Fire breaks out at warehouse of Mahshahr petrochemical company
IRNA – Minor fire broke out at warehouse of petrochemical company at Imam Khomeni port in Mahshahr city on Monday.
According to Director of public relations department of Mahshahr Special Economic Zone, Omid Shahidinia, firefighters have brought the fire under control and there is no threat of spread of the fire to the industrial site.
The fire broke out at 10:40 local time in the cutting-to-small pieces of ironware at the warehouse. It was due to negligence of contractor in charge of collecting waste ironware, he said.
Iran eager to boost ties with Kuwait: Foreign Ministry
IRNA – Iran is interested to enhance ties with Kuwait, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday.
Qasemi made the remarks in an interview with Kuwait’s Al Kout TV.
Tehran is intended to do its best to realize the interests of both Iran and Kuwait, he said.
The foreign ministry spokesman described Kuwait as an important and strategic neighbor for Iran.
Tehran has been supportive of Kuwait in the past and the two nations enjoy historical ties, the spokesman said.
Iran has positive approach towards Kuwaiti officials and government, he added.
Tehran follows an inalterable strategy in expanding its relations with the neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf, Qasemi said.
In the meantime, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman referred to promotion of ties between Tehran and London and said that Iran is committed to develop its cooperation with the European countries.
Russia to remove visa requirement for Iran
ISNA - Head of Russia's State Agency for Tourism Oleg Safonov said the country has started working toward abolition of visa requirements for Iran and India.
Safanov stated that his country would take quick steps in simplifying visa procedures, adding they are willing to increase Iranian and Indian tourists in Russia.
According to Russia's State Agency for Tourism, Iran is among first 20 countries visiting Russia each year. More than 35,000 visas have been issued for Iranians last year, and predictions suggest that this number will increase by two times next year.
Safonov has also said Iran was one of the safest places for his country’s citizens.
Iran’s envoy to Russia has already said after the signing of an agreement on easing visa requirements in 2015, this will be a step toward abolition of visas for tourist groups.
The two countries have stepped up their tourism cooperation in recent months.
Bombardier to catch up with rivals in Iran
Bombardier’s CEO Alain Bellemare said the company can catch up with its rivals in Iran soon.
Bellemare stressed that he has no concerns in catching up with its rivals in Iran’s aviation market even though it has been late on chasing opportunities in the country.
He stated that he expects his company to find a foothold in the country following Canada’s lifting of sanctions against Iran, adding that the company was not concerned about winning its share of new orders in the Iranian market.
Iran has earlier signed an agreement with the French Airbus and also with the American aviation Boeing to purchase planes. Apart from Boeing and Airbus, Iran has also started negotiation with Canada’s Bombardier, Brazil’s Embraer and Japan’s Mitsubishi over plane supply agreements.
South African Students Protest
Thousands of protesters gathered in the streets outside South Africa's Wits University demonstrating against higher tuition fees, but it was not long before the scenes turned an uglier colour and a peaceful protest became a war zone. The police arrived to enforce a court order against public gathering at the campus, unleashing a barrage of tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets on the crowd.
People in South Africa are frustrated, some feeling that higher education is still limited to wealthy white families over two decades after apartheid ended. When the government declared last month that tuition fees would continue to rise, tensions were perhaps destined to boil over.
University administrators warned that any further freezes to fees could damage their academic programs, but for many of the protesters, they would simply like the opportunity to learn.