Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 28:Egypt receives data files from crashed EgyptAir MS 804
A flight recorder retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804 is seen in this undated picture issued June 17, 2016.
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‘Sovereign body’ will print question papers of rescheduled Thanawya Amma leaked exams

A Sovereign body will supervise printing question papers of the Thanawya Amma standardized exams which were rescheduled following online leaks, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced Tuesday.

The statement came during Ismail’s meeting with heads of parliament committees. However, the premier has not named the body concerned. On Sunday, the Education Ministry said exams leaked earlier this week will be rescheduled.

Egypt receives data files from crashed EgyptAir MS 804

Data files from the black box of EgyptAir plane that crashed over the Mediterranean in May were sent to Egypt on Tuesday after one of the plane’s black box flight recorders was repaired in France, according to a statement from the Egyptian committee investigating the crash.

The Data Recorder was repaired in laboratories belonging to France’s BEA aircraft accident investigation agency. The analysis of the data will take a few days, according to the statement.

Aqrab prison closure case adjourned to July 2

The Administrative Court on Tuesday adjourned to July 2 a case demanding the closure of Al Aqrab prison, state TV reported.

The lawsuit was filed by several human rights organizations to compel the president and ministers of justice and interior to close Aqrab Prison for violating prison requirements stated in international agreements signed by the Egyptian government.

HarassMap launches campaign to end workplace sexual harassment

The volunteer-based initiative HarassMap has launched a campaign called “Ask Before you work to guarantee your right in a safe job,” aiming to end workplace sexual harassment. The initiative said that the campaign raises women’s awareness to ask if the companies they are applying to work for have a policy devoted to sexual harassment, which should not tolerate such crime, investigate harassment complaints and conduct training sessions for employees, supervisors and managers about the right of employees to a workplace free of sexual harassment.

British Travel Agency Thomas Cook extends ban on flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

British Travel Agency Thomas Cook extended its ban on direct flights to Sharm el-Sheikh city ntil February 2017.

Britain has advised its nationals not to travel to Egypt’s famous Red Sea resort following the Russian plane crash in October 2015 shortly after it departed Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, causing the death of 224 passengers and crew.

Politics

Parliament approves 2016-17 general budget, sends it to state council for revision

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the government’s 2016-2017 draft general budget, Youm7 reported.

The parliament sent the draft to the legislation Department at Egypt’s State Council for revision before final approval by the president.

New heads of judicial bodies sworn in before Sisi

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday has granted the Order of the Republic of the 1st Class on former Interim President and former head of the constitutional court in appreciation of his achievements during his tenure, according to Youm7.

Sisi also honored other heads of judicial entities, including head of State Council, after the end of their terms in office before the new heads sworn in before the president.

Anger flares up in Egypt’s Parliament after MP mistakenly sent a porno footage to a whatsapp group

Egypt’s House of Representatives members gave vent to their anger when a member of Parliament mistakenly sent a porno footage to a whatsapp group of MPs at the parliament Monday, Youm7 reported. However, the parliamentarian claimed that his mobile has been hacked.

Lebanese TV anchor Lilian Daoud deported back home

Egypt-based Lebanese TV anchor Lilian Daoud was deported back home Monday evening on EgyptAir flight MS713, per order for the Egyptian authorities Monday. few hours earlier, she was escorted by eight plain-clothed policemen to be deported out of Egypt, her lawyer Ziad al-Eleimy told al-Masry al-Youm. He learned the news from Daoud’s daughter, he said.

Business

EGX gains 2.1 b EGP, benchmark rises by 0.41% on Tuesday

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) surged on Tuesday boosted by local institutions as well as Arab and foreign buying appetite, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s main index EGX30 gained 0.41 percent to reach 6931.94 points with stock turnover at 398 million EGP.

Egyptian pound stable at official auction, black market

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has kept the pound steady against the US dollar at its regular dollar auction on Tuesday, according to Youm7.

The CBE sold a total of $ 117.1 million at a cut-off price of 8.78 pounds per dollar, while its average price at black market was 11.05 EGP.

Oil, gas investment agreements amount to $14.340B in 2 years

Investment agreements signed by the Petroleum Ministry in the past two years with international companies operating in the field of oil and gas have amounted to $14.340 billion, according to a Tuesday statement by the ministry.

A total of 67 agreements have been signed by June; the ministry had signed no agreements for three years before that.

Value-added Tax to be applied in Sept.

The value-added tax will be applied starting from September after the parliament passes it; the total tax revenues expected for the fiscal year 2016/2017 range between 20-25 billion EGP, Finance Minister Amr al-Garhy told Youm7 Monday.

The Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assembly of Beltone Financial Holding has approved trade-off contract with Orascom Telecom on the acquisition of 100% of the total shares of Arab Finance at a cost of 23 million EGP, according to a Tuesday statement by Beltone.

A similar contract has been approved to acquire 70% of the shares of Reefy for micro projects at a cost of 105 million EGP.

Social

Egypt offers discounts of 50%, 25% on sound and light shows

Egypt’s Sound and Light and Cinema Company has offered a discount of 50% on the sound and light show in Arabic, and 25% discount on the show in English Thursday, on the occasion of celebration of the third anniversary of  June 30 incidents, and in light of encouraging the tourism, Youm7 reported the company’s statement Monday.

On June 30, 2013, millions of Egyptians have taken to the street, protesting against the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and calling for the end of his regime; three days later, Morsi was ousted by the military.

Egypt seeks to increase Belgian aid to restore Baron Empain Palace

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has asked the Ministry of Antiquities to re-negotiate with the Belgium ambassador to Cairo on restoring Egypt’s Baron Empain Palace, Youm7 reported head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Amin Monday.

In 2009, Egypt and Belgium have reached an agreement, per which Brussels gives Cairo 35 million EGP in aid to restore the archeological palace. The new negotiations will tackle ways to increase the grant to cope with the increasing prices.

Egyptian Jazz drummer Yehya Khalil performs at Cairo Opera House

Today, Egypt’s Jazz drummer Yehya Khalil will perform at El Borg Gezira of the Cairo Opera House, at 9:30 p.m. the ticket is sold for 50 EGP.

Sports

Ramadan Sobhi excluded from Al Ahly squad against ASEC 

Al Ahly manager Martin Jol has announced the 22-man squad that will be facing ASEC Mimosas in the group stage of the CAF Champions League, according to Kingfut.com.

The Red Devils will host the Ivorian club at the Borg El-Arab Stadium on Tuesday in a crucial fixture that comes after both teams lost their opening Group A games.

Ghana’s FA president worries about ‘vengeful’ Egypt in World Cup qualifiers

Ghana’s FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi said on Monday that the Black Stars have to be cautious when they face Egypt in the World Cup qualifiers as he believes the Pharaohs would be determined to avenge their humiliating 2013 defeat, according to Ahram online.

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