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Garbage collection costs LE 300 million annually, says governor

CAIRO: It costs Cairo governorate approximately LE 300 million annually to collect garbage off the streets, said Cairo Governor Abdel Azim Wazir, who suggested that the police be involved in putting a stop to the growing phenomenon of people throwing their garbage in public areas. Furthermore, the governorate plans to introduce a fining system on …

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6,486 deaths in 23,000 road accidents last year in Egypt, says report

CAIRO: Egypt’s road accidents in 2009 reached an estimated 23,000, an 8.9 percent increase from the previous year, according to a report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). Highway accidents constituted the majority — 5,014 — a 22 percent increase from 2008, added the report which was released last week. According …

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104,000 attempted to commit suicide in 2009; over 5,000 died

CAIRO: Around 104,000 Egyptians attempted to commit suicide in 2009, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). More than 60 percent of these cases were between ages 15 and 25. Over 5,000 of those 104,000 died, according to a study by Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC). “Religion is supposed …

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Prosecutor General requests stripping ‘free medical treatment’ MPs of immunity

CAIRO: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud sent a request to the People’s Assembly and Shoura Council to strip 14 MPs implicated in the free medical treatment scandal of their parliamentary immunity. Fourteen MPs, including 12 in the PA and two members of Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament, have been allegedly exploiting public funds to gain …

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Starting early: Day care centers follow Montessori method

  CAIRO: Receiving a proper education seems to be one of the biggest challenges facing Egypt’s underprivileged, but a few metro stations and a bumpy tuk-tuk ride away lies a beacon of hope in the form of a colorful basement in a dilapidated building. It started when Future Lights for Development Organization (FLDO) approached Alfanar …

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Illegal Gains administration confirms MP involvement in free medical care scandal

CAIRO: A new report by the Central Administration for Illegal Gains confirmed the involvement of 14 members of the People’s Assembly and Shoura Council as well as the former head of the Specialized Medical Councils in exploiting public funds and violating regulations for issuing permits for free treatment by the state. The Public Funds Prosecution …

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BUE’s nursing faculty out to change job’s stigma

CAIRO: Under the slogan “Today’s students in Egypt. Tomorrow’s nurses of the world,” the Maghrabi Mansour International Nursing Faculty (MMINF) at the British University in Cairo (BUE) set out to remove the stigma attached with being a nurse. Its program is leading the way and giving Egypt a new generation of nurses who are determined …

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Ramadan TV series get more real

  J ust as the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan is marked with an increase in charity and religious activities, it has also become synonymous with television series — this year alone there are more than 40.   There has been a rise in both the number and quality of productions. Over the past several …

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Labor protests escalate around Egypt, says report

CAIRO: Forty-nine labor protests have been recorded in Egypt in July 2010 alone, according to the monthly report by the Children of the Earth Center for Human Rights. The protests include sit-ins, strikes and demonstrations, which, the report says, shows the “escalating frustrations” of workers and employees in the country. In total, 14 sit-ins, 14 …

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Health insurance draft law to be presented to Shoura Council, PA

CAIRO: A new health insurance draft law will be presented to Egypt’s Shoura Council and People’s Assembly in the upcoming parliamentary session, announced Magdy Rady, official spokesperson of the Cabinet of Ministers. The decision came after a meeting between Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, Minister of Finance Youssef Boutros-Ghali and Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly discussing …

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300 new schools to open this year, no increase in tuition fees, says minister

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Education Ahmed Zaki Badr, announced that 300 new schools around the country will start operating for the first time in the new academic year this September. All school maintenance work, repairs and renovations have been completed, Badr said at a press conference upon inspecting schools in Fayoum, according to a statement …

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Consumer protection agency calls for better communication, cooperation to resolve power outages

CAIRO: Citing numerous complaints about power cuts, consumer protection bodies are calling for solutions that include better communication from authorities as well as consumers’ cooperation to ration consumption. The Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) said it received scores of complaints from associations regarding the losses incurred by consumers as a result of the power cuts, especially …

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One free treatment decree worth LE 1.7 mln, says Public Funds Prosecution report

CAIRO: A new report by the Central Accounting Agency has confirmed the involvement of more members of parliament than those already mentioned in an unprecedented public health scandal. The Public Funds Prosecution is currently investigating a case known as the “Free medical treatment” case in which 15 MPs from the People’s Assembly and Shoura Council …

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Egypt UN officials, civil society celebrate World Humanitarian Day

CAIRO: United Nations officials and members of the Egyptian civil society gathered at the United Nations Information Center in Egypt last Thursday to celebrate World Humanitarian Day and recognize the important role of humanitarian workers in their field. The World Humanitarian Day was instituted by the UN General Assembly in December 2008 to raise public …

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Minister of Health pays ‘friendly’ visit to Prosecutor General

