According to Ashura News, quoted by the IRNA news agency
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-- IRGC Navy receives more than 100 homegrown combat speedboats
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy took delivery of 110 domestically-manufactured combat speedboats for maritime operations in Iran’s southern territorial waters.
The speedboats joined the IRGC Navy’s fleet during a Saturday ceremony attended by IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami and high-profile military figures in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas.
-- Iran’s eight-month car production rises 4.7%
Car manufacturing in Iran witnessed 4.7 percent of growth during the eight months to November 21, compared to corresponding figure of preceding year.
According to the data released by the Industry, Mine, and Trade Ministry, Iranian carmakers manufactured 651,408 vehicles in the eight-month period, while the figure was 622,144 in the same time span of the previous year, IRNA reported.
During the said eight months, IKCO manufactured 319,710 vehicles, which was 0.1 percent less than the output in the same time span of the previous year.
-- Three cities, one village added to Iran’s national handicrafts centers
Three Iranian cities and a village were registered as new national cities and villages of handicrafts, according to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts.
Mehdishahr and Kalat-e Khij, in the northern province of Semnan and Tafresh in Markazi Province were registered as national cities of handicrafts, announced the deputy head of the ministry, Pouya Mahmoudian, adding that Davijan in the western province of Hamedan was designated as the national village of handicrafts, IRNA reported.
Mehdishahr, Kalat-e Khij, and Tafresh were designated as the national handicraft cities in the field of embroidery, traditional hand-woven handicrafts, and tafreshi-duzi (a kind of local embroidery), respectively, she explained.
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-- Ministry: Iran-Russia Agreement Ready
Iran said on Saturday a long-term cooperation roadmap with Russia is at its final stage of development.
“We have launched a new initiative at the Foreign Ministry, namely 20-year cooperation roadmap documents with neighboring countries, including one with Russia which is almost finalized,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.
“We will obtain permission from the cabinet to conduct negotiations and, like the 25-year cooperation roadmap, we developed with China, we can do the same with major neighboring countries,” Khatibzadeh added.
-- IME Weekly Trade Posts $519mn
Iran Mercantile Exchange (IME) on Saturday reported that around 1,977,000 tonnes of commodities with a total trading value of more than 519 million traded in its domestic trading and exports halls in the past working week, which in terms of volume and value show a growth of 6% and 16% respectively.
The IME said that 1,693,000 tonnes of metal and mineral products, including 1,000,275 tonnes of cement, 345,240 tonnes of steel, 81,000 tonnes of iron ore, 35,500 tonnes of sponge iron, 12,510 tonnes of copper, 10,275 tonnes of aluminum, 1,600 tonnes of zinc and 21 tonnes of precious metals concentrate with total value of $334 million were traded in the IME domestic and exports halls in the last week.
--Iran Sitting Volleyball Nominated for 2021 Paralympic Awards
The International Paralympic Committee has nominated the Iranian men’s sitting volleyball team for the 2021 Paralympic Sport Awards. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced the nominees for the 2021 Paralympic Sport Awards recently.
The IPC has nominated the Iranian national sitting volleyball team as one of the three nominees for the title of the best team this year.
-- Looming crisis in Afghanistan directly affecting Pakistan and Iran, PM Khan says
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has criticized a continued freezing of Afghanistan's assets by the United States as the war-hit country is grappling with looming humanitarian crisis, warning that the deterioration of the situation will cause more problems for Pakistan and Iran as Afghanistan’s neighbors, IRNA reported on Thursday.
Addressing the Islamabad Conclave 2021 under the theme of "Peaceful and Prosperous South Asia" organized by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), Khan described the situation in Afghanistan as worrying and called for global efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in the Central Asian country.
-- All cities out of COVID-19 high risk ‘red zones’
As the country is dealing with the fifth wave of the pandemic, all cities are now out of the high-risk red zones, IRNA reported on Saturday. The highest category on Iran’s coronavirus risk scale is the red zone, which reaches lower risk areas by orange, yellow, and blue zones.
Eight cities are in the orange zones, 119 in the yellow category, and 321 cities are in blue zones, and no cities are red.
-- Sold! Iranian treasures went under the hammer in London auction
On December 8, two majestic royal gold plaques among other ancient Iranian treasures went under the hammer for hundreds of thousands of pounds at Christie’s in London.
What makes the auction awkward is a serious doubt over the way the antiquities had found their way overseas. The auction, for some art lovers, equals an illegitimate act of selling the “looted treasure” of a nation.
Some say the two extraordinary Achaemenid objects, which depict a winged bull, and a lamassu were smuggled out of Iran following their excavation in 1920.