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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on October 12
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Tuesday, October 12, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran gains further achievements despite sanctions: Raeisi

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Iran gained more achievements in
defense and nuclear industries despite imposition of severe sanctions by the country’s enemies, stressing that they cannot hinder Iran’s success.
Speaking at the beginning of the new academic year in Tehran, Raeisi said that it is natural that the enemy does not want to see progress in Iran, but we can accelerate the country’s progress through scientific work.

-- Iran to add 10,000MW to power grid

Iran’s Industry, Mine and Trade Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Energy Ministry for constructing power plants with a total capacity of 10,000 megawatts (MW) across the country. The MoU was signed by Industry Minister Reza Fatemi Amin and Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian in Tehran on Monday.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mehrabian noted that the power plants will be built to meet the needs of industrial sectors. The minister stated that the country lacks 14,000MW, adding, “The figure equals to 22 percent of the country’s total electricity demand.”

-- World’s tallest natural desert vase discovered in Lut Desert

The world’s tallest natural desert vase was discovered in Iran’s Lut Desert, according to an official from the Lut Desert World Heritage Site. The head of the Lut Desert World Heritage Site, Mehran Maqsudi, said researchers in Lut Desert, southeastern Iran, discovered the world’s tallest natural desert vase, with a height of 21 meters.

Maqsudi said on Monday that natural desert vases (nebkas) that were registered and introduced in 2016 were 11 to 12 meters high; these nebkas were also considered as one of the tallest nebkas in the world at that time.
Lut Desert is the world’s 34th-largest desert and was included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List on July 17, 2016.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- IRGC, Army to Hold Air Defense Drills

A senior Iranian military commander said Monday the country’s Army and the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) are set to stage massive exercises aimed at bolstering preparedness for defending the country’s skies against enemy threats. Brigadier General Qader Rahimzadeh, commander of the country’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, said the operational phase of the joint large-scale drill, codenamed Modafe’an-e Aseman-e Velayat 1400 (Defenders of Velayat Skies 1400), will begin tomorrow in the country’s central desert areas. He said units of the Iranian Army’s Air Defense Force, the IRGC Aerospace Division and the Army’s Air Force would take part in the exercises.

-- Iran’s Power Company Warns of Cuts Due to Illegal Crypto Mining

Iran’s Tavnir has warned that llegal cryptocurrency mining in Iran risks causing new power cuts this winter as unlicensed cryptocurrency miners use vast amounts of electricity.
Illegal cryptocurrency mining will account for at least “10 percent of electricity outages this winter”, the power company said in a statement carried by state news agency IRNA.
Such illegal mining was responsible for 20 percent of blackouts over the summer, it added.
Iran was among the first countries in the world to legalize the mining of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in September 2018, but it requires miners to have a licence.

-- Leader Praises Iran Greco-Roman Wrestling Team for Victories

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has praised the Iranian Greco-Roman wrestling national team for gaining second place in the 2021 World Wrestling Championship.
“Congratulations to the country’s Greco-Roman wrestling champions and to their coach who have made all Iranians happy, especially the youth. God willing, you will continue to be successful,” said Ayatollah Khamenei in a message issued on the occasion of Iranian wrestlers’ victories in the 2021 World Wrestling Championship in Oslo, Norway.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iranian woman Jamali makes history in Youth World Weightlifting Championships

Yekta Jamali of Iran made history in the 2021 Youth World Weightlifting Championships by winning a silver medal in the -81kg weight category in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It’s Iran’s first silver medal in the women’s weightlifting in history.

She lifted 90kg in snatch and 115kg in clean and jerk. Jamali won the silver medal with a total of 205kg.

-- Capital market boom, a golden opportunity to finance enterprises

Financing in Iran has been traditionally the responsibility of the banking system. Iran's economy has always been bank-oriented over the past decades, and the banking system has been the destination for businesses to finance.

In fact, the view of enterprises and production units to receive financial resources, working capital facilities and any financial support has been toward the banks. This has caused the resources of banks in general and in all periods to be insufficient to be allocated to the production and industry sectors of the country and often the distribution of facilities is not fair.

-- 'World’s largest' nabkha discovered in UNESCO-tagged Lut Desert

The "world’s largest" nabkha (coppice dune) has recently been discovered within the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert in the barren heartland of Iran, the director of the World Heritage site has announced.  Having a height of 21 meters, the recently discovered nabkha is taller than those in Africa and some desert regions of the world, IRNA quoted Mehran Maqsudi as saying on Monday. 

Before this discovery, other nabkhas that are found in Lut Desert and are 11 to 12 meters high, were considered some of the tallest in the world, the official explained.The outcome of this field research and discovery has been published in reputable scientific journals in the form of a scientific article with details, he added.

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