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health denied reports that Minister Hatem El-Gabali was summoned to the Prosecutor General’s office, stressing in a statement that his visit there was “friendly”. Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabali paid Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud a “friendly” visit to discuss a number of matters related to the ministry, the statement said. …

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New Urban Communities Authority issues warnings against child labor

CAIRO: The New Urban Communities Authority has banned the exploitation of children in cleaning the new cities, issuing warnings to all heads of the new cities against child labor, said its deputy chairman Adel Naguib. Moreover, the authority will be sending warnings to all cleaning companies working in the new cities, threatening to terminate their …

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Muslim Brotherhood disgruntled with Ramadan series

  CAIRO: Only seven episodes in, and television series “Al-Gama’a” is already rubbing Muslim Brotherhood members the wrong way. The group claims that the series, which is meant to narrate their story, is aimed at marring their image while portraying the government in a positive light.   Members of the Muslim Brotherhood were initially wary …

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Political activist missing in Alexandria, solidarity protests planned

CAIRO: Political activist Bassem Aboul Magd has been missing since being arrested by State Security on Aug. 10 after refusing an summon from an officer in Alexandria, and is currently being detained in unidentified location, according to a statement by the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). Aboul Magd is the campaign coordinator for …

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Center announces locally developed bird flu vaccine; 111th case reported

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported the 111th case of avian flu in Egypt, a two-year-old girl in Cairo, at the same time as a vaccine is being developed locally. Thirty-five people have died from the virus so far in Egypt. The girl started developing symptoms on Aug. 2 and is currently receiving treatment in …

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Coca-Cola and CARE launch water initiative

CAIRO: The Coca-Cola Company and NGO CARE Egypt launched earlier this week a joint water initiative, giving access to safe drinking water to 1,200 households in the governorate of Beni Suef. “The project will not only center on connecting households to the water network, but will strive to engage in a multifaceted and continuous process …

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Prosecution office summons author, editor over ‘blasphemous’ book

CAIRO: The North Giza Prosecution office has summoned the writer of the controversial book “Trial of the Prophet Mohamed,” Anis El-Deghedi, after a complaint was filed against him by two lawyers accusing him of blasphemy, insulting the Prophet, his companions and family as well as questioning books such as “Sahih Al Bukhari.” The prosecution also …

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Poll explores Arabs’ views on Obama, Israel and Iran

CAIRO: This year has seen a substantial change in the Arab world’s assessment of US President Barack Obama, and “remarkably stable views” on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the prospects of its resolution, a poll released on Thursday revealed. The 2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll also showed that a majority of the Arab population now see …

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Poll explores Arabs’ views on Obama, Israel and Iran

CAIRO: This year has seen a substantial change in the Arab world’s assessment of US President Barack Obama, and “remarkably stable views” on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the prospects of its resolution, a poll released on Thursday revealed. The 2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll also showed that a majority of the Arab population now see …

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Egypt to patent its famous dishes

CAIRO: The Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality announced that it agreed with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to place international standards for traditional/local Egyptian dishes and give it a patent in order to export them to international markets with certified standards. “Having a patent will prevent any country from reproducing the dishes and …

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Unexpected twist in ‘Free medical treatment’ case

  CAIRO: The Public Funds Prosecution released statements that conflict with its previous reports in the case of the 15 MPs from the People’s Assembly and Shoura Council accused of corruption and exploiting public funds to gain access to the health ministry’s free medical treatment program.   The Public Funds Prosecution stated that the ongoing …

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Egypt to launch new satellite in days

CAIRO: Egypt will launch its latest satellite, Nilesat 201, on Wednesday from French Guiana. The launch is a “breakthrough for Egypt in the field of information technology,” said Minister of Information, Anas El-Fiqi. “With the launch of [its] third satellite, Egypt is breaking through into the future and this is another one of its technological …

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Investigations expose more free medical treatment violations

CAIRO: The Public Funds General Prosecution has disclosed new evidence in the case of 15 MPs from the People’s Assembly and Shoura Council implicated in a corruption probe. The 15 MPs are being investigated for abusing their influence to exploit public funds to gain access to the health ministry’s free medical treatment program. An unidentified …

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Child law allows foster families to give children surname

CAIRO: Minister of Family and Population Moushira Khattab said earlier this week that under the new child law, foster families will be allowed to give children their surname without obtaining any legal rights. The new regulations also apply if a member of the family is non-Egyptian, reported local news. Moreover, Khattab noted that financial assistance …

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Minister says no niqab in universities this year

CAIRO: Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research said that no female student wearing the niqab will enter the university premises in the next academic year. In a meeting with university students at the Qir Youth Camp, Minister Hany Helal said that he respects the niqab (full face veil) as an expression of personal …

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