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An informed source from Ministry of Antiquities and the Grand Museum denied on Tuesday news over shelving investigations in the case of disappearance of 76 artifacts from the museum.
The investigations showed that the artifacts were damaged but did not disappear, the source said adding that the case is being reviewed by administrative prosecution and that the ministry should disclose the real reason behind disappearance of the artifacts.
The source told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the disappearance is related to entrance of Japanese film company to Khufu ship on 21 December. The source also called on the ministry to reveal if there was investigations or not.
An informed source from the ministry told the state-owned MENA news agency that the ministry approved the request from the archaeological supervisor on the the Khufu ship project, on which the Japanese mission works, to get samples from the ship to analyze them.
The source added that 76 artifacts from the restoration laboratory at the museum were missing, 12 of which were from Khufu ship. No one has been identified yet for being in charge of the samples. No request has been made by the executive chief of the lab so the samples would be taken out. No results were announced over analysis of the samples.
The source wondered about taking the artifacts by the Japanese mission to analyze them without conclusion of investigations, especially that the current chief of antiquities sector was head of Haram antiquities department, when the accident of the missed artifacts happened.
Edited translation from MENA and Al-Masry Al-Youm
Religious Endowments Minister Mohamed Mokhtar decreed on Tuesday that all mosques in Egypt are to be supervised and administered by the ministry, however small they may be. He assigned the ministry to implement the decision within a month. The minister also banned all NGOs from collecting donations inside mosques, and asked worshippers not to pay any money without taking a receipt from the mosque’s management. He instructed imams not to let anyone deliver a speech from the pulpit or give religious lessons without prior written permission from the ministry. He also said that the Friday sermon would be the same in all mosques and would be limited to large mosques only. Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
Le nouveau Premier ministre égyptien, Ibrahim Mahlab, doit mener le pays à l'élection présidentielle. Objectif : dérouler le tapis