Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 6:Low-income people will be “taken into account” in new electricity prices: minister
Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker - YOUM7


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Low-income people will be “taken into account” in new electricity prices: minister

Egypt’s Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker said he will soon unveil new rate categories for electricity consumption in a bid to trim the state’s subsidies for the electricity sector, Al Ahram reported on Friday.

“The low-income people will be taken into consideration when setting the new tariff,” Shaker said in an interview on Dream TV Channel. He added that the new prices have been already introduced in July and will be applied retrospectively.

In July 2015, Egypt has raised electricity prices for mid-to-high household usage by an average of 19 percent, for the second consecutive year as part of a five-year plan to lift electricity subsidies.

Egypt’s electricity consumption is much higher than the minimum electricity requirement in low income countries, according to a report issued by the World Bank in September 2015.


Zewail body, family members to arrive in Egypt Saturday

The body of late Egyptian chemist and Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail will arrive in Cairo International Airport on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. aboard EgyptAir flight MS 986 coming from New York, Youm7 quoted Sherif Fouad, Zewail City for Science and Technology’s media advisor and spokesperson.

All his family members will accompany him, said Fouad, adding that his body will be escorted to a military hospital in Cairo before the burial on Sunday morning.

Fouad announced earlier a military funeral will be held for Zewail at New Cairo adding that President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and other statesmen will be present.


EgyptAir starts selling pilgrimage tickets to Saudi Arabia

EgyptAir announced in a statement it will start selling tickets for those who wish to perform pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as of Saturday, Youm7 reported.

The tickets will be sold in three Cairo branches of Egypt’s national carrier; Shobra, Abassiya and Agoza, according to Sherif Ezzat, EgyptAir Airlines Chairman.

Starting from August 20, the company will organize a total of 297 flights from Egypt to Saudi Arabia’s cities of Jeddah and Medina during the pilgrimage season, he added.

Pilgrimage to Mecca is one of Islam’s five pillars, and is obligatory for Muslims who can afford the trip financially and physically.


Egypt’s border guards foils attempt by 72 people to illegally immigrate to Italy

Border guards at Egypt’s Mediterranean governorate of Kafr el Sheikh have foiled an illegal immigration attempt and prevented 72 people from various nationalities from boarding a boat and crossing the sea to Italy, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The arrested are from Egypt, Somali, and Sudan. They have admitted to have paid an anonymous middle man to facilitate their boat trip to Italy.

They, along with the boat crew, were arrested over attempting to illegally leave the country before they were taken to a nearby hospital where they received medical care before being handed over to prosecutors for investigation.

Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.


Hot, humid weather on Sat., Cairo sees 37C

Forecasters expected a hot and humid weather to prevail Saturday in the Delta, northern governorates of Upper Egypt and Cairo which will see highs of 37 degrees centigrade.

Moderate weather is expected along the north coast, with highs of 32 degrees in Alexandria, while it will range from 40-44 in Upper Egypt’s governorates south of Souhag.

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