Iran ready to sign IPI gas pipeline pact soon

IPI Gas PipelineMumbai, Mar 6: Iran has said that it is ready to sign the India-Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline deal, but added that technical issues between India and Pakistan are hindering the process.

'We are ready to sign the agreement as soon as possible,' Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs, Mohsen Talaei, told reporters here.

Speaking at a meeting here on 'Iran and India Trade Relations, Opportunities and Advantages', organised by the All India Association of Industries, Talaei said: 'We are in the process of proceeding with the pipeline.'

Bahrain expects to conclude gas deal with Iran

Nicosia, Feb 21: Oil and GasThe Bahraini Oil and Gas Affairs Minister Abd al-Husain Mirza has said that he expects discussions between his country and Iran on the supply of natural gas to the island to be concluded before the end of the current year.

In the course of a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2007 to Bahrain, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on the supply of one million cubic feet of Iranian natural gas a day to Bahrain.

China may replace India in pipeline deal: Iran

New Delhi, Feb 13: Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipelineA senior Iranian official has said that China is keen to join the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline and if New Delhi does not take a decision soon. He further said that then Beijing may replace New Delhi in the deal.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Ali Hosseini, who is on a visit to New Delhi said in an unambiguous statement that there is limited time left for India to take a decision on the gas pipeline, the Dawn reported.

"Expedite the decision-making process to finalise the gas deal. We don’t have a lot of time," Hosseini said.

Pak,Indian petroleum ministers to visit Iran for pipeline talks

Tehran, Feb.3: Petroleum ministers of India and Pakistan will visit Tehran later this month to discuss the next steps to be taken to activate a multi-billion dollar tripartite gas pipeline project to transport Iranian gas to India via Pakistan.

"We have invited the Indian Petroleum Minister (Murli Deora) with the Pakistanis to come here ... and they have accepted," Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari told reporters here on Saturday.

"We are making efforts to make it a tripartite deal or it will become a bilateral one," he said.

The talks are to be held between February 14 and 16.

Iran wants to sign IPI pipeline deal with an elected Pakistani government

Islamabad, Jan 23: Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipelineIran has said that it wants to sign a Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) on the seven billion dollar Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project with an elected Pakistani Government.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Pakistan Cabinet has approved the draft. It has also approved a formal request for an additional 1.05 billion cubic feet per day.

Pakistan will import 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas from Iran if India stays out of the project.

Iran, Pak will soon give their nod to the IPI gas pipeline

Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipelineIslamabad, Dec 12: Pakistan and Iran will soon sign a gas sales purchase agreement for the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project.

“We had productive meeting with Iranian delegation and we have agreed to sign the deal during their current visit, ” Caretaker Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Ahsanullah Khan told reporters here in presence of Iranian Special Representative on Gas Project Ghanimi Fard.

India undeterred by US opposition to IPI pipeline: Iranian official

Rome, Dec 5: India is to go ahead with its plans to import Iranian natural gas through a pipeline across Pakistan, undeterred by the US opposition to New Delhi dealing with Tehran, a senior Iranian gas official has said.

"At the end of this week, we have a meeting with them," Nosratollah Seifi, the Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC), told reporters here.

"Every time we asked whether they were under pressure from the US they said 'no, we will follow national opportunities.' And that is what they are doing," he added.

Iran moves to save ancient sites on Khark Island

Khark Island mapTehran, Nov.26: The Persian Gulf Islands Cultural Heritage Centre plans to demarcate ancient sites located on Khark Island.

The island’s cultural heritage is currently under threat from operations which are being carried out by oil and other industrial companies, the Tehran Times reports.

The centre’s director, Abdorreza Nasiri-Asl, was quoted as saying that the objective was to “safeguard the historic sites on the islands of Khark, Larak, Hormoz, Kish and Qeshm.”

Ancient Persian inscription discovered in Iranian island

London, Nov 19 : An old Persian inscription belonging to the Achaemenid Dynasty was unearthed by construction workers in the Kharg Island of Iran.

The Iranian island of Kharg is located in the Persian Gulf and situated at about 30 km northwest of Bandar-e Rig and 52 km northwest of Bušehr. It is the larger and more southerly of two islands (the other being Khârgu).

After the accidental discovery of the ancient inscription by the workers, the construction project was stopped and a team of experts was deployed to the island by the cultural authorities for further research into the finding.

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator arrested for spying for Britain

London, Nov 15: Iran’s former top negotiator with the West on Tehran’s nuclear programme has been arrested on charges of spying for Britain.

Hossein Mousavian, who played a key role in Iran's weighed down nuclear negotiations with the West, allegedly passed classified information to the British Embassy in Tehran.

Mousavian is also accused of meeting and communicating with foreign agents and exchanging sensitive information with them.

Mousavian was taken into custody on Monday, shortly after he appeared at a rally next to his close friend and former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, a leading rival to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when he warned that Iran was facing "serious threats, " Daily Mail reported.

