Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 24: Education minister approves Thanaweya Amma exam results
Education Minister Al Helaly al Sherbiny


Egypt cleric says too much pokemon go could be dangerous

(AP)-A leading Egyptian Sunni Muslim cleric has warned against the dangers of playing too much of the wildly popular mobile phone application “Pokemon Go,” adding to Mideast religious voices that have sometimes been sterner in their critique of the game.

Abbas Shumman, the deputy sheikh of Egypt’s Al-Azhar institute, told The Associated Press that the game “makes people busy with it, ignoring their main work and it might also put them in danger,” but says there is no problem with people playing it in moderation if they are at home or in a safe place.

He adds, “if someone is busy reading the Quran while he is walking in the street, this might make him have an accident so we would tell him not to read it this way.”


Parliament okays draft bill to raise military pension by 10%

Egypt’s parliamentary defense and national security committee on Sunday has approved a draft bill of a 10 percent raise on military pensions, Youm7 reported.

Halal Amer, head of the committee, said the raise comes into effect starting this month, adding that its minimum and maximum caps are 125 EGP (about $14) and 323 EGP per month.

Last week, the parliament approved a similar draft bill for civilians.

Finance Minister Amr al Garhy said earlier that pensions for the fiscal year 2016/2017 amounted to around 170 billion EGP.

He added that this year’s 10 per cent raise will amount to around 15 billion EGP, noting that the rise will increase the government’s budget deficit.


Egypt’s delegation to UN celebrates 23rd July revolution anniversary

Egypt’s permanent delegation to the United Nations (UN) on Saturday held a reception marking the 64th anniversary of the July 23 Revolution, Youm7 reported.

The celebration, which was held at the mission’s headquarters in New York, was attended by high-level officials including UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the Foreign Ministry announced in statement on Sunday.

“This year’s celebration has a unique significance as it coincides with Egypt’s membership in the UN Security Council (UNSC) through which Egypt seeks enhancing its regional and international role for serving Arab and African issues,” Ambassador Amr Abu El Atta, Egypt’s Permanent Representative to the UN was quoted by state news agency MENA.


Egypt’s border guards arrest 848 ‘illegal emigrants’

Egypt’s border guards arrested a total of 848 people of different nationalities over illegal emigration attempts through the country’s borders, military spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced in a statement on Sunday.

The border guards and navy forces arrested 388 illegal emigrants at Egypt’s Mediterranean cities of Alexanria, Al Alamein and Rosetta, said Samir, adding that the forces also seized a total of 37 kilograms of drugs.

The armed forces also arrested a total of 446 illegal emigrants at Egypt-Libya border town of Sallum, he added.

Egypt has stepped up its efforts to curb illegal migration to Europe recently, partly in response to requests from European nations suffering from mass illegal migration from the Middle East region.


Parliament discusses applying Hep C examination to travelers abroad

Member of Parliament Samah Saad, said that the Health sub-committee will discuss Sunday the possibility of applying Hepatitis C examinations for those traveling abroad.


Last branch of medical center belongs to MB confiscated: committee

The Committee handling confiscated Muslim Brotherhood assets has seized the last branch of “Ro’ya Center for ophthalmology” that is believed to be owned by the banned Islamist group.

The group was officially designated as a terrorist organization in 2013, since then, hundreds of its assets and facilities, including: schools, associations, pharmacies and hospitals have been confiscated. Many of its leaders and supporters are either facing jail in Egypt or at large.




Lawsuit authority appeals court decision annulling seizure of legendary footballer’s assets

The State Lawsuit Authority appealed on Sunday against the administrative court’s earlier judicial ruling that annulled a decision by a government committee to seize the assets of Al Ahly legendary footballer Mohamed Abou-Treika, Youm7 reported.

On June, 21, the Administrative Court overturned a decision by a government committee, tasked with confiscating the Muslim Brotherhood funds and properties, has confiscated the assets of Ashab Tours, a tourism company co-founded by the footballer, over suspected affiliation with the outlawed group.

