The Iranian Parliament’s Education and Research Commission says 70 percent of teachers across the country are women and the profession needs to be balanced in terms of gender.
According to a report on ILNA, the commission expressed concern about the limited number of male teachers in the capital, stating that more men have to be hired in this profession. » read more
Many high-polluting industrial businesses have been working night shifts to get around environmental standards set by the Department of the Environment.
The head of the Iranian Centre for Climate and Weather says such businesses have been on the Environment Department’s blacklist for a long time for trying to avoid scrutiny by operating on national holidays and night shifts. » read more
Iran’s Centre for Statistics has announced a rise in the country’s unemployment rate. ISNA reports that the statistics indicate a 0.2-percent increase in unemployment.
The number of unemployed has gone from 2.4 million to more than 2.53 million, including 1.772 million men and almost 758,000 women. » read more
The European Union Council announced that it has approved extending the suspension of sanctions against Iran in view of the ongoing talks between Iran and the 5+1 representatives.
Nuclear talks came to a close last week with plans to resume in September. » read more
Jailed Iranian journalist Serajeddin Mirdamadi stood trial on Monday July 21 in Branch 15 the Revolutionary Court in Tehran.
Giti Pourfazel, Mirdamadi’s lawyer, told ISNA that the trial had been scheduled for August 1 and she had applied for bail to be set for her client. Instead, she said, Judge Salavati changed the trial date to July 21. Mirdamadi faced charges of “propaganda activities against the regime, assembly and collusion to act against national security”, and Pourfazel presented her client’s defence. » read more
Twenty-one workers in Gilan have fallen victim to carbon monoxide poisoning at their workplace in the city of Roodbar.
On Monday July 21, the Etemad daily reported that the head of Gilan Emergency Services said the 21 welders have been transferred to hospital for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning. » read more
The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency indicates that Iran has complied with the provisions of the Geneva Agreement and reduced its reserves of enriched uranium.
Reuters reported on Sunday July 20 that as the parties reached the deadline to draft a final comprehensive agreement, Iran has turned its remaining stock of 20-percent-enriched uranium into uranium oxide powder. » read more
Jailed Iranian labour activist Reza Shahabi has ended his 50-day hunger strike after the Tehran Prosecutor agreed to his demands.
Reports indicate that one of prosecutor’s deputies, Mehdi Khodabakhshi, visited Shahabi in hospital on Sunday July 20 and accepted his demands for ending his strike. » read more
Shia-on-line reports that Mowlavi Abdolhamid, a senior Sunni leader and the Friday Mass Imam of Zahedan, is now facing a travel ban.
The report adds that Mowlavi Abdolhamid was planning to leave Iran for a trip to Turkey when he was made aware of the travel ban. » read more
Iran’s National Volleyball defeated Brazil last night at the Volleyball Championships and made it into the semi-finals for the first time ever.
The two teams met on July 18 in Italy, and after Iran beat Brazil 3-0, the team was vaulted into the semi-finals at the top of its group. » read more
The mayor of Tehran has defended his move to segregate male and female workers in city offices, saying: “We have religious honour and will not permit women to socialize and have contact with men other than their husbands.” » read more
A gathering was held to mark the fifth anniversary of the victims of the Kahrizak Detention Centre, with families and activists calling for a follow-up into the deaths of the detainees in custody.
Mohammadreza Zaeri, who led the ceremony, said that those who caused this incident still have time to own up to their acts. » read more
Tehran’s deputy mayor for Staff Maintenance announced that a plan to segregate park benches is being considered to make sure young men and women do not sit too close in public.
Meysam Amroodi said provisions could be made to have a table in between seats to allow for appropriate distance between men and women. » read more
A new campaign has been established by a group of Iranian cultural heritage and history aficionados to save Azadi Tower, a prominent landmark in the capital.
In a statement published by ISNA, the group expresses concern regarding the deteriorating condition of the tower, saying professional restoration efforts are urgently needed. » read more
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters on Wednesday night in Vienna that the nuclear negotiations cannot be wrapped up in the next few days. » read more
Sajedeh Arabsorkhi, an Iranian activist and journalist, has been transferred to Evin Prison to serve out a one-year prison sentence. According to the Kaleme website, she is accused of propaganda against the regime for writing letters to her father, Feizollah Arabsorkhi, a political prisoner at the time. » read more