TEHRAN (Iran News) – The Ten-Day Dawn celebrations got off to an ebullient start in Iran on Sunday, marking the run-up to the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
The annual festivities started on Sunday morning, commemorating the moment the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, disembarked from an Air France jumbo jet to a massive welcome back home, ending his exile in Paris.
Forty-two years ago, millions of Iranians thronged Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport to catch a glimpse of the return from almost 15 years of exile of the iconoclast at whose impending arrival the British-installed and US-backed Shah had fled the country.
The celebrations culminate on February 10, marking the resounding triumph of the Islamic Revolution which freed Iran from domestic despotism and foreign hegemony. The victory came under the astute leadership of Imam Khomeini who ended 2,500 years of monarchy in Iran.
On Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei visited Imam Khomeini’s mausoleum in southern Tehran to pay homage to the founder of the Islamic Republic.
Ayatollah Khamenei visited the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, south of Tehran, to pay tribute to the late founder of the Islamic Republic on Sunday morning.
The Leader also paid tribute to Iranian martyrs laid to rest in a nearby cemetery, including the martyrs of the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran and a 1981 bombing in Tehran in which 72 officials were killed.
With the new anniversary, the Islamic Iran puts behind a tough year which was marked by the assassination of two icons – a military commander and a nuclear scientist – and the U.S. escalation of its maximum pressure on Tehran amid a pandemic with the ultimate goal of ousting the Islamic Republic.
Meanwhile yesterday, President Rouhani, in an online ceremony on Sunday inaugurated above 10 major water and electricity projects worth 47.76 trillion rials (about $199mn) in the provinces of Kordestan and North Khorasan.
The projects included:
– The third steam unit of Shirvan combined cycle power plant in North Khorasan province using 14 trillion rials of funds for the economic development of the region, sustainable electricity supply, and increase in the capacity of the national electricity network;
– A small-scale power station, four power supply projects, and two power transmission lines in Kordestan using 6,760 billion rials to provide electricity for subscribers and improving their satisfaction;
– five water projects including Ramesht Dam, two water and wastewater treatment plants, and two irrigation and drainage networks in Kordestan.
The named projects have been inaugurated on the occasion of the beginning of the 10-Day Fajr celebrations that mark the 42nd anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and under the framework of the A-B-Iran program.
A-B-Iran program (the acronyms A and B stand for water and electricity in Persian) was initiated in the Iranian calendar year 1398, during which the energy minister made 31 trips to various provinces for inaugurating over 220 major projects with a total investment of 335.6 trillion rials (about $7.99 billion).
One of the ministry’s programs under the framework of the A-B-Iran is rewarding efficient electricity subscribers with a 100-percent discount on their bills.
- source : IRAN NEWS