Oct 17, 2023, 7:32 AM
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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Oct 17

Oct 17, 2023, 7:32 AM
News ID: 85260871
Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Oct 17

Tehran, IRNA – The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.


-- Iran’s crude oil production to hit 3.5m bpd: NIOC

Iran’s daily crude oil production will increase from the current 3.3 million barrels to 3.5 million barrels per day (mbd) by the end of the current Iranian year (March 19, 2024), announced the head of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) on Monday.
Pointing to memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Russian companies on the oil and gas sector, Mohsen Khojasteh-Mehr said techno-economic talks with the companies are underway, and contract negotiations will begin after these negotiations are over.

--  Iran’s annual petrochemical output to stand at 78m tons: NPC

Iran’s petrochemical production will reach around 78 million tons by the end of the current Iranian year (March 19, 2024), said the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) managing director on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Congress of Safety Process in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industries, Morteza Shahmirzaei added the output targeted for the first six months of the Iranian year (March 21-September 22, 2023) materialized as more than 35 million tons of petrochemicals were produced during the period.

-- MoUs worth $22.4b signed for development of Kish Island

Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth $22.4 billion were signed with domestic and foreign investors on development of Kish Island, said Rahim Sarhangi, the CEO of Kish Free Zone.
Speaking at the press conference on the sidelines of the International Exhibition of Financial Industries Exchange, Bank and Insurance (FINEX) Sarhangi announced that the FINEX event will be held on November 6-8, 2023.


--  Literacy Rate Rises Above 90% in Iran

New figures show a growing trend in literacy rates in Iran in both urban and rural areas from 2017 to 2022, which increased from 87.9% to 90.4%.
According to the Statistical Center of Iran, the literacy rate of Iranians aged six and older show that the overall literacy rate in the Islamic country has grown from 87.9% in 2017 to 90.4% in 2022.

--  Russian Festival Awards Iranian Documentary

Iran’s documentary “Wood” directed by Morteza Payeh Shenas has received an award in the social video section of the 9th Lampa International Film Festival in Russia.
The 9th Lampa International Film Festival was held from October 3 to 8 in Perm, Russia. The short documentary with a different look at war is a narration of the role of humans in transforming the tools of war into tools that serve peace.

-- Tokyo, Tehran Mull Cooperating in Digital Transformation

Iran and Japan emphasized sharing experiences in the field of policymaking and regulatory of communications and information technology, the head of the Iran Information Technology Organization said.
Speaking in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF, 2023) held in Kyoto, Japan, on Monday, Muhammad Khansari pointed to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its challenges that were raised by the Japanese prime minister and deputy secretary general of the United Nations in this forum.


--  Today is National Paralympic Day in Iran

 Iran has named 16 Oct. as National Paralympic Day and the country's officials have agreed to make the Day in the country’s calendar. It is hoped that by giving Paralympic sport this opportunity to showcase itself, it will further develop para-sport in the country.

Furthermore, Iran aims to be considered a role model to other countries that are looking to change the perceptions of the public towards people with an impairment by promoting their capabilities.

Every year, the Iranian National Paralympic Committee celebrates their ‘National Paralympic Week’ with a series of sporting events and cultural and development programs for people with impairment, particularly the younger generation, in a bid to familiarize them with para-sports.

--  NDF, SATBA ink $5b-MOU on financing renewable power plants projects

 Iran’s National Development Fund (NDF) and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA) signed a memorandum of understand (MOU) worth $5 billion for financing renewable power plant projects belonging to non-governmental public institutions.

The MOU was inked by NDF Deputy Head Alireza Mir-Mohammad Sadeqi and SATBA Head Mahmoud Kamani in a ceremony at the place of NDF on Monday.

--  Iran tourism minister calls for stronger cooperation between Tehran, Minsk

 Iranian tourism minister Ezzatollah Zarghami has called for closer ties between the Islamic Republic and Belarus. Launching direct flights and a visa simplification agreement were among the proposals offered by the minister.

“Any drop of barriers and conditions for travelers will help the development of tourism between Iran and Belarus, for example, dropping visa requirements to travel groups - similar to what Iran and Russia did - is a suitable step to facilitate tourism between Iran and Belarus,” Zarghami said.


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