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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 15

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, August 15, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Infrastructure improvement a must for trade with neighbors: Official
The head of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce said that improving the country’s infrastructure is a prerequisite for developing trade relations with the neighboring countries.
Hadi Tiz’housh-Taban noted that trade with neighboring countries shortens the distance for transporting goods and reduces the time and costs.
All around the world, most exchanges are done with neighboring countries in order to facilitate trade, he added.
Stating that Iran is no exception, Tiz’housh-Taban underlined, “Neighbors know each other’s capabilities and needs and can take steps toward exchanging and bartering commodities.

-- Annual transit of goods via Iran to hit 11m tons: Customs official

Transit of goods via Iran is forecast to reach 11 million tons in the current Iranian year (started on March 21), said the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).

For the first time in the last 30 months, the monthly transit of goods surpassed one million tons in the month to July 22, Rouhollah Latifi said.

-- Cultural heritage associations established to attract public participation in preserving monuments in Khorasan Razavi Province’

One of the main goals of forming cultural heritage associations in Khorasan Razavi Province is to use public capacities to preserve and protect historical monuments as well as to prevent the occurrence of heritage violations and the destruction of historical monuments, said the head of the Cultural Heritage Associations of Khorasan Razavi, Mehdi Alipour Mohammadiyeh.
Pointing out that 550 cultural heritage associations have been established in Iran’s northeastern province so far, Alipour said attracting public participation, promoting cooperation between the people and officials in preserving historical monuments, as well as research and introducing the local and indigenous customs and traditions are among the goals of the associations.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran to Observe One-Week Lockdown

Iran is to impose a one-week lockdown and a ban on road travel amid a fifth COVID-19 surge in the country, national television reported on Saturday.
All non-essential businesses and offices will have to close under the nationwide lockdown from Monday to Aug. 21, in an effort to curb the highly contagious Delta variant.
The lockdown includes all bazaars, markets and public offices, as well as movie theaters, gyms and restaurants in all Iranian cities. The lockdown will begin on Monday and will last through Saturday.

-- Iranian Artworks Go Under Hammer at Tehran Auction

Iranian artworks earned 427.18 billion rials ($1.857 million) at 14th Tehran Auction in Parsian Azadi Hotel . Bids were made for 120 classic and modern artworks at the event.
The highest auction price went to a work titled, ‘Counting Days and Nights, Every Day and Every Night,’ by Reza Derakhshani. His work is a mixed media with fig leaves on canvas, diptych, with the overall size of 180×400 cm. Derakhshani’s other work , ‘Migration Gold, sold for 11 billion rials ($47,527).

-- FIFA Congratulates Persepolis Over Winning IPL

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sent a congratulatory message to the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) and congratulated Persepolis FC over winning the Iran Professional League (IPL) title for the fifth successive time.
Persepolis football team defeated Paykan 2-0 in late July to win IPL for the fifth time in a row.
“On behalf of the entire football community, I would like to congratulate Persepolis since it’s a great achievement for the team. My congratulation goes to players, head coach, coaching staff, medical staff, and the club’s fans,” Infantino wrote.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iran charts out new foreign policy course

After 16 years of being on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Iran will soon acquire full membership in the international body, ushering in a new era of more balanced foreign policy that is expected to set the country on a path of development. 

The membership announcement was made after a phone conversation between Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev.

-- Over a ton of narcotics discovered in eastern provinces

The anti-narcotics police have seized over a ton of drugs in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan and the northeastern Khorasan Razavi provinces, IRNA reported on Saturday.

Security forces in the Mirjaveh Border Regiment obtained clues of the intention of drug traffickers to enter the country, and with careful operations, succeeded in discovering the narcotics shipment, commander of border guards Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said.

-- Sardasht dam holds potential to become tourism destination

Sardasht dam and its surrounding landscape hold enormous potential to become a popular tourism destination, the governor-general of West Azarbaijan province has said. 

"Due to its location as a border city, its pristine and mountainous nature, Sardasht has a high potential for tourism and agricultural development," Mohammad-Mehdi Shahriari said.

However, it is essential to attract more investors to Sardasht so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of this area and the hospitality of its people, he noted.

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