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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Oct 23

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Saturday, October 23, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran’s six-month petrochemicals production up 8%

Petrochemicals production increased eight percent in Iran during the six months to September 22, compared to the same period last year, according to an official in the National Petrochemical Company (NPC).
Jalal Mir-Hashemi, the NPC’s director for production control, put the six-month petrochemical output at 32.8 million tons, and highlighted that petrochemical plants operated with a good capacity during this period.

-- China ‘teapots’ eye Iranian crude in fresh buying frenzy

China’s independent refiners, also known as teapots, are set to ramp up crude oil purchases from Iran as they seek to use import quotas before they expire in less than three months, a report said.
According to Bloomberg, crude from Iran stored in tankers offshore Asia is a potential option given that it can be delivered quickly.
Chinese independent processors usually seek to use up quotas so they can apply for comparable volumes in the next year, the financial news provider said.

-- An archeological site museum to be set up in area of Abu Nasr Palace in Shiraz

An archeological site museum is to be established in the area of the historical site of Abu Nasr Palace in Shiraz, according to an official from the southern city’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department. In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, the head of Shiraz Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, Rasul Moshtaqian, said the project is on the agenda in order to protect as well as introduce this historical site in Shiraz, the capital city of Fars Province.
An archaeological site museum is defined as a museum conceived and set up in order to protect natural or cultural property, movable and immovable, on its original site, that is preserved at the place where such property has been created or discovered. Approved by the research section of the department, the implementation of the project will be pursued by Shiraz municipality, he said.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Gallup: 7 in 10 Iranian Adults Back Raisi

 Over seven in 10 Iranian adults have approved of President Ebrahim Raisi’s job performance shortly after he took office from his predecessor amid the pandemic-induced health crisis and various challenges in the country, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll published by the American research company on Thursday said 72% of Iranians expressed approval of the job Raisi is doing just three weeks after taking office in August, a sharp increase from 32% approval for former President Hassan Rouhani in 2020.

-- Five Muslim Scientists Awarded Prestigious Mustafa Prize

The winners of the 2021 Mustafa Prize were presented with awards at a ceremony held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Thursday.
Five Muslim scientists were awarded as the laureates of the 4th edition of Mustafa Prize.
Cumrun Vafa from Iran, M. Zahid Hasan from Bangladesh, Mohamed El. Sayegh from Lebanon, Yahya Tayalati from Morocco, and Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary from Pakistan were picked out as recipients of the prize.
The Mustafa Prize is awarded in four categories of information and communication science and technology, life and medical science and technology, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and all areas of science and technology.

-- Iran FIFA World Ranking Unchanged

Iran football team remained unchanged in the FIFA ranking released on Thursday. Team Melli is the best Asian team in the ranking, sitting in the 22nd place.
Belgium still leads the ranking.
Brazil and France remained second and third in the ranking. Italy leapfrogged England into fourth place in the FIFA World Rankings this month after securing the Nations League bronze medal. The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on November 25.

*** Tehran Times 

-- “Walls Talking” on political currents behind Iranian revolution graffiti published 

A book containing pictures of graffiti created by various political groups during the 1979 Iranian revolution has recently come to Iranian bookstores. Taken by veteran photographer Amrollah Farhadi, each one of the pictures has its own special story written by graphic designer Majid Abbasi. 

The book entitled “Walls Talking” has been published in collaboration with the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO.

-- Development of trade with neighbors a priority of government: Raisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that the expansion of trade with the neighboring countries is a priority of the current government.

Making the remarks in a meeting with a number of successful Iranian exporters on the occasion of the National Exports Day on Thursday, the president said that  the development of trade with the neighbors and countries of the region is a priority of the foreign policy of the 13th government, and an appropriate mechanism has been designed and implemented in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue and implement this policy.

-- Iran tourism still holds its own despite virus restrictions, official says

Iran's tourism industry has made every effort to stand on its own two feet despite the considerable damage caused by the virus pandemic. A country’s prosperity depends on its economic and social development, and the tourism industry plays a key role in achieving this goal, the president of Iran’s University of Science and Culture Seyyed Saied Hashemi has said. 

He made the remarks during the two-day symposium of One Hundred Years of Iranian Tourism, which came to an end on Wednesday.

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