Governor-General of Hormozgan province said that petroleum and refinery mega projects are being done in Jask County, adding that Mokran Coasts will become Iran’s new energy and petrochemical industry hub soon.
Fereidoun Hemmati who recently had visited the implementing process of oil and refinery projects in the coasts of Mokran told local media on Friday that mega projects in the oil transmission line, the oil export terminal, and the port and offshore oil export are underway in Jask County.
“Mokran coastline can play a special role in the future of marine exchanges,” Hemmati added.
He went on to say that each of these mega projects that are underway by Iranian specialists and engineers, and by the completion of oil transmission line, crude oil will be transferred from Goreh to Jask via a transmission line.
Construction of Goreh-Jask pipeline project and Jask export terminal officially commenced on Jun 25, 2020.
Governor-General of Hormozgan province added that an oil export terminal project is also being done in the Mokran coasts with a capacity of 10 million barrels.
Mokran coastal region is located in Balouchestan province in southeastern Iran and southwestern Pakistan, it is a 600-mi (1,000-km) stretch along the Gulf of Oman from Ra’s (cape) al-Kūh, Iran (west of Jask), to Lasbela District, Pakistan (near Karachi).
Mokran is a semi-desert coastal strip in the South of Sistan and Baluchestan, in Pakistan and Iran, along the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
According to official statistics, about 40,000 jobs have been created directly and two to 3,000 indirectly.
Iran’s Mokran coastal area are the perfect places for the development of the petrochemical industry and, given the wide availability of gas resources, are highly valuable for this region’s development.
The strategic position of Mokran coasts, along the Sea of Oman, the new port will be established to increase Iran’s marine traffic in international waters and the oceans.
The offshore platform of Phase 16 of southern Iranian South Pars Field has come back to production, according to an official with Pars Oil and Gas Field.
The platform stopped gas excavation a year ago due to damages to parts of its pipelines stretching 110 kilometers on the seabed.
Alireza Ebadi said that the damaged pipelines have been repaired and the platform came back to production on Friday with a capacity of 500 million cubic feet.
In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Oct 20, Managing-Director of the South Pars Field Hadi Hashemzadeh Farhang said that once Iran completes the new phase of South Pars Field, it will outpace Qatar in gas excavation from the shared field by 120 mcm/d.
The official said that Iran finally won the “breathtaking marathon” over gas excavation in the shared field with Qatar.
Now 23 years after the South Pars development project inaugurated, the field, having 12 refineries, has turned into the biggest gas refinery complex of the world.
With the inauguration of phases 2 and 3 in 2001, the field used to produce some 56 mcm/d of gas which has now risen to 700 mcm/d, he added.
He said that what doubles Iran’s achievement in outpacing Qatar in the excavation of gas from the shared field is that only one-third of the area of the field is located within the Iranian territory while the rest two-thirds are in the Qatari waters.
Legendary vocalist master Mohammadreza Shajarian, who was known as Iran’s king of song and once called himself the “son of Iran”, died on Thursday at 80 at Tehran’s Jam Hospital years after suffering from kidney cancer.
It was deeply shocking for his fans
and the Iranian music community when the icon of Persian traditional
music appeared in a video in the early days of Noruz, the celebration of
the Iranian New Year celebration, in March 2016, wishing a happy New
Year for Iranians and announcing that he was suffering from chronic
The two-time Grammy Award nominee called
the disease “a 15-year-old guest” that is “friendly” with him and added
that he would soon return to the stage, a dream that would never come
He soon left the country for Sacramento,
California to receive treatment for the disease and returned home in
September that year to resume his medical treatment in the country.
His fans were shocked several times over
the past few years each time they heard that their beloved, highly
popular artist was admitted to the hospital. In post-revolution Iran, no
other artist could capture the hearts and souls of his people as much
His popularity was not just limited to his
art. His strong affinity with the people over the course of his
lifetime made Shajarian their beloved artist. He was never once
apathetic about the pain and suffering they went through.
