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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on July 5

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


--- Leader grants clemency to 388 convicted by State Discretionary Punishment Organization: Official

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pardoned or commuted the sentences of 388 Iranians convicted by the State Discretionary Punishment Organization, said an Iranian official on Sunday.
The official in charge of monitoring law enforcement at the State Discretionary Punishment Organization, Alireza Nournejad, added the Leader agreed to suspend or mitigate the sentence of a total of 5,165 people on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth Imam of Shias, and the National Judiciary Week.

-- Iran appoints Baharvand as new envoy to London

Iran’s new ambassador to the UK was appointed and is going to take office on Tuesday.
Prior to his appointment as Iran’s UK envoy, Mohsen Baharvand served as the deputy foreign minister for international and legal affairs, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He is replacing Hamid Baeidinejad, who has been in the post since September 2016.

-- Sefidrud, the longest river in north of Iran

Originating from Chehel Cheshmeh Mountain in the mountains of Kurdestan, the Sefidrud River easily opened its way among the northern mountains of Iran to the Caspian Sea. This beautiful river, known in ancient history as Amard (Greek: Amardus), has many other names. But these days everyone knows it by the name Sepid or Sefid (white) Rud (river), iranindepth.com wrote.

The birth of Sefidrud
Sefidrud follows a tortuous path to reach the Caspian Sea. The story of this river begins in Kurdestan. The main source of this river is Chehel Cheshmeh Mountain, to which a branch of the Panjeh Ali Mountains in the northwest of Hamedan and other branches in the Bijar area is connected and flows to the north. They join in the middle of other rivers and then change their direction to the southeast.


-- Commander: Air Defense Using Cutting-Edge Tech

Commander of the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard said Sunday in addition to taking advantage of the domestic achievements, the military unit avails itself of state-of-the-art technology and knowledge to defend the country. Addressing a meeting with a number of staff and commanders of the Air Defense Force on Sunday, Sabahi-Fard said, “In addition to using domestic equipment and achievements, the Army’s air defenses also takes advantage of the world’s cutting-edge technology and its young scientists and seasoned commanders have mastered the most advanced and sophisticated air defense technology.”

-- Iran to Raise Production in ‘a Very Short Time’

Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh said his country has taken “many measures” to ensure it can raise crude production in “a very short time” if U.S. sanctions are lifted, the Shana news agency reported.
World powers have worked for months trying to broker an agreement between Iran and the U.S. that would restore Washington’s membership of the 2015 nuclear accord abandoned by former President Donald Trump in 2018. A revived deal would remove sanctions, triggering the return of Iranian barrels to the market. No date has been set for what would be a seventh round of talks.

-- Iran Urges UN to Help Find Missing Diplomats

The Foreign Ministry of Iran on Sunday issued a statement on the 39th anniversary of kidnapping of four Iranian diplomats by the mercenaries of the Zionist regime in Lebanon in 1982, saying Israel is politically and legally responsible for the fate of those abductees.
In the statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the four Iranian diplomats - Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motavasselian, Kazem Akhavan and Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam – were kidnapped under the Zionist regime’s command in violation of international rules and conventions.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced repeatedly that it has documents and evidence that those Iranian diplomats have been handed over to the occupier forces after illegal abduction and have been subsequently taken to the Zionist regime’s prisons,” the statement said.


-- Knowledge-based firms develop 772 nano-products

Over the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), 294 knowledge-based companies in the country have developed 772 nanoproducts and have received nanotechnology certificates, according to the Nanotechnology Innovation Council.

Nanotechnology’s trend of development is growing in Iran, as the number of nanoproducts and equipment developed over the aforementioned period increased to 772, compared with 750 registered over the previous [Iranian calendar] year (March 2020- March 2021).

-- Iran closes consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Due to the recent unrest in Afghanistan the three countries of Iran, Turkey and Pakistan have closed their consulates in Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province. Reports say the diplomats have returned to Kabul, awaiting further instructions. Seemingly, it has been a long time since visas were issued in these consulates. 

The war between the Taliban and government forces is intensifying. Iran has said that it will stand by the people and government of Afghanistan. 

-- Ancient ‘pigeon towers’ to turn into traditional restaurant

Chahar Borj pigeon towers in Falavarjan county, the central province of Isfahan, are planned to turn into a traditional restaurant in the near future, Falavarjan’s tourism chief has announced.

With an area of 2,700 square meters, Chahar Borj, meaning four towers, consists of four pigeon towers, which have been completely restored over the past few years.

A budget of three billion rials ($71,400 at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) was allocated to the fourth and final stage of the restoration project of the towers, Hafez Karimian said on Saturday.


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