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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 29

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

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran’s GDP could grow by 3.5% this year if JCPOA revived: Institute of International Finance

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) estimated that Iran’s economy will continue to grow by a modest rate of 3.5% this year if the country and world powers succeed in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal.
An IIF report said that Iran’s gross domestic product (GDP) will continue to grow in 2022, and in 2023, by 4.1% and 3.8%, respectively, in case the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, is revived.

Iran and world powers have been engaged in rounds of talks in the Austrian capital Vienna since April as they seek to salvage the JCPOA more than three years after a former government in the United States pulled out of the agreement and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

-- Iran’s President-elect Raeisi to be sworn in on August 3: MP

Ebrahim Raeisi will be sworn in as the eighth president of Iran at a ceremony in the Parliament on August 3, an MP said. Ali Nikzad, the Iranian Parliament vice speaker, added the arrangements are being made for holding the swearing-in ceremony, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The ceremony is expected to be attended by a number of foreign guests. Raeisi, the incumbent Judiciary chief, won the June 18 presidential election, by garnering over 62 percent of the votes to succeed President Hassan Rouhani, who has served two four-year terms in office. The turnout stood at 48.8 percent.

-- Qahveh khaneh, coffeehouse culture in Iran dates back to Safavid Era

The culture of socializing in coffeehouses in Iran has been around since the 16th century. The notion of getting together in public and conversing over coffee and tea can be traced back to a few centuries in Iran. These places were called qahveh khaneh, meaning coffeehouse in Farsi. Pilgrims returning from Mecca introduced the idea of coffeehouses to Iran. It is remarkable to know that Iran has been among the first few countries to have coffeehouses and people gathered there from diverse social groups, tasteiran.net wrote.
The first qahveh khaneh in Iran opened in the city of Qazvin, during the Safavid Era. Later, as Abbas the Great, the 5th Safavid king of Iran came into power, qahveh khaneh became more popular and grew significantly in number in big cities like Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan, and Rasht. During this time, qahveh khanehs were established as a place where poets, writers and artists and others from the upper social class gathered.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Search for Indigenous Remains in Canada Intensifies

- A second discovery this week of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of a former Canadian residential school is giving fresh impetus to nationwide searches for more remains by indigenous groups, complicated by land rights restrictions, incomplete records and disagreements over how to honor the dead.
For 165 years and as recently as 1996, Canada‘s residential schools forcibly separated indigenous children from their families, subjecting them to malnourishment and physical and sexual abuse in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called “cultural genocide” in 2015.

-- Iran’s Taftian Wins Silver at True Athletic Classic

Hassan Taftian of Iran has claimed a silver medal in the 100 meters event of the 2021 True Athletic Classic. In the competitions, held at the Stadion Manfort in Leverkusen, Germany, Taftian finished in second place with a time of 10.24 seconds.
Ivorian Arthur Cissse won the gold with 10.19 and Ghanaian sprinter Sean Safo-Antwi seized bronze with 10.26. Taftian is preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games.

-- Iran Decries West on Anniversary of Chemical Attack

Iran on Monday marked the 34th anniversary of a chemical attack on the city of Sardasht by Western-backed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, with Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif saying the survivors of the attack fell victim to the Western countries’ inhumane policies twice.
Zarif said Sardasht, a city in Iran’s West Azarbaijan province, is a symbol of suffering under the use of chemical weapons against civilians and residential areas in the current era.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- JCPOA alive because of Iran: spokesman

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has credited the Islamic Republic with keeping the 2015 nuclear deal alive despite continued U.S. violation of its commitments. Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is still alive and is now being discussed in the Vienna nuclear talks.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Khatibzadeh said, “If the JCPOA is alive today, it is because of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and if today there exist such thing as the JCPOA, the implementation of which is being discussed, it is because of the decision that Iran made after the unilateral and illegal withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA and the inactions of the European parties.”

-- Iran ranked world’s 10th largest steelmaker in Jan.-May 2021: WSA

Iran was ranked the world’s tenth-largest steel producer in the first five months of 2021, Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) announced referring to the latest data released by the World Steel Association (WSA). According to the WSA’s data, Iran produced 12.5 million tons of crude steel in January-May 2021, registering a 9.2 percent growth compared to the same period in 2020.

The Islamic Republic’s steel output stood at 2.6 million tons in May, indicating a 7.7 percent rise year on year.

-- Grab a slice of Iranian traditions at Gilan Rural Heritage Museum

Gilan Rural Heritage Museum strives to represent traditional, cultural, architectural, and anthropological areas of the northern Iranian province. Many traditional Gilani cottages have been reassembled on the grounds of this fascinating open-air museum in an areal of 45 hectares within the Saravan Forest Park, 18km south of Rasht (2km off the Qazvin highway).

The lush green province is known for its tourist attractions and warm-hearted and hospitable people. The people of Gilan from different ethnic groups, including Gilak, Talesh, and Tat, have come together and formed a very rich and diverse culture and customs. In recent years, the Gilan Rural Heritage Museum has been trying to bring together all the cultural diversity of the people of Gilan in a 263-hectare complex on the outskirts of Rasht, in the heart of the Saravan forest.

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