For example, shortly after the devastating
2003 earthquake in Bam, Kerman Province, which claimed tens of
thousands of lives and flattened the town, Shajarian and his group,
composed of his son Homayun, tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh and kamacheh
master Kayhan Kalhor, organized benefit concerts titled “Compassion for
Bam” to raise funds for the victims of the disaster.
The Bam Art Garden was born out of the rubble of the earthquake based on an initiative from Shajarian and his friends.
“I was like a drop that fell from the
cloud, heading to the sea,” Shajarian once said during a celebration to
mark his 73rd birthday in September 2013 organized by his friends and a
number of Iranian art elites, including vocalist Shahram Nazeri,
filmmaker Masud Kimiai and writer Javad Mojabi.
“For me, the people of Iran and the world
are the sea. And from childhood, I learned from my parents to share my
happiness with others… I follow the way that people are going and the
people are my most important asset. Today, many people live inside me
and I live for them. Because I believe that life finds its mean with
‘you,’ therefore, I have tried to do my art for humans and humanity.
“We should first abandon our evil ways and
wickedness to enable ourselves to live with others and hold meetings
with them; meetings with others have always been important for me and I
have tried to ignore my personal pride for the sake of national pride
“Life is difficult when we are under
others’ steady gaze and spotlights, but today, the present the people
give us is for having always loved them; I have tried to share my
happiness with others and have regard for their concerns.”
Born in the religious city of Mashhad,
Shajarian began his vocal career from childhood with his father who
taught him Quran recitation. His recitations of the Holy Quran were
aired by Mashhad Radio when he was only 12.
At the same time, he was also pursuing a career in vocal music.
In his early twenties, he left his
hometown to pursue his singing career in Tehran. His father wanted him
to respect his family’s reputation for their affinity with religious
figures, so his singing was aired by Tehran Radio under the alias
Tar virtuoso Ahmad Ebadi, who was one of
Shajarian’s close friends, met his father later, convincing him to allow
Shajarian to sing using his true name.
His collaborations with Golha, a
professional music program of Tehran Radio that had many top musicians,
in 1972 opened a window of opportunity for Shajarian. He started a
friendship with many elites of Persian traditional music who played a
key role in the development of his virtuosity.
As he was completing his education with
the top maestros such as Framarza Payvar, Nurali Khan Borumand and
Abdollah Davami, he also pursued his Quran recitations professionally.
In 1978, he finished first in Iran’s nationwide Quran competition. In
summer 1979, he took second place in the recitation category of a
Malaysian Quran contest.
He split from Golah, and consequently,
radio in early 1978. “At that time, the program was not in harmony with
my feelings. I felt that the radio’s policy was being made by cabarets
and cultural triviality.”
His friends in the Sheida and Aref music
ensembles also separated from the radio in protest at the killing of
demonstrators on Black Friday on 8 September 1979. They teamed up to
produce some protest songs, which were released in album series named
The epic song “Sepideh” (“Dawn”) composed
by Mohammadreza Lotfi with a poem by their close friend Hushang Ebtehaj,
who is also known by his pseudonym “Sayeh”, become a smash hit that
Shajarian performed with the Sheida ensemble at National University in
Tehran in 1980. “In Memory of Aref” and “The Soul of the Beloved” were
among the albums Sheida recorded with Shajarian.
In 1980, a recitation of an invocation,
known as “Shajarian’s Rabbana”, that he improvised for his students was
recorded at Iran’s national radio. The divine recitation, which is
composed of four verses of the Holy Quran, opens with a prelude
featuring verses of a mesmerizing Rumi poem promoting the fast during
In 2017, the Cultural Heritage, Tourism
and Handicrafts Organization registered “Rabbana” on the National
Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
In his works, he began to perform in
dastaghs and gushehs, the totality of melodies of the Persian
traditional music system, which were sinking into oblivion at that time.
