International off-road competitions was held in Qazvin on Friday 26 May 2017.
In this competition 85 driver from Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia participated in Men and women categories.
International off-road competitions was held in Qazvin on Friday 26 May 2017.
The event is organized jointly by the Federation of Freight Forwarders of India and the sports club ‘Kalinga Motor’, said Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, reported Trend News Agency.
Iranian entities organizing the race are the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Road Facilities, the Federation of Motorcycles and Vehicles and the Customs Board of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The 30-day rally will cover the route from extending from Shiraz, Isfahan, Tehran, Qazvin, Rasht to Astara port on Iranian territory and onward to Moscow and St. Petersburg and back again to finish in Chabahar.
Twenty trucks are participating in the competitions, one from Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan, while the rest will belong to the Indian teams. Around 39 participants are taking part in the competition.
The North-South transport corridor is designed to connect Northern Europe with India and Southeast Asia. The route will also link the railways of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.
In the initial stage, six million tons of cargo are planned to be transported through the corridor per year and the figure will eventually rise to 15-20 million tons.
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits the Iranian city of Malard in Tehran province.
According to the Seismological Center of the Institute of Geophysics of Tehran University, the quake hit on Wednesday at 23:27 local time (1957 GMT) at a depth of seven kilometers on the border of Tehran and Alborz provinces.
The epicenter of the tremor was located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital.
The head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said one person was injured in Malard.
The quake was also felt in the cities of Karaj, Qom, Qazvin and Arak.
“We are asking people to stay calm as the traffic itself could create problems,” the Iranian Red Crescent’s Mortza Redmare said during a televised interview.
The quake resulted in minor panic in Tehran province, prompting people to take to the streets and public places.
This comes as Iran is still reeling from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, its deadliest in over a decade, which hit the western province of Kermanshah on November 11, killing more than 500 people and causing extensive material damage there.
Trail Bike(BMX) rally was held in Hamedan by enthusiasts taking part.
Hamadan is one of the oldest continually inhabited towns, centers of civilization, and numerous capitals of different dynasties that have ruled Iran through the ages. Capital of the province of Hamadan, at the foot of Mount Alvand, and located at an altitude of 1,829 m above sea level, it is 400 km to the southwest of Tehran by road via Qazvin, and can be reached by air as well. It is a trade center for a fertile farm region where fruit and grain are grown.
In the modern Hamadan that is built on the plans prepared by the German architect Karl Fritsch, nothing is left to be seen of ancient Ecbatana of the Medes’ capital before they formed a union with the Persians. It was the residence of Achaemenian Kings, and the summer resort of the Parthian and Sassanian dynasties due to its strategic vicinity to Ctesiphon. In the 7th century AD Hamadan was passed to the Arabs, and it was later held by the Seljuk Turks (12th-13th centuries) and the Mongols (13th-14th centuries).Hamadan’s climate is mild and delightful in summers, and cold in winters. Early spring and late autumn are the rainy seasons for the region. To this day Hamadan is a very popular retreat with Iranians during the warmer months when the climate in autumn and spring is one of the most pleasant in the country, but winters are long and sever.
Before going into a description of the historical monuments of Hamadan, and regarding the town’s rather prolonged history, the reader is reminded of two hills on which some of the most ancient remains can be seen even today, however not that much interesting: I) Hagmatana Hill, with ruins of the walls and ramparts of the Median and Achaemenian periods. Located in Ekbatan Street (north of Ekbatan Square), which is presently under archaeological excavations (see below); and 2) Mosalla Hill (now a park), situated in the east of Ayatollah Mofatteh Avenue, which is said to be the ancient site of Anahita Temple. According to some archaeologists, the site had been a Parthian stronghold, the remains of which could be seen until a few years ago, with parts of its ramparts visible even today.
The ruins of ancient Hagmatana, on the site of which the present Hamadan stands, date from the period of Median monarchs (7th and early 6th centuries BC) who had made that city their capital. Hagmatana was further developed under the Achaemenian and Parthian rulers and was known as the first capital of the ancient Persian Empire. Scientific excavations and accidental diggings for construction works have resulted in the discovery of numerous objects, including some gold and silver tablets, in the region. This indicates that the treasury of the Achaemenian monarchs was kept in Hagmatana and that the present Hamadan has been constructed upon apart of the site of the ancient city. In the old Sar Qal’eh, Qal’eh Shah, and Darab quarters, one could see the remains of a thick wall that once enclosed the Achaemenian Darius’ palace (521-486 BC). Some traces of the Haft Hissar Palace and the historic ancient rampart, sparsely found in the old citadel of Hagmatana bear witness to the grandeur of this capital of the Median and the Achaemenian periods. However, an adequate appreciation of this grandeur will only be possible when systematic scientific excavations are carried out in this area. So far, the discovery of the heads of a stone statue in the hillock Mosalla has proved the existence of an Ashkanian (Arsacid) fort on that hill. At all events, Hagmatana has been one of the important centers of the Sassanian period and has retained the same position in the Islamic era. There exists ample evidence in the history of Islamic period concerning its prosperity.
