Update Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 17: Judge fatally shot by militants in New Cairo; PM denies lay-off of 3 million public employees
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Judge fatally shot by militants in New Cairo

Deputy of al-Daher Prosecution, Judge Mohamed Yehia, was fatally shot by a group of militants in New Cairo Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

According to the initial investigations, the Judge has inspected a piece of land was taken by Bedouin squatters in New Cairo and he was trying to get them out of it. However, he was shot down by a group of militants.

Security forces were deployed and set up checkpoints on New Cairo roads to arrest on the suspects.

 

PM denies lay-off of 3 million public employees

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail denied Wednesday that media reports claimed that the government will lay off 3 million public servants, Youm7 reported.

Some media outlet reported that the government could dismiss around three public servants to shrink the budget deficit amid the economic crisis.

 

1.7 mln poor families registered in government’s social aid Project

A total of one million and 700,000 poor families have been registered to receive a monthly pension as part of the “Takafol and Karama” Project, according Ahmed Latif, an official at the project.

The project has been implemented in 17 governorates thus far; it has examined eligibility of thousands of poor families to decide who will be entitled to the project.

The Egyptian government has started the second phase of the “Takafol and Karama” or “Solidarity and Dignity” Project, which aims to provide impoverished families and citizens who are unable to work with monthly stipend and health insurance.

 

Hep C patients listed at liver centers treated: NCCVH

All hepatitis C patients who registered at liver treatment centers have been cured by July 15, announced the National Committee for the Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH.)

The NCCVH added that another 20,000 patients who were added after the end of the waiting list were also treated.

NCCVH’s executive manager, Kadry Saeed told Youm7 that patients who register for Hepatitis C medicines, receive the cure in not more than 10 days.

 

14th VIP train to be installed on Cairo-Aswan line

An official source at Egyptian National Railways told Youm7 that the 14th VIP train will be installed on the line running between Cairo-Upper Egypt’s City Aswan soon.

The source said that a trial operation will be conducted before installation.

 

Intensive crackdown at meat markets ahead of Eid al-Adha

The General Authority for Veterinary Services have announced intensified crackdowns at meat markets ahead of Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) that is due in September.

Over the past months, several campaigns have been conducted at butchers and meat selling shops, where dozens of tons of invalid and rotten meat and poultry products have been seized.

 

1st batch of Egyptian pilgrims travel to Mecca Aug. 26

The head of Red Sea Ports Authority Hisham Abu Sinna said that the first batch of pilgrims will travel to perform Hajj (Islamic pilgrimage) starting from Aug. 26 via Nuewiba Port.

Abu Sinna added that around 11,000 pilgrims registered with tourist companies will travel in buses through the Nuewiba Port.

The Hajj, or Islamic pilgrimage, is one of Islam’s five pillars; it is a once in a lifetime obligation on Muslims who can bear the ritual physically and financially.

 

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