This trend was highly inspiring for his pupils, helping save these
In the 1980s, he pursued a teaching career
in music courses, one of the outcomes of which was that his son,
Homayun, is now a popular vocalist of the new generation.
His collaboration with Aref, which was led
by eminent composer and santur virtuoso Parviz Meshkatian, resulted in
the creation of “Injustice”, “At Presence of the Beloved”, “The Dome of
the Sky” and several other albums, which are considered an unparalleled
treasury of Persian traditional music.
He worked with many musicians and finally
in 2008, founded his own group Shahnaz named after his master and tar
virtuoso Jalil Shahnaz. His daughter Mojgan and composer and tar
virtuoso Majid Derakhshani were among the members of the ensemble, along
with whom he embarked on a world tour in 2010, using his innovative
instruments, including the sorahi, arghanun and barbad.
Shajarian was also quite agreeable to the innovations made by his son, Homayun, in the traditions of Persian song.
“Despite objections from those who are
adherents of Persian traditional music, they [Homayun and his
colleagues] are not in the least incorrect. However, they should beware
of deviations. They should follow their own path based on the culture of
their society; they should never go beyond due bounds in modernity,
letting the next generation try their new items,” he once said in an
He was nominated for a Grammy Award in
Best World Music 2004 and 2006, and was the recipient of numerous awards
and honors, including a UNESCO Golden Picasso Medal in 1999. He was
also decorated with France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in June
Shajarian was also known for his skills in Persian calligraphy, and showcased his works in several exhibitions.
Once in an interview, he called himself
“son of Iran” and added, “My vice is among the ancient vices of Iranians
who wanted to be remembered for the type of people they were; people of
humanity, love, peace and purity.
“We have no other message for the world
than that of friendship, love, life and happiness. And if we complain it
is to rid ourselves of social problems so our people can live.”
Shajarian married Farkhondeh Golafshan in
1961, but divorced her in 2000. He is survived by his widow, Katayun
Khansari, and his sons Homayun, Farzaneh, Afsaneh and Mojgan from his
first marriage, and Rayan, another son from his second marriage.
FM Zarif offers condolences over Iranian legendary singer’s departure
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message expressed condolences over death of Iranian legendary singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian.
“Maestro Shajarian was a great & true Ambassador of Iran, her children and—most of all—her culture,” Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Thursday.
“I extend my deepest condolences to Iranians across the world and partcularly to his loved ones” he added.
“From God we come and to Him we return.”
Tributes pour in for world-renowned Iranian vocalist
United Nations, diplomats, Iranian and foreign ambassadors and embassies in separate messages late on Thursday offered condolences on the demise of the veteran Iranian singer Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian.
UN representative office in Iran said in a message that the demise of the great Iranian vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian caused deep grief and sorrow.
“We on behalf of the UN family in Iran express condolences to Shajarian’s family and all his lovers in Iran and world. May the departed soul rest in peace,” the message said.
Iran’s Embassy in Zagreb in a tweet also extended condolences to the honorable and culture-loving compatriots, as well as lovers of Iranian culture and art, the death of the great Iranian vocalist and the internationally acclaimed figure.
Meanwhile, Swiss Embassy to Iran expressed sincere condolences on the demise of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian. “Switzerland will cherish the memories of his concerts in Lausanne and Zurich.”
The British Embassy in Tehran also extended condolences to all his fans on the departure of one of the most prominent figures in Iranian traditional music of the last century.
Iran’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Republic also paid homage to the late vocalist on his Twitter, expressing deep regret over the loss of “a towering figure in international music”.
Iranian all over Iran mourning the martyrdom of Imam Hussein with observed the health protocol of Corona Covid-19 virus.
Ayatollah Khamenei attended a Muharram mourning ceremony
The Muharram mourning ceremony was held at the Imam Khomeini Hussainiyeh with Ayatollah Khamenei in attendance. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s mourning ceremonies are not being held publicly.
What is the origin of Ashura?
