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Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English. The link to the news organization or blog is provided at the top of each item. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the story in perspective. You can follow our news feeds on 3_8602310555_L600.jpgAhmadinejad orders minister to employ 23,000 nurses

Khabar Online | April 19, 2010

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastgerdi to place ads in newspapers and hire 23,000 new nurses.

Noting a government decision to reduce the work hours of nurses and to expand the government's nursing staff, he asked Dastgerdi why the law had not been enforced.

"If you think that employing 23,000 new nurses will take some time, you must compensate the nurses who are working more hours than legally required," he said. "Even if their overtime pay exceeds the permissible sum, I stress that you must still compensate [them] for this."

"I will give permission to employ 23,000 nurses right away so that you can place ads for it in newspapers."

Notorious women were paid to go to Qom without hejab

Khabar Online | April 19, 2010

In a meeting with members of the Islamic Republic faction of Majlis, Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said his ministry had arrested a group of women who were paid to go to Qom without proper hejab.

Lawmaker Mohammd Javad Abtahi recounted for Fars News Agency the highlights of Moslehi's remarks.

According to Abatahi, Moslehi told lawmakers that a number of social and cultural 'decadence networks' had been identified and disbanded. He added that a group of notorious women who were paid to go to Qom with either no hejab or with improper hejab had also been arrested.

Moslehi reportedly also told lawmakers that an arrest warrant had been issued for Mehdi Hashemi and given to the police and intelligence Ministry. He said that the judiciary would press on with this case.

Supreme Leader criticizes disorder in Majles

Khabar Online | April 19, 2010

Mohammad Taqi Rahbar said that in a meeting of lawmakers with the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei expressed displeasure with the unpunctuality of the members of Parliament.

He added that the Leader was unhappy with the number of lawmakers absent from parliamentary sessions and said such unorganized behavior was not befitting of the Islamic Republic eand advised lawmakers to attend Majles meetings on time.

"In the meeting we discussed cultural issues and how more attention should be paid to family values as our main concerns," he said. "We stressed our request that police authorities not shut down the Guidance Patrol (Gasht-e Ershad) project and allow it to continue with its work and we requested the Leadership's help with this matter."

Principlist website claims Karroubi on deathbed

Khabar Online | April 19, 2010

The IRGC-affiliated Jahan newspaper claimed that Mehdi Karroubi was suffering from a hard-to-cure disease that his family was trying to hide this from the press. The report of Karroubi's alleged poor health comes as the opposition cleric meets with different groups and parties on a daily basis.

According to Jahan, Karroubi was suffering from an advanced type of cancer for which his family had sought the help of an Austrian physician. The report said that due to the Karroubi family's insistence on hiding his condition from the press, his health was rapidly declining.

These reports prompted Hossein Saffar-Harandi to call on Karroubi, without naming him, to repent for his sins in his editorial in Kayhan.

Bahar daily banned for questioning Islamic Republic

Tabnak | April 19, 2010

The media supervisory committee banned the Bahar daily for creating doubt about issues such as the election and questioning the pillars of the Islamic Republic.

Bahar daily had on April 15 published an interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Chief of Staff Esfandyar Rahim Mashai in which Mashai boldly stated that his critics "seek to tarnish my reputation and of course tarnishing my reputation is tantamount to tarnishing the reputation of the government and that of the establishment."

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