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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Oct 31
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Sunday, October 31, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran nears self-sufficiency in manufacturing agricultural machinery

Head of Iran’s Agricultural Mechanization Development Center Kambiz Abbasi announced that up to 95 percent of agricultural machinery in Iran is manufactured domestically.
According to the official, the country’s agricultural production has increased by 350 percent due to the implementation of the Agriculture Ministry’s mechanization programs, IRNA reported on Saturday.
Abbasi noted that Iran’s domestic industry of agricultural machinery experienced a boom during the past 10 years thanks to the Comprehensive Agricultural Mechanization Plan ratified by the government for which so far about $4.76 billion has been allocated.

-- Iran’s six-month cement production tops 32m tons

Iran produced 32.3 million tons of cement in the six months to September 22, according to statistics released by the Industry, Mine, and Trade Ministry.
The ministry’s data showed that the output in the six-month period decreased 9.2 percent compared to corresponding figure of its preceding year.

-- Traditional, local food festivals to be held in East Azarbaijan Province

An official from the East Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department announced the department’s plan to hold 25 local food festivals to revive traditional foods in the cities of the northwestern province.
Addressing the first traditional yukha (a kind of bread) festival in Kaleybar on Friday, the head of the department, Alireza Bayramzadeh, emphasized the necessity to bring back the memories of those forgotten foods, saying that traditional food is being forgotten.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Deputy FM: No Country Has Right to Comment on Iran’s Defense Power

Iran’s deputy foreign minister says no country has the right to speak or comment on the Islamic Republic’s defense capabilities.
“Iran’s defense capability is a matter of national decision that is intertwined with its national interests and security; therefore, no country has the right to speak or comment on this,” Ali Baqeri-Kani told the Newsmaker program of Russia Today’s Arabic service in an interview published on Friday.
Baqeri-Kani said the same is the case for other countries as well.

-- Iranian Deaf Judo Kata Team Wins Silver Medal in France

Iran’s deaf Judo Kata team has finished runner-up at the World Championships in France. The World Deaf Judo Kata Championship was held in France and the Iranian deaf judo kata team won the silver medal of the competition.
The South Korean team stood on the top of the podium while Turkey finished in third place after Iran. The Iranian team comprised Alireza Saatian and Mohammad Asyabi Shafiei in the competition.
Earlier, Amir Mohammad Daftari in the weight category of 73 kg had won a bronze medal on the first day of the event. The team contests are scheduled to be held later today.

-- Iran Seeks to Expand Transit, Banking Ties With Asian, African, European States

Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development Rostam Qassemi on Saturday held separate meetings with the Asian, African and European envoys on the development of bilateral relations in the transit, banking and transportation sectors.
The meetings were held between Qassemi and the ambassadors of Algeria, Romania, Syria and Armenia to discuss bilateral ties and issues of mutual interests.
In his meeting with Syrian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shafiq Dayoub, Qassemi said that the new government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is interested in strengthening economic, political and cultural cooperation with the Syrian Arab Republic.
As head of the Iran-Syria Joint Economic Commission, he said that drastic measures will be taken in this regard in line with enhancing bilateral ties in all areas.

*** TehranTimes

-- Hushang Moradi Kermani among ALMA nominees again 

Writer Hushang Moradi Kermani, whose works mostly feature child protagonists from poor and deprived families, has been nominated for the 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).

Moradi Kermani, who has previously been nominated for the prestigious Swedish honor for over five times, received the new nomination from Iran’s Institute for Research on History of Children’s Literature.

“This institute has nominated Hushang Moradi Kermani once again for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2022, because it considers him to be a writer who has added much value to reading in our society,” the institute said in a press release published on Thursday.

-- Govt. seriously supports childbearing policy: VP

The government is making serious efforts to support population growth policies and childbearing, First Vice-President Mohammad Mokhber said on Saturday.

Infertility treatment and marriage facilitation are among the issues that should become a public demand in society, he said, adding, the requirements for the implementation of population and child-bearing plans should be included in the annual budgets, and the tasks and missions of each organization should be specified according to the schedule, IRIB reported.

He referred to the lack of a plan to prevent illegal abortions, U.S. cultural influence, and the creation of negative attitudes in families toward childbearing, the lack of determination for childbearing increase by the Ministry of Health, job threats for working women after pregnancy and lack of support from employers as the main factors reducing the fertility rate in the country.

-- Iran almost self-reliant in manufacturing agricultural machinery

Head of Iran’s Agricultural Mechanization Development Center Kambiz Abbasi announced that up to 95 percent of agricultural machinery in Iran is manufactured domestically, IRNA reported on Saturday.

According to Abbasi, the country’s agricultural production has increased by 350 percent due to the implementation of the Agriculture Ministry’s mechanization programs.

Abbasi noted that Iran’s domestic industry of agricultural machinery has experienced a boom during the past 10 years thanks to the Comprehensive Agricultural Mechanization Plan ratified by the government for which so far over 200 trillion rials (about $4.76 billion) has been invested.

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