Iran General NewsPRESS DIGEST - Iran - Jan 16

PRESS DIGEST – Iran – Jan 16

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ImageReuters: These are some of the leading stories in Iranian newspapers on Saturday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. ImageTEHRAN, Jan 16 (Reuters) – These are some of the leading stories in Iranian newspapers on Saturday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

ABRAR

– Police will confront those who use mobile phone text and e-mail messages to organise anti-government unrest, said its chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam.

EBTEKAR

– "The high fever of TV debates," said the daily, asking whether the state broadcaster's attempt to move protests from streets to the media will help restore calm.

ARMAN

– "There will be no poor or unemployed in Iran within the next three years" with the implementation of a subsidy reform plan, said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

BAHAR

– With the elimination of subsidies from the energy sector, consumers' electricity bills will be multiplied by 21.5 times, said a Power Ministry official.

ABRAR-E EQTESADI

– Upon the enforcement of the subsidy plan, Iran's current annual inflation rate of 20 percent will double, said lawmaker and economic analyst Najib Hosseini.

AFTAB-E YAZD

– The price of subsidised gasoline, now 1,000 rials (10 U.S. cents) a litre, may rise 2.5 times under the government's budget bill for 2010-11, said a member of the parliament's plan and budget committee.

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