A storm at 80km/h hit Tehran and Alborz provinces yesterday, surrounding the province with dust and scattered showers. It reached the capital from the west at about 18h00 last night and took the dwellers by surprise, forcing them to run for shelter.
It has been eleven years since the establishment of Barakat Foundation, and over the years, one of its most important activities has been the establishment of schools in deprived areas of Iran, although there are still deprived areas in Iran that do not have schools.
Recommending the “tahdig” as an Iranian delicacy worth trying to the readers, Sam Sifton writes in the New York Times What to Cook This Week about Samin Nosrat who, as a child, loved tahdig, which is what Iranians call the crisp and golden crust at the bottom of a pot of Persian rice.
A small coffee shop with seven tables and walls covered in children’s warm, colorful paintings, a large organ in a corner played by the delicate hands of a boy and a singalong - I am happy and free and grateful - a few girls and boys in their blue and white uniforms serving the customers while accompanying the organ player with the sing-song, moving to the music, and smiling at you with faces looking alike as if they will never grow up… a few shaky hands behind the counter making coffee and serving chocolate cake. This is Downtism Café in the middle of Tehran which is run by girls and boys with down syndrome and autism.
Asghar Farhadi’s premiere of “Everybody knows” opening the 2018 Cannes Film Festival has coincided with the news of the US withdrawing from the JCPOA nuclear agreement on 8 May, a step Farhadi regards as placing more pressure on the people of Iran rather than its government.
Sadegh Zibakalam who has been given the Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award 2018, has dedicated it to Abbas Amir-Entezam. Zibakalam, who had been interviewed by the Deutsche Welle some time ago, was given the 2018 Freedom of Speech Award for his efforts in Iran.
May 1st is International Workers’ Day. This day has always been coupled with marches and workers’ protests in Iran. The Workers' House in Tehran saw the gathering of large numbers of laborers from various vocations today to protest not receiving a license to stage protests and claim their rights, such as insurance and incomes not matching the rising costs of living.
The illustrated book of the “Persian Gulf”, which is currently published in 10 languages, has been translated into 40 other languages. This is the first book which has been translated into 50 languages.
Earth Day 2018 has announced its slogan for this year to be end plastic pollution. According to the Iranian Department of Environment Portal (PAM), 22 April has been named as Earth Day, and this year’s global slogan is to end plastic pollution. PAM slogan is “No to plastic bags”.
Following a letter written to President Rouhani by MPs representing Isfahan, a second letter has been delivered to him by Yazd MPs regarding water shortages and difficulties faced in this southern province of Iran by the salt desert.
Directorate General of the Department of Environment in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province announced the presence of the crested duck for the first time in the Borujen’s Gandoman International Wetland.
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 Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announced: “Tourists are no longer required to go to Iranian embassies for visas. They can apply online and travel to Iran once their application has been reviewed.”
On 13 August 2018, at 21h30, the concert titled “A song from another world” began playing in Vahdat Hall in Tehran with a band of musicians with autism and down syndrome, for an audience that included figures such as Loris Tjeknavorian and Kambiz Derambakhsh.
International Mathematical Union (IMU) named 3 May, the birthday of "Maryam Mirzakhani", the International Women's Day in Maths, on the proposal of the Women's Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society.
A celebration was held in Tehran to celebrate polo registration by Unesco. Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization Deputy, Mohammad-Hassan Talebian spoke about the game at the ceremony and called the registration an important global event for cultural diplomacy and peace.
RT writes that the presidents of Russia and Iran met on the sidelines of the Caspian summit in Aktau, Kazakhstan on Sunday. Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani addressed ways in which world’s most acute crises, particularly in the Middle East, can be settled, the Kremlin said.