UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest July 16:Student sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for leaking Thanawya Amma exams
Group of Thanaweya Amma Students revise before the exam in the third day of Egypt's Thanaweya Amma exams which began on June 7 2015

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Student sentenced to 1 year imprisonment for leaking Thanawya Amma exams

Al Warraq Misdemeanor court on Saturday sentenced a student to one year in jail for launching and running a Facebook page that leaked Thanawya Amma exam questions, Youm7 reported.

The court also ordered the 19 year old convict to pay 20,000 EGP (about$2,200) fine on charges of leaking model answers of this year’s Thanawya Amma exams through “Chao Ming leaks general secondary certificate exams” facebook page.


Solar Impulse II leaves Cairo airport for Abu Dhabi Sunday morning

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, is scheduled to depart Cairo International Airport on Sunday morning bound for Abu Dhabi in its final leg after a four-month-long trip, Youm7 reported.

The zero-fuel aircraft departed Seville on Monday at 02:20 a.m. Cairo Local Time and landed in Cairo International Airport on Wednesday after a flight of approximately 3,540 kilometers, according to the aircraft’s website.

Cairo-Abu Dhabi is the plane’s 17th and final leg. Abu Dhabi –Muscat was its first leg started on March 9 this year.

The aircraft has 17,000 solar cells on its wings, which recharge the plane’s batteries throughout the day. The wings are 72 meters long.


Al Ahly icon Tarek Selim dies aged 79

Al Ahly SC legendary footballer Tareq Selim has died on Saturday at the age of 79, Youm7 reported.

Selim, who was born in 1937, played for Al Ahly for 13 years during which the team secured seven Egyptian Premier League titles and three local cup titles.

The younger brother of former Al Ahly president Saleh Selim was the director of football position at Al Ahly between 1987 and 1993.


41.94% success rate in Al-Azhar secondary certificate

Deputy to Egypt’s Al Azhar Grand Imam, Abbas Shouman announced Saturday that the success rate in Al Azhar secondary certificate reached 41.94 percent in this year’s nationwide exams, Youm7 reported.

A total of 64,745 students have passed the exams this year, said Shouman.

This year’s success rate is over 13 percent higher than the previous year, which achieved a rate of 28 percent.

Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al Tayeb has congratulated top ten students through the phone on Saturday.


50,000 skill test application forms handed out to Thanawya Amma students

A total of 50,000 Thanawya Amma students were handed out skills test application forms from Cairo University outlets since Monday, Sayed Atta, supervisor of the Higher Education Ministry’s Coordination Office was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.

The skills test is mandatory for the General Secondary Education Certificate students wishing to join certain faculties, e.g. Faculty of Fine Arts. The door to apply for the test was opened Monday and is scheduled to last for 10 days.

About 500,000 Egyptian students have finished Thanawya Amma exams last week. Education Minister said the results will be announced later this month.


Cairo sees highs of 37°C Saturday

Forecasters have expected that a moderate weather will prevail on northwestern coasts, while Cairo will see a hot weather reaching highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C Saturday.


350 fire reports in 3 months left 10 dead, 130 injured: civil protection department

Civil Protection department has received 350 fire reports over the past three months, which left 10 dead and 130 wounded, with their injuries varying between burns and suffocation due to smoke inhalation, Youm7 reported.

Firefighters have managed to put out these fires by using 80 fire engines, 12 water tanks and 10 hydraulic ladders.


Officer shot dead by armed men in Arish

A police officer was shot dead by armed men in Arish early Saturday morning, Youm7 reported security sources.

Sources said that a group of armed men opened fire at the police officer Ashraf Hasouna while he was crossing Al-Obour district, south Arish in North Sinai; he was reported dead of his injuries and his body was transferred to Arish Hospital.


Alleged leaked high school grades are “untrue”: Education Ministry official

An anonymous official source at the Ministry of Education told Youm7 that what has been allegedly said to be “leaked grade numbers” on some Facebook pages is “untrue and completely unfounded.”

The source said that the claimed leaked grades were compared to that concluded by the ministry, revealing that they are different.

A number of Facebook pages have been leaking high school exams, prompting the ministry to cancel and change the exams and investigate the way these pages obtain the exams that are supposed to be printed at secret printing house.

A wave of anger contained many students who protested the postponement of their exams seeing themselves as “victims to Facebook pages leaking the exams, and to the bad education system in the country.”


Millions of birds, animals vaccinated against different diseases in 7 months: report

A report by Preventive Medicine department at the General Authority for Veterinary Services has showed the total number of animals and birds that were vaccinated against different diseases within seven months since the beginning of the year, reported Youm7.

According to the report, a total of 25.7 million birds were vaccinated against avian flu; 6.6 million animals (cows, buffaloes, camels, sheep and goats) were immunized against foot-and-mouth disease; 5.918 cattle against rift valley fever, and 230.8 heads of cattle were vaccinated against ovine rinderpest.

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