Omar Sharif signs on for Iranian film ‘Saint Petersburg’

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif
Tehran, Nov 13: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif has signed on to star in Iranian film “Saint Petersburg”.

To be directed by Kamal Tabrizi, the pic revolves around two cheats who constantly conspire against each other.

Producer Hamid Etebarian told the Mehr News Agency over the weekend
that the actor was now waiting to receive the final version of the

“After making many efforts to contact the great actor of world
cinema, he agreed to appear in ‘Saint Petersburg’, ” Tehran Times
quoted Etebarian, as telling the agency.

Archaeologists unearth unique ancient ring in western Iran

Tehran , Nov 12 : Archaeologists have discovered a unique ring belonging to the Median era (Bronze Age) in western Iran.

The Medes were an ancient Iranian people who lived in the northwestern portions of present-day Iran, and roughly the areas of present day Kurdistan, Hamedan, Tehran, Azarbaijan, Esfahan and Zanjan. This area was known in Greek as Media.

The ring, which was found in an excavation by archaeologists in Iran's western province of Loresta is carved with Farvahar, which is a symbol of Zoroastrianism.

This symbol is currently thought to represent a Fravashi (a guardian angel) and is influenced by the "winged sun " hieroglyph appearing on Bronze Age royal seals.

Iranian Interior Minister meets Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, Nov 8 : Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, who is on a two-day visit to India, met External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday.

Mohammadi is in New Delhi to participate in the Second Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that commenced on Wednesday.

Fifty-two countries from the Asia and Pacific Region are participating in the two-day conference.

Thirty-three country delegations are led by their respective Ministers. The total country delegates are 150. In addition, over 100 experts and 50 NGOs are also participating in the event.

The outcome of the conference will include a "Delhi Declaration" on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Archaeologists discover world's oldest Inscription in Iran

London, Nov.6 : Archaeologists have discovered the world's most ancient inscription in the Iranian city of Jiroft, near the Halil Roud historical site.

"The inscription, discovered in a palace, was carved on a baked mud-brick whose lower left corner has only remained,” Iran Press TV quoted Professor Yousof Majid-Zadeh, head of the Jiroft excavation team, as saying.

“The only ancient inscriptions known to experts before the Jiroft discovery were cuneiform and hieroglyph,” said Majid Zadeh

Iran says it will rethink its cooperation with international oil companies

Nicosia, Nov.3: Iran has threatened international oil companies which have shown reluctance to implement development projects in the country that it would re-examine and redefine its cooperation with them.

Noghrehkar-Shirazi, the Deputy Minister of Petroleum, said that scores of companies "were on standby to replace international oil companies which were thinking of abandoning their development projects in the Islamic Republic."

Earlier, the Pars Oil and Gas Company announced that it had set a deadline for Total and Shell until June next year to make their final investment decisions on linked upstream/liquefied natural gas exports projects with Iran.

Attacking Iran will lead to ‘unimaginable consequences’: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Ali Akbar Hashemi RafsanjanFormer Iranian President and Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has warned that any offensive against Tehran would lead to “unimaginable consequences”.

“The world is struggling with arrogant powers. The powers which have everything, yet they are not satisfied and are seeking to exploit other countries’ resources...,” Rafsanjani told worshippers at Friday prayers.

“Today the Middle East has attracted their attentions and their greedy eyes are stared at this important region.”

India committed to IPI gas pipeline project: Iran

Iran-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline
Tehran, Oct 16 : Iran has dismissed speculations that India had pulled out of the 7.4-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project, saying New Delhi was waiting for restoration of political stability in Pakistan.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said at a weekly press briefing here that India had officially announced that it was waiting for the outcome of Pakistan’s elections.

“India has declared that the expert delegations of the two countries will discuss the gas transit fee,” Hosseini said.

Remains of Parthian fort discovered at Kalan Dam site in northwest Iran

Tehran, Oct 8 : Iranian archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Parthian Fort at the site of the Kalan Dam in Malayer, Hamedan province in northwest Iran.

Hassan Rezvani, head of the excavation team involved in saving Patapeh Mound, which will be submerged by the dam’s reservoir, said they have completed their six month long research of the site and come to the conclusion that the knoll is made up of different ancient layers from the pre-historic times up to the post-Sasanian period (637-850 E).

“Following the completion of studies on the post-Sasanian ruins, we came across architectural remains at the site date back to the Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE),“ said Rezvani.

100 ancient sites identified at Seimareh Dam reservoir in western Iran

Tehran, Sept 27 : Iranian archaeologists have identified 100 ancient sites at the Seimareh Dam reservoir in the country’s western Ilam Province.

The sites have been identified as belonging to Neolithic, Bronze Age, Copper Age, Stone Age, Parthian, Sassanid, and early Islamic eras, said team director Rasul Seyyedin Borujeni.

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