Leila Yazdani: If we wish to find out the causes of the rise of the Imam Hussain (A.S.) we have to make a search for its preliminaries during a period of at least thirty years preceding that time, because about thirty years after the migration of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), there had taken place such developments as had made necessary a movement like this in the Islamic society.
At this time, the Islamic method underwent a change and it assumed another posture. Taking advantage of this state of affairs the people began to amass wealth and property from the Baytul Mal (public treasury) of the Muslims. It was the same Baytul Mal that was guarded so carefully by Imam Ali (AS) during the period of his caliphate.
After Caliph Uthman, Imam Ali (AS) attained the caliphate. The difficult task for Ali (AS), on account of which battles were also fought, was to control these influential persons and not to permit any person any longer to take even one dinar from the Baytul Mal of the Muslims without proper accounting. He wanted to restrain the people from all sorts of covetousness, greed, and bad habits.
Imam Ali (AS) had fought battles against Mu’awiya because Mu’awiya continuously violated the Islamic principles. Imam Al-Hassan (AS) had to swallow the bitter pill of making a peace agreement with Mu’awiya, in order to safeguard the security of the Ummah which was at stake. But, Imam Hussain (A.S.) as the Head of Ahlul Bayt (PBUH) never recognized Mu’awiya nor his followers.
When Yazid son of Mu’awiya declared himself as a ruler over the Ummah, he demanded Imam Hussain’s (A.S.) allegiance of loyalty. Imam Hussain (A.S.) on his part flatly rejected Yazid’s rule and behavior, for there was no way Yazid could represent Islam. But Yazid, the tyrant ruler over the Ummah, was adamant in his demand. Like his father Mu’awiya, Yazid used all possible means like bribery, coercion, pressure, threats, and force to receive the people’s acceptance of him as the legitimate ruler.
Many people were worried, threats to their lives and livelihood was too menacing, so they grudgingly and reluctantly gave in. But, Imam Hussain (A.S.) and his family (who practiced Islam in its true sense), did not give in. As the true representative of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Imam Hussain (A.S.) flatly refused accepting Yazid either as a Khalifa or a leader of Islam. Despite Yazid’s intimidating military power the Imam stood firm in his resolve and chose to challenge Bani Umayya’s authorities.
Imam Hussain (A.S.) also knew that giving allegiance of loyalty to an imposter like Yazid would certainly place Islam at great jeopardy. Imam Hussain (A.S.) and a majority of true Muslims believed that Yazid the then brutal ruler of Bani Ummayad was openly going against the pure and genuine teachings of Islam in public and violating the Sunnah of the holy prophet and the core practices of Islam.Therefore he decided to leave Mecca for Kufa to prepare for a confrontation with Yazid and his forces. Infact, Imam Hussain’s (A.S.) refusal to accept the tyrant Yazid’s allegiance triggered the Battle of Karbala on the Day of Ashura.
The Imam (AS) quoted the Prophet (PBUH):
“If somebody witnesses a tyrannical king who practices forbidden (Haram) acts as if they are permissible (Halal), breaks the Divine Promise, opposes the Prophet’s (PBUH) way of life (Sunnah), and oppresses people while saying and doing nothing to stand against the tyrannical ruler, Allah (SWT) will place him/her in the abode of that oppressor.”
Then the Prophet (PBUH) enumerated the crimes of the Umayyads. The above saying was used in either Imam Hussain’s (A.S.) letter or speech. It not only demonstrates his irreconcilability with the enemy and strong determination but also indicates that he would make any effort to demonstrate this heroic spirit to the society.
After arriving in Karbala, Imam Hussain (A.S.) gave his companions a speech, saying:
“Under such circumstances, a faithful person should be willing to make any sacrifice to see his Lord (God). In such a situation as mine, I would consider death nothing but salvation and living with oppressors nothing but humiliation and ignominy”.
