iran successfully sends monkey to space, returns safely

Iran successfully sends monkey to space, returns safelyAuthorities in the Islamic republic of Iran have successfully sent a live monkey into space and have returned it safety back to earth.

The country's state controlled media reported that country's space agency sent the monkey 75 miles or 120 km above the Earth in a Kavoshgar rocket capsule named Pishgam. The report also said that the capsule was brought back safely to the Earth and the monkey was alive after its flight into the space.

Iran condemns bomb attacks in Pakistan

four-blasts-in-PakistanTehran, Jan 12 : Iran has strongly condemned the bomb attacks in Pakistan that left hundreds killed and many more injured, Xinhua reported Saturday.

At least 116 people were killed and 235 others injured in four blasts in Pakistan Thursday. Three blasts hit Quetta city in Balochistan province, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, while another occurred in Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad slams use of pressure to impose Islamic values

Iran’s Ahmadinejad slams use of pressure to impose Islamic valuesJohannesburg, Jan 1 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again condemned the use of pressure to impose Islamic values on people.

Ahmadinejad stressed that one cannot impose things by issuing decrees and directives, and the choice imposed by force has no value.

According to News24, he also criticised criteria on the selection of university candidates, citing the case of a student denied university admittance in the 1980s because he had shaved.

Iran reports another Stuxnet attack

Iran reports another Stuxnet attack Iran media has reported a new cyber attack by the sophisticated Stuxnet worm targeting industries in south of the country.

The Islamic republic's semi-official news agency, ISNA said that the virus targeted industries in a southern province of the country. It quoted Ali Akbar Akhavan, the head of provincial civil defense as saying that the virus targeted a power plant as well as some other industrial establishments in Hormozgan province.

Iran's Supreme Leader is believed to be on Facebook

Iran's Supreme Leader is believed to be on FacebookAccording to the latest reports, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has joined social networking website, Facebook.

The government of Iran with its wide reaching sensors has banned the world's largest social networking site as well as others including Twitter in the country. The sites were banned after they were used by activists to gather support for opposing the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.

Iran’s move to impose Gmail ban spurs backlash

Iran’s move to impose Gmail ban spurs backlashIran's decision to impose a Gmail ban, in response to the video clips on Google's YouTube video-sharing site mocking the Prophet Muhammad, has spurred a backlash; with complaints pouring in from the public as well as email-inclined parliamentarians.

With the contentious YouTube videos - showing a film that scorned the Prophet Muhammad - triggering deadly demonstrations all across the Islamic countries, the Gmail ban imposed by Iran has resulted in complaints galore from the users, with email disruptions also being reported by a number of newspapers close to the government.

Standard Chartered hid 250 billion in transactions linked to Iran, US

Standard Chartered hid 250 billion in transactions linked to Iran, USAuthorities in the US have said that they have found that Standard Chartered Plc had hidden $250 billion in transactions that were linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) described the bank as a "rogue institution" and warned that its state banking licence might be reduced. The DFC found that the UK based bank, colluded with the Iranian authorities and hid 60,000 secret transactions from law-enforcement officials.

Refiner unable to import crude from Iran due to sanctions

Refiner unable to import crude from Iran due to sanctionsMangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals has said that it was unable to import the contracted volume of crude from Iran during the month of July due to a serious of tough international sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Managing Director PP Upadhya said that the import will soon resume on Indian vessels. He pointed out that the refiner had agreed to import four cargos during July but was able to import only one.\ due to sanctions against tankers from Iran.

India bars three Iranian banks

India bars three Iranian banksThe Indian government has barred three Iranian banks form opening branches in the country due to concerns relating to money-laundering and terror financing.

The ban by the home ministry will make it difficult for the government to settle its oil trade bills with Iran as all international financial mediums are not ready to work with Iran amid severe financial sanctions from European nations and others.

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