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22 Sep 2012 00:42Comments

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StudentUniforms.jpgFashion Story of the Day

Female university students obliged to wear uniforms

According to Gholam Reza Khajesarvi, deputy minister for cultural and social affairs with the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, which oversees Iranian higher education, an initiative to make uniforms compulsory for female university students has been finalized. The initiative will be implemented in eight universities in Tehran and five universities elsewhere around the country. The uniforms, for which the Parnia firm has been contracted, will be distributed at low cost. Female students will have a choice between a chador or a manteau and maghnaeh (habitlike headscarf)

Over the past few months, there had been talk of making a uniform compulsory for female students in order to preserve their "Islamic and Iranian identity." Female students were previously free to choose their standard outfit from a variety of colors and styles. The new uniforms will ensure the wearing of sanctioned monochrome attire.

Headline of the Day

"Obama in Cross Hairs of Zionists' New Islamophobia Plot"

-- From Iran's semiofficial Mehr News Agency. The accompanying story asserts that "the recent wave of anti-Islam propaganda in the United States is part of the Zionist lobby's new plot to ensure that President Barack Obama loses the election in November, according to many observers."

Helpful Story of the Day

Iranian military in Syria purely for "advisory, consultation purposes"

The commander of the Iranian Army's ground forces told the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) that Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel have been deployed to Syria solely to advise President Bashar al-Assad's embattled regime and its counterinsurgency efforts. According to ILNA, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Purdastan said, "As the respected Sepah [Guard] commander [Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari] stated, our presence is just for advisory and consultation purposes."

Responding to a question about "Israeli threats," Purdastan declared, "We are monitoring threats minute by minute and if they attack us in any way, unquestionably, the damage we do them will be much greater." He said that the Army and Revolutionary Guards would hold joint airborne drills in eastern Iran in late October or early November.

Statistic of the Day

Distance of 31 miles (50 kilometers) and altitude of 75,000 feet (22,860 meters)

-- Range of Iran's new domestically produced Ra'd (Thunder) air defense system, according to Revolutionary Guard Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh. The new surface-to-air missile was unveiled at a military parade outside the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khoemeini in south Tehran on Friday. Hajizadeh, commander of the Guards' Aerospace Force, described the Ra'd as the "first completely indigenous system of the Sepah, which has been designed and manufactured by committed Iranian technicians in the struggle for self-sufficiency."

Undiplomatic Story of the Day

Norway may be next to close Tehran embassy

According to the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), the Norwegian media has been indicating that the country is on the verge of closing its embassy in Tehran. In ISNA's description, various media outlets have published remarks by the Norwegian ambassador to Israel, who stated that his country would soon cut all diplomatic ties with Iran. There has been no official comment as yet from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

Photo of the Day


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Friday's military parade in south Tehran (ISNA)

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