UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 11: Egypt bans rice exports to curb smugglers fraud
Workers carry sacks of rice in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura city, 210 km (130 miles) north of Cairo, in a file photo. REUTERS/Nasser Nuri


CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top local news stories on August 11 here:

Egypt bans rice exports to curb smugglers fraud

Trade Minister Tarek Qabil decided to halt the exportation of rice outside the country to cover the domestic market’s needs and to keep prices stable, state T.V reported.

The decision comes “to curb all manipulation and fraud attempts by smugglers” after the price of Egypt’s main commodity soared to nine EGP ($1.7) per kilogram, said Qabil, adding that the decision is put into effect as of Thursday.

In its weekly meeting on Wednesday, the Egyptian Cabinet decided to purchase rice from farmers for 2,300 Egyptian pounds per ton, Youm7 reported.


Sisi reallocates state lands in Port Said to establish fisheries

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi issued a presidential decree to reallocate a total of 107.5 acres of state-owned lands west of Port Said to the National Service Products Organization (NSPO) to establish fisheries, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The president also reallocated three plots of state land in Luxor to the NSPO to establish car service centers.


2 policemen detained for 4 days pending investigations over theft charges

Al warraq prosecution on Thursday ordered the detention of two policemen for four days pending investigation over charges of stealing 11,000 EGP from a civilian in a security checkpoint, Youm7 reported.

A police officer and a low ranking police officer from the interior ministry’s road security department had reportedly stolen the money from a salesman while searching his car in a security checkpoint on the Ring Road.


Huge youth turnout to participate in “Our Future is in our hands” Project

Assistant Minister of Solidarity Alaa el- Din told Youm7 that there is a huge turnout by youth to participate in the “Our Future is in our hands” Project that has kicked off this week in eight governorates.

The project aims to manage grants from a fund allocated to assist NGOs, in order to implement local activities and projects, as well as empower youth to get ready for local elections.

He also added that a total of 16,900 youth have participated in the first phase, while 45,745 applied to participate in the second phase.


Education Min. discusses UNESCO report on developing science, math curricula

Ministry of Education will discuss Thursday a UNESCO report on developing science and mathematics curricula in accordance with international standards, a source at the ministry told Youm7.

The ministry has organized a workshop over the past few days to compare between Egyptian and international science and math curricula.


Gov’t prepare to import live cattle for Eid al-Adha

Veterinary committees at the Agricultural Ministry are working in full swing to import cattle ahead of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice,) the head of the General Authority for Veterinary Services at the ministry Ibrahim Mahrous told Youm7.

Quarries at the authority have been prepared to inspect imported shipments of live cattle.


Cairo to see highs of 34°C Thursday

Forecasters expected a hot weather to prevail Thursday in Cairo and other parts, where the capital will see highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C.

In Upper Egypt, the temperature is typically high, where Aswan and Luxor cities are expected to witness highs of 41°C and 40°C respectively.


Health Min. reveals plans to raise doctors’ salaries – TV statements

Minister of Health Ahmed Emad el-Din said that he submitted a study to the cabinet to adjust salaries of doctors at the new health insurance system, in Thursday statements to Al-Nahar’s “Ala Hawa Misr” TV program.

“Each doctor will receive 3 EGP ($0.34) for each patient; 140 EGP for each operation, where he earns around 700-800 EGP per day,” El-Din said, adding that senior doctors earn 1000 EGP per day.

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