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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on October 20
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Wednesday, October 20, 2021:


-- UAE now ‘No. 1’ exporter to Iran: IRICA

In a further sign of a thaw in relations between Iran and the UAE, the Persian Gulf state has become the number one exporter of goods to the Islamic Republic, according to the latest data released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA).
The authority’s spokesman, Rouhollah Latifi, released figures showing that goods exported from the UAE to Iran were valued at $7 billion over the six months to September 22.

-- Carpet Museum of Iran, best place to learn about Persian carpets

Founded in 1976, the Capet Museum of Iran exhibits a variety of Persian carpets which date from the 15th century CE to the contemporary era. As one of the attractions of Tehran, the museum offers the perfect opportunity to familiarize oneself with the ancient Persian art of carpet weaving and its most exquisite examples. It is the best place to learn about Persian carpets and their fascinating history.
Located in the heart of Tehran, next to the famous Laleh Park, the structure of the Carpet Museum of Iran resembles a weaving loom on its facade, and hosts two galleries (permanent and temporary) on two floors, covering an area of 3,400 square meters.

-- Iran spent $60b on goods, energy subsidies in fiscal year to March

Figures taken from an annual report by the Supreme Audit Court of Iran (SAC) indicates that the country spent nearly $60 billion in the year to late March on subsidies for basic goods and various energy products.
Tables from SAC’s Budget Review Report showed that subsidies earmarked for basic goods imports into Iran as well as for consumption of five petroleum products, jet fuel, natural gas, water and electricity had exceeded 16,000 trillion rials ($59.25 billion) over the past fiscal year.


-- IAEA Head Expects News Soon on Iran Visit

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear agency said on Tuesday he anticipates news soon on when he may travel to Iran, adding that he expects to go to Tehran before the agency’s November Board of Governors meeting. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said in Washington that his expectation was based on his conversations with Iranian officials, but he did not provide details. “I am expecting news soon about it,” he told reporters.

-- President Raisi Urges Religious Scholars to Push for Muslim Unity

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday called on Muslim nations to strengthen their unity and establish stronger relations, saying they should avoid any statement or measure that may create rifts within their ranks.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 35th International Conference on Islamic Unity in Tehran, Raisi paid homage to the late secretary general of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, and former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the U.S. last year.

-- Films Across Globe Compete at Tehran Short Film Festival

Public Relations of Tehran International Short Film Festival announced that some 64 films from 32 countries will compete at the 38th Tehran International Short Film Festival (TISFF) trophy and the event’s $2,000 big prize.
This edition of the TISFF has been approved by the Academy Awards®, popularly known as the OSCAR®, and became the only OSCAR® qualifying festival in Iran will be held in Iran Mall Cinema Complex attended by 64 short feature, documentary and experimental works from the USA, France, Germany, Australia, China, India, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Peru, Belarus, Iceland, Kenya, Canada, Russia, Belgium, Turkey, Austria, Poland, Mexico, Switzerland, Argentina, Denmark, Lebanon, Taiwan, Finland, Singapore, Hungary, Estonia, Cambodia, Portugal, and Iran.


-- Winners of Iranian calligraphy biennial honored with tribute to Emad al-Kottab

The 6th Iranian International Calligraphy Biennial honored its top calligraphers on Monday in Qazvin with a tribute to Emad al-Kottab, a prominent artist who lived most of his professional life during the 19th century.

The biennial was organized nationwide this year due to the pandemic as winners received their awards from Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili during the ceremony that took place at Chehel-Sotun Palace. In the Nastaliq style category, Mostafa Abedini, Mohammad-Javad Shokuhi and Hamed Fqihi took first to third places.

-- H1 trade with ECO members rises 60% yr/yr

Iran’s trade with the members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) reached $7.255 billion in the first six months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-September 22) to register a 60 percent increase year on year, the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said.

According to Rouhollah Latifi, the volume of trade with the mentioned countries also increased by 67 percent in comparison to the previous year’s same six months.

As reported, during the mentioned period Iran traded about 15.307 million tons of commodities with ECO member countries including Turkey, Afghanistan, the Republic of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

-- Hundreds of stone tools found at Iran Neanderthal site

Hundreds of stone tools have recently been discovered at a Neanderthal site in western Iran.

“Over 800 stone tools have been discovered during a [scientific] demarcation project being conducted at the Bawa Yawan shelter and its surroundings,” senior archaeologist Saman Heydari-Guran told the Tehran Times on Tuesday.

“We are currently busy counting up how many stone artifacts have been found during the recent survey; however, its number is estimated to be something between 800 to 1,000 or even more,” he explained.


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