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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Sept 29
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Wednesday, September 29, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran, Bulgaria stress importance of enhancing cooperation

Iran and Bulgaria highlighted the necessity of deepening bilateral relations and expanding cooperation.
This was called for in a phone conversation between Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Bulgarian counterpart Svetlan Stoev, IRNA reported.
Congratulating the Iranian FM for his success in securing the Parliament’s vote of confidence to become the head of the country’s top diplomatic apparatus, Stoev said his country is willing to develop relations with the Islamic Republic.
Pointing to the two countries’ historical ties, the Iranian and Bulgarian FMs also underlined the necessity of enhancing bilateral cooperation.

-- Iran to add 10 new units to its power plants

Thermal Power Plant Holding (TPPH) plans to construct 10 new steam units with a total capacity of 1,752 megawatts (MW) in the country’s combined-cycle power plants by the next summer’s peak consumption period, a TPPH official announced.
According to TPPH’s Deputy Managing Director for Planning Hamidreza Azimi, the inauguration of the units, in addition to increasing the country’s electricity generation capacity, will boost the efficiency of thermal power plants, IRNA reported.
“With these units going operational, about 2.5 billion cubic meters of fuel will also be saved annually,” Azimi added.
The official said that the units are being constructed in Jahrom, Harris, Orumiyeh, Chabahar, Dalahou, Sabalan, Ferdowsi, and Assaluyeh power plants.
Over the past decade, constant temperature rising and the significant decrease of rainfalls across Iran have put the country in a hard situation regarding electricity supply during peak consumption periods.

-- Week-long celebrations of World Tourism Day launched in Iran

The week-long celebration of World Tourism Day was launched in Iran on Monday, September 27, with the central city of Yasuj holding a ritual performance of ta’zieh to mark Arbaeen, the 40th day after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.
Ta’zieh is a narrative, musical, and religious performance which revolves around Arbaeen and Ashura (the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram when Imam Hussein (PBUH) and his 72 companions were martyred in 680 CE).
Organized by Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, the ceremony was held by the non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) ta’zieh-khani group in the provincial capital city of Yasuj.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iran’s Nuclear Head in Russia for Cooperation Talks

Iran’s vice president and head of the country’s atomic energy organization, Muhammad Eslami, is in Moscow for talks with the chief executive of Russian state nuclear firm Rosatom, the RIA news agency cited Iran’s embassy as saying on Tuesday.
Eslami planned to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the nuclear power sector, it said.
Eslami said Iran and Russia have strategic ties on various fronts, expressing Tehran’s willingness to improve and accelerate cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.

-- Iran Not to Tolerate Zionists’ Presence Near Its Borders

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has criticized anti-Iran comments by the president of Azerbaijan Republic, reiterating the Islamic Republic does not tolerate the presence of Zionist forces near its borders.
Khatibzadeh said Ilham Aliyev’s remarks are surprising because they come at a time when Tehran and Baku have good relations based on mutual respect and there are normal channels through which the two sides can talk at the highest level.
Khatibzadeh added that the Iranian and Azeri foreign ministers also engaged in serious and meticulous discussions over the same issue and related matters on the sidelines of the UN recent General Assembly in New York. According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, the top diplomats agreed to continue the talks.

-- Iran Out of 2021 Futsal World Cup

The national Iranian men’s futsal team has been defeated by Kazakhstan at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup underway in Lithuania.
Iran’s FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 campaign came to an end following a 3-2 defeat to Kazakhstan in their quarterfinal.
Kazakhstan fought back from two goals down to advance to the semifinals as Iran’s bid to better their third-placed finish of five years ago was halted at the Kaunas Arena.
Iran dominated possession in the opening minutes but were unable to find any openings against a defensive minded Kazakhstan side looking to hit on counter-attacks.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iranian director Narges Abyar named honorary professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University

Iranian director Narges Abyar has been named an honorary professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Director of the acclaimed Iranian dramas “Track 143” and “When the Moon Was Full” attended a meeting with a number of theater and film students at the university, answering their questions on various fields of cinema and theater, some Persian news websites announced on Tuesday.

She also held a master class on breaking new ground in filmmaking at the university and visited different departments of the university.

-- Exploration operation seriously pursued in mining sector

Iran has 68 different types of minerals. The country’s proven iron ore reserves are 2.7 billion tons (eight tenth of the world's total reserves), and copper ores are 2.6 billion tons (four tenth of the world's reserves).

Iran also has 11 million tons of zinc (four percent of world reserves). The total proven reserves of the country’s mines are estimated at about 60 billion tons, which is expected to reach more than 100 billion tons with the implementation of the country's first exploration priority in an area of 500,000 square kilometers. Therefore, the mining sector and mining industry is one of the most important and influential areas in the production and trade of the country.

-- Tourism projects worth $159.5m underway in Semnan

A total of 30 tourism-related projects worth 6.7 trillion rials ($159.5 million at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar) are currently underway across the north-central Semnan province, the provincial tourism chief has announced. 

The projects, which include hotels, tourist complexes, accommodation centers, and traditional restaurants, are estimated to generate over 470 job opportunities upon their completion, IRNA quoted Hamidreza Dustmohammadi as saying on Tuesday. 

They will also add some 338 beds to the hospitality sector of the province, the official added.

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