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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 9

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Monday, August 9, 2021:


-- Iran FM urges world to adopt explicit stance on Afghanistan’s crisis

The international community must adopt an explicit stance on supporting the resolution of the political crisis in Afghanistan and condemning the violence and its consequences in the country, said Iran’s outgoing foreign minister.
Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in an address to a meeting with Jean Arnault, the UN chief’s personal envoy on Afghanistan and regional issues, who visited Tehran at the head of a delegation for talks with Foreign Ministry officials, IRNA reported.
Commenting on the dangerous situation in Afghanistan and the growing complexities in the country, the Iranian FM added flawed policies pursued by foreign powers are among the important factors leading to the current tough circumstances in Afghanistan.

-- Tabriz Refinery taking steps to be placed among Asia’s top 10 refineries

Tabriz Refinery in northwestern Iran is taking new steps for being placed among Asia’s top 10 refineries in the coming years, said the managing director of the refinery.
“In line with the second step of the company’s strategic planning, which began in the second half of the previous [Iranian] year [September 22, 2020], new steps have been taken for Tabriz Refinery to be placed among Asia’s top 10 refineries,” said Gholamreza Baqeri on Sunday.

-- Shah Esmaeili Qanat in Fars Province, a matchless structure

Water has long been the most important cause of development in the world. The special situation of water resources, unequal distribution of rainfall, successive droughts and nonobservance of principles related to the maintenance and protection of water resources have occupied the minds of humans throughout history and caused them to seek creative solutions.
Qanat, a structure used for transporting water from an aquifer or water well to the surface through an underground aqueduct, is a wonderful man-made phenomenon. It has attracted the attention of many historians and researchers. Given that a large part of Iran cannot be cultivated due to lack of water, groundwater can be extracted and used for agricultural and drinking purposes.


-- Urgent Need to Transform Coronavirus Battle

Iran, grappling with its most severe surge of the coronavirus to date, reported more new infections and deaths across the country on Sunday than any other single day since the pandemic began.
Health authorities logged over 39,600 new cases and 542 deaths from the virus. The fatality count shatters the previous record set during Iran’s deadliest coronavirus surge that gripped the country last November, signaling the current wave will likely only get worse. The new all-time highs push Iran’s total number of infections over 4.1 million and death toll over 94,000.
The crush of new cases, fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant, have overwhelmed hospitals with patients too numerous to handle. The country has never seen so many COVID-19 patients in critical condition, with 6,462 more severe cases reported Sunday.

-- Iran’s Export to Afghanistan Shrinks Due to Insecurities

Chairman of Iran-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce Hussein Salimi has said that export of Iran to Afghanistan has reduced due to insecurities and if this trend continues, Iran will lose a part of its annual export to this country.
Salimi referred to the reduced volume of trade between Iran and Afghanistan due to attack of Taliban to some parts of Afghanistan and stated that Iran’s trade and economic situation with Afghanistan is heavily affected by the insecurity situation overshadowing Afghanistan, so that Iranian businesspersons and traders do not show willingness to do trade and business with Afghanistan.

-- Leader Lauds Iranian Medal Winners in Tokyo Olympics

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has praised Iranian athletes who have taken medals in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Leader issued a message to appreciate the Olympics medal winners. The text of the message is as follows:
“In the Name of the Most Exalted, I thank the Olympic medalists whose efforts have brought happiness to the Iranian nation.


-- Qalibaf calls Israel the greatest terrorist

Parliament speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf on Sunday highlighted that Iran rejects any terrorist act, calling the Zionist regime of Israel as the biggest terrorist in the world.

In response to a question about the G7 statement blaming Iran for the suspicious attack on an Israeli-operated tanker in the Gulf of Oman, the top parliamentarian said, “We have always stated that we are against any illegal action and any terrorist move, but now those who have trained Daesh (ISIL) and terrorists and have even supported it, take such approaches.”

He added that once in a while there are news about problems created for the ships in the Red Sea. 

-- Winners of Khayyam International Exhibition of Photography announced

The 8th edition of Iran’s Khayyam International Exhibition of Photography announced winners in the six categories. Iran’s Focus Photo Club organizes the competition annually with the help of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Fédération I de l’Art Photographique (FIAP).

In the Open Monochrome category, the PSA Gold Medal was awarded to M. Yousuf Tushar from Bangladesh for his photo “Journey for Lives”. Jamshid Farajvand-Farda won the FIAP Gold Medal for his photo “Peace”, while Australian photographer Yongxiong Ling received the Kamal-ol-Molk Gold Medal for “Going Home”.

-- Heydariyyeh Mosque: secrets of one of ancient places of worship

Masjid-e (the mosque of) Heydariyyeh is a magnificent monument from the Seljuk period, presumably from the late 12th or early 13th century. There is a wonderful air of calm that surrounds the place of worship, which is located in the Bolaghi district of Qazvin, north-central Iran.

Under the Qajar dynasty in the 19th century, the modest mosque was incorporated into the structure of a madrasa. However, most parts of this madrasa were later demolished to make way for the construction of an elementary school in 1955.

The stylistic features of the Heydariyyeh mosque that consists of a single domed chamber prayer hall resemble those of the Friday Mosque of Qazvin, and it is therefore assumed that the Heydariyyeh Mosque was built or renovated by the same architect, according to Archnet.


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