The Islamic Ummah should never forget the event of Ashura. Definitely, Islam is alive because of the event of Ashura and the efforts of Imam Hussain (A.S.). If it had not been for the event of Ashura, Islam would have definitely deviated from its path and nothing would have remained from it. The greatness of Ashura is because of this./ SHAFAQNA
Heroic Manifestations of Ashura, Abdullah Jawadi Amuli
A Probe into the History of Ashura’, Ibrahim Ayati
Iran’s aluminum production reached 175,000 tons during the five calendar months to August 21, indicating a 70% hike compared with the similar span of the last year.
According to the latest data released by the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization, Iran Aluminum Company (IRALCO) topped the list with 80,000 tons of the total output, registering a 6% rise year-on-year
Hormozal Aluminum Company and Almahdi Aluminum Company came next with an aggregate production of 66,000 tons during the period under review, registering a year-on-year growth of 160%.
Iran Alumina Company ranked fourth with 9,000 tons of output, witnessing a 307% jump year on year.
Iran plans to reach the annual production of 1.5 million tons of aluminum ingot by the Iranian calendar year 1404 (March 2025-March 2026).
Primeira Liga’s defending champion FC Porto announced the signing of Iranian striker of Rio Ave Mehdi Taremi for a four-year contract.
Porto has reportedly paid around €4.5m plus 25-year-old forward Andre Pereira for this transfer.
The Iranian striker impressed Portugal’s league with 21 goals and five assists in the last season, being named one of the top goal scorers of the league. He had reportedly been under the radar of other Portuguese giants including Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.
Porto hopes to defend its title with goals that will be added by Taremi.
After signing the deal, Taremi said he seeks to score more than 20 goals for Porto in the next season. The team’s aim is to win the league’s and Taça de Portugal’s title in the coming year, he added.
The Iranian screenplay, “Carrot Cake” by Iman Davari will take part in the 20th Nevada Film Festival in California, United States.
The screenplay, “Carrot Cake” by Iranian writer has entered the competition section of the 29th edition of the Nevada Film Festival.
The Nevada International Film Festival has been running in Nevada, California since 2011 and is known as the ‘Sundance of the Sierra’ in California for its emphasis on supporting independent cinema and showing creative films and screenplays.
This festival is one of the top 50 festivals in the world according to MovieMaker magazine for the last 2 years and also the third festival from the top 10 American festivals according to the ‘USA TODAY’ newspaper.
The festival will take place from August 28 to September 4 in Nevada, United States.
It is worth mentioning that earlier the “Carrot Cake” has already entered the judging section of the American Screenwriting Conference.
Iran Air lines will resume flights between Tehran ,Istanbul and Dubai after Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.
Iranian airline to resume Tehran-Istanbul flights
Iran Air, the airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will resume flights between Tehran and Istanbul as of Monday, July 13, according to an official.
The head of Iran Air Public Relations Office, Hossein Jahani, said on Sunday that the airline will operate its first flight along the Tehran-Istanbul route on Monday after a four-month hiatus.
Iran Air is scheduled to operate two flights per week (Mondays and Fridays) from Tehran to Istanbul and vice versa, the official added.
Flights between Iran and Turkey were suspended about five months ago from the closure of borders due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In early March, based on the coordination between Iran and Turkey, two special flights were conducted from Istanbul to Tehran to bring home the Iranian visitors stranded in Turkey.
The two countries are considering reopening borders and resuming the flights which have been suspended since March over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tehran-Dubai tourist flights resumed
The tourist flights of Tehran and Dubai have been resumed since July 09 during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, by observing health protocols.
An Iranian Airline revealed the remarks on Sun. and announced, “the passenger flights of the Airline en route Tehran-Dubai-Tehran have been resumed since Thursday, July 9 amid the pandemic by fully observing health protocols and guidelines.”
In addition, the Airline has also revealed the launch of a daily flight via this route by full compliance with health guidelines.
It should be noted that passengers are admitted only with a tourist visa or a valid stay permit so that admitting passengers in transit form is impossible until further notice.
Head of Iran Export Confederation Mohammad Lahouti says achieving the $42 billion non-oil export target which the country has set for the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2021) is possible considering the recent improvements in exports.
