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  • A file photo shows reconstructed facade of the Neo-Sumerian Ziggurat of Ur, near Nasiriyah, Iraq 2018-01-08 19:57

    Iran ready to restore once-owned heritage sites now in Iraq

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization has expressed readiness to work with Iraqi officials in order to restore once-owned historical sites now located in the neighboring country.

  • colorful iran 2018-01-08 19:56

    Colorful Iran

    Gahvareh-bandan ritual in Gilan

    Gahvareh-bandan ritual is held on the tenth day after the birth of a baby in Gilan province, northern Iran.

  • Reinventing the wheel: Altering school breaks 2018/01/08

    By Setareh Behroozi

    Reinventing the wheel: Altering school breaks

    The consistent air pollution disrupting the lives of citizens of metropolises in Iran during recent months has made officials to reappraise the idea of altering academic calendar for schools in some parts of the country.

  • Child abuse 2018-01-08 09:02

    Disregarding child abuse heightens social vulnerability

    TEHRAN — Child abuse or child maltreatment, includes neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse which would seriously harm a child or increase risks of serious harm to a child that could result in injury or death.

  • road accident 2018-01-08 09:02

    Traffic police identify accident-prone areas

    TEHRAN — Iran’s road traffic police have identified some 1,500 accident-prone areas across the country, ISNA news agency reported on Sunday.

  • The red and dark red regions indicated on the map are suffering from severe and extreme drought spells. 2018-01-08 09:01

    96% of Iran experiencing prolonged drought: official

    TEHRAN – Nearly 96 percent of Iran’s total area is suffering from different levels of prolonged drought, the director for drought and crisis management department of Iran’s Meteorological Organization said.

  • Tehran Municipality developing waste management comprehensive plan 2018-01-08 09:00

    Tehran Municipality developing waste management comprehensive plan

    TEHRAN – Tehran Municipality is developing a comprehensive plan for waste management which is due to be unveiled in autumn, chief of Tehran’s department of environment has said.

  • Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their stay at Arg-e Radkan, a traditional inn in Radkan Village, Khorasan Razavi province. 2018-01-06 20:04

    Iran allocates $600m to develop rural crafts, tourism

    TEHRAN – The Iranian administration has approved a bill allocating 24 trillion rials (some $600 million) to empowering rural areas and small towns in arenas of handicraft-associated jobs, ecotourism and hospitality industry.

  • KFZO seeks enhanced banking, tourism ties with Oman 2018-01-06 20:04

    KFZO seeks enhanced banking, tourism ties with Oman

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Kish Free Zone Organization seeks to deepen cooperation with Oman in banking and tourism sectors.

  • Photo of a woman planting rice seeds in a paddy field in northern Iran 2018-01-06 20:00

    Iran to host intl. course on GAP for women farmers

    TEHRAN – An international training course on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for women farmers will open today in the city of Damghan.

  • Plans to reinforce Tehran’s subway fleet underway  2018-01-06 20:00

    Plans to reinforce Tehran’s subway fleet underway

    TEHRAN – Supplying Tehran’s underground transport fleet with 1,000 new subway cars is underway for the next Iranian calendar year 1397 (March 2018-March 2019), the head of Tehran’s Planning and Budget Organization has said.

  • 70% of hospitals in Iran dilapidated: official 2018-01-06 10:01

    70% of hospitals in Iran dilapidated: official

    TEHRAN — Some 70 percent of the hospitals in Iran are old and in bad condition, an official with civil engineering affairs department of the Ministry of Health has said.

  • Tehran air pollution 2018-01-06 09:58

    Tehraners consume 12m liters of gasoline per day

    TEHRAN — Citizens of the capital consume some 12 million liters of gasoline each day, chief of Tehran department of environment Mohammad Hossein Bazgir has said.

  • Rudkhan Castle, called Qal’eh Rudkhan in Persian, is an ancient a military fortress situated in northern province of Gilan which is now a tourist destination especially during new year or summer holid 2018/01/06

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Redefining public holidays, weekends: how efficient is that?

    The notion of “too many public and unofficial holidays” in Iran has always been a matter of controversy among lawmakers and decision making bodies in the country but despite all the arguments no decisive action has been actually taken so far.

  • 2016 E-Government Development Index provided by the UN; the greener a country is the more advanced they are in implementing e-government 2018/01/05

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    E-government promotes empowerment and inclusion in society

    Electronic government (or e-government) is the application of information and communication technology (ICT) to government functions and procedures with the purpose of increasing efficiency, transparency and citizen participation.

  • Cheetah cub saved from smugglers cannot return to wild 2018-01-05 09:56

    Cheetah cub saved from smugglers cannot return to wild

    TEHRAN – Asiatic cheetah that was saved from an animal-trafficking gang in Tehran on December 26, 2017, cannot return to the wild at least for now, Iman Memarian, the chief veterinarian of Pardisan Rehabilitation Center said.

