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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on August 28

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Saturday, August 28, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Raeisi makes first provincial visit with pledge to tackle problems

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi paid an unannounced visit to Iran’s key province of Khuzestan as his new administration is getting down to brass tacks to improve people’s livelihoods.
Marking his first provincial trip two days after the formation of his cabinet, the president arrived in the southwestern Iranian province on Friday morning, accompanied by a number of his cabinet members, including the Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian, Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, Agriculture Minister Seyyed Javad Sadatinejad and Health Minister Bahram Einollahi as well as the head of the Budget and Planning Organization, Seyyed Masoud Mirkazemi.

-- Oil Minister Owji vows to consolidate Iran’s position in OPEC

Iran’s new Oil Minister Javad Owji said the country would move to regain its position as an influential member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
On his first day of work in the Oil Ministry, Owji said on Thursday that Iran would seek to increase its crude exports amid a recovery in international demand for oil that has been caused by accelerating vaccinations against the coronavirus.

-- Iran’s Kurdestan among top five provinces to host World Tourism Day celebrations

Kurdestan Province is among the top five Iranian provinces selected to host the celebration of World Tourism Day, September 27, announced the western province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department.
Head of Kurdestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department Ya’qub Guylian said the province will hold special ceremonies to commemorate World Tourism Day, implementing health protocols and procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran Condemns Kabul Bombings

Iran on Friday strongly condemned terrorist explosions that tore through crowds of people outside Kabul airport.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denounced the targeting of defenseless Afghans, and slammed any terrorist move against women, men, youths and children in the Muslim country. The spokesman hoped that an inclusive government would soon be established in Afghanistan, so that relevant organizations and institutions could assume their responsibilities to protect people’s lives and properties.

-- Iran Ease Past India at 2021 FIVB U-19 World Championship

Iran have defeated India in straight sets (25–22, 25–15, 25–22) at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U-19 World Championship. Hussein Khanzadeh led Iran with 10 points, while Choudhary Tanish and Kumar Aman scored 13 points for the India team.
Iran will play Poland on Thursday in Pool A.
Out of 20, only 18 teams are competing in the 17th edition after the Dominican Republic joined Guatemala as a few of their players turned COVID-19 positive. Italy is the reigning champion. It won the title in Tunis two years ago while host Iran (2017 champ), Brazil (2003 champ) and Russia are the contenders.
The tournament consists of two pools of four and two pools of five, with the top two from each advancing to the knockout stage.

-- Iranian Boxers Win Two Bronzes at ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Championship

Pouria Saeidi Asl and Abolfazl Faridi from Iran claimed two bronze medals at the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Championship. Pouria Saeidi Asl (57kg) and Abolfazl Faridi (63kg) won two bronze medals in the competition underway in Dubai, the UAE.
Ali Asghar Afshari (54kg) and Issa Fardin (75kg) have booked their place at the final. A record number of 51 champions, 25 girls and 26 boys, will be crowned in the ASBC Asian Youth & Junior Boxing Championships.
The tournament has brought 250 boxers together.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Dealing with effects of pandemic on artists’ lives top priority for new culture minister 

Iran’s new culture minister has said that dealing with the repercussion of the pandemic on the lives of artists is a top priority for his organization.

Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili made the remarks in a meeting with former culture minister Seyyed Abbas Salehi on Thursday just one day after winning a vote of confidence from the Iranian Parliament, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced in a press release.

“Due to the pandemic, artists and people working in cultural fields have been facing hard days over the pandemic and this popular government is seeking to pass the current condition to support them,” he said.

-- COVID-19 vaccine Razi Cov Pars starts third clinical trial phase

The second Iranian-made coronavirus vaccine, named Razi Cov Pars, started the third phase of the human trial on August 24.

Developed by the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, the vaccine is protein-based, which employs recombinant versions of the spike protein and tutors the immune system against the virus by producing antibodies, started the first clinical trial in February 27.

The vaccine is developed in 3 doses, the first two doses are injectable and the third dose is intranasal. The second dose of the vaccine will be injected into the volunteers 21 days later and the third dose will be inhaled 51 days later.

-- Prehistorical artworks repatriated from Switzerland to go on show in Tehran

A spectacular collection of decorated glazed bricks, once being looted and smuggled out of Iran some four decades ago, is scheduled to go on show at the National Museum of Iran in the near future.

A total of 49 of the glazed bricks were returned home from Switzerland last year while two other ones have been repatriated recently.

Dating back to the 7th or 8th centuries BC, the bricks come from Qalaichi, one of the most important archaeological sites in western Iran, which is just north of the north-western city of Boukan, near the Iraqi border. Qalaichi was the capital of the Mannaean kingdom.

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