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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 2

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Monday, August 2, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Cargo transit through Iran almost doubled: Governor

Transit of goods through Iran increased by 95 percent during the first four months of the current Iranian year (March 21-July 22) compared to the corresponding figure of the preceding year, said the governor of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).
Mehdi Mir-Ashrafi said that over 3.7 million tons of commodities were transited through the country in the four-month period, IRNA reported.
According to IRICA figures, the annual cargo transit through the country’s territory in the Iranian year to March 20 topped seven million tons despite restrictions imposed at borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

-- Iran launches isotopic biotech unit of Khondab nuclear site

Iran inaugurated the isotopic biotechnology unit of Khondab Nuclear Complex in the northwestern city of Arak, set up to prevent the selling of heavy water as raw material and meet medical and diagnostic requirements.
The unit was opened during a ceremony on Saturday attended by the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, senior managers of the domestic nuclear industry and Khondab city officials.

-- Virtual meeting held on ancient ceremony Norouz-e Sayyad

According to the people of southern Iran, Oman, India, and even Zanzibar in Africa, from July 31st to August 2nd every year, the sea becomes calm. Residents of southern Iran hold ceremonies called Norouz-e Sayyad to celebrate this.
Norouz-e Sayyad (New Day of Fishermen) is one of the oldest traditions in southern Iran, especially Qeshm Island, dating back to more than six hundred years ago.
Commemorating the tradition on the site of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Secretary of Iran Norouz Club Shaban Mirshokraei said that in this ritual, like the ritual of Norouz (Iranian New Year), the mainstream is renewal and it is related to sea-based occupations such as fishing and sea trading.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Port on Persian Gulf Inaugurated

Iran’s Ministry of Petroleum on Sunday brought online a major port on the Persian Gulf coast to expedite exports of petroleum products from the giant energy hub of South Pars.
The Siraf Exports and Service Port was inaugurated upon an order by President Hassan Rouhani. The port, located in the southwestern province of Bushehr, has two wharfs which will be dedicated to exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and sulfur. The products will be directly supplied from nearby refineries that run on natural gas pumped from the South Pars.

-- Report: Iran’s July Oil Exports Steady

Iran has pumped steady amount of crude in July despite a 15-month record production reported by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a survey shows.
Reuters news agency’s analysis of data released by OPEC members in July showed that Iran’s exports was steady over the month compared to June when it had exported more than 600,000 barrels per day (bpd).
The survey found, however, that the OPEC had pumped 26.72 million bpd of crude in July, up 610,000 bpd against June and a record since April 2020.
The increased OPEC output comes as the group and allies have agreed to gradually ease cuts to the global supply amid a recovery in international demand which has been fueled by vaccinations against the coronavirus pandemic.
Iran, which is exempt from OPEC cuts, has continued to increase its crude output since December 2020 amid reports suggesting that it has worked out solutions to circumvent U.S. sanctions targeting its oil sales.

-- Montenegro Caricature Festival Awards Iranian Artists

Hamid Sufi and Saman Torabi won a special prize at a caricature festival in Montenegro.
The 6th Kolasin 2021 caricature Festival was held in Montenegro, and Iranian cartoonists Hamid Sufi and Saman Torabi won the special prize of this event.
A statement published by the organizers reads
The theme of this year’s festival is “courage, bravery.” Man is an imperfect being and lives with fears. Can a man be free and just if he does not have the courage? Can he achieve his goals if he is not brave? Is courage madness or the strength of man? Man is surrounded by various dangers, trials, torments, diseases, wars, violence and injustices... Can a man overcome all this if he does not have the courage? Does courage make him stronger and more just? In the end, can a man be an upright, proud, free and conscious being if he does not have the courage?

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Naval power is result of jihadi management, says Army official

A senior Army official said on Sunday that development of Makran coasts and great increase in Iran’s naval power are the result of a professional performance which he described as “jihadi management”.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the deputy army commander for coordination affairs, made the remarks in a ceremony inaugurating the Yas Fatemi building at the nursing faculty of the Army Medical University.

Sayyari said jihadi management is associated with firm determination, seriousness, diligence, goal setting, accuracy, and serious efforts. 

-- Iranian mythologist Jalal Sattari dies at 90

Iranian scholar Jalal Sattari whose studies most centered on and mythology and dramatic literature died following a massive stroke at his home in Tehran on Saturday. He was 90.

Persian media announced his death quoting his widow Laleh Taqian, who is also an author and researcher on dramatic arts.

Born in the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Sattari left Iran in his youth for Switzerland and earned a Ph.D. in psychology. He was a student of the top Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget, who was known for his work on child development.

-- Excavation sheds new light on ancient cemetery in northern Iran

A team of Iranian archaeologists has recently finished the sixth archaeological season on the Liar-Sang-Bon, an archaeological site and cemetery in the Amlash region, northern Gilan province. 

The recent surveys have shown that the type and size of graves in this cemetery may have indicated the social status or rank of the buried individuals, ISNA quoted Iranian archaeologist Vali Jahani as saying on Sunday. 

In the cemetery section of the site, which covers an area of about two hectares, 19 graves (21 burials) of different types were identified during the recent excavation, he explained. 

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