Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 20: Relatives of Education Min. official arrested over exam leaks, Sisi discusses alternatives to Thanaweya Amma scores
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Wife, sister-in-law of Education Ministry official ordered detained over exam leaks

The wife and sister-in-law of Atem M., head of the secret print house of the Education Ministry, were ordered detained Monday, as well as the mother of the alleged admin. of a Facebook page that leaked Thanaweya Amma exams, Youm7 reported.

Other than leaking the exams, they also face charges of harming national security. Ten other people are included in the case, as investigations say they leaked exams in exchange for money.

Education Ministry studies alternatives to “Thanaweya Amma Tansiq”

The Education Ministry is studying alternatives to the “thanaweya amma tansiq,” whereby high school students enroll in faculties according to their scores, according to a Monday presidential statement on a meeting between Sisi and Higher Education Minister Ashraf al-Shihy. The minister also said he plans to establish more universities especially in rural areas and offer the fields of study needed in these places.

Politics

Egypt supports Bahrain in measures against Shiite cleric, organization

Egypt expresses “full support” to Bahrain in the measures it has taken against “destabilization attempts,” according to a Monday statement by the Foreign Ministry. Bahrain stripped prominent Shia cleric Isa Qassim of his citizenship Monday, a few days after it closed the officers of Wefaq National Islamic Society, whose members are mostly Shiite.

Egypt provides Ethiopia 6 million EGP in grants for water cooperation

Egypt has provided Ethiopia 6 million EGP in grants to hold training programs for 50 people in the field of water resources, announced Egyptian Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Atti in a statement Sunday. Cairo also provided Ethiopian scholars and researchers with scholarships that have been funded by the Ministry. Relations between both countries have recently been improved after being strained over the construction of controversial Ethiopian dam. Ethiopia announced that the dam is necessary for its development, while Egypt voiced its concerns about negatively affecting its 55-billion share of the Nile water.

 

Business

8B EGP allocated to develop public hospitals

A total of 8 billion EGP from the 2016/2017 budget have been allocated to develop government-owned hospitals and train doctors, Health Minister Ahmed Emad el-Din told President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in a Monday meeting. He added that 600,000 Hepatitis C patients have already been treated as part of a wide-scale campaign to eliminate the diseases from the country.

Further, subsidized baby milk will be added to the smart card starting from August, according to a presidential statement on the meeting.

Egypt exports to Kuwait in 1st quarter of 2016 increase to $102M

Egyptian exports to Kuwait increased in the first quarter of 2016 by 6.8% compared to the same quarter last year to reach $102 million, head of the Egyptian-Kuwaiti Trade Office Medhat Adel told MENA Monday.

OFID finances ten ongoing projects worth at $322 million in Egypt

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has participated in financing a total of 23 development projects in Egypt since 1976, with $ 587.6 million in soft loans, according to a reported issued recently by the OFID. The Fund is financing ten ongoing projects, worth at $322 million, in fields of energy, health, agriculture, and small and medium enterprises.

Sports

El-Hadary: Egypt back where they belong – Cafonline.com

“I’m happy because it’s something we’ve all worked towards, though it’s only normal we should qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations,” legendary Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary told FIFA.com, reacting to his country’s qualification for next year’s continental finals, which comes after failed attempts to reach the previous three. He added: “The whole country is right to celebrate, but to me there’s nothing extraordinary about it.

Enyimba deserved to beat zamalek says coach – African footall.com

Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun said his team dominated and deserved to beat Zamalek of Egypt in a CAF Champions League Group B clash.

The defeat puts Enyimba third in Group B after the first round of matches with Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa top of the standings with three points, Zamalek second, while Entente Setif from Algeria are bottom.

Culture

Cultural events, performances on 15th day of Ramadan

The National Center for Children’s Culture in collaboration with the Supreme Council of Culture organized a number of arts and cultural events for children Monday as part of celebrations of the 15th day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The events, which will be held at Sayeda Zaynab garden, will include a play, storytelling workshops, and painting on canvas as well as performances by the National Circus crew.

Charity Art exhibition to help restore Manial Palace

A number of fine artists have participated in an exhibition that presents various paintings and sculptures, in order to allocate the revenues estimated at 160,000 EGP to contribute in the restoration of Manial Palace and Museum, in Cairo.

Arab Contractors Company was assigned by the Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anani to carry out the renovation works at the palace, which was built by the cousin of King Farouk in 1901.

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