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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on May 22

Tehran, May 22, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Saturday:


-- Rouhani launches $1.3b worth of new petchem projects

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated three petrochemical plants with an investment of over $1.3 billion hailing government’s records in job creation and improved manufacturing activity through the expansion of the country’s petchem sector.
Rouhani used a videoconference call on Thursday to open the three plants that are located in the energy-rich regions south of Iran.

-- Iran’s four-month crude steel output hits 10m tons: WSA

Iranian steelmakers produced 10 million tons of crude steel during the first four months of 2021, marking a 9.6 percent rise compared to the corresponding figure for 2020, which was 9.1 million tons.
According to figures released by the World Steel Association (WSA) on Friday, Iranian smelters cast 2.5 million tons of crude steel in April, showing a 6.4 percent increase compared to the figure for the same month of 2020, which was 2.3 million tons.
China topped the list of crude steel producers in the fourth month of 2021, with an output of 97.9 million tons, while Iran stood at 10th place.

-- Dar-ol-Fonoun, first modern institution of higher education in Iran

Dar-ol-Fonoun is the name of an old school located on Naser Khosrow Street in Tehran which was established by Amir Kabir (1807-1852), chief minister to Nassereddin Shah Qajar (1831-1896) in the first three years of his reign.
It is considered the first modern institution of higher education of the country. After a trip to Russia, Amir Kabir realized the country’s dire need for an institute of higher education. To build Dar-ol-Fonoun which was simply known as the ‘new school’ or ‘royal academy, he chose a location close to the royal palace and in place of a former barracks.


-- Iran Unveils ‘Gaza’ Drone With 2,000 km Range

 Iran on Friday displayed a home-built combat drone with a range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles), naming it “Gaza” in honor of the Palestinians’ struggle against the occupying regime of Israel.
Iran has developed a powerful missile and drone capability for deterrence and retaliation against its adversaries in the event of any aggression.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said the new drone is capable of flying for 35 hours and carrying 13 bombs and 500 kg (1,100 lbs) of electronics equipment.

-- Iran Third Best Team in FIBA Asia Cup

sketball team sits third in the FIBA Asia Cup medal table.
The FIBA Asia Cup has a long and lengthy history dating back to 1960. There have been 29 editions of the premier competition of the region and with the 30th edition set to be played later this year.
China is the most-decorated team, winning the title 16 times. The Philippines sits second with five titles and Iran is third with three titles.
There are only eight national teams that have played in over 20 Asia Cups, led by Korea who has never missed a single edition of the competition. Japan is just behind with 28 appearances, missing only Asia Cup 1963.

-- Iran Will Never Leave Palestine Alone

The head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Quds Force says no matter how much pressures and sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic, it will never let Palestine be alone in its confrontation with the Zionist regime.
Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani made the remarks in separate letters on Thursday to Muhammad Deif, the commander of Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of Hamas, and Akram al-Ajouri, who heads Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
“I reiterate here that we abide by the promise made to you by martyred commander Hajj Qassem Soleimani. No matter how much pressure mounts and to what degree sanctions are intensified, we will never let Palestine be alone,” the letter to Deif said.


-- Georgian translation of Masnavi-ye Manavi introduced in Tbilisi  

A Georgian translation of Persian poet and mystic Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi’s Masnavi-ye Manavi was introduced at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi last week.

Georgian poet Giorgi Lobzhanidze is the translator of the Persian masterpiece, which has been published in two volumes with contributions from the Iranian Culture Center in Tbilisi, the center announced on Thursday.

-- Top firms sign deals worth over $71b to conduct industrial projects

Five of Iran’s top enterprises have signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with the Industry, Mining, and Trade Ministry to invest three quadrillion rials (about $71.4 billion) in industrial projects.

The mentioned MOUs have been signed under the framework of a program dubbed “Resilient Economy with Top Enterprises” in which the Industry Ministry defines new projects for the country’s top companies to invest in.

As reported, the signing ceremony, held on Wednesday, was attended by the Industry, Mining, and Trade Minister Alireza Razm Hosseini, along with some governors, members of the parliament, and judiciary officials.

-- Iran considers opening borders to vaccinated travelers

Iran is weighing plans to open its borders to vaccinated tourists though it isn’t yet clear exactly when tourists will be allowed to arrive.

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts have already started extensive consultations with other government ministries for the reopening of borders to vaccinated travelers, the deputy minister Vali Teymouri said on Wednesday.

“One of the issues that we are pursuing strongly through various committees is the arrival of international citizens who have been vaccinated so that won’t pose a threat or concern to the Iranian society,” the official said.


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