The celebration of feast of Blessing of Grapes and Assumption of Mary was held on in Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran.
The construction of St. Sarkis Church in Tehran began from 1964 and was complete by 1970. The church was built by Sarkisian brothers in memory of their parents.
At beginning the Tehran prelacy was located at conjunction of St. Mother Mary Church in central Tehran. In the early 1960s it was decided to change the site of the prelacy offices into new location. So therefore the bishop and committee members of the time requested to an Armenian benefactor Markar Sarkissian to help them in this cause. So the committee bought the land located at end of Villa Street (now called Nejatollahi Street). In 2006 Mr. Hrair Hagopian renovated the baptism pool and the church in memory of his beloved wife Vartoohi Davidian.
Armenians in Iran
Armenians can be found in almost every major city of Iran, engaged in a variety of professions and occupations, as university professors, physicians, high-school teachers, businessmen, engineers, skilled workers, truck drivers, artists, technicians, artisans, professional athletes, etc. Their traditional centers of Azerbaijan and Isfahan (since the 11th/17th century) have been overshadowed in recent years by the tremendous growth of the Armenian population in Tehran, where more than 66 percent of the entire community (estimated at 270,000 in 1977, see Nyrop, Iran, p. 152) resided in 1345 Š./1966 (Firoozi, The Population of Iran, p. 346). Three prelates with jurisdiction over the three district areas of Azerbaijan, Isfahan (including southern Iran and India), and
Tehran (including Qazvīn, Rašt, Mašhad, Bandar-e Anzalī, Hamadān, Arāk, and Kermānšāh) head the community. They are subject to the catholicos of Cilicia in Lebanon who nominates three candidates for each prelate post out of which one candidate is elected by the assembly of local representatives; then the elected prelate is officially appointed as such by the catholicos (Rāʾīn, Īrānīān-e Armanī, pp. 61-62). The Iranian community traditionally acknowledged the jurisdiction of the catholicos of Echmiadzin (Vałaršapat, the ancient capital of Armenia, now in Soviet Armenia) until the 1950s, when for political reasons he was replaced by the catholicos of Lebanon. This led to a split in the Armenian community, since a large number continued to follow the catholicos of Echmiadzin, who refused to relinquish the jurisdictional claim of his church over the entire Iranian community (Nyrop, Iran, p. 135).
Horse jumping competition on the occasion of International Quds Day was held on Friday in Hamedan.
Hamadan is one of the western and mountainous cities of Iran, which is located in Hamedan province and along Elburz Mountains and is 360 kilometers away from southwest of Tehran. It is one of the historical-cultural and touristic cities of Iran that was built in Medes period at eight century B.C. Medes named this city Hegamataneh, and Hamadan is the new name (face) for Hegmataneh. It is also considered as the history and civilization capital of Iran.
Hamadan has a cold climate. The dialect of the Hamadanian people is Farsi with Hamadani accent.
Some of the most famous and greatest poets, writers, and scientists of the Hamadan province are Baba Tahir Hamadani, Eynolghazat Hamadani, Seyyed Jamal ol Din Asadabadi, Mirzadeh Eshghi, Mostafa Rahmandoost, and Ayatollah Mohammad Mofatteh.
Tomb of Avicenna (Bu Ali Sina), famous Iranian scientist and medic
Tomb of Baba Tahir
Tomb of Esther and Mordechai
Ancient Hegmataneh Hill
Stone Lion Sculpture
The Ancient Bazaar of Hamadan
The Grand Mosque of Hamadan
Mosque of the Prophet
Imam Khomeini Square
Dokhtar Castle (Ghez Ghale)
Tomb of Aref Qazvini
Ganjnameh telecabin in Hamadan.
The follwoing are among the natural and tourist spots of Hamadan: Ganjnameh telecabin, Abbasabad hill, Ganjnameh waterfall, Tarrik Darreh ski resort, Mosafa gardens in Mount Alvand domain specially Abbasabad and Heydareh and Emamzadeh Kooh valleys, Ekbatan dam, People’s park, Eram’s garden and amusement park.
Religious Monuments and Locations
Emamzadeh Abdollah, Emamzadeh Yahya, Emamzadeh Hossein, Emamzadeh Ismail (Mountain Shrine), Emamzadeh Hadi ibn Ali, Emamzadeh Ahl ibn Ali, ancient tomb of Emamzadeh Azhar, ancient tomb of Emamzadeh Hood.
Museums and Cultural Centers
Hamadan’s natural history museum, Hegmataneh museum, Avicenna shrine museum, Sacred Defense museum.
