Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 20: Gov’t announces new prices of recharging cards amid overpricing crisis
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Gov’t announces new prices of recharging cards amid overpricing crisis

An intensive campaign has been launched against marketers who are selling mobile recharging cards overpriced, Youm7 reported.

Amid the crackdown, ordered by the Interior Ministry, a total of 50 cases of selling cards for prices exceeding the official ones were seized.

The new official prices of the mobile recharging cards were announced by the government in a joint release between Finance Ministry and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, after the adoption of the value-added tax act.

According to the release, 10 EGP recharging card will cost 11 EGP; 50 EGP card will cost 55 EGP, and 100 EGP card will cost 110 EGP.


British passenger stopped over exceeding cash limit at Hurghada Airport

Hurghada International Airport has stopped a British passenger over exceeding cash limit allowed outside the country, Youm7 reported.

The female passenger, a wife of an Egyptian man, was carrying 100,000 EGP on a flight to England.

Passengers are allowed to carry a maximum of $10,000 or its equivalent in other currencies upon arrival or departure, according to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Egyptian airports have stopped many passengers, Egyptian and foreigners, over similar circumstances, besides seizing contraband, including drugs, sex toys, artifacts and spying cameras.


1.5 mln EGP compensation for dwellers of slums in Asyut

Assyut Governor Yasser el-Desouky told Youm7 that dwellers of four slum areas in the governorate will be compensated over displacement.

Desouky said that the governorate will pay a total of one million and 500,000 EGP for the residents, where each family will get 30,000 EGP. There are around 52 housing units in these slums.


Egypt is largest supplier of kidney beans to EU: ex-FAO advisor

Former advisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO,) Mohamed Fathy said in TV statements that Egypt ranks the fourth globally in tomatoes production and is the largest kidney beans supplier to European Union.


Ministry continues removal of oil slick in Hurghada

Kausar Hanafy, chairman of the Central Department for Crises and Disasters, told Youm7 that the Ministry of Environment will continue removing oil spill near an island in Hurghada.

The slick measures 300 meter of length and 5 meter of width; it is located near Ghanem Island in north Hurghada.

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