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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 7

Tehran, June 7, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Monday:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Task force says COVID-19 vaccination continuing

Inoculation against COVID-19 in Iran is in process, said the spokesman of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, rejecting any doubt about its continuation.
Speaking to IRNA on Sunday, Alireza Raeisi added vaccination of the high-risk groups will continue until a new batch of the jab is delivered to the country.

-- Iran rolls out drainage systems in 20,000 hectares of farms

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated new drainage systems in 20,000 hectares of more lands in northern Iran as the country moves ahead with restoration and revival schemes for farms nationwide.
The rollout of drainage systems on Thursday came during a videoconference call by Rouhani where he ordered the launch of over 75 trillion rials (over $312 million) in agricultural projects in four Iranian provinces.

-- Iran move up to sixth in VNL table after clean sweep of Week 2 fixtures

Three successive victories in Week 2 of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) in Rimini, Italy, saw Iran move up to sixth in the 16-team table. On Sunday, Vladimr Alekno’s men beat Bulgaria in straight sets (25-20, 33-31, 25-22) after four-set wins against Canada and the host on the previous two days.
Bardia Sa’adat, 18, topped the scoring for Iran with 17 points, followed by Amirhossein Esfandiar, who chipped in 11. “We are very happy with this victory. This game was really important for our team as we wanted to close this round with a win,” Esfandiar said after the match.

** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Fire at Steel Plant Contained

Firefighters on Sunday managed to control a blaze at Zarand Iranian Steel Company in the southeastern Kerman province.
Ali Sadeqzadeh, governor of the town of Zarand, said there were no human losses. The fire, he added, was contained and only damaged the cables around the furnace site. “A sudden overflow of molten material in the blast furnace caused a fire and smoke, but there was no explosion at the furnace site or other parts of the plant,” Sadeqzadeh explained.

-- Iran Blasts ‘Flawed’ UN Decision to Suspend Voting Rights

Iran has slammed the United Nations’ decision to suspend its voting rights at the General Assembly for failing to pay its dues as “fundamentally flawed, entirely unacceptable and completely unjustified”.
Tehran argues that the $16.2 million it owes to the UN is the result of Washington’s sanctions, imposed after former president Donald Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Iran’s voting rights at the UN General Assembly were suspended in January under rules for countries whose arrears are equal to or exceed their contributions due for the past two years.

-- Volleyballers Overpower Bulgaria in VNL 2021

Iran have defeated Bulgaria 3-0 (25-20, 33-31, 25-22) in the 2021 Volleyball Nations League Week 2. Bardia Saadat grabbed 17 points for Iran, and Bulgaria’s Parapunov Radoslav earned 11 points.
On Friday, Iran national volleyball team gained a four-set win against Italy, the host country, in the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Alekno’s men registered its third consecutive win in the competitions with a 3-1 victory (26-24, 29-27, 21-25, 25-22).

** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iran, EAEU soon to begin talks over establishing free trade zone

Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are set to begin negotiations on a full-fledged joint free trade zone in the near future, the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) announced.

As reported by BelTA, the decision has been made following a meeting between Chairman of the EEC Board Mikhail Myasnikovich and Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian, who is also the head of the two countries’ Joint Economic Committee, on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

-- Iran to organize Intl. Storytelling Festival 2021 online

The 23rd edition of Iran’s International Storytelling Festival is scheduled to be held online due to the pandemic.

Earlier, the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA), which is the main organizer of the festival, announced last July that the festival would be held online. However, the disease forced the institute to cancel the event totally. Last week, the IIDCYA announced that the festival with the motto “The Future Must Be Built” will be held online in December 2021.

-- Rituals, food skills from Ardebil win cultural heritage status

A total of 18 cultural elements passed down from generation to generation in Ardebil province have been added to the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list.  The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts on Saturday announced the inscriptions in a letter to the governor-general of the northwestern province, CHTN reported.

Ancient rituals of rainmaking with Chomcheh Galin doll, Yashil Sofreh, Khidir Nabi, and Galin Chikhdi which have long been practiced across the province are among the items added to the list.

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