UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 4: Egypt’s cabinet cancels summer daylight saving time; Muslims fast 30 days this year as Ramadan ends Tuesday
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Egypt’s cabinet cancels summer daylight saving time 

Egypt’s cabinet announced on Monday cancelling summer daylight saving time that has been applied for years with clocks putting forward one hour during the summer. The summer timing will not be applied after it has been scheduled to begin July 8. The decision to abandon the timing goes with a public poll that was launched in April 2015 and showed the timing was unpopular. Also recently, the cabinet has agreed on scrapping the summer timing in Egypt.

 

Tuesday last day of Ramadan; Wednesday first day of Eid el-Fitr: Dar el-Ifta

Dar el-Ifta Institute announced that Tuesday will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and that Wednesday will mark the first day of Eid el-Fitr (Breaking the fast feast,) read a Monday statement. The holy month lasts 29 or 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon; this year it lasts for 30 days.

 

Families harmed of Cairo’s massive fire last month to receive new apartments: Min.

Minister of Solidarity Ghada Waly said in a statement that the ministry is working hard to solve the problems of residents of a building that caught a massive fire in May in Cairo’s district of Darb el-Ahmar, adding that five new apartments were allocated for five families, and that 10,000 EGP will be allotted to furnish each one of them.

 

NCCM sets plan to protect children during Eid el-Fitr celebrations 

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) has announced a plan to protect children against any violations during the celebrations of Eid el-Fitr (breaking the fast feast.) The council will provide a hotline (16000) to receive complaints of any harassments to children or help requests over 24/7. It will also monitor media content, and this includes visual, written and audio, that contains violations to children rights.

 

Dozens of high school students arrested over cheating during exams 

The operation room at the Education Ministry has announced that a number of high school students have been seized Monday over cheating during exams. The students were caught cheating by using their phones, bluetooth headsets. High school students were taking three exams Monday, according to each specification, including: Algebra and Geometry; History and Geology; a crisis has erupted between students and the ministry over postponing exams amid social media leaks of question papers.

According to a recent law, the punishment to those caught cheating or helped in cheating includes canceling the student’s whole exams, impose a fine of 50,000 EGP and imprisonment sentence between one to three years.

 

8 killed, 4 injured in multi-vehicle road accident in Asyut  

A total of eight people were killed and four others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash between two microbuses and a truck that took place around noon on El-Geish Desert Road of Upper Egypt’s Asyut.

 

Search vessel recovers human remains at EgyptAir MS804 crash site

(Reuters)- A search vessel contracted by the Egyptian government has recovered all mapped human remains under water at the crash site of EgyptAir flight MS804 in the Mediterranean, Egypt’s aircraft accident investigation committee said on Sunday.

The John Lethbridge, belonging to Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search, headed to Alexandria port to hand over the remains to coroners and prosecution officials, the committee said in a statement. It will return to the crash site to make further checks for any possible remains there, the statement said.

 

Two people arrested in Cairo over killing Egyptian expat in Kuwait

Two suspects, accused of killing an Egyptian expatriate in Kuwaiti city of Jaber Al-Ahmed, have been arrested in Cairo by Interpol in cooperation with the Egyptian authorities, announced Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior Sunday evening.

The 27-year-old expat, Dhiya Gamal, was stabbed many times in his body; 12 hours later, the two suspects were arrested at the Cairo International Airport.

Officials at the Ministry of Manpower announced that the body of the killed Egyptian will arrive in Cairo Monday.

 

Sisi reviews Gov’t plan to flourish tourism

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Sunday with the Ministers of Tourism and Civil aviation to review the government’s plan for flourishing the tourism sector. The meeting tackled the tourism campaign that Egypt has launched domestically and abroad, according to a statement from the Presidency Office.

Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

 

Roadside bomb fails to target armored vehicle in N.Sinai

A road side bomb has failed to target a an armored vehicle along Arish coat in restive North Sinai Sunday evening, a security official told Youm7. The security forces have cordoned off and combed the area, the official added.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then. Most of roadside bomb attacks took place in Sinai where militant group of the Islamic State has a footing.

 

Facebook page claims History exam of the Thanaweya Amma leaked

A Facebook page, called Shaomengj helps ThanaweyaAmma to cheat, claimed that History exam of the Thanaweya Amma (high school diploma) has been leaked. The Ministry of Education did not confirm yet, Youm7 reported.

Since the start of the Thanaweya Amma exams early June, questions and model answers to all five exams have leaked on Facebook pages before each exam.

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