May 23, 2021, 8:19 AM
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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on May 23

Tehran, May 23, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday:

** IRAN DAILY

-- Rouhani: All Iranian provinces past peak of pandemic’s fourth wave

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said COVID-19 deaths and infections are past their peak in all Iranian provinces.
The figures are reflecting a downward trend with most of the cities coded orange (high-risk) and yellow (medium-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread, Rouhani added in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus.

-- Iran’s road network to expand by March: Deputy minister

A sum of 440 kilometers of freeway and 1,200 kilometers of highway will be added to Iran’s road network by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2022), announced Iranian deputy roads and urban development minister.
Kheirollah Khademi also noted that his ministry prioritized the completion of nine major freeway projects which would have the biggest impact on the country’s transportation and transit operations over the past two years and these projects have had an average progress of more than 70 percent.

-- Lorestan Province produces 52 types of handicrafts

Fifty-two types of handicrafts are being produced in the western Iranian province of Lorestan under different categories, said the director general of the province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.
Talking to Iran Daily, Seyyed Amin Qassemi said the most popular handicrafts of the province are kilims, mashteh (a type of handmade woolen textile), jajim (a type of handmade textile), local clothes, traditional footwear, varsho (nickel silver craft), traditional jewelry, carved wood, carved stones, engraved items, and precious and semiprecious stone cuts.

** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Pro-Palestine Rallies Rock British Cities

Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through London and other British cities on Saturday to protest against Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Protesters called for sanctions on the occupying regime of Israel during the march in London. Some were draped in Palestinian flags and set off green and red smoke flares. Others carried banners declaring “Free Palestine”, “Stop bombing Gaza” and “Sanctions on Israel”.

-- Iranian Beach Volleyball Teams Win at Tour 1-Star Sofia

Iranian teams have defeated their opponents at the Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star Sofia.
Bahman Salemi and Arash Vakili defeated Bulgarian pair Georgi Stoyanov and Dimitar Kalchev 2-0 (21-11, 21-11) in Pool A.
Rahman Raoufi and Abolhamed Mirzaali also beat their Bulgarian rival Georgi Bratoev and Miroslav Gradinarov 2-0 (21-9, 21-19) in Pool B.
The competition is being held in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria from May 20 to 23.

-- Iraq, Syria Pledge Support for Palestinians

Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Faisal al-Miqdad has criticized the UN Security over its inaction to maintain international peace and security, saying its failure is encouraging the Zionist regime to continue its aggression and crimes against the Palestinians.
Miqdad, in a message addressed to the UN General Assembly read out by Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bassam Sabbagh, said the new war on the besieged Gaza Strip and its repeated assaults across the occupied West Bank, including al-Quds, are in line with the regime’s continuous acts of aggression in the region, including against Syria and Lebanon, and its support for terrorist groups.

** TEHRAN TIMES

-- New poll shows over 43% will participate in presidential election

According to the most recent poll conducted by ISPA, (Iranian Students’ Polling Agency), 43.7 of the respondents have said they will surely participate in the coming presidential elections.

According to the poll, 9.3% of the responders also said they will most likely participate. ISPA has concluded that at the end of the Iranian calendar month of Ordibehesht (May 21), the average participation rate is 43%. 

-- Iranian institute launches intl. short story competition on COVID-19  

The Iran Book and Literature House has launched an international competition for short story writing on COVID-19.

In a call published on Saturday, the cultural center invited all people writing in Persian across the world to participate in this competition, which will be held on the theme of “The Story of Corona and Us”.

-- Bronze Age Konar-Sandal getting ready for UNESCO status 

Preparatory work has been commenced on Iran’s Konar-Sandal to get the Bronze Age site ready for a possible UNESCO registration. The site is situated in the Jiroft plain of southeastern Kerman province. 

Furthermore, the archaeological site is currently being demarcated to determine its legal properties, provincial tourism chief Fereydun Fa’ali said on Friday.

A budget of three billion rials (about $71,000 at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) has been allocated for the demarcation project, the official noted. 

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