UPDATE: Egypt’s local digest Oct. 13: Egypt international film festival kicks off
Logo of the 20th edition of the Egyptian National Film Festival.
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Egypt international film festival kicks off

The 20th edition of the Egyptian National Film Festival kicked off Wednesday at the Cairo Opera House under the theme “Cinema, key to the dream.”

The opening ceremony was attended by Culture Minister Helmy el Namnam, chairman of the festival director Samir Seif, head of the Culture Development Fund Mohamed Abu-Seada, as well as an array of filmmakers and artists.

This year’s edition, which will run until Oct. 20, is dedicated to late Egyptian director Mohamed Khan who passed away earlier this year.

Procedures are being finalized to establish a fund to support and develop cinema in Egypt, El Namnam said during the opening ceremony.

Twenty feature films and 22 documentaries will be screened in this year’s round.

Egyptian novelist Iqbal Baraka heads this edition’s jury on feature films, while cinematographer Samir Farag heads the jury on shorts, documentaries and animation films.

 

3rd meeting of Arab Women Economic Empowerment Network kicks off in Cairo

The third round of the Arab Women Economic Empowerment Network “Khadija” kicked off on Thursday at the Cairo-based Arab League headquarters, Youm7 reported.

The network aims to support women in the Arab States in realizing their full economic potential, accelerate the participation of women in the regional workforce and improve economic performance.

It includes 20 experts from Arab countries representing public, private and social sector, while founding members represent the Council for Arab Business women, the Arab-African Businesswomen Union among other regional experts in economy and gender-responsive budgeting.

 

392 Egyptians back from Libya via Sallum: official

As many as 392 Egyptians have entered Egypt from Libya via the Sallum border crossing over the past 24 hours according to a statement by Marsa Matrouh Security chief Mokhtar el Senbary.

Out of all the returnees, 312 Egyptians returned legally, while the remaining 80 have traveled to Libya in illegal ways, Senbary said.

For decades Libya has been a major destination for Egyptian migrant workers due to its once booming oil economy and open borders.

 

35 Egyptians deported back home from Saudi Arabia, U.S., Lebanon, Greece

The Cairo International Airport received a total of 35 Egyptian nationals deported back from Saudi Arabia, U.S., Lebanon, and Greece on Wednesday due to illegal migration and residency, Youm7 reported officials at the airport on Thursday.

Saudi Authorities deported 24 Egyptian expatriates back home as their residency contradicts with Saudi rules. Due to illegal residency, U.S., and Lebanon deported three nationals.

While the eight others were deported back after being arrested by the Greek coastal guards before illegally entering into Greece, the official added.

 

Egypt thwarts illegal migration attempt by 61 people to Libya

Egyptian border guards arrested on a total of 61 unregistered migrants, including two Sudanese, at Sallum ground border before entering into the Libyan territories, Youm7 reported on Thursday.

Such arrests happen routinely at Egyptian borders, where security measures were intensified to curb the practice of illegal immigration. Border guards have also seized dozens of attempts to smuggle contraband and drugs.

Ministry of Supply sets up 24-hour hotline to receive complaints in rice, sugar shortage

Egyptian Ministry of Supply has established a 20-hour hotline (19280) to receive the Egyptian’s complaints about the shortages of basic food in the local markets, Youm7 reported at official at the ministry on Thursday.

He added that the ministry is pumping 7 tons of sugar and 1,000 tons of rice daily to meet the people’s needs, following the shortage of rice and sugar caused by merchant monopoly.

The Ministry of Supply has contracted to import a total of 420 tons of sugar that will arrive in Egypt within coming few days.

 

Altercation in Supreme Council of Universities over decision of removing religious identity in Cairo Un.

Altercation caused by members of the Supreme Council of Universities, which in being held in Fayoum University, on Cairo University President Gaber Nassar’s  latest decision of removing the religious identity from the university’s official documents .

Nassar has left the meeting after he argued with some members on his decisions, an official attended the meeting told Youm7 on Thursday.

 

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