The committee stated that the company’s funds were used to finance “terrorist attacks.”


Solar Impulse departs Cairo en route to Abu Dhabi

The Solar Impulse II, an experimental solar-powered aircraft, departed Cairo International Airport Sunday morning en route to Abu Dhabi, according to the plane’s website.

The Cairo-Abu Dhabi leg was postponed last Saturday due to pilot Bertrand Piccard’s sickness and worsening conditions in Cairo

“After experiencing the most humanly challenging flight last year with André’s 5 day and night flight, this leg will definitely be the most technically challenging on this round-the-world mission,” according to the Si2 website.

Solar Impulse 2 arrived in Cairo last week after a two-day flight from Spain, finishing the 3,745 kilometer journey with an average speed of 76.7 kilometers an hour.


Education minister approves Thanaweya Amma exam results

Education Minister Hilali al Sherbiniy on Sunday approved the results of final year exams for secondary students (Thanaweya Amma,) at a success rate of 75.7 percent compared to 79.4 percent last year.

In a press conference on Sunday, Sherbiny said that during this year’s exams, the ministry has monitored 4149 violations, out of which 105 were referred to prosecution.

“The ministry voided 871 exam papers for one of the subjects due to cheating, while 650 other cases were cancelled for cheating,” said Sherbiny.

The minister has personally congratulated the top ten students through the phone. Around 600,000 students sat for the exams this year.


Egypt’s navy rescues 14 people aboard sinking yacht off Red Sea’s Hurghada

Egypt’s naval forces rescued 14 Egyptian holidaymakers aboard a sunken yacht off the Red Sea coast near Hurghada, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The Red Sea naval bases received a distress signal from the yacht, named ‘Alyaa,’ and immediately ordered to dispatch a rescue unit.

All passengers and cre members were provided with first aid, while the drowned yacht was pulled out of the waters for repair.


20 Egyptians deported from Saudi Arabia for violating visa, residency law

Twenty Egyptians arrived at Cairo International Airport on Sunday after being deported by the Saudi authorities for violating residence and work permits, an airport source told Youm7.

The deportees, who were arrested on Wednesday by Saudi authorities, arrived in the Cairo International Airport aboard a Saudi airline flight from Jeddah. Upon arrival, authorities at Cairo airport checked the crime record of the deportees before they were released.

The Saudi sponsorship system entitles business owners to hold the passports of foreign workers as long as they work for them.

According to a report issued by the Saudi Labor Department in 2014, the number of Egyptians working in the Kingdom was estimated at 968,000 at the end of 2013, representing about 40 percent of the total Arab expatriate workforce in Saudi Arabia.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned citizens not to overstay their visas in Saudi Arabia or return to the kingdom illegally after deportation.


Cairo sees hot weather of 37°C Sunday

Forecasters expected a hot and humid weather to prevail Sunday in Cairo and Lower Egypt, where the capital will see highs of 37°C and lows of 25°C.

The temperature will be typically higher in southern Upper Egypt, especially during the day. Luxor and Aswan will see highs of 40°C and 41°C respectively on Sunday.


Traffic department spots 2,098 speeding violations

The General Traffic Department has launched several campaigns to adjust street discipline and maintain implementation of traffic regulation. The campaign has resulted in 2,098 violations of speeding spotted by radars on highways, Youm7 reported. All violators were subjected to necessary legal actions.


Environment Ministry tries to avoid ‘black clouds’ with new measures

As rice harvest season is approaching, the Ministry of Environment has taken some measures to combat the annual phenomenon of “Black Clouds” that results of the burning of the extra rice straw.

An official at the ministry, Gamal el-Saeedy told Youm7 that the ministry has added 75 pressers and 100 grinders and initially increasing the number of locations where the straw is collected to 350 locations across governorates.


No Egyptians among Munich attack victims: Ambassador to Germany

Egyptian Ambassador to Germany, Badr Abdel Atty said there are no Egyptians among victims of Munich attack that took place on Friday.




