This column features excerpts from news articles, editorials, commentaries, and interviews of the leading Iranian newspapers and websites.
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ: Jannati warns against spending huge sums on election campaigns
JAM-E JAM: U.S. secretary of state’s remarks not credible, Mehmanparast says
JAVAN: 2 new suspects arrested in $2.6b financial fraud case, Mohseni-Ejei says
TAFAHOM: 650,000 tons of rice imported to the country
KAYHAN: Residents of 11 villages in Pol Dokhtar City drink water contaminated with oil
KHORASAN: Some U.S. officials call for assassination of Iranian officials
SHARQ: Deputy central banker arrested over the recent financial fraud
HAMSHAHRI: 150,000 hectares of forests destroyed by fire over the past 10 years
TEHRAN-E EMROOZ, in a news report, has quoted MP Anushiravan Mohseni Bandpei, the deputy chairman of the Majlis Health Committee, as saying that based on the report that the World Bank released in 2006, pollution-related diseases inflict a loss of 500 million dollars on the country each year. The World Bank has predicted that the total amount will reach 15 billion dollars in 2016 if the issue of air pollution is not resolved. Car technical checkup in the country has helped reduce air pollution by 22.5 percent, but the problem is that domestically manufactured cars are not of high quality, Mohseni added.
HAMSHAHRI, in a news report, has said that alarm bells are ringing as pollution has increased in the Caspian Sea. The report said that five million tons of pollutants are poured into the Caspian Sea from the country’s northern provinces every year. Different types of pollutants pouring into the sea pose a great danger to species living in the sea. In fact, the Caspian Sea is the largest natural habitat for 90 percent of sturgeons. Mohammad Mehdi Abbaszadeh, an environmental expert, cited some factors including pollutants, the contamination of rivers, and excessive fishing as reasons for a decrease in the number of sturgeons.
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