Update Egypt’s Local News Digest June 14: Man stood naked on balcony sentenced to six months in jail, Proposal to toughen punishment of FGM crime
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Man stood naked on balcony sentenced to six months in jail

A Cairo misdemeanor court sentenced Wednesday a man, who was accused of standing naked on his balcony during the holy month of Ramadan, to six months in jail; prosecution charged him with “debauchery” after his neighbors reported him. Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic Calendar when the Muslim worldwide fast.

Proposal to toughen punishment of FGM crime

Egypt’s Ministry of Health has proposed a law to change the act of Female Gentile Mutilation (FGM) from Misdemeanor to a crime to toughen punishment against perpetrators, al-Masry al-Alyoum newspaper reported Minister Deputy Mayssa Shawqi Wednesday.

Master degree holders protest outside cabinet, calling for being appointed in governmental posts

Dozens of Master degree holders protested Wednesday outside the headquarters of Egypt’s Cabinet, calling for being appointed in positions of State’s administrative institutions, Youm7 reported.

Egypt to make tender for developing 40 slums nationwide in FY 2016/2017

Egypt’s Ministry of Housing will make a public tender to develop a total of 40 endangered slums nationwide in Fiscal Year 2016/2017, stated Minister deputy Ahmed Adel. The tender comes in light of President Abdel Fatah al-SIsi’s directions to get rid of slums and endangered areas within two years.

24 Egyptian nationals deported back home from Saudi Arabia

The Cairo International Airport received Wednesday a total of 24 Egyptian expatriates were deported back from Saudi Arabia over violating Saudi residency rules, Youm7 reported officials from the airport.

Ministry of Agriculture receives 5 million tons of wheat from domestic farmers

Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture Spokesperson Eid Hawash announced Wednesday that the ministry has received a total of 5 million tons of wheat from the domestic farmers this year. Egypt annually consumes 15 million tons of wheat, according to previous remarks by the ministry of supply Spokesperson Mahmoud Diab to The Cairo Post. It also imports 11 tons to meet the local markets’ demands, according to FAO statistics.

348 scenes of smoking, drug abuse in Ramadan drama: Anti-addiction fund

A recent report by the anti-addiction fund stated that a total of 348 scenes of smoking and drug abuse, with a total of 10 hours, were spotted in TV series broadcast during the first five days of the holy month of Ramadan. Accordingly, the fund has blacklisted a number of series, adding that drama-makers should evaluate the content they present to viewers, including teenagers and children, to contribute in public awareness against the practice.


Hot weather relents in Egypt; Cairo sees 36°C

After a scorching hot weather that hit the country Tuesday raising the temperature to 41 degrees Celsius, forecasters expected a five-degree decline in temperature Wednesday, where Cairo sees highs of 36 °C.


Development of 1,082 railroad crossings in Egypt ends 2017: ENR

The development of a total of 1,082 railroad crossings across the country will be completed by 2017, according to the head of the Egyptian National Railway’s (ENR) Medhat Shosha. A total of 760 train accidents occurred in Egypt during the past three years, with officials attributing the crashes mainly to improper structure of the outdated railroad crossings and lack of maintenance.


Dozens of informal crossings were closed last year as they imposed risk to people’s lives; however some citizens keep reopening them. The Transport Ministry’s renewal plan includes the implementation of maintenance and conversion of informal crossings into electronic ones.


25 extremists killed in security air raid in North Sinai

North Sinai forces killed 25 extremist elements, allegedly affiliated with Sinai Province militant group, and injured six others in air raid on militant groups that were spotted in Sheikh Zuwayed city early Wednesday. Meanwhile, forces arrested six suspects and detonated five explosive devices as part of military operations in the northern tip of the peninsula.



Shipmaster to be jailed for “disturbing” dolphins in Hurghada

A misdemeanor court in Red Sea resort of Hurghada upheld Tuesday a six-month prison sentence and a fine against a ship captain over charges of violating natural reserves and disturbing dolphins, which would prompt them to leave the area where its babies live.


70% of the 1.5 million feddan project “strategic crops”

Eid Hawas, the spokesperson for the Agricultural Ministry, said in TV statements Tuesday that the ministry is carrying out many major projects that are meant to fill the food gap, on the top is the 1.5 million feddan national project.

Hawas added that 70 percent of the crops to be planted in the project are “strategic.”

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