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Restorative Ramadan evenings

Restored Beit Al-Harawi has helped restore Cairo’s cultural scene Even before entering the house, the oud music greeted us. Inside the courtyard a group of young musicians, led by Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma, were rehearsing for an upcoming performance. It seemed the perfect soundtrack to a tour of Beit Al-Harawi house. Since its restoration …

Aida Nassar

Ahmed Askalany comments on modern life in Sound Body, Sound Mind

CAIRO: It might be easy to assume that local sculptor Ahmed Askalany is a dour nihilist. His new show entitled “Sound Body, Sound Mind, which runs at the Mashrabia Gallery until October 12, features hulking slabs of clay, iron and plastic and explores themes such as isolation, betrayal and the loss of individuality. However, in …

Daily News Egypt

Word on the Street

Gamal Mubarak drops the bomb: Egypt wants nuclear power CAIRO: While the recent annual National Democratic Party meeting tackled a number of issues, perhaps the most covered was the announcement by Gamal Mubarak that Egypt plans to restart its civilian nuclear power research program. The government s Supreme Council for Energy met on Sunday for …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

Italian intelligence chief under fire in CIA kidnap scandal

ROME: The head of Italy s military intelligence service came under heavy fire from parliamentarians Wednesday over allegations that he helped the CIA kidnap a Milan-based imam, said Italian news agency ANSA. In an extremely tense hearing in front of the Parliamentary Committee for Control of the Secret Services (COPACO), Nicolo Pollari repeatedly refused to …

AFP

All in the family

Housewife finds new way of bringing family together – robbery CAIRO: The Cairo Bureau of Investigations recently arrested a family gang. A 61-year-old housewife from Hadaeq El-Qubba apparently found a way to supplement the family income. Nagwa Goma Mohamed roped in both her daughters, her son-in-law and her sister to form a gang to rob …

Daily News Egypt

Moody releases report on Egyptian banks

CAIRO: Implementation of the banking sector reform plan, now well under way, is resulting in a strengthening banking system, says Moody s Investors Service in its new Banking System Outlook for Egypt. Nevertheless, the ongoing reform process still has some way to go. According to Moody s, the Egyptian government has acknowledged the longstanding issues …

Reuters

Stocks edge up in quiet Ramadan

CAIRO: Stocks edged upwards on Thursday in quiet Ramadan trade at the end of the third quarter. Interest in Vodafone Egypt subsided on an announcement that Cairo-based business group Alkan will accept Telecom Egypt s offer to buy its 5 percent stake in Vodafone at 100 pounds a share. The Egyptian press had speculated that …

Reuters

Egypt signs 10 agreements on $405 million of American grants

CAIRO: The Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul Naga has signed 10 agreements on financial grants provided by U.S. economic aid to Egypt at a combined value of $405 million. The funds will be used to support efforts to revamp infrastructure in health and education, in addition to supporting economic reforms and the private …

Agencies

Alkan chairman accepts Telecom Egypt offer

CAIRO: Alkan chairman Mohamed Nosseir has accepted Telecom Egypt s offer of LE 100 ($17.42) a share for the business group s 5 percent stake in Vodafone Egypt, a Vodafone Egypt spokeswoman said. The company has been notified that the chairman has submitted sell orders for Alkan s stake, investor relations manager Marwa El Ayouti …

Reuters

EFG-Hermes receives online trading licence

CAIRO: EFG-Hermes announced yesterday that it has received approval from Egypt s Central Monitory Authority to launch and operate its online trading in Egypt. Since launching online trading in the UAE in May 2006, trading volumes have grown 10 fold. Mamdouh El Baz, regional head of On-Line Trading for EFG-Hermes, said Now our customers in …

Agencies

Jordanian Group to build $2 billion resort in Sahl Hasheesh

CAIRO: Jordanian-based Shaheen Group unveiled plans Wednesday to construct a $2 billion (LE 11.5 billion) resort in Sahl Hasheesh near Hurghada on the Red Sea. Construction on the project, aimed to attract the rich and the elite of Europe and the World, as stressed by Shaheen officials, will begin in early 2007 and last for …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Diwan Book Chart

1) The Dreams by Naguib Mahfouz for L.E. 70AUC PressNaguib Mahfouz977424866x 2) 7 Habits of Highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey for L.E. 89 Simon and Schuster1416502491 3) Muhammad a biography of the prophet by Karen Armstrong for L.E. 79Phoenix Press1842126083 4) Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho for L.E. 79Harper Collins0007235798 5) …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Al-Gezira's "fiercest elections" less fierce than expected

Incumbent El-Saeid and the majority of his electoral list win CAIRO: Although it was billed as the most competitive elections in the club s history, the Gezira Sporting Club elections surprisingly featured low voter turnout, favoring the incumbent, Ahmed El-Saeid. Club member and former volleyball player, Farida Essmat, attributes the high expectations concerning the competitiveness …

