UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 13: Naval forces stop 153 unregistered migrants; 13 officials detained over wheat corruption; archeological excavations discover 3 dead bodies
Naval forces seized Saturday a boat called "Princess Nahed" which was carrying 153 unregistered migrants north Dabaa city, in Mediterranean Sea. Photo courtesy of Facebook page of military Spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

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13 officials detained over seizing wheat revenues

Pubic fund prosecution ordered detention of 13 officials from four different authorities for 15 days pending investigations over stealing more than 500 million EGP of local wheat revenues.

Over the past weeks, the government has opened a probe into waste of subsidized wheat revenues, where it established a fact-finding committee to pursue those responsible for the losses.


Naval forces stop 153 migrants near Dabaa

Naval forces have thwarted an illegal immigration attempt by 153 individuals in north Dabaa city, on the Mediterranean Sea, announced the military spokesperson Mohamed Samir.

The arrested migrants included seven Egyptians and foreigners from Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Comoros; they were on board of a boat called “Princess Nahed.”

Such arrests are frequent on Egypt’s borders as authorities heightened measures to curb the increasing wave of illegal immigration.


Archeological excavations discover 3 dead bodies under old home in Asyut

The bodies of three dead people have been extracted from under rubble of an old home during excavation works in search for antiquities in Upper Egypt’s Asyut governorate.


Sisi opens Ethydco complex in Alexandria

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi has arrived in Alexandria where he will inaugurate the long planned complex of the Egyptian Ethylene & Derivatives Co. (Ethydco) on Saturday, Youm7 reported.

The new plant will cover 45 percent of Egypt’s domestic market needs of ethylene, high-density and low-density polyethylene, butadiene, and other derivatives, Petroleum Minister Tarek al Mulla was quoted by state-owned newspaper Al Ahram Friday.

Built in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the $1.9-billion complex will produce a total of 460,000 tons of ethylene per year, he added.


160K high school diploma students start resitting final exams nationwide Saturday

A total of 117,000 Thanaweya Aama (high school diploma) students should resit their final exams Saturday nationwide. They will start with Arabic Language exam, Youm7 reported.

Meanwhile, a total of 43,693 student in Azhari high school diploma will start retaking their final exams Saturday nationwide.


Dairut- Farafra highway to be inaugurated late 2016

A new high way linking between Upper Egypt Asyut’s Dairut, western of the Nile bank, and Farafra depression in the western desert will be inaugurated by the end of this year, Youm7 reported chairperson of the Central Agency for Reconstruction Mohamed Nasser Saturday.


68.8K agricultural acres have been violated since January 25 Uprising: government’s report

Since the outbreak of January 25 uprising in 2011, a total of agricultural 68,839 acres have been violated by constructing new buildings on the arable lands, according to a governmental report issued from the Ministry of Agriculture’s Central Department for Land Protection.

The report noted that 1,570,000 cases of encroachment on lands have been reported; but only 319,779 cases have been removed since the uprising.

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