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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 1

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, August 1, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran’s four-month car production tops 289,000

Three major Iranian carmakers, namely Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), SAIPA Group, and Pars Khodro, manufactured 289,311 vehicles during the four months to July 22, rising from 260,235 cars manufactured in the same time span of the past year.
IKCO manufactured 145,045 vehicles, registering a rise of 37.7 percent compared to the same period last year, IRNA reported.
SAIPA produced 109,258 vehicles in the said period, 7.2 percent less than the figure for the four-month period of the previous year.
Pars Khodro also manufactured 35,008 vehicles in the period under review, 5.6 percent lower than the figure for the same time span of the preceding year.

-- Leader pardons, commutes over 2,800 convicts’ sentences

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has authorized the pardon or commutation of the sentences of 2,825 Iranians convicts on the occasion of two Muslim feasts of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Ghadir.
The convicts had been sentenced by the country’s public and revolutionary courts, the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces and the State Discretionary Punishment Organization.

-- World’s most acidic hot springs complex inaugurated in northwest Iran

The world’s most acidic mineral hot springs were put into operation in the northwestern city of Meshginshahr in Ardebil Province, according to the province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department.
Head of Ardebil Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department Nader Falahi said on Friday that the modern hydrotherapy complex was put into operation in Meshginshahr, as the most acidic mineral hot springs in the world.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- India’s Renewable Industry to See $150bn of Investment by 2030

India’s renewable energy industry could see equity investments of some $150 billion by 2030, according to Gaurav Singhal, managing director at Bank of America’s Indian division.
These deals will invariably involve Indian energy players, Singhal said, as quoted by Bloomberg in a report that mentioned SoftBank Group Corp.’s renewables business sale to Adani Green Energy at an enterprise value of $3.5 billion. The deal, Adani said, would help it achieve its renewable energy portfolio target of 25 GW ahead of schedule.

-- New Mayor of Tehran

An informed source said Saturday that the administration of Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi would by no means intervene in the process of election of the new mayor of Tehran.
Speaking to Tasnim, the source said the 13th administration of Iran, soon to be formed under the presidency of Ebrahim Raeisi, will not intervene by any means in the decisions made by the members of Tehran City Council about election of a new mayor for the capital.

-- FM Zarif: We Will Stand by Turkish People

Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif assured Turkey that Iran will provide any necessary assistance to contain raging wildfires in the neighboring country.
“I was very affected by the fire that broke out in some parts of Turkey. We share the pain of the government and people of Turkey and we will stand by them,” the top Iranian diplomat tweeted. “May God have mercy on the deceased, I wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he added.
“Our prayers and opportunities will be at the service of our brothers in Turkey,” Zarif said. Fire crews tackled blazes for a fourth day as the number of people killed in forest fires sweeping through southern Turkey rose to six on Saturday, state media reported.
The wildfires broke out on Wednesday and have since injured more than 300 and forced the evacuation of villages and hotels.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iran steps up for regulation of cyberspace

In recent months, there have been talks on the parliament floor about regulating internet usage. This report examines the very core of the issue. Should governments regulate the use of the Internet and why?

According to the Oxford dictionary, the Internet is “a global computer network providing various information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.” Building on this definition, it can be beneficial and harmful at the same time. 

As will be shown below, several countries have had to amend their laws to finesse the Internet to their interests.

-- Book on Iran’s Armenian churches introduced in Ejmiatsin

A book on Armenian churches in Iran has been introduced during a meeting at the Cross of Armenian Unity, a charitable cultural organization in the west-central Armenian city of Ejmiatsin.

The book “Armenian Churches of Iran” has been authored by Sherly Avedian, the Armenian coordinator of Iranian historical churches at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ministry, Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization announced on Friday.

The bilingual book has been published in Armenian and English by the Zangak Publishing House in Yerevan.

-- Excavations continue at Iron Age cemetery in Semnan 

The third round of archaeological excavation has recently commenced at Iron Age Mersin cemetery in Mahdishahr county, Semnan province. 

The project, which will last for two months, aims at saving and protecting the historical site, the provincial tourism chief has said. 

Furthermore, during the current season of excavations, two archeological teams will be formed to expedite work and excavate a larger area of the site, Hamidreza Dust Mohammadi announced on Saturday.

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