  • Literacy course for adults 2018-01-05 09:55

    Some 760,000 foreign nationals acquired literacy in Iran in 33 years

    TEHRAN – As per a special literacy program developed for foreign nationals in Iran some 759,625 refugees have attended literacy courses over the past 33 years, the director of the Literacy Movement Organization (LMO) said.

  • Foreign nationals look at blue-tiled mosaics of Imam Mosque, a Safavid-era monument in Isfahan, central Iran. 2018-01-03 19:51

    ‘Virtual tour operators’ to get off the ground

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization has unveiled a campaign to enroll eligible students and graduates in all fields of study as ‘virtual tour operators’.

  • air pollution 2018-01-03 09:24

    Traffic fines to help curb Tehran’s air pollution

    TEHRAN — Majlis (the Iranian parliament) has mandated Tehran municipality to spend traffic fines on implementing measures to abate air pollution in the capital, ISNA reported on Tuesday.

  • Shahindokht Molaverdi 2018-01-03 09:23

    State-run organizations to report on measures for citizenship rights

    TEHRAN – Annual reports of state-run organizations on measures taken for adoption of citizenship rights will soon be published, IRNA quoted the presidential aide for civil rights affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi as saying on Tuesday.

  • Attachable electric hand-cycles can transform manual wheelchairs into electric ones 2018-01-03 09:21

    Iranian engineers develop electric stair climbing wheelchairs

    TEHRAN – A group of Iranian engineers have developed the technology for manufacturing electronic stair climbing wheelchairs as well as electric hand-cycles.

  • Frightened by earthquake, people rushed out of their homes to find safe places in the neighborhoods after a magnitude-5.2 quake hit Tehran on December 20. 2018-01-02 10:17

    By Setareh Behroozi

    Earthquake or its social aftershocks, which is more destructive?

    All began with a massive earthquake which hit the western province of Kermanshah on November 12, 2017. The sad news and photos of the earthquake went viral and made people all over the country to feel sorrow.

  • A photo of a young girl who is weaving a carpet (Tehran Times/Mojtaba Heidari) 2018-01-02 09:08

    Entrepreneur women to study methods of empowerment

    TEHRAN – Methods of improving women’s job situation is to be studied by entrepreneur women during a national congress which is to be held on July 11.

  •  Foreign nationals tour Isfahan’s Imam Mosque, a Safavid-era monument famed for its iconic blue-tiled mosaics and its sizable proportions. 2018-01-01 19:58

    Abolishing VAT for inbound tours on agenda

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism body is pursuing to waive a controversial value added tax levied on inbound package tours as the taxation is deemed a “serious threat” to the county’s budding tourism sector.

  • The tangled web of air pollution in Tehran 2018/01/01

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    The tangled web of air pollution in Tehran

    TEHRAN — Air pollution, the recurring nightmare of Tehraners from which there is no waking, is a complicated saga of the busy capital of Iran.

  • Bill ensuring rights of persons with disabilities approved 2018-01-01 09:31

    More jobs, free education, and less working hours highlighted

    Bill ensuring rights of persons with disabilities approved

    TEHRAN – Majlis [the Iranian parliament] approved both general outlines and details of a bill on rights of persons with disabilities which raises hope for improvement of their living conditions.

  • Tehroon Bepooshim 2017-12-31 11:05

    Inspiring fashion designs add glamor to Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN -- There is a common ground between the design elements involved in both architecture and fashion and many fashion designers around the world are inspired by architecture in their works. Now some young fashion designers in Iran display their designs inspired by the Golestan Palace at the venue during an exhibition.

  • Warmer winter looms large amid low precipitation, high air pollution 2017-12-31 11:03

    Warmer winter looms large amid low precipitation, high air pollution

    TEHRAN — Iran’s Climatological Research Institute has projected a warmer winter accompanied by lower precipitation rates and consequently more air pollution incidents for the last season of the year in the country.

  • Iran sees a decline in health tourist influx 2017-12-30 22:03

    Iran sees a decline in health tourist influx

    TEHRAN – The number of medical tourists traveling to Iran is estimated to fell some 10 percent in the current Iranian calendar year 1396 (March 2017-March 2018) in comparison to the previous year, IRIB reported on Thursday.

  • People visit Imam Square, a UNESCO World Heritage in Isfahan, central Iran 2017-12-30 18:34

    Iran to scrap paper visas for all countries

    TEHRAN – Iran will stop issuing paper visas in favor of electronic ones for all countries by May 2018, said Hassan Qashqavi, the deputy foreign minister for consular affairs.