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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 22

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

*** IRAN DAILY

-- President Rouhani launches over 50 FTZ projects

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated 52 development projects worth over $14.7 billion in the country’s free trade and special economic zones on Monday.
Rouhani opened the projects through videoconferencing in provinces of East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Khuzestan, Hormuzgan, Gilan, and Sistan and Baluchestan.
Put into operation in Kish, Qeshm, Arvand, Aras, and Anzali free trade and special economic zones, the projects are going to provide direct employment for about 2,090 people.

-- Minister estimates Iran lost $100b in crude revenues since 2018

Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the country has lost an estimated $100
billion in crude revenues since 2018 because of US sanctions that hampered sales and due to lower prices in international markets that was caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Zanganeh provided the estimates in a report submitted to a high-profile economic meeting chaired by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.

-- Melody of legends speaks out in ney anban

Ney anban in Persian, worldly known as bagpipe is an instrument which can be played wherever one needs to express and share their joy or sorrow with others like in weddings and special rituals.
The Iranian bagpipe is deeply rooted in culture and traditions of southern regions of Iran including Khuzestan, Hormuzgan and Bushehr provinces in southern Iran which is considered as the hometown of this instrument, while southeastern province of Kerman has got great ney anban musicians often less discovered by the public.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Economic Improvement Takes Precedence Over JCPOA

The President-Elect in his first press conference that was televised nationwide on Monday and included reporters of the foreign media excellently fielded all questions thrown at him on various topics, including internal and international issues.
He deftly placed back on the reporter’s own desk the complicated questions posed rather willfully by the foreign media – perhaps in an attempt to catch him on the wrong foot – and in the process displayed sincerity and honesty in tackling the problems facing Iran and the Iranian people.
There were no boastful remarks by Ayatollah Ibrahim Raisi in his press conference or ambiguous words and phrases that politicians normally use as empty promises to deceive the masses – although independent journalists remain unconvinced.
For instance he said: “The foreign policy of our administration will not start from the JCPOA nor will it be restricted to the JCPOA”,
This was a reference to the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action on Iran’s inalienable right to peaceful develop nuclear energy, on which the US criminally renegaded, and despite the change of guard at the White House in Washington, continues its policy of economic terrorism with the intention of frustrating the Iranian government through meaningless talks.

-- Persepolis Claim Fourth Successive Iran Super Cup Title

Iran’s Persepolis football team on Sunday edged past Tractor 1-0 to win Iran’s Super Cup for the fourth time in a row.
Issa Alekasir scored the solitary goal of the match in the 61st minute in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.
Tractor midfielder Mehdi Tikdari received a red card in the 78th for a violent conduct on Persepolis player Saeid Aghaei.
It was Persepolis’ fourth title in a row in Super Cup.
The Super Cup is an Iranian association football trophy awarded to the winner of a match between the Persian Gulf Pro League’s season champion and the winner of the Hazfi Cup.

-- Iran to Unveil Local Version of Sputnik V Saturday

Health Minister Saeed Namaki said Monday Iran’s domestically-manufactured version of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is set to be unveiled on June 26.
“The Iranian version of Sputnik V will be unveiled on Saturday,” Namaki said at a provincial headquarters set up for fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the northeastern province of Golestan.
The health minister expressed appreciation for the efforts by Iranian scientists to develop vaccines against the deadly virus and said the Iranian version of Sputnik V is scheduled to be unveiled on Saturday.
Namaki also said the first phase of the clinical trial of a vaccine produced by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will begin at the Baqiatallah Hospital in the capital Tehran on June 27.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- U.S. must guarantee withdrawal from JCPOA won’t happen again: Araqchi

 A top Iranian nuclear negotiator has called on the Biden administration to ensure that withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the imposition of sanctions will not happen again.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi gave more details about the latest developments of the Vienna nuclear talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He made the remarks after a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission at the end of the sixth round of the Vienna talks.

-- Iran honors Japanese scholar Ryuichi Sugiyama for studies on Imam Reza (AS)

Iran has honored Japanese scholar Ryuichi Sugiyama for his comprehensive studies on the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Imam of the Shia.

He received the Razavi Scholar Award from the Iranian cultural attache in Tokyo, Hossein Divsalar, Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) announced on Monday.

Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance gives the honor to an international scholar with outstanding research about Imam Reza (AS) during the Imam Reza (AS) International Festival, whose 19th edition is currently underway in the country.

-- Indigenous stories, lullabies to be assessed as national heritage

The indigenous stories and local lullabies of the northeastern province of North Khorasan are one step closer to possibly be inscribed on the national intangible cultural heritage list, the provincial tourism chief has said.

The stories and lullabies of the people of the province are planned to be added to the list of the cultural heritage of the country so that indigenous culture can be promoted and passed down to future generations, Ali Mostofian announced on Monday.

“The texts of several stories have been collected and documented, and a databank of storytellers and researchers in the fields of literature and indigenous culture is being developed,” the official added.

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