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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on July 7

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

*** IRAN DAILY

--- Delta variant detected in Tehran: Official
The Indian variant of the coronavirus, also known as Delta, has spread in Tehran, said a deputy head of the Iranian capital’s Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus.
Speaking to IRNA on Monday, Dr. Nader Tavakoli, the deputy head of Tehran’s anti-coronavirus task force for treatment, added a number of cases have been detected in the capital who have been infected with Delta variant.
He noted that the patients’ clinical symptoms are indicative of their infection with the Indian strain. The variant, first detected in India, has been circulating in many countries around the world.
The Delta variant has spread in different Iranian cities, particularly the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, where it has started the first massive wave of COVID-19 infections.

-- Iran: JCPOA policies won’t change under new gov’t

Iran said on Tuesday the policies it has been pursuing on the 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers are among the “fundamental positions” of the Islamic Establishment and thus will not undergo any change when the new government takes over in August.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the new government, to be led by President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, will abide by an agreement that may be reached in the Austrian capital Vienna on the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The remarks came after some Western officials spoke of what they see as a need to wait for the formation of a new administration in Tehran before finalizing an agreement in Vienna.

-- Iran to finish 11 major petchem projects by March: NPC official

A deputy head of the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) said the company will bring online 11 petchem plants by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2022).
Amir Vakilzadeh said that the 11 projects will increase Iran’s petrochemical output to 100 million tons per annum (Mtpa), up from the current 90 Mpta.

-- Isfahan, Samarkand sign twining agreement

The mayors of Isfahan and Samarkand in Uzbekistan put pen to a twining agreement during an online ceremony, also attended by Hamid Nayyer-Abadi, the Iranian envoy to Uzbekistan.
Isfahan Mayor Qodratollah Norouzi hailed the agreement, which makes Samarkand the 14th sister city of the central city of Isfahan, and added that the central Iranian city is on the verge of a sisterhood agreement with Porto, Portugal, and Hyderabad in India.
“Isfahan and Samarkand will be the center of cultural, tourism, and economic interactions between Iran and Uzbekistan from now on,” said Norouzi.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Up to 1,500 Firms Hit in Ransomware Attack

Hundreds of Swedish supermarkets remained shut Tuesday after a major cyberattack that has crippled hundreds of companies worldwide for the past four days, with the perpetrators demanding $70 million in bitcoin to undo the damage.
Kaseya, the Miami-based IT company at the centre of the hack, said late Monday that up to 1,500 businesses had been affected by Friday’s attack, which has been blamed on Russian-speaking hackers.

-- President-Elect Raisi Reiterates Iran’s Support for Syria

Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad lay strong emphasis on further enhancement of the brotherly countries’ bilateral relations, during a phone call made by the Syrian head of state.
Assad made the call, congratulating Raisi’s on the occasion of his victory in the Islamic Republic’s presidential elections of June 18, the Arab country’s official Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

-- Iran Win Asia’s U19 Beach Volleyball

Iran’s team A of under-19 boys’ beach volleyball won the Asian championship without losing one single set during the matches in the competitions.
The third round of the Asian Under-19 Men and Women Beach Volleyball Championship, which began on July 3rd in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, ended on Tuesday with Iran team winning the championships.
The Iranian Team A faced the Thailand national team in the final and defeated their Thai team 2-0.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Government confirms sabotage act at Karaj

At his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, government spokesman Ali Rabiei confirmed that there was an act of sabotage at one of the building owned by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) in Karaj, however he refuted claims of significant equipment and human damage.

"Slight damage to the roof of one of the sheds, which is being repaired and replaced,” Rabiei stated. 

He added the aerial photo published by some media outlets of the damage to the site is in fact an image that is being taken after the roof was removed for repair, and “the interpretations made in the media are not accurate.”

-- Development projects worth nearly $740m inaugurated in free trade, special economic zones

Some 62 development projects worth 31.05 trillion rials (over $739.2 million) were put into operation in Iran’s free trade and special economic zones on Tuesday, in the 78th series of inauguration ceremonies since the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20).

As reported by the government portal, President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the mentioned projects through video conferencing in various provinces including West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Hormozgan, Gilan, and Sistan-Baluchestan,

-- Hakim Mosque: a hidden gem to visit in Isfahan

The lesser-known Hakim Mosque is a visually stunning monument in Isfahan, which travelers can pay a visit to near the centuries-old bazaar of the central Iranian city.

The elegant mosque is not only a house of worship but also a public building serving a multiplicity of uses. It is a gathering place for prayers five times a day, an Islamic college, and an emergency shelter for travelers.Built-in the mid-17th century during the reign of Shah Abbas II, the mosque is named after its constructer who was a physician (“Hakim” in Persian).

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