UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Sept. 9: Cairo police on alert ahead of Eid al Adha
Riot police officers stand guard in front of the Cairo Security Directorate as hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the building in Cairo, Egypt, February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany


CAIRO: No more browse from site to site anymore, here is Egypt’s local news for Sept. 9:

Cairo police on alert ahead of Eid al Adha

Cairo Security Directorate has announced on Friday that it is on high alert ahead of the Eid al-Adha holidays to secure citizens and vital institutions, Youm7 reported.

The directorate said it has developed a wide-scale security plan including the deployment of policemen and the setting of checkpoints in public squares, main areas, gatherings various means of public transportation and the metro.

It added that leave for senior police officers has been cancelled during the four-day holiday


Pope Tawadros warps up Jordan visit

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese has concluded his visit to Jordan, where he participated in the 11th general assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), Youm7 reported.

The Coptic Pope, who arrived in Cairo Friday morning, has met with King Abdullah on the sidelines of the MECC meetings, which focused this year on the role the region’s Christian component.

In a Thursday statement, the council hailed the Egyptian parliament for adopting a law on church building.


VAT will not increase prices of fuel: cabinet

The Cabinet on Friday denied media reports of an increase in prices of gasoline and diesel after the ratification of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) bill, Youm7 reported.

The new bill “does not impose any new taxes on fuel, gasoline or diesel,” the cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) said in a statement Friday.

The new law, which will take effect starting October 1, includes an initial 13 percent tax on several commodities and services as of the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year. It includes list of 57 exempted basic commodities, goods and services.

Butane gas supplies across the country are stable and have been increased to 1.1 million cylinders per day, according to the statement.

The ministry also pumps a total of 29 million liters of fuel nationwide every day, it added.


Report accusing ex-minister of corruption charges to be investigated

Egypt’s Public Fund Prosecution demanded investigations into a report filed against ex-supply minister accusing him of corruption charges and wasting public money, Youm7 reported.

Parliamentarian Mostafa Bakry has filed a police report against resigned minister Khaled Hanafy over the recent subsidized wheat scandal, and said he supported his allegations with 500 documents.

Hanafy has submitted his resignation amid a high-profile probe into the waste of money allocated for providing subsidized wheat.


11K tons of agricultural leftovers collected in bid to avoid “black clouds”: Environment Min.

A total of 11,000 tons of agricultural leftovers have been collected from different sites in Mansoura city, Dakahlia in a bid by the government to confront the “black clouds,” announced the Ministry of Environment.

Each fall, farmers tend to get rid of rice straw by burning them, creating a thick, dark smoke that blankets sky for weeks later. This annual phenomenon is called “black clouds,” and is said to result in harmful effects on respiratory system, beside its negative impact on the environment.

The government has recently moved to manually collect the straw from farmers in exchange for money, press it into piles and send them to factories to be fertilizers.

The Environment Ministry also keeps an eye on the agricultural sites via satellites, where violators who are seen burning leftovers are fined.


Death toll of Egyptian pilgrims rises to 15: Health Min.

The Ministry of Health announced that the death toll of Egyptian pilgrims who arrived in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj rose to 15.

Three more pilgrims were announced dead Thursday due to health crises varied between Circulatory collapse, heart attack and kidney failure.

A total of 62,000 Egyptian will perform in 2016 pilgrimage season, according to the official figures.


Sudden rerouting behind fatal train collision in Cairo: Investigations

Preliminary investigations into Wednesday fatal train accident showed a sudden rerouting failed as the speed exceeded 100km per hour, Youm7 reported.

The accident, which left 5 killed and dozens injured, took place when a train running from Cairo to Aswan derailed and crashed into a concrete wall of the station; it is said that the train penetrated the wall.


Children formula to be available at 108 outlets in Cairo: Health Min.

Children formula milk will be provided for public at 108 outlets in Cairo throughout vacation days and public holidays; Youm7 quoted Undersecretary of Health Ministry Mohamed Shawky.

The outlets will be operating from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The ministry has received complained about the lack of the formula at markets and pharmacies; however, officials denied the shortage as rumors.

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