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Doctors' Syndicate head 'concerned' over organ transplant law

CAIRO: Head of the Doctors’ Syndicate Hamdy El-Sayyed expressed concern Saturday over the People’s Assembly’s (PA) approval of the new organ transplant law. In his speech, El-Sayyed said that several parliamentarians in the PA’s religious committee are unhappy with allowing transplants from non-living donors. El-Sayyed was speaking at a seminar in Cairo titled “Egypt’s fight …

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Pharmacists' Syndicate rejects new tax regulations

CAIRO: At a meeting at its headquarters Friday, the Pharmacists’ Syndicate denounced a recent decision by the Tax Authority to cancel a 2005 agreement between the authority and the syndicate. Last week, Chairman of the Tax Authority, Ashraf Al-Araby, issued a decision allowing taxes imposed on pharmacies to be subject to an increase, thus nullifying …

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MP calls for harsher punishment for fraud charges

CAIRO: MP Mohamed Khalil Kwaitah proposed a new law to the People s Assembly (PA), calling for harsher punishments to be imposed in fraud crimes, he told Daily News Egypt. The new law aims at increasing the penalty to a minimum of two years in jail, and seeks to change Article 136 “of the 71-year-old …

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MP Ashraf Badr suspended from PA for shoe incident

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood MP Ashraf Badr was suspended from the current parliamentary session, which ends in the summer, after threatening another MP representing the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) by hurling a shoe in the air. The decision was made by the PA’s ethics committee. A few weeks ago, Badr raised his shoe – an …

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Coroner says no forensic evidence against 6th of October murder defendant

CAIRO: The state coroner turned South Cairo Criminal Court on its head Wednesday with a testimony which denied the existence of any evidence proving that a 19-year-old charged with the murder of two university students last November in Al-Nada compound in Sixth of October City, has committed the grisly crime. During the cross examination, lawyer …

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Political parties discuss reform

CAIRO: Osama Al-Ghazaly Harb, chairman of the Democratic Front Party, held a meeting with members of various political parties to discuss political and democratic reform, he told Daily News Egypt. Harb said the meeting invited members of different political parties on a personal basis to the Democratic Front Party’s headquarters. He said he also invited …

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MPs accuse NDP members of 'political corruption'

CAIRO: An urgent interrogation request filed by two MPs to the People s Assembly (PA) against Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif accused PA members affiliated with the National Democratic Party (NDP) of corruption. The request was filed by independent MP Gamal Zahran and Hamdy Hassan, an MP affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and accuses the NDP …

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Tamer Hosni tells Palestinians 'we are all one'

CAIRO: “As soon as I heard that Israel started a war on Gaza, my life stopped. I felt obliged to do something for the Palestinian people, pop singer Tamer Hosni said. This was his first reaction, which he followed by a series of more practical actions. Through his donations plus contributions from concertgoers, Hosni managed …

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Sixth of October murder trial adjourned to Feb. 11

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Sunday the trial of Mahmoud Sayed Abdel Hafez Essawy, charged with the murder of Heba El-Akkad and Nadine Khaled in Al-Nada compound in Sheikh Zayed. The court requested the testimony of the coroner who examined the victims’ bodies, and the trial is expected to resume on Feb. 11, …

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MP says gov't responsible for medical waste recycling

CAIRO: MP Farid Ismail requested the questioning of Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif for allowing the licensing of factories that recycle medical waste that includes contaminated chemical substances detrimental to public health. Ismail alleged that the factories mainly specialize in “manufacturing plastic and medical products. He alleged that there are “thousands of those factories in various …

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Islamic Research Center proposes changes to parental rights regulations

CAIRO: The Islamic Research Center sent a new draft law to the People’s Assembly (PA), amending divorced parents’ custody rights, Sheikh Ismail Abou Haytham, from the office of the secretary general of the Islamic Research Center, told Daily News Egypt. “The law was debated and finalized inside the Islamic Research Center and sent discreetly to …

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Independent MP slams Nasrallah's comments on Egypt

CAIRO: Independent MP Hamdeen Sabahy censured Hezbollah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah for attacking “the Egyptian political regime. “Nasrallah’s statements seek to engage Egypt in a war and that is something that we will never allow, Sabahy said in a press conference organized by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Saturday. This is seen as a rare show …

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Butane gas saga continues, MP demands investigation

CAIRO: Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy said that the gas used for exports is not the same one used in butane gas cylinders domestically, according to local press reports. Fahmy was responding to recent criticism about Egypt exporting gas while the local market has been dealing with an ongoing shortage of butane gas cylinders since this …

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MP demands investigation into butane gas prices, shortage

CAIRO: MP Hisham Al-Kady called for an investigation into the soaring prices of butane gas cylinders as well as their constant shortage in the market. In his investigation request, Al-Kady placed the blame for the crisis on the Ministries of Petroleum, Social Solidarity and Local Development. Al-Kady and National Democratic Party MP, Gamal Al-Zeiny, filed …

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PA health committee denied carcinogenic food inquest reports