“Considering the growth of [non-oil] exports in late 1398 [previous Iranian calendar year ended on March 19] which continued in the current year, the exports are expected to grow significantly in the second half of the year, and hopefully we will achieve the foreseen target,” Lahouti told ILNA.
“Of course, we missed the first quarter of this year due to the coronavirus outbreak and the closure of borders; however, since over 80 percent of the border crossings have been reopened, the exports growth will be much higher in [the Iranian calendar month of] Khordad (May 21-June 20),” he added.
He further noted that it could also be possible for the exports to increase in the second half of the year to even exceed the $42 billion target.
Mentioning the preferential trade deal with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the official said Eurasia will be a great export opportunity this year and we have also the largest markets in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“China and India are also among our target markets; we are trying to increase our exports to China and hopefully our exports to India will return to normal levels as well.”
According to Lahouti, the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade is targeting 15 neighboring countries for non-oil exports in the current year, and the diversity of the target markets has not changed much.
Iran to launch joint chamber office in Syria
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Export Confederation head said Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) has purchased a building in Syria and the office of Iran-Syria joint chamber of commerce in the Arab country will be opened soon.
“Naturally, by launching the Iranian Chamber of Commerce office in Syria, we can expand exports and investment in this country,” he said.
“When the Syrian market opens and conditions return to normal, we will have various plans for this country as well.”
The official noted that Syria is looking for joint investment, and Iran’s goal is to increase non-oil export to the country.
“Syria is also a good market for joint ventures, but infrastructure must be provided and protocols must be followed,” Lahouti emphasized.
It was only hours before the year 2020 began that China made public the emergence of a highly contagious new respiratory disease – or COVID-19. The world, which prior to the announcement, seemed more than capable of controlling and containing a potential outbreak, has since been crawling on its feet, struggling to adapt to a “new normal.” In late February, the virus found its way to Iran prompting officials to introduce sweeping measures like the closure of schools, sports clubs, and even mosques and other religious sites across the country. People were also strictly advised to stay home and practice social distancing when outdoors.
It was in late March and as Iran’s sports community was still reeling from the shock of the pandemic, the suspension of all sporting events and the postponement of the olympic games to 2021 when it received another bitter blow; the country’s lone Olympic track and field medalist, Ehsan Hadadi, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
After recovering from the malicious disease Ehsan recounted his experience battling the virus. He said: “It was really difficult to breathe but I hadn’t lost hope. Fear is your worst enemy while fighting this disease. If you are afraid, you can not overcome this. My high morale was a great help. This disease is no joke. It can infect anyone. So, whoever you are, stay home and take safety guidelines seriously.” Aside from finicalical implications, the postponement of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo has also had a ripple effect on the morale of the athletes who saw their childhood dreams put on hold and years of training extended. 52 Iranian athletes who have already qualified for 11 events now have to reset their mental preparations.
The 2020 Olympics – now the 2021 Olympics- are the first ever games to be postponed in peace-time. The event that was initially scheduled to start July 24 is now pushed all the way back to the summer of 2021.
This decision came out of a phone call between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on March 25 to make sure athletes can compete in their best condition and spectators can enjoy safe games.
The National Olympic Academy of Iran had to – naturally- suspend its activities following an order by Iran’s coronavirus control center. But the Academy continued its consultation services for athletes online or over the phone. It also started offering online courses for PE teachers in Olympics Values Education.
For a period of time, Iran was behind China with the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths. But the country soon recovered from the first wave of the outbreak and assumed the control of the situation despite US economic sanctions that have drastically constrained the ability of the country to finance humanitarian imports, including medicines and medical equipment.
Iranian athletes and champions released a video clip in solidarity with the people of the world which was warmly received by the sports community and was shared on the website of Association of National Olympic Committees.
In recent history, we Iranians have gone through years of war and sanctions. And I am only sure that we will put this new crisis behind us victoriously. So keep your spirits up and never lose hope.
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