Pottery and ceramics, leather and leather products, carpets, Rugs and Jajims, Angosht Pich, spicy garlic, Sap milk, Maviz, grape sap, shortbread, yellow halwa, walnuts, pistachio shells jam, Dartol, Baslogh, Sheermal, mixture potion, rose jam, sweetbreads, and Kak.
Handcrafts are rich with leather crafts, carpet weaving, and rug weaving. The role of Lalejin is of special importance as the major source of pottery and ceramics in Iran. Other active handcrafts in Hamadan include:
Coppersmithing and etching on copper
Jewelry, silver filigree, goldbeating, and silver beating and enamelling
Hamid Karegar, speaking in a meeting with Qazvin Governor General Fereidoun Hemmati on Sunday, said that Iran resumed carpet exports to the US in the wake of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Carpet exports to the US in the eight months of the current Iranian year was set on $50 million compared to zero in the previous year,” he underlined.
Kargar stated that Iranian carpet exporters have not been present in American market for five years as a result of which Indian carpets have taken the place of Iranian rugs.
He further emphasized that before the imposition of international sanctions against Iranian carpets in 2010, the US remained as the top importer of Persian Carpet with a share of more than 16.5 per cent worth 82 million dollars.
Noting that carpet exports to China have also increased in recent years, Karegar said that over the past five years, carpet exports to China has raised to eight million dollars from previous 8000 dollars.
Sanctions on the country’s carpet industry imposed negative impacts on its exports, Kargar said, adding after JCPOA we have seen openings in sales of Iranian goods to the customers in foreign countries.
Iran’s carpet industry dates back to 3,000 years ago and currently, one million artists are engaged in the industry, Karegar noted.
These are some of the stories covered in this episode of IRAN program.
Nomads of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari
Do you ever get tired of living where you are? Do you want to break free from the bustling city life? Don’t we all sometimes? But can you picture yourself living far out in nature just getting along with only basic living necessities?
Industry in Qazvin
In old day Persia, Qazvin was along the Silk Road. In Modern day Iran, Qazvin is our main north-south transit corridor. And that is one of the reasons Qazvin is an industrial hub for Iran’s medium-scale industries.
You can’t hear enough about the benefits of exercising. And I’m not going to take your time reminding you. But I will tell you this, nobody is going to move your arms and legs for you. You need to make an effort yourself and start paddling your own canoe. That is literally what these athletes did.
Representative of Russian Railways said the transportation company is seeking to set up a representative office in Iran.
Head of the International Cooperation Department at JSC Russian Railways Sergei Stolyarov made the remarks during a speech delivered at the eighth meeting of the Working Group on Iran-Russia cooperation and pointed to the international project pursued by the state-owned railway monopoly Russian Railways (RZD Holding) asserting “a total of 117 subsidiaries are members of the holding which encompasses 25 per cent of total investments made in Russia.”
Stolyarov went on to add that Russian railroads are 85 thousand kilometers long 40 thousand kilometers of which are electric; “RZD covers 45% of goods turnover as well as 26% of passenger services and holds representative offices in 40 countries.”
Russian Railways attaches great importance to ports and the company seeks trade development and presence in global markets by sales and supply of parts and equipment of the infrastructure section as well as implementation of projects and provision of consultation services.
Referring to the significance of Garmsar-Incheh Borun railway, the Russian official asserted “the rail path marks Russia’s key project in Iran as in June last year, our plan to activate Russia’s North-South corridor resulted in successful transport of cargo from India to Russia via Iranian railways.”
On Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway, Stolyarov said “operation of the railroad is undoubtedly one approach to activation of north-south corridor and holds great significance to Russia.”
Pete R.: I thought I knew what a good hospitality is like.. until I came to Iran.
“Why go to Iran?” This is a question people often asked when I tell them I was going there. I would have ask the same if it wasn’t the words of mouth I heard over the years about how awesome Iran is, how incredibly friendly the people are, and how off the beaten path the whole country is.
The first day I arrived in Tehran, I was walking around the Bazaar and we were approached by several locals asking what we think about Iran, gave us free tea and cakes, and allowed us to roam their warehouses without asking for anything in return. This similar scenario happened a lot more throughout my 2 weeks time in Iran and really got me thinking about how misinformed I was about the country. It is very safe to travel in Iran, easy to do it independently as the locals will go out of their ways to help you, and the people are one of the friendliest people in the world. Not to mention how beautiful the landscape is, how stunning all the attractions are, and how off the beaten track the whole country is.
Iran is truly a special country that with restore your heart and soul and I hope that this video shows at least half of the warmth I got from the amazing people in Iran.
Location: Tehran, Qazvin, Alamut, Shiraz, Yazd, Esfahan, Kashan
Camera Gear: Sony RX100 M3 (blog.bucketlistly.com/post/145558191893/travel-photography-gear-guide-light-travel)
Music: “Esmerelda” – Ben Howard
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