Sarah El Sirgany

SPLM organizes, recruits Cairo refugees

CAIRO: The crowded, narrow lanes of Souq El Tawfiqqeya are an unlikely spot for an embassy, located in one of the most dusty and noisy corners of the capital. But there, among shops selling spare auto parts and stands selling koshary for LE 1 a bowl, down a dim hallway in an unmarked apartment is …


New case of bird flu detected in rural area

CAIRO: Another case of avian flu in birds has been confirmed in Egypt. Ministry of Health officials and World Health Organization (WHO) staff said on Wednesday that a case of H5N1 (avian flu) in birds was detected in a house near Aswan, in Upper Egypt. WHO spokesman Hassan Rl-Bushra told IRIN that the infected animals, …

Daily News Egypt

Trust in me

The NDP just wants you to love them. Really I think people should give the National Democratic Party a break. Really, it’s unfair the way that party’s been treated. Its members can’t help that they belong to the largest and most powerful party in the country. They can’t help it that nothing gets done in …

Daily News Egypt

Nassiri aims to change the world one chorus at a time

Pyramids to act as backdrop during filming of international music video clip CAIRO: International singer, composer and peace advocate Fred Nassiri announced earlier this week that he will kick off his worldwide peace initiative Sunday, September 24 with a 12-country video shoot (Sept. 24-Oct. 12) for his epic peace anthem “Love Sees No Color. Filming …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Talaat El-Sadat: Chip of the old block

Outspoken government critic to run for top parliamentary position CAIRO: In a brazen move by any independent or opposition politician, controversial Member of Parliament (MP) Talaat El-Sadat announced Wednesday that he will run for parliament s top position. El-Sadat, a controversial lawyer, nephew of former president Anwar El-Sadat and a fierce critic of the government, …

Pakinam Amer

Egypt demands Hamas release Israeli soldier

CAIRO: Egypt has demanded that Hamas immediately release a captured Israeli soldier to avoid a worsening crisis in the violence-battered Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials and Arab diplomats said. The Egyptian demand came in a strongly worded letter from Egypt s powerful intelligence chief Omar Suleiman to the Syrian-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, the officials said …

Agencies

Israeli agency head accuses Egypt of turning blind eye over Gaza border

JERUSALEM: The head of Israel s Shin Beth security agency accused Egypt on Wednesday of failing to stop arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip and called on the Egyptians to take more effective action. Something must be done on this issue vis-a-vis the Egyptians … What they are doing is not even a drop in …

AFP

Telecoms interest pushes up Egyptian stocks

CAIRO: The two main Egyptian share indexes rose at least 1 percent on Wednesday on continuing interest in telecommunications after the Telecom Egypt offer to raise its stake in Vodafone Egypt. Telecom Egypt shares last traded 2 percent higher at LE 15.02 ($2.62) and brokers said the company had a good chance of increasing its …

Reuters

"Development Corridor" under study by the government

1,200 km highway has potential to boost economy but cost worrisome CAIRO: A five-member ministerial committee began work this month to study the feasibility of constructing a 1,200 km North-South highway proposed by Egyptian academic Farouq El Baz, of Boston University. The nine-month study of what the committee is referring to as the Development Corridor, …

Ahmed A. Namatalla

Crime Scene

Sulfuric acid weapon of choice in week’s crimes CAIRO: Anyone who had expected crimes to disappear during the first days of Ramadan will be disappointed. While homicides seem to have slowed down, suicides are on the rise. In a Port Said, a prisoner committed suicide because his family had stopped visiting him. The 48-year-old man …

Ahmad Aboul-Wafa

CHARITIES

Ramadan is a month of generosity and charity to those less fortunate. In keeping with this spirit, The Daily Star Egypt has compiled a list of local charities. There are many worthy organizations throughout the country, and this is far from a comprehensive list. Therefore we will be alternating charities throughout the month. If you …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Research through a camera lens

Local artist Hadeel Nazmy discusses her photography at CIC CAIRO: Hadeel Nazmy is an artist who does not care about artistry. She doesn t waste her time looking for the right shot, the right angle or the right lens. Even the object is of little importance to her. In fact, Nazmy could perhaps be better …

Deena Douara

Nasrallah dates win the battle for the Ramadan feast table

CAIRO: Every year, Cairo merchants give nicknames to their dates, the traditional way to break the fast in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This year s best date: the Nasrallah, named after the leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah. Ramadan began over the weekend, at a time of swelling of support for Hezbollah and …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptian motorsport team struggles with funding and red tape

Lack of sponsorship and awareness hinders progress of talented team drivers CAIRO: As a teenager, Ahmed Hamada fell in love with karting. He would ask all of his family members and friends to drive him to the nearest track. Little did the 14-year-old know that he would win his first car racing championship cup at …

Sarah El Sirgany

Egyptian, UAE investors to launch new pharmaceutical plant in Assiut

CAIRO: The Industry Development Agency in Arab Al-Awamer, Assiut, south of Egypt, has approved the creation of a new pharmaceuticals laboratory with an authorized capital of LE 150 million and a paid-in capital of LE 90 million. Ali Hussein, general manager of investors’ services department at Assiut governorate, told NOOZZ on Monday that a land …

Daily Star Egypt Staff