Reuters: These are some of the leading stories in Iranian newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. TEHRAN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – These are some of the leading stories in Iranian newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
– The all-share index on the Tehran Stock Exchange closed at 11,569 points on Wednesday, down from last week's close of 11,598 points.
– The U.S. dollar traded at 10,060 rials on Wednesday on the open market.
– Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi said technical tests have successfully passed at Bushehr nuclear power plant and expressed hope "it starts working by September."
– A diplomatic source said Tehran has concerns over the agenda for the London conference on security in Afghanistan, because of its opposition towards American and British policies.
– President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his government plans to remove zeros from the national currency (rial) to increase its value up to the one existing in the law.
– As a move to counter money laundering, the country's banks and financial institutes were banned to provide cash over 150 million rials ($15,000) to their clients.
– "About $3.5 billion to be allocated for research activities in the next year's annual budget," said the secretary of the High Council of Science, Research and Technology, Mehdi Najadnouri.
– Lawmaker Ruhollah Hosseinian said the former president Mohammad Khatami was not expected to condemn the post-election riots because of his "wrong and westernised beliefs".