Wednesday, March 17, 1999 / Esfand 26, 1377, No. 688
Fire with fire
By Laleh Khalili
There was a fire burning in every street, there were home made fireworks flying all about, in the darker side streets, there were even completely unveiled women jumping over the fires and passing out pastries. The occasion calls for boldness and for joy, and both were in high supply... The air smelled the delicious smell of wood smoke, and I saw more bliss in one street in a couple of hours than I have in one and half months in all of Iran ... GO TO FEATURE
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Author Cyrus Tahbaz dies
Tehran, March 17, (IRNA) - The renown Iranian author and translator Cyrus Taahbaaz, passed away Tuesday night in Tehran due to a brain complication, at the age of 59. Funeral processions will be held starting 8:00 am this Friday from Tehran's Vahdat Hall. He is to be buried in the old house of Nima Yushij, father of modern Persian poetry, in the village of Yush in Mazandaran.
Elected councils members "not to be vetted"
Tehran, March 17, irna -- deputy minister for political and social affairs mostafa tajzadeh said here wednesday that all candidates for membership in the city and urban councils who were elected last month do not have to pass through any further vetting procedure. he said every rumour to the country emanating from whatsoever source is invalid and must not be heeded. tajzadeh said insofar as the interior ministry is concerned the issue of meeting qualification criteria by candidates is long since over and done with ... FULL TEXT
15 Held on Charges of Helping Alleged Terrorists Enter U.S.
March 17, 1999, (Los Angeles Times) - Federal authorities arrested 15 people Tuesday on charges of operating an immigration fraud ring that helped members of an alleged Iranian terrorist group, among others, enter the United States illegally. U.S. Atty. Alejandro N. Mayorkas and other law enforcement officials refused, however, to provide any details about infiltration of the country by Mujahedeen Khalq members ... FULL TEXT
Russia offers US deal to end its nuclear aid to Iran
WASHINGTON, March 17 (AFP) - Russia will offer to curtail its nuclear cooperation with Iran if United States lifts its sanctions on two Russian research facilities, The New York Times said Wednesday. The offer, revealed by Russian Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov during an interview, will be made during Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov's visit to Washington next week, the daily said ... FULL TEXT
It's business first for Iran at UAE arms fair despite island row
ABU DHABI, March 17 (AFP) - Under the motto of "business first," Iranian exhibitors have tried to attract potential buyers from around the world at the Abu Dhabi arms fair despite Tehran's islands dispute with their Emirati hosts. "It's been going fairly well. We are confident in the interest shown," said Hossein Shahbazi Jafari, an official of Iran's defence ministry overseeing Iran's participation ... FULL TEXT
Iran pins hopes on OPEC to meet budget forecasts
TEHRAN, March 17 (AFP) - Iran's central bank governor said Wednesday he expects promised OPEC cutbacks to enable the Islamic republic to meet its budget forecasts and bring a return to monetary stability. "Given the present trend in the world oil market there is a great possibility that figures stipulated in next year's state budget will be realised and the country's monetary situation will be stabilised," Mohsen Nurbakhsh told the official IRNA news agency ... FULL TEXT
Iran official says trade zones to get liberal laws
TEHRAN, March 17 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday he expected liberal laws fostering foreign investment in Iran's free trade zones to be passed despite the opposition of a top conservative body. ``The whole thing will be wrapped up in two months. I don't think we will have any problems with laws and regulations in the trade zones,'' said Morteza Alviri, the head of the trade zones ... FULL TEXT
Iran-U.S match in June
Tehran, (Iran daily) - The national soccer teams of Iran and the U.S. will likely play in a friendly match at RFK stadium in Washington DC on June 13 (this news item says RFK stadium in California) ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
"Omid" not in good shape - coach
Tehran, (Iran daily) - "Under present conditions, this team is not going to reach the olympics," says the German head coach of Iran's under-21 soccer team, aka "Omid". See interview ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
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"On the 20th anniversary of the tragic demise of my dear brother [Prime Minister] Amir Abbas Hoveyda."
Take a trip, courtesy of the National Geographic Society.
This is where you are going [My foreign friend] wanted to know today why the northern Tehranis did not hire their own thugs to protect their festivities [against the Ansar Hezbollah], and I guess when we know the answer to that one, we will see less of the disruptive fury of the Ansar targeted towards what is apparently a harmless event, but in substance, an act of resistance.
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