EGX rebounds on Sunday closing

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

Market capitalization gained 271 million EGP to record 399.716 billion EGP during the closing session on Sunday.

The benchmark index EGX30 inched up 0.36 percent, while the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) index EGX-70 dipped 0.09 percent


Yields rise at Egypt’s T-bill auction

(Reuters) – Yields on Egypt’s three-month and nine-month treasury bills rose at Sunday’s auction, data from the central bank website showed.

The average yield on the 91-day bill rose to 14.272 percent from 14.149 percent at the last auction on July 17. The 273-day bill slightly rose to 15.752 percent from 15.570 at a similar auction a week ago.


Egypt produces 2.5 million barrels of petroleum condensates June 2015

Egypt’s domestic production of petroleum condensates reached 2.5 million barrels by June 2015, compared to 2.4 million barrels during February 2015.


EGX opens Sunday trading at collective, limited increase

Egypt’s stock market began Sunday’s trading at a collective, limited increase to all indices, Youm7 reported.

EGX30 rose by 0.08 percent; EGX50 rose 0.31 percent; EGX20 jumped by 0.25 percent; EGX70 increased by 0.37 percent and EGX100 up by 0.23 percent.


Foreign purchases at EGX reached 991.47 mln EGP since beginning of 2016

The net purchases by foreigners at the Egyptian stock market since the beginning of the year reached 991.47 million EGP, while Arab purchases reached 931.44 million EGP during the same period, after excluding deals.


Plastic exports down 6% compared to last year: report

A recent report by the Export Council for Chemicals showed a 6 percent decline in plastic exports during May 2016, reaching 735.5 million EGP, compared to 780.1 million EGP in 2015 and 1.002 billion EGP in 2014.





Nurses carryout FGM excessively in Suez: researcher

Marwa Ramadan, a researched in women affairs, said that a lot of FGM operations are taking place in Suez governorate and that nurses are carrying out the illegal practice themselves, in statements to Youm7.


Manar appeals to officials to do cornea transplant after she lost sight

Manar Mohamed has appealed to Minister of Health Ahmed Emad so that she can undergo a cornea transplant in her left eye after she lost sight; she told Youm7 in a interview.

Doctors told Mohamed, a student, that she has a rare infectious virus in her left eye; her case developed and she was told that she needs a cornea transplant that will cost 20,000 EGP in order to be able to see again.

Mohamed, who could not pay the money, resorted to the Ministry of Health requesting to carry out the surgery on state expenses, but her request was rejected.


Search efforts for fin whale in North Coast in full swing: Environment Min.

Environment Ministry has stated that it continues its search efforts after the fin whale that has appeared for almost a week in Marina town in North Coast, according to Youm7.




Egypt U-20 team beat Angola to reach 2017 Nations Cup – Ahramonline

Egypt’s U-20 team have booked their place in next year’s African Cup of Nations after beating Angola 4-0 in the second leg of a qualifying playoff on Saturday.

The young Pharaohs also defeated Angola 1-0 at home in the first leg to advance to the Cup of Nations with a 5-0 aggregate win.
Egypt assistant coach: Ghana are now stronger than in 2013 – Kingfut.com

Egypt’s national team assistant coach Osama Nabih believes Ghana’s current squad is stronger than the one that faced Egypt in 2013.

Egypt were drawn in the same group as Ghana in Africa’s final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Pharaohs will be looking to revenge for their loss against Ghana in 2013, when they failed to qualify for the

2014 World Cup after losing 7-3 on aggregate to the Black Stars in the final round of the qualifiers.
Mark Hughes: No problems in Ramadan Sobhi’s deal – Kingfut.com

Stoke City FC manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that deal for Egypt internationalRamadan Sobhi should be sealed soon, saying that they hope to have him in time for team’s training camp in USA.
Stoke are very close to finalizing the transfer for Sobhi after Al Ahly accepted The Potter’s improved bid, despite a late inclusion from Serie A club Fiorentina in order to hijack the deal.

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