Update – Egypt’s local news digest Aug. 23: Billionaire Hussein Salem’s assets to be unfrozen after settlement of 5.3B EGP
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Private universities increase number of accepted students by 10%

Private universities have decided to increase the number of accepted students by 10 percent, except at medical faculties, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

Billionaire Hussein Salem’s assets to be unfrozen after settlement of 5.3B EGP

The Attorney-General ordered that the assets of business tycoon Hussein Salem be unfrozen and his name be removed from a blacklist at airports after reconciliation that involved paying more than 5.3 billion EGP to the government; he will be retried in all cases filed against him, Youm7 reported judicial sources as saying Tuesday.

Minister of Supply under fire after 7 mln hotel residence claim

The Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy has come under fire after a parliamentarian claimed the minister lives in a room in an expensive Cairo hotel for 7 million EGP ($780,000.)

Hanafy recently denied the exaggerated figure, saying that he pays the money from his own expenses. His spokesperson said that since the minister is not originally from Cairo, he used to live in similar hotel rooms; he also denied the room costs that circulated figure.

A cartoon on Youm7 mocked the minister by featuring a man saying: “I wish I can live a night of austerity in the hotel with the Minister of Supply,” in reference to government’s calls to rationalize consumption of electricity amid rise of prices.

Story of boy seeking treatment in Italy ‘untrue’: governor

Beheira governor Wahdan el-Sayed has denied the incidence of a young boy who illegally migrated to Italy in search for a medicine for his sick brother as “untrue.”

Sayed said that it is “illogical” that after his story was widely circulated on the media, his family did not come to request treatment on state expenses.

Local and international media has reported the story of Ahmed Mahmoud, a thirteen-year-old boy, who travelled illegally to Italy in search for treatment to his young brother “Fareed.”

The story has triggered anger on social media that slammed the low economic situations in Egypt, which is forcing young children to seek risky routes to get basic services.

In February, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram stated that a total of 2,500 Egyptian children have illegally migrated to Italy, adding that the actual figure might be even higher.

Nation-wide survey to detect Hep C infections in September

Minister of Health Ahmed Emad announced a nation-wide survey to detect Hepatits C virus infection among citizens as of September, Youm7 reported.

The launching of the survey is set to take place during a ceremony, where the ministry will announce the results of a treatment program using locally –manufactured regimen that has been in full swing during the last months.

Thousands of Egyptian Hep C patients have been successfully cured by the local regimen after the ministry decided to halt the importing of some U.S. medicines and embark on manufacturing domestic versions.

According to WHO, Egypt is among the countries with highest Hep C infection rates. Since 2014, the government has adopted a program of importing new U.S. medications, which proved a breakthrough in treating the virus.

16K transgression cases on Nile River since 2015: official report

A total of 15,871 cases of transgression on the Nile River have been spotted since January 2015, announced the Ministry of Irrigation.

The ministry’s statement said that a total of 10,846 cases have been removed thus far.

The government has launched a campaign called “Save the Nile” to remove all violations like fish cages, polluting the water and representing a risk to public health.


Satirical cartoons of Muslims ‘result of terrorists’ wrong practices’: Azhar scholar

Azhar Scholar Ahmed Kareema said that Charlie Hebdo Magazine’s satirical cartoons of Muslims “come as a result of wrong practices by terrorists,” as quoted by Youm7.

Kareema added that these “terrorists” claim they represent the religion, “however, they deformed Islam’s image.”

He further explained that “there is a difference between religion’s legislations and attitudes of its followers,” however, he added that the French magazine’s cartoons “will not affect Islam.”

The political satire magazine has been widely criticized for its mockery of religion and Muslim figures like Prophet Muhammed.

Its last edition had a cover page that mocked the European trend in banning women of wearing Burkini (full body swimsuits) by featuring a Muslim man and his wife running naked on the beach in France.

However, the magazine gained an international support after its headquarters was stormed by militants and four of its journalists, including the editor-in-chief Charb, were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group and denounced by religious leaders worldwide.

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