CAIRO: Hamdy El-Sayyed, head of the Doctors’ Syndicate and chairman of the People’s Assembly’s (PA) health committee, denied news reports claiming that the committee is discussing a complaint regarding the shipment of cancerous food into Egypt. The health committee, he said, is however discussing a new testing method to be applied on meat and fish, …

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State Council approves the new organ transplant law

CAIRO: The State Council approved the new organ transplant draft law and referred it to the Ministry of Health before it is discussed at the People’s Assembly (PA). The new law settled the ongoing debate around the definition of death, assigning an independent committee of three experts to unanimously confirm an organ donor’s death after …

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Healthy Ministry, WHO partner to fight Tuberculosis

CAIRO: The Health Ministry and the WHO signed an agreement Sunday to launch a national awareness campaign to combat one of Egypt’s most prevalent diseases, Tuberculosis (TB). The yearlong campaign aims to minimize the number of people suffering from TB, a common and sometimes fatal infectious disease caused by mycobacteria that attack the lungs or …

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Manpower Ministry intervention ends Telemasr protest

CAIRO: The Minister of Manpower and Immigration met with the chairman of the General Manpower Syndicate and representatives of Telemasr factory to end the electronics manufacturing factory protest, Sally Mahmoud, the general manager of the quality control department at Telemasr told Daily News Egypt. According to Mahmoud, during the meeting the ministry decided to provide …

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Child murderer Al-Torbiny loses appeal, receives death sentence

CAIRO: Two years since the beginning of the infamous Torbiny trial involving the rape and murder of over 20 street children, an Egyptian appeals court upheld a Tanta criminal court’s initial verdict, sentencing the two main defendants to death. Ramadan Abdel Rahman (aka Al-Torbini) and Farag Al-Sayed (aka Hanata) were both sentenced to death for …

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Parliament clashes over Israel gas exports

CAIRO: An argument erupted Tuesday between parliament Speaker Fathi Sorour and Hussein Ibrahim, head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, over the latter s proposal of a new draft law prohibiting export deals involving natural resources without the approval of the parliament The draft law also aims to stop gas exports to Israel and terminate …

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New committee to approve sex change operations

CAIRO: Those seeking gender change operations now have to get an approval from a Doctors’ Syndicate committee beforehand, Dr Sayed Saied, the syndicate’s media spokesperson, told Daily News Egypt. According to Saied, the committee is made up of professional “general physicians, plastic surgeons and psychologists to investigate the cases filed by the patients who seek …

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Health Ministry trains doctors, nurses

CAIRO: Three Egyptian doctors who work in the UK are currently in Egypt to train physicians and nurses at a number of hospitals around the country, the Ministry of Health said. As opposed to theoretical capacity building, these trainings will give physicians hands-on experience in the operating room, the doctors said. In a press conference …

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Telemasr factory employees continue to protest forced early retirement

CAIRO: Around 50 of Telemasr factory’s 500 employees continued their five-day “peaceful protest against the management’s decision to force them to go on early retirement. The former public sector electronics factory is known for its NEC TVs, cookers and most recently laptops. It has two branches, one in Haram and another in Ismailia. “This factory …

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Medicine prices will not increase, says Health Ministry

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health denied news of an increase in the price of medicine, Dr Abdel Rahman Shahin, Healthy Ministry spokesperson told Daily News Egypt. Shahin did confirm, however, an increase in the fees pharmaceutical companies will pay to the ministry when they make official requests to import medicines, medical equipment or build a …

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Court disciplines 49 for Beni Suef theater fire

CAIRO: The High Disciplinary Court found 49 officials from the General Organization for Culture Palaces guilty of negligence in the case of the Beni Suef Theater fire that killed 46 people in 2005. The group was slammed with sentences ranging from LE 300 fines to early retirement. On Wednesday, the court ordered seven officials into …

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Health Ministry cracks down on illegal organ trade

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health reported a significant decline in illegal organ transplants since it launched a campaign against the practice in hospitals nationwide, said a ministry official. Dr Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesperson for the ministry, told Daily News Egypt that in 2006, a special department was assigned to monitor private hospitals and medical centers …

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Draft law to increase lawsuit fees 10-fold

CAIRO: The government proposed a new law that would increase the fees for filing lawsuits 10-fold, a move expected to create controversy because of the financial burden it poses. The new law will make the legal system “only affordable for the rich, lawyer Amir Salem told Daily News Egypt. However, Fathi Ragab, deputy chairman of …

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Healthy Ministry shuts down hospital for illegal abortions

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health ordered the closure of Al-Andalous Hospital in Heliopolis because physicians there reportedly perform illegal abortions. The private practice department at the Ministry of Health discovered that Al-Andalous hospital has been “performing abortions on females under the age of 18, Dr Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said. …

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Ministry makes melamine testing mandatory

CAIRO: Minister of Health Hatem Al-Gabaly said that testing for toxic levels of melamine are now “obligatory for all types of milk products. These tests are to be conducted “constantly and routinely, according to a ministry statement. Milk and baby formula adulterated with melamine resulted in the death of six infants and serious illnesses among …

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