UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Nov. 24: Egypt’s population hits 92 million, rising by 1m since June: CAPMAS
Egypt's crowded square of al Attaba. Youm7.


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Egypt’s population hits 92 million, rising by 1m since June: CAPMAS

The number of Egyptians living inside the country reached 92 million at 8 a.m. on Thursday, rising by one million since June 2015, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced.

In a statement, the CAPMAS said Cairo came first as the highest populated governorate at 9.586 million inhabitants, followed by Giza with 7.9 million, and Sharqia governorate with 6.781 million, meanwhile South Sinai came last with an estimated 172 thousand inhabitants.

Egypt has seen a 23.7 percent increase in its population in the period between 2006 and early 2016, according to CAPMAS.

Only 7.7 per cent of Egypt’s land is populated, CAPMAS said.


Egyptian activists raise alarm over expanding NGO crackdown

(Reuters) – An Egyptian bill regulating non-governmental organisations is so restrictive it effectively bans human rights work and makes it harder for charities to operate, activists and development workers say.

The bill, passed by parliament last week but subject to a final vote, restricts NGO activity to developmental and social work and introduces jail terms of up to five years for non- compliance.

Egyptian rights activists say they face the worst crackdown in their history under general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who they accuse of erasing freedoms won in a 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

The government had been working for years on a new law regulating NGOs, which human rights groups feared would be more restrictive than Mubarak-era rules.

But the bill that was drafted and rushed through by MPs last week is more draconian than anything the government had considered, introducing oversight into the funding and work of charitable and development groups with no political links.

“It is just easier for the government and for us to issue a law banning NGOs instead of beating around the bush with this bill,” said Mohamed Zaree, Egypt programme director at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.

Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Waly who oversees the NGO sector did not respond to emailed requests for comment.


FM to inaugurate “Buy Egyptian Products” fair on Saturday

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will inaugurate on Saturday an exhibition for Egyptian traditional handicrafts entitled “Buy the Egyptian products.”

The exhibition, which will take place at the foreign ministry’s headquarter from November 26-28, will be held under the auspices of foreign ministry, in collaboration with the the National Coordinating Committee to combat and Prevent Illegal Migration “NCCPIM”, Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Social Fund for Development.

The exhibition aims to support young entrepreneurs as part of the foreign ministry’s wider strategy to combat illegal migration through provision of real and sustainable livelihood opportunities to young Egyptians, said Ambassador Naela Gabr, Chairperson of the NCCPIM.

The exhibition offers them a chance to market their products, guarantee the sustainability of their projects as well as increase their income and raise their living standards, she added.


Egypt’s unemployment rate hits 12.6% in Q3 of 2016: CAPMAS

Egypt’s unemployment rate has slightly increased during the third quarter of 2016 to reach 12.6 percent, compared to 12.5 percent during the second quarter of the same year, Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced.

In its bulletin released Thursday, the country’s official statistics body said that the number of unemployed individuals hit 3.6 million during this year’s third quarter up from 2.8 million during the second quarter.

The unemployment rate among men reached 8.7 percent while it reached 25.9 percent among women, according to the report.

Unemployment rate in Egypt averaged 10.74 percent from 1993 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 13.40 percent in the third quarter of 2013 and a record low of 8.10 percent in the second quarter of 1999, according to the Egyptian State Information Service (SIS.)


Egypt unearths city and cemetery over 7,000 years old

Egypt has unearthed a more than 7,000-year-old city and cemetery dating back to its First Dynasty in the southern province of Sohag, the Antiquities Ministry said on Wednesday.

The find could be a boon for Egypt’s ailing tourism industry, which has suffered endless setbacks since an uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but remains a vital source of foreign currency.

The city likely housed high-ranking officials and grave builders. Its discovery may yield new insights on Abydos, one of the oldest cities in Ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement.

Experts say Abydos was Egypt’s capital towards the end of the Predynastic Period and during the rule of the first four dynasties.


The discovery was made 400 meters away from the temple of Seti I, a New Kingdom period memorial across the Nile from present day Luxor.

Archaeologists have so far uncovered huts, pottery remains and iron tools as well as 15 huge graves, some of which were larger than the graves of kings in Abydos, the ministry said in a statement.


“The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the First Dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history,” the ministry said.

Egypt’s tourism industry has struggled to recover since the bombing of a Russian plane carrying 224 people from a Red Sea resort in October 2015.

More than 14.7 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, dropping to 9.8 million in 2011. In the first quarter of 2016 just 1.2 million tourists traveled to Egypt, down from 2.2 million a year earlier.


Egypt jails killer of the Abu Dhabi Islamic Egypt CEO for 4 days bending probes

Egyptian authorities have arrested on 37-year-old man suspected of “murdering” Abu Dhabi Islamic Egypt CEO Nevine Lotfy in her villa in 6 October city, Youm7 reported on Wednesday.

6 October Prosecution office ordered on Thursday to imprison the accused to four days in jail pending investigations and accused him of killing, robbery, and possession of bladed weapon.

The accused man, Kreem S., has confessed his crime, saying that he climbed the wall of the villa where he entered through window he broke. He added that he stabbed her to death when she resisted him.


Brazilian T.V. delegation in Sharm el Sheikh to promote Egyptian tourism

Sharm el Sheikh city has received a delegation from the Brazilian Television, that will shoot an episode on Egyptian archeological sites to be telecasted on Multishow channel in Brazil, Youm7 reported.

The delegations’ five-day visit came in light of efforts exerted by the General Authority for Tourism Development to promote the Egyptian tourism.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.

The industry took a further dive following the murder of Italian Cambridge University graduate, Giulio Regeni, whose body was dumped along a highway with signs of torture in Egypt’s Giza governorate in early February.

Egypt’s tourism sector represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP and the second main source of hard currency after the Suez Canal.


Endangered dorcas gazelle give birth to baby in Giza Zoo

Giza Zoo announced in a statement on Thursday that a dorcas female gazelle give birth to a new baby for this endangered strain.

The new baby, which born in the zoo, is in good condition and his mother, the statement read.

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