Update Egypt’s local news digest July 1: Al-Masry Coach referred to trial over assaulting Ministry of Interior photojournalist; PM discusses plan of removing subsidy on electricity
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail

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Al-Masry Coach referred to trial over assaulting Ministry of Interior photojournalist

Football Coach of Al-Masry Sports Club team, Hossam Hassam, and two aides were referred Wednesday to a trial over charges of assaulting Ministry of Interior photojournalist and breaking his camera in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, Youm7 reported. Security forces jailed Hassan Wednesday in Torah prison for four days pending the investigations.

Man committed suicide by hanging himself after he failed to marry his girl

A man committed suicide by hanging himself in al-Basatin cemetery, southern Cairo, because he failed to marry his beloved, Youm7 reported. After his beloved’s family refused their marriage, he suffered mental disease and hanged himself.

Government allocates $8 bln EGP for subsidized commodities

Egyptian government allocated Wednesday $8 billion EGP to the Ministry of Supply for the subsidized basic commodities, in light of controlling the high price of the local market, according to a statement from the Cabinet.


PM discusses plan of removing subsidy on electricity

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail held a closed meeting with the Ministry of Electricity Mohamed Shaker Wednesday at the Cabinet headquarters to discuss the government’s plan to remove he subsidy on electricity. The government will announced the subsidy abolishment in coming few weeks.

The draft plan was submitted to the cabinet in June by Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker. It involves a complete lifting of subsidies on electricity rates by gradually raising the prices of electricity consumption within a period of seven-ten years to curb the growing state budget deficit.

The government plans to reduce the electricity subsidy bill by 6.4 percent to reach 29 billion EGP in 2016/17 fiscal year, Finance Minister Amr eL Garhy announced in May.


Zero-fuel Solar Impulse II aircraft lands in Cairo airport

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, has successfully landed in Cairo International Airport Wednesday morning after over 48-hour flight, Youm7 reported.

Operated by pilot André Borscherg, the aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time. It landed in Cairo airport at around 08:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

This is the 16th leg of Solar Impulse II. Abu Dhabi –Muscat was its first leg started on March 9 this year. Its final destination will be also Abu Dhabi. This first round-the-world solar flight was launched with the aim of promoting clean technology.


Identical pre-written sermons during Friday prayer “boring”, says MP

MP Amna Nusseir rejected the Religious Endowment Ministry’s recent decision imposing identical pre-written sermons on clergymen during the weekly Friday prayers, Youm7 reported.

“This kind of restrictions on preachers in mosques is refused and boring,” said Nusseir.

The Religious Endowment Minister Mohamed Mukhtar Gomaa said on Tuesday that clergymen will be required to deliver identical pre-written weekly sermons as of Friday July 15. The decision, which drew criticism among preachers and clerics, aims to curb extremism.


18 Postgraduate degree holders released after protesting state employment  

A total of 18 post-graduate degree holders were released from Qasr el Nil police station on Wednesday hours after they were arrested over staging an unlicensed protest, Asmaa Abdel Hamid, coordinator of masters and PHD holders, class of 2015 was quoted by Youm7.

Dozens of masters and PHD holders took part in a demonstration outside the cabinet headquarters in downtown Cairo on Tuesday demanding state employment.

Head of Egypt’s Lawyers Syndicate Sameh Ashour has mediated the release of the detainees after a phone call with Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdy abdel Ghaffar, according to Abdel Hamid.


223 ships transit the Suez Canal carrying 13.3m tons in past 5 days: SCA chairman

A total of 223 vessels have transited the Suez Canal during the past five days with a total load of 13.3 million tons, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairman Mohab Mamish was quoted by Youm7 on Wednesday.

Madison Maersk  is among the ships crossed the canal carrying 200,000 tons, said Mamish adding that an average of 43.8 ships transited the canal per day during June, with an average load of 2.66m tons per day. The average load per ship was about 60,608 tons during that period.

Army kills 4 militants in N. Sinai’s Sheikh Zuwayed

Egypt’s army announced on Tuesday it has killed four militants in Sinai’s town of al Sheikh Zuwayed, Youm7 reported.

The militants were killed in raids carried out by the third field army units. Meanwhile, three other militants managed to escape.

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.


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