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Last week, the Iranian capital’s Ebtekar newspaper reported that the head of the Iranian Prisons Organization had been dismissed from his position.” On Saturday, Tehran’s public prosecutor’s office responded by banning future publication of the newspaper, which was declared guilty of “spreading rumors and lies, or [distorting] others’ contents,” according to Mohammad Ali Vakili, Ebtekar’s managing director.

Mullahs’ Majlis (parliament) approved a plan to increase the population titled “Plan to prevent decrease in population growth rate”. The plan passed on Sunday, April 13, by 131 votes in favor, 43 against, with 9 abstentions of the present 204 representatives in the parliament.

The Petroleum Minister of Mullah Rouhani’s cabinet mentioned that every year nine billion cubic meters of gas (equivalent to the gas exported to Turkey in one year) is lost and he further stated that currently there is this amount of gas lost in the network.  

The outcome of a study by Sharif Industrial University (the foremost industrial university in Iran) indicates that gasoline pollution in Tehran is 20 times and gas pollution 800 times the world standards. This study has accounted for the sulfur contaminant in these fuels.

A member of mullahs’ parliament announced regime’s redlines on the nuclear negotiations and relations with Europe in reaction to the European parliament resolution and concurrent with the third round of regime’s nuclear negotiations with P5+1.

Members of the Mullahs’ parliament, in a reaction to the European parliament (EP)’s resolution on Iran, have introduced legislation that states: “No European official or delegation can meet with or visit Iranian individuals or entities in Iran without prior authorization from the government of the Islamic Republic”. 

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