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Sandstorm unearths historical site in Kerman

A tremendous sandstorm that swept across part of Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman has led to the discovery of several historic artifacts dating back to centuries ago at a dig site. Fahraj Governor Gholam Reza Nejat-Khaleqi said the archeological site, located 248 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital city of Kerman, became visible for …

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The Baloch Conflict with Iran and Pakistan: Book Review

    Hassan Hamdam In his latest book, “The Baloch conflict with Iran and Pakistan: aspects of a national liberation struggle,” Dr. Naseer Dashti traces the history of Baloch national struggle in Iran and Pakistan from the beginning to the present day. The book gives a rich insight about past …

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Sistan-Baluchestan lures tourism investors: Iranian official

TEHRAN – Sistan-Baluchestan, a southeastern Iranian province, is more and more attracting tourism investors in particular in its ecotourism and hospitality sector, the provincial tourism chief says. A Dubai-based Iranian individual aims to invest $500 million in building a tourism town in the region, ISNA quoted Kambiz Moshtaq-Gohari as saying …

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Archaeological probe finds prehistoric gravestones in Western Balochistan

TEHRAN – A team of archaeologists has bumped into 5000-year-old gravestones during its probe into an ancient necropolis in Sistan-Baluchestan province, southeast Iran. Sets of twin and triple tombstones exist amongst the newly excavated gravestones that are believed to date back to 3rd millennium BC, according to initial surveys conducted …

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The Baloch Conflict with Iran and Pakistan: New Book Published

A new book providing an enriched insight into the dynamics of Baloch National Struggle has been published. The book, “The Baloch conflict with Iran and Pakistan” is authored by Dr. Naseer Dashti and published by Trafford Publishing. The book offers a critical elucidation of the early non-violent political struggle of …

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Sandstorm unearths ancient site in southeastern Iran

TEHRAN – A wave of recent tremendous sandstorms has uncovered vestiges of an ancient city on the outskirts of Fahraj in Kerman Province, southeastern Iran. “A historical site estimated to covering over 5,000 square meters exposed to light following a sandstorm that swept across the region yesterday,” Khabaronline quoted Fahraj …

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Sistan-Baluchestan to turn into tourist hub

TEHRAN – Iranian tourism authorities seek to put a new face to Sistan-Baluchestan Province in a bid to turn the vast southeastern region into a tourist destination. The province has long been shunned by potential foreign travelers though it is home to several distinctive archaeological sites and natural attractions, including …

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The lost civilisation of Mehrgarh: A treasure in ruins

MUHAMMAD AKBAR NOTEZAI Lost amid the landscape of social strife that engulfs Balochistan is its cultural and historical heritage. While textbooks and documentaries have delved deep into Mohenjo-daro and the Indus Valley civilisation, little attention has been paid to the oldest civilisation in Mehrgarh. On a bright and sunny day, …

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Restoration of Sassanid-era Qa’leh Dokhtar castle projected

TEHRAN – The ancient Qa’leh Dokhtar castle in the southeastern province of Kerman is projected to undergo restoration. The provincial Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department has allotted 10 billion rials (about $265,000) to implement the restoration plan, CHTN reported on Sunday. Situated on a mountain slope neighboring the Firouzabad-Kavar …

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