Egypt’s local news digest Nov. 20: Ministry of Supply Spokesperson reigns over ‘corruption’; Government to use mobile phone jammers in high school exams
Group of Thanaweya Amma Students revise before the exam in the third day of Egypt's Thanaweya Amma exams which began on June 7 2015

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Ministry of Supply Spokesperson reigns over ‘corruption’

Egyptian Supply Ministry spokesperson Mohamed El-Seifi submitted his resignation on Sunday, a week after he was chosen to occupy this position, Youm7 reported.

El-Seifi said in a statement that the ministry top officials are deliberately hiding importation information concerning the public, saying they “are aiming to corrupt the ministry.”

His resignation comes after the ministry has denied remarks stated by an assistant to the minister that those who get salaries above 1,500 EGP will not take the government’s subsidized supply ratios.


Upper Egypt’s governorates hit by power outage

A number of Upper Egypt’s governorates including Luxor and Minya saw power outage since Sunday early, Egyptian Ministry of Electricity announced in a statement.

The outage was caused due to malfunction in Samalut Power Plant in Minya, the statement added. Water outage was caused due to the electricity cut, pushing people in Luxor to the Nile water.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said that the cause of the power cut unrelated to the High Dam, adding that there was coordination between the two ministries and managed to fix the problem after a two-hour outage.


50 students poisoned after having ‘contaminated’ food

A total of 50 primary students were poisoned after having contaminated meals at their school, Youm7 reported.

Ambulances rushed to the school in Abu Homos city in Beheira governorate to treat the students as fast as possible, while investigations were launched.


Government to use mobile phone jammers in high school exams

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail chaired a cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss having Mobile phone jammers during the high school diploma (Thanaweya Amma) exams nationwide to prevent cheating on exams, Youm7 reported.

Thanaweya Ammaa is the gateway to universities, as each college accepts a student based on certain limits of his scores at the Thanaweya Amma standardized tests. Egyptian students view the Thanaweya Ammaa exams as fateful for their academic and professional careers.

Over the past two years, Theanaweya Ammaa final tests were leaked on Facebook page few minutes before starting the exams, causing major problem to the government to control the leakage.

Leaking Thanaweya Amma exams is a high-profile issue related to national security; Israel leaked Thanaweya Amma tests on its national radio in June 1967, the same month it defeated Egypt and occupied the Sinai. Late President Gamal Abdel Nasser canceled the exams and students went through other tests later that year.


Stable weather prevails in Egypt on Monday

A steady weather to prevail over Egypt on Monday, while rains could fall along the coastal western cities (Sallum, Sidi Barani, Matrouh, and Alexandria), said Egyptian Meteorological Authority Chairperson Ahmed Abdel-Aal on Sunday.

Rains also could fall in Sinai, Saint Catherine Monastery, and upper Egypt’s governorates starting from Wednesday to Friday, he added.

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