Afsaneh Safavi, the full professor of Chemistry at Shiraz University won the Lecture Medal from the World Academy of Sciences of Italy. Since 1996, the World Academy of Sciences for the developing countries (TWAS) every year awards the prized TWAS Lecture Medal in science and technology to one of the members of the Academy who had a significant contribution in advancement of science and technology. All of the developing countries and a number of European and American states are members of the World Academy of Sciences.
Asghar Farhadi has written a note on the recent unrests in Iran.
The text is as follows:
“Questions, humiliation, anger
Over the past days, a number of my friends and compatriots have been asking about my thoughts on the recent protests in my country.
Located at a distance of 1000kms south of Beijing, in the suburbs of Yangzhou, there is a little village which has kept its Persian aura after the passing of 600 years. This place is called “Busi Chuan” or the Parsian Village. It is surrounded by rivers and lakes, lush pine forests, and vast plains. Its inhabitants have a deep inner link with Iranians.
After the adoption of a bill to support people with disabilities, they can study at universities across Iran for free.
Based on the bill for the Protection of Disabled Persons, those who qualify can attend higher education centers tuition-free with no age limitations. These centers include those of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Islamic Azad University, and all other state and private centers who receive an annual budget for the project.
Parviz Parastui (Iranian actor and singer) said: “I am neither a traitor nor I’ll abandon my beliefs; however, when I see such events occurring in my country, I suffer; my work throughout the day has become watching the news and when I see that nearly a thousand types of accusations are directed toward my people, I suffer. People’s sorrow has caused me to suffer.”
Iran is putting behind ten days of protests. Although the capital Tehran and larger cities, such as Mashhad and Isfahan, are now relatively calm, yet unofficial news report continued unrest in smaller towns.
These days, Tehran Azadi (Freedom) Tower hosts the theater festival staged by inmates from prisons throughout Iran, and the 17th Prisons Theater Festival will stage street plays, scene theater, and will have sessions of reciting plays. Street theaters will be performed in the lower floor of Azadi Tower and scene theater at the tower’s main hall.
Mehrshad Kazemi, Head of Culture and Islamic Guidance Department of Tehran and Secretary to the 4th Award of Tehran announced the Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 3 January 2018, and said: “Like previous years, the aim of the Award is to honor Tehran researchers and create incentives for scientific-research in projects for the arts, society, history
The winter solstice “Yalda” and Christmas are celebrated around the same time in Iran every year. This year, the Spanish paper “La Vanguardia” writes: “Iranian Christians begin Christmas on the longest night of the year.”
Negar Qods-Kani, Iranian citizen resident in Australia, was illegally arrested 195 days ago on false charges brought by America. These have been the hardest 195 days of her life. She was pregnant when arrested and has now given birth to her first child in captivity.
The number of expensive cars in Tehran is not few. A lime gold Porsche 911 was recently seen on the streets of Tehran. Later, a picture of the latest Lamborghini (Gallardo Spyder) was published riding on the streets of Tehran. But recently, a picture of a Golden Lexus is shared among social networking users in Iran. The car is a prize in one of Tehran's passages.
This year, Dar Alfonun university celebrates the 166th anniversary of its establishment; 166 long years of memories and keepsake photos for its students. An exhibition of these has been organized at the Book and Documentaries Museum of Iran to commemorate these 166 years for one month.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
The Union of Syrian Chambers of Agriculture has signed an MoU to import tractors from Iran. The Chief of the Union of Syrian Chambers of Agriculture said: “Tractors imported from Iran will be at the disposal of all Syrian farmers in the next few days at reasonable prices.”
Statistics show a 68.5% increase in Iran’s exports to Turkey during the first 11 months of 2017. Iran’s trade representative in Turkey announced: “Exports from Iran to Turkey over the first 11 months of 2017 reached the figure of USD 7BN and 17MM, a growth of 68.5% including oil and gas.”
Following the exhibition of statues by Tony Cragg at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran, the venue is now host to a series of works by Ali-Akbar Sadeghi.The exhibition takes a look at the visual culture and modern and contemporary art of Iran by displaying his seventy years of works as a painter, animator, sculptor, and poet.