UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 7:Giza governor to compensate Al Ayatt train crash victims
Al Ayyat train accident. Youm7.


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Giza governor to compensate Al Ayatt train crash victims

Giza governor Mohamed Kamal al Daly announced that families of the victims who died in Al-Ayyat accident in Giza on Wednesday will receive 5,000 EGP each and that every injured individual will receive 2,000 EGP, Youm7 reported.

A train en route from Cairo to Upper Egypt’s Aswan derailed Wednesday morning at Giza’s southern city of Al Ayaat leaving at least five people killed and 27 injured, the health ministry announced in a statement.

The injuries were mainly simple fractures and bruises except for two cases, the statement added.

Transport Minister Galal al Saeed said a “human error” has caused the accident adding that he will hold the responsible accountable.

Egypt’s railway system has a low safety level due to poor infrastructure, and to the fact that hundreds of railway crossings are managed manually, based on communication between crossing guards and train drivers.


6.6% literacy rate among Egyptians aged 15-24: CAPMAS

More than 14.5 million Egyptians above 10 years of age are illiterate; 9.3 million are ‎females and 5.2 million are males, according to a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)

According to the report, which has been released on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of World Literacy Day, 23.7 percent of Egyptians above the age of 15 years are ‎illiterate; 30.9 percent female and 16.6 male. ‎

The illiteracy rate among Egyptians aged between 15 and 24 hit 6.6 percent, while it hit 59.4 percent among people aged over 60, the report added.


PM bans erecting statues, mural at public squares without prior permit

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Wednesday issued a decision that bans erecting, renovating statues or murals at public squares across the country without a prior permit from culture and antiquities ministries, Youm7 reported.

The decision comes after Upper Egypt’s Sohag governor has ordered changes to a sculpture honoring fallen soldiers after complaints on social media said it appeared to depict an unwanted advance on a woman meant to symbolize the country.

In July last year, Minya governor has also ordered the removal of an ugly copy of a famously beautiful bust of Queen Nefertiti after it has caused Egyptians to mock the authorities as well as the current state of art in the country.


22 killed in road accident in Farafra        

A total of 22 farmers were killed in a traffic accident on Farafra Road in Bahariya Oasis, Youm7 reported.

The accident took place when a microbus collided with a truck in Giza; the victims were transferred to two nearby morgues.


Ain Sokhna Port seizes forged maps of Egypt

“Forged” maps of Egypt smuggled in a container have been seized by Ain Sokhna port authorities, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The container included copies of maps that showed the disputed border triangle of Halayeb and Shalateen outside the borders of Egypt.


Gov’t provided treatment to 542K Hep C patients: PM

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said that the government has provided Hepatitis C treatment worth 1,565 billion EGP to 542,000 patients across the country, Youm7 reported.

He also added that around 46 hospitals were renewed, eight new ones were built and 159 others are under construction with a cost of 8 billion EGP.


Private sector allowed 3-day vacation during Eid al-Adha

Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan announced that the private sector laborers will be allowed three-day vacation during the Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice.)


Egypt’s average wheat consumption is 186 kg per capita: report

A report by the Agricultural Ministry announced that the average per capita consumption of wheat in Egypt reaches 186 kg annually, while the global consumption rate is between 70-80 kg.

The head of the central administration for seed production at the ministry urged for rationalizing the consumption of wheat.

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