Egypt’s local digest June 22: Boxing is religiously prohibited: Egypt’s Mufti 
Joe Frazier (R) lands a left hook on Muhammad Ali during the first of their three epic battles at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, U.S. March 8, 1971. The Fight of the Century (also known as The Fight) is the title boxing writers and historians have given to the boxing match between champion Joe Frazier (26-0, 23 KOs) and challenger Muhammad Ali (31-0, 25 KOs).Mandatory Credit: Action Images / MSI/

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Boxing is religiously prohibited: Egypt’s Mufti

Egypt’s grand Mufti Shawqi Allam said that one can learn combat sport and be trained to practice it in a harmless way, but it is “religiously forbidden” to seek professionalism in a way that harm and bring severe disability to one another, reported Youm7.

Allam’s statement was in response to a question about Muslims participation in sports in which wrestlers try to overcome each others, by wounding in head and body.

He also noted that an old religious edict issued by the Islamic Jurisprudence Complex in 1987 stated that boxing is “religiously prohibited.” The reasoning of the edict stated that boxing is based on allowing “serious harm to both fighters that could mount to blindness, severe or chronic damage of brain, fractions or death,” and that the beater is not blamed for this. Furthermore, the edict said that the audience cheers in happiness for the victor not caring for the beaten fighter’s harm.

“This act is totally forbidden and unacceptable in the rule of Islam,” read the edict.


Families to receive death certificates of EgyptAir flight victims

Death certificates of victims of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 will be delivered to their families Wednesday, Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy announced. Sixty-six people, including passengers and crew, were on board of the ill-fated jet that crashed into the Mediterranean May 19, coming from Paris. The 56 passengers included 30 Egyptians and other nationalities.


Illicit Gain to investigate land takeover by former officials

Illicit Gains Authority will start investigating incidents of land takeover that date back to 2005, in which former state officials and businessmen are accused of illegally seizing wide swaths of state-owned lands, judicial sources told Youm7.

The sources added that the former officials tended to make profit of the seize lands by renting them to companies or establishing projects on them.

The authority was notified about the incidents by a committee tasked by the President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to recover looted state land.


2 high school students arrested for cheating via earphones in Minya

Two high school students in Upper Egypt’s Minya were arrested while taking their exam for cheating through earphones.

The detained students, both aged 18yrs, said during investigations that they linked the earphones to a website called “Cheating Revolution” that live broadcast the answers of the exam questions 15 minutes after the test began.

Over the past weeks, Thanaweya Amma (high school diploma) exams have been leaked on different facebook pages, and a number of students have been detained over allegedly administrating these pages.

The Interior Ministry announced closing more than 60 Facebook pages over involvement in leaking exams.


Egypt consumes 10.6K tons of pesticide annually

Egypt consumes annually 10,600 tons of pesticide for a total of 15 million feddan of winter and summer crops, Chairman of the Pesticide Committee at the Agricultural Ministry Mohamed Abdel Magued told Youm7.

Abdel Magued said that the committee granted 120 observers the power of judicial arrest in cases of smuggled or expired pesticides.


420K Hep C patients treated since 2014:

A total of 420,000 patients with Hepatitis C have been treated since October 2014, with a 90 percent recovery, Youm7 quoted Waheed Dous, the head of the National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH) Wednesday.

Dous added that both Sovaldi and Daklinza drugs have been provided to all Hep C treatment centers. He also noted that 70 percent of liver treatment centers are operating to treat patients who contracting the virus, ending long waiting lists.

Egypt has embarked on a wide-scale program in 2014 to cure Hepatitis C patients by importing U.S. medications and recently manufacturing their local versions at reduced prices.


Sentry shot dead in North Sinai

A sentry was killed after unknown people shot at him in Arish city in North Sinai, said a statement by the Ministry of Interior. His body was taken to Arish hospital.

A police hunt was launched to arrest the perpetrators, added the statement.


Temperature expected to increase Wednesday, Cairo sees 39°C

Temperature is expected to increase across Egypt Wednesday, where Cairo sees highs of 39°C and lows of 27 °C.

Forecasters said a hot weather to prevail in most parts, with higher temperature degrees to be witnessed in the southern parts of the country.

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