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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 March, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 March, 2001, 12:00am

Oil and turmoil

Teheran (March 15): The Iranian Parliament to-day voted unanimously to nationalise its oil industry in a move which had the support of all pro-Soviet factions in this strategic country.

Jubilation swept all Iran.

All the 106 deputies attended voted for the oil nationalisation bill which has already drawn stern warnings from the British that the Anglo-Iranian concern cannot be nationalised by action of the Government of Iran alone. Despite the strong British note on the subject the Majlis (Lower House) was in no mood to temporise.

Deputies of the powerful Government Opposition National Front have been increasingly militant on the subject since the assassination on March 7 of Premier Ali Razmara who opposed nationalisation.

Teheran (March 20): The new Pro-Western Iranian Government of Premier Hussein Ala has taken strong action to prevent terrorism by imposing a curfew in Teheran and by making a show of force with tanks under martial law.

The action came amid strikes and a flood of unconfirmed rumours of new assassinations in Tabriz, and after the Senate had approved the nationalisation of the oil industry and a currency bill to raise money to pay government employees.

Save slaves

Copenhagen (March 19): After month-long negotiations, Parliament's four major parties agreed to-day on anti-inflational measures, including giving most Danes a bank account no matter if they want it or not.

The idea is to stop the Danes from spending a total of some 400,000,000 kroner.

To obtain this, the parties agreed to a compulsory saving system for taxpayers.

Fax not fiction

New York (March 13): Western Union demonstrated to-day a new high speed method of transmitting printed or written matter, drawings, maps or even photographs.

Called highspeed fax, it can handle up to 3,000 words in one minute, or about as much as the teletypes or teleprinters now in use can send in an hour.

However, it requires circuits of such bandwidth - or carrying capacity - that officials said its use probably would be limited in the foreseeable future to routes having very heavy volumes.