Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news Aug. 8: Zamalek wins Cairo Derby; Italy re-asks Egypt ‘shed light’ on Regeni’s case; new electricity tariffs out amid subsidy-cut plan
Zamalek SC team- Youm7 photo

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Zamalek wins Cairo Derby after beating Ahly

Zamalek SC won Cairo Derby after beating its rival Al-Ahly in a finalist match on Monday, scoring 3-1.

 

Father sent to trial for raping daughter

A father has been referred to a criminal court in Nile Delta’s Sharqia governorate to be tried over charges of raping his daughter, Youm7 reported.

The father, 45 years, has sexually assaulted his 17-year-old daughter; he was then arrested, investigated and ordered to be referred to rapid trial.

 

Policemen who smuggled deers at airport ordered released

A prosecution order release to two policemen who were arrested over charges of smuggling dears inside luggage at Cairo Airport in return for money they received from head of Saudi airliner.

The policemen were released on bail of 2000 EGP.

 

Academic students should have HIV test before being enrolled in faculties: Cairo University

Cairo University has decided to apply HIV tests on new students before being enrolled in the University’s faculties, Youm7 reported The University Vice President Mohamed Othman al-Khashab Sunday evening.

A total of 500 HIV-positive cases are reported in Egypt annually, according to a report by the Egyptian Ministry of Health published by Youm7 in November. The first case reported to have contracted the disease was in mid-1980s, since then, a total of 1,500 out of 5864 HIV-positive cases have been fatal, the report noted, the positive cases represent 82 percent among men and 18 percent among women.

 

Sudan floods will increase Nile water level in Nasr Lake: Cedare

Floods that hit Sudan will contribute in increasing the level of Nile water in Egypt’s Man-made Lake of Aswan, Youm7 reported director of regional office of the Center for Environment & Development for The Arab Region & Europe (Cedare) Khaled Abu Zeid Monday.

Egypt faces drought that is related to decrease of the Nile flood over the past four years, water expert and former Water Ministry Spokesperson Khaled Wasif has previously told The Cairo Post.

Floods have killed 76 people and destroyed thousands of homes, Reuters reported Sudan’s Interior Ministry on Aug.4.

 

South Egypt Cancer Institute suffers saline shortage due to dollar crisis

Director of the South Egypt Cancer Institute of Asyut University Mostafa al-Sharqawy announced Sunday that the institute is suffering shortage of saline solutions, he added that the current stock is enough for only five days, Youm7 reported.

Pharmaceutical companies could not provide the institute with the required quantity of solutions due to the dollar crisis, he added, noting that that total number of patients who receive medical care in the institute reached 36,000 people.

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) struggles to provide hard currency to other banks, so the importers find no dollar liquidity required to buy their raw materials.

 

Politics:

Court overturns travel ban against Mubarak’s PM

Giza Criminal Court ruled Monday to overturn a travel ban issued against Mubarak’s Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and his family, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s highest court has previously ruled to acquit Nazif of illicit gain charges. Nazif’s lawyer then demanded to lift a travel ban against his client and his family.

 

No forced disappearance in Egypt: Assistant Interior Minister

Interior Ministry’s representative at the parliament denied presence of enforced disappearances in Egypt, adding that the country has ended “the reign of political detentions.”

Assistant Interior Minister Aly Abdel Mola said that such arrests are void in terms of procedures, adding that the ministry is examining all complaints objectively.

Ministry of Interior has repeatedly denied presence of enforced disappearance, and claimed reported cases to be rumors promoted by the banned group Muslim Brotherhood.

In most cases, the whereabouts of the missing people remain unknown until they appear before prosecution, accused of charges.

 

UK not obliged to consider asylum claims to Egyptian members of Muslim Brotherhood

UK Home Office replied on reports claimed that the member of Muslim Brotherhood could claim asylum in the UK per the new guidance from immigration authorities, saying “We are not obliged to consider asylum claims from those outside the UK and there is no provision in our immigration rules for someone to obtain a visa for the purposes of claiming asylum.

A Home Office spokesperson added in a statement “all claims for asylum lodged in the UK are considered on their individual merits in accordance with our international obligations. However, we will refuse protection to those who have committed serious crimes and those who represent a danger to national security or the community.”

 

Foreign Ministry follows case of kidnapping 27 Egyptians in Libya

Egyptian Foreign Ministry is contacting with the Libyan officials to confirm that 27 Egyptian nationals were kidnapped by militants in northern city of Tripoli, Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid in a phone call to talk show “On Egypt’s Air” on Sunday evening.

Youm7 quoted early Sunday Libyan local media outlets as saying that the Egyptian workers were kidnapped by a group of militants on their way to the Libyan-Egyptian border.

 

Italian Parliamentarian asks Egypt to shed more light on Regeni’s case 

Italian Parliamentary leader of the Popular and Liberal Alliance for local Autonomy (ALA) Lucio Barani said that he will hold a press conference in Rome to talk about case of Italian slain student Giulio Regeni, who was tortured to death in Cairo early February, Youm7 cited him Sunday during an interview with T.V. host Ahmed Mousa.

He added that the incident aimed to strain the relations between both countries.

In a press conference held in Cairo Sunday at the headquarters of the Egyptian-European Business Council, Barani said that Egyptian government should spot more light on the case of Regeni’s death, noting that Cambridge professors declined to provide Italy information about Regeni’s studies.

 

 

Business:

Electricity Ministry announces new tariffs part of subsidy-cut plan

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker announced Monday in a press conference the new electricity tariffs as part of the government’s subsidy cut plan.

The ministry previously announced its plan to gradually lift subsidies off electricity; Shaker said Monday that the ministry plans to lessen the subsidy to 29 billion EGP instead of 40 billion EGP to develop other sectors in the country such as education and health.

The monthly tariffs for household have increased as follows:

 

– Those who consume power up to 50 kw will pay 0.11 EGP instead of 0.07 EGP/kw

– Those who consume up to 100 kw will pay 0.19 EGP instead of 0.14 EGP

– Those who consume up to 200 kw will pay 0.21 EGP instead of 0.16 EGP

– Those who consume up to 350 kw will pay 0.42 EGP instead of 0.35 EGP

– Those who consume up to 650 kw will pay 0.55 EGP instead of 0.44 EGP

– Those who consume up to 1000 kw will pay 0.95 EGP instead of 0.71 EGP

– Those who consume more than 1000 kw will pay 0.95 EGP instead of 0.81 EGP

 

EGX closes at collective rise; gains 1.3 bln EGP

The Egyptian stock market closed Monday at a collective rise to all indices, powered by local and foreign purchases, while Arabs were mostly selling.

The Market Capitalisation gained 1.3 billion EGP ($147 million) to close at 419,116 billion EGP.

The main index EGX30 increased by 0.6 percent; EGX50 rose by 0.53 percent; EGX30 jumped by 58 percent; EGX70 increased by 0.28 percent and EGX100 rose by 1.02 percent.

 

Egyptian foreign reserves down to $15.536 bln at end-July

(Reuters) – Egypt’s net foreign reserves fell sharply to $15.536 billion at the end of July, the central bank said on Sunday. Reserves stood at $17.546 billion at the end of June.

Egypt had roughly $36 billion in reserves before an uprising in 2011 overthrew Hosni Mubarak. That ushered in a period of political turmoil that scared away tourists and foreign investors, key sources of foreign exchange.

Foreign currency reserves in July were further drained as Egypt returned a $1 billion deposit to Qatar and paid $720 million in fees to the Paris Club of creditor nations.

The dollar shortage has stifled business activity in the heavily import-dependent country, with goods stacking up at ports and investor confidence dropping.

The central bank has been rationing its dollar reserves through regular weekly sales, keeping the pound artificially strong at 8.78 per dollar.

Egypt devalued the pound by 13 percent in March in an effort to close the gap between the official and parallel rates, which hovered at around 12.5 last week, but the move failed to boost dollar liquidity or close the gap.

 

Reports- Egypt has proposed to IMF 18-month reform program 

(AP) — Egyptian dailies say Cairo has proposed to IMF delegates an 18-month reform program in return for a $12 billion loan over three years to shore up its economy.

Monday’s reports by three dailies — Al-Shorouk, Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Watan — say differences remain on the size of a proposed devaluation of the pound and the timetable for implementing some of the more politically sensitive reforms, like state subsidies.

According to the papers, the International Monetary Fund has rejected requests for a delay or a staggered implementation of the reforms. They all quote unnamed government officials familiar with the Egypt-IMF talks that started last week.

Egypt is struggling to keep its economy afloat, with a slump in tourism, foreign currency shortages and double digit inflation and unemployment among its main ailments.

 

Social:

Fees of TV, Cinema shooting inside archeological sites reduced by 50%

The Supreme Council of Antiquities agreed Monday to decrease fees of TV and Cinema shooting inside archeological sites by 50 percent, Youm7 reported.

The decision will come into force on November, said Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani in a statement, adding that the decision has been taken in light of the ministry’s efforts to promote the tourism.

 

Alexandria will create sculpture of Ahmed Zewail

Alexandria governor Mohamed Abdel-Zaher said Monday that a sculpture of late Egyptian Noble Laureate Ahmed Zewail will be created and displayed at Ahmed Zewail Square, which was named after his name after he won 1999 Noble in Chemistry, Youm7 reported.

 

King Djoser’s 418 artifacts transported to Grand Museum  

A total of 418 artifacts have been transported from the Egyptian Museum in downtown to the under-construction Egyptian Grand Museum (EGM) in Giza, Youm7 reported EGM General Director Osama Abu el Kheir.

The transport process have been conducted amid highly security measures in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, Osama said, added that all transported artifacts belong to the ancient Egyptian pharaoh of the 3rd dynasty King Djoser.

During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration scheduled for 2018.

Built over 120 acres of land, GEM is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues it has been delayed until August 2018.

 

Sports:

Egyptian beach player: Hijab won’t keep me from sport

(AP) — When Doaa Elghobashy made her debut at the Copacabana venue on Sunday night, she was proud to represent Egypt as part of the nation’s first Olympic beach volleyball team.

As for the hijab that covered her head and the long sleeves on her arms and legs, she never gave that a thought.

“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” she said after a 21-12, 21-15 loss to Germany. “It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them.”

Elghobashy and partner Nada Meawad qualified for the Summer Games through a regional competition designed to open the Olympic field to countries beyond the Brazilians, Americans and Europeans who dominate the international pro tour.

And when the Egyptians took the court wearing long pants and sleeves, they were the beneficiaries of uniform regulations that were relaxed by the international volleyball federation before the London Games so as not to exclude cultures that might be turned off by the standard bikinis and boardshorts.

“It was to open it up culturally,” FIVB spokesman Richard Baker said on Sunday night as the Egyptians played in their opening match of the Rio Games. “The goal was to allow more people to play the sport of volleyball.”

By one measure, it’s worked. Baker said there were 169 different countries involved in the Continental Cup qualifying process for the 2016 Olympic, compared to 143 for London.

Egypt had never qualified for either the men’s or women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Olympics.

“I’m proud to be seen raising the Egyptian flag in a carnival with so many nations,” Elghobashy said.

 

Al-Ahly vs Zamalek over Egyptian Cup Monday in Borg al-Arab Stadium

Al-Ahly team, winner of Egyptian Premier League for season 2016, will face Zamalek counterpart Monday to gain the title of winner of 2016 Egyptian Cup.

Zamalek President Mourtada Mansour said Sunday that he agreed with al-Ahly to allow only 300 fans from each club to attend the final match will be played Monday on Borg al-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Securigty forces have intensified their presence in the vicinity of the stadium in anticipation of possible riots by the fans, Youm7 reported Monday.

 

Ahly to face ASEC Mimosas on Aug. 24 in 2016 CAF Champions League

The Confederation of African Football has notified al-Ahly Sporting Club that the club team against Côte d’Ivoire’s ASEC Mimosas on August 24, in the final round of the 2016 African Champions League, Youm7 reported Monday.

The Match will be played in Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan, CAF notification letter added.

 

Egypt’s handball team loses to Slovenia in 2016 Rio Olympics

Egyptian national handball team lost its Olympic game to its Slovenian counterpart during the 2016 Rio Olympics , KingFut reported Monday.

Handball player Ahmed Elahmar has raised the Egyptian flag in the opening ceremony of the Olympics Friday.

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