Iran, Russia aims to further promote nuclear cooperation

Untold India January 22, 2022

TEHRAN: Iran and Russia have discussed ways to further promote cooperation in the nuclear energy sector, including the construction of new units at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran’s atomic energy agency revealed. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said enhancing strategic nuclear cooperation was an important topic in Wednesday’s meeting between Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the official news agency IRNA reported on Friday. “Negotiations are underway between Tehran and Moscow to construct the second and third units of the Bushehr power plant,” said Kamalvandi. Kamalvandi expressed hope that Iranian and Russian technical groups would soon increase cooperation and exchange of information to kickstart the projects. He said each project at the power plant was worth 5 billion U.S. dollars, and would thus constitute a significant part of their economic ties.-IANS

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Reopening schools for girls our responsibility, not world pressure: Taliban

Untold India January 21, 2022

Kabul: The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has said that reopening schools for girls across the country was their responsibility and not due to world pressure. The remarks were made by Acting Minister Maulaee Noorullah Muneer during his meeting with Deborah Lyons, the UN General-Secretary’s special representative to Afghanistan, here on Thursday, Khaama Press reported. Muneer said that getting an education is the right of girls and the Taliban government has the responsibility to provide it. Taliban officials have announced that higher schools for girls and public universities for boys and girls will be reopened in the next educational year that begins in March. At least 150 public universities for boys and girls and all public higher schools for girls have remained closed since the country’s takeover by the Taliban in August 2021. Earlier this month, the Taliban’s Minister of Higher Education Abdul Baqi Haqqani had announced that universities across the country for both male and female students will reopenin, but classes will be separate for boys and girls. He however, did not mention a date of the reopning.–IANS

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