UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Nov. 20: UN Children’s Day: 36.6% of Egypt’s population under age of 18: CAPMAS
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UN Children’s Day: 36.6% of Egypt’s population under age of 18: CAPMAS

The number of Egyptian children below the age of 18 is estimated at 33.3 million by the end of June 2016 representing 36.6 percent of the total population of the country, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization (CAPMAS) announced in a report Sunday.

According to the report, which was released to mark the United Nations Universal Children’s Day, the number of male children is estimated at 17.2 million, representing 51.7 percent of of the total number of children, while the number of female children reached 16.1 million, representing 48.3 percent.

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.


“Queens of Nile” temporary exhibit kicks off in Leiden museum

Egypt’s Ambassador in Netherlands Taher Farahat on Saturday inaugurated a temporary exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts in Leiden museum, state news agency MENA reported.

Dubbed “The queens of Nile,” the exhibit focuses on the ancient Egyptians pharaohs’ wives during the New Kingdom period (1500 to 1000 BC.)

It features 350 top artifacts, including rare sculptures, jewelry and other luxurious artifacts used by women at the Egyptian court, in addition to the coffin lid and grave goods entombed with one of Egypt’s most celebrated queens, Nefertari.

Farahat also inaugurated the permanent exhibition for the Egyptian antiquities in Leiden museum after renewing it. The collection, which ranks among the ten most important Egyptian collections in the world, includes more than 1,400 objects on display covering the entire ground floor of the museum.


Awqaf ministry to host social dialogue on religious discourse renewal

Egypt’s Religious Endowment (Awqaf) Ministry will host an expanded social dialogue on values and renewal of religious course on Mondaym Youm7 reported.

More than 500 young representing different social brackets will take part in the one-day meetings, said Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa.

He explained that most of current social problems are caused by sermons delivered by “unspecialized preachers.”

During a speech celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad in January, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi has called for a “revolution” in religious discourse to confront extremist ideologies.

He urged the country’s religious institutions to “do more to combat extremist ideology and promote a moderate understanding of Islam.”



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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