UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Sept. 30: PM announces Sunday as public holiday
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail


CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top local news stories on Sept. 30 here:

PM announces Sunday as public holiday 

Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismaiel designated Sunday, which marks the first day of the Islamic Hijri year 1438, a public holiday for both the public and private sectors, Youm7 reported.

In a Friday statement, the cabinet congratulated the Egyptian people and all Muslims all over the world on the new Hijri year 1438.

The Hijri year is used in the Islamic lunar calendar, beginning its count from the year 622, which marks the migration of Prophet Mohamed and his followers from Saudi Arabia’s cities of Mecca to Medina. The event is known as the Hijra.

The Hijri year has only 354 days, thus it slowly rotates within the Gregorian year.


Egypt to participate in Arab-German education, vocational training Forum

Egypt will participate in the Arab-German Education and Vocational Training Forum, scheduled to take place in Berlin October 5-6, Youm7 quoted education minister Helaly al Sherbiny on Friday.

The event focuses on vocational education and training (VET) projects of the energy and tourism sector as well as on higher education. Special emphasis will be placed on the attractiveness of VET and on how to find jobs for young graduates.

This year’s forum is jointly organized by the Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and iMOVE at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB.)


Prosecution appeals against release of journalist in incitement case

The Shobra el Kheima prosecutors on Friday appealed against a court ruling to release journalist and blogger Mahmoud el Sakka pending investigation on charges of spreading rumors, inciting protests and attempting to topple the regime, Youm7 reported.

The appeal comes after a Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday ordered the release of journalist Mahmoud el Sakka on 5,000 EGP ($600) bail pending investigations over the said charges.

Sakka, who works for the Bawabet Yanayer leftwing website, faces charges of joining a group that prosecutors allege attempted to call for toppling the regime, prevent state institutions from performing their functions and endangered public peace.

Sakka, along with other journalists were arrested a few weeks before the 5th anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt’s longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak, Al Ahram reported.


32 Egyptian nationals complain of Saudi sponsors abuse, demand return to homeland  

A total of 32 Egyptian fishermen have called up on authorities to help them return home after their Saudi sponsors allegedly abused some of them, Youm7 reported from a video.

The fishermen went to work for a sponsor in Saudi Arabia, but on arrival, they found the fishing boats unsuitable for work.

“We stayed 45 days without fishing, and participated in maintenance of the boats without being paid,” said Mostafa el-Gammal, one of the fishermen who spoke in the video.

He said that their sponsor refuse to let them return to their home country, and treat them badly.


9 people rescued after microbus fall into a conduit in Upper Egypt

Nine passengers were rescued from drowning after a microbus fall into an Upper Egypt conduit, Youm7 reported.

Security forces at the site in El-Shaaneya Village in Qena governorate are still working to recover other survivors off the water.


Cyprus court orders extradition of Egyptian hijacker – REUTERS

(REUTERS): A court in Cyprus on Friday ordered the extradition of an Egyptian who hijacked an aircraft with a fake explosive belt, diverting it to the island in March.

Seif Eldin Mustafa, 59, failed to convince the Nicosia district court that he could not get a fair trial in his home country, the semi-official Cyprus News Agency reported.

Mustafa commandeered a domestic Alexandria-Cairo flight with 72 passengers and crew on board on March 29, ordering the pilot to divert to Larnaca airport on the Mediterranean island.

He surrendered about six hours later, after gradually releasing all passengers and crew unharmed. One passenger took ‘selfies’ with Mustafa which were posted on social media.

Mustafa had taken charge of the early morning flight by showing flight attendants what appeared to be a belt stuffed with plastic wires and a remote control. After directing the flight to Cyprus, he asked for the release of female prisoners in Egypt, and to come in contact with his Cypriot ex-wife.


Egyptian embassy: 5 female Egyptian squash players ranked among top 20 world players

Egyptian Embassy to the United States of America has tweeted congratulating five female Egyptian Squash players over being ranked among the top 20 players worldwide.

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