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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 21

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


-- Iran-Malaysia annual trade hits $370m: Official

Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Iran amounted to $370 million in 2020, said the first secretary and head of the chancery of the Malaysian Embassy in Tehran on Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference which was attended by Farhad Jafari, the marketing manager of the Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia (Tourism Malaysia) in Tehran, Mohd Nizam bin Halimi noted that Malaysia’s imports from Iran were seafood, agriculture products, oil-based products and processed foods.
“The country’s major exports to Iran included palm oil and palm-based agricultural products, natural rubber, machinery and equipment parts as well as chemical products,” he said.

-- Health minister calls for immediate suspension of Moscow flights

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki stressed the need for an immediate decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus about suspending flights between Tehran and Moscow.
He raised the issue in a letter to the anti-coronavirus task force spokesman Alireza Raeisi, IRNA reported.
The letter read: “Given the reports sent from Russia about the coronavirus spread in the country, it is necessary that the suspension of flights to and from Moscow be quickly discussed in the meeting of the social-security committee of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus and immediate decisions be made.”

-- Sky is nearby in Tehran’s Milad Tower

If Azadi Tower is the Iranian capital’s gateway, then Milad Tower is Tehran’s crest and the symbol of the today Tehran. Milad in Persian means “birth”. Perhaps the idea of building the tallest tower of Iran has come from a perspective of the development of Tehran.
If you are included those who enjoy watching the incredible view of the whole town glowing under the red light of the setting sun or the silver light of the new moon, then Milad Tower can offer you a panoramic view of the atypical capital of Iran. It is where you can feel the beating heart of this chaotic city, resting under the blanket of lights and movement.


-- Iran Joins League of COVID Vaccine Producers

A senior health official said Sunday Iran is joining the league of countries developing vaccines to fight the deadly coronavirus disease by producing its first domestic COVID-19 vaccine, known as COVIran Barekat.
“It is very important for those countries with high population to provide domestic vaccines inside their countries,” Mostafa Ghanei, head of the Scientific Committee of Iran’s National Headquarters for Combating the Coronavirus, told Press TV.
He said vaccination is “most important means” to control the coronavirus pandemic, citing the sharp drop in mortality rates in the countries that have vaccinated their people.

-- Iran Wrestling Team Ranks Third in Turkish Tournament

A team of Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers won three gold medals, two silver, and two bronze ones to finish third in Vehbi Emre & Hamit Kaplan 2021 tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.
The competitions began on June 18 and came to an end on June 20. Russia and Turkey ranked first and second respectively above Iran.
Sajjad Abbaspour, Muhammadreza Mokhtari and Ramin Taheri bagged gold medals for the Iranian squad in 55-, 72-, and 87-kg weight categories. Pouya Dadmarz and Hossein Assadi won silver medals in 55- and 67-weight classes, with Meisam Delkhani and Amin Kavianinejad receiving bronze medals in 63- and 72-weight categories.

-- Majlis Report: U.S. Hindering Removal of Sanctions

Further talks between Iran and other countries took place Sunday to try to negotiate and restore a landmark 2015 agreement that was later abandoned by the Trump administration.
It was the first official meeting since Iran’s judiciary chief won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election last week.
Several diplomats involved in the talks said they made progress recently and that the results they negotiated need to be approved by the respective governments.
Senior diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia and Britain met at a hotel in the Austrian capital for the final meeting of the sixth round of talks in Vienna.


-- Shanghai festival honors “The Contrary Route” director Abolfazl Jalili, star Puyan Shekari 

Iran’s Abolfazl Jalili won the Golden Goblet for best director for his drama “The Contrary Route” at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) on Sunday while his film’s star Puyan Shekari was honored as best actor at the prestigious Chinese event.  

In a video sent to the organizers, Jalili expressed his thanks to the jury and said, “The long distance between us cannot cause problems for our relationship, and I hope I can collaborate with Chinese filmmakers on a joint project about a humanitarian story in the future.”

--- Over $2.3b of facilities paid to SMEs, semi-finished projects in 2 months

Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade’s data show that 99.161 trillion rials (about $2.36 billion) has been paid to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and semi-finished industrial projects with an over 60 percent physical progress during the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-May 21).

The mentioned facilities, which are provided for renewing machinery, equipping production units, or completing semi-finished projects, have been paid in the form of bank loans to 1,512 projects and production units.

-- Magnificent ancient places on Earth: The Gate of Xerxes

The bronze trumpets that once signaled the arrival of important foreign delegations to Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the mighty Achaemenid Empire,  may now be silent, but it is still possible to capture the sense of awe while visiting the colossal Gate of Xerxes.

Built during the reign of Achaemenid king Xerxes I (r. 486 – 465 BC), who called this his Gate of All Nations, the pillared entrance is guarded by bearded and hoofed mythical figures in the style of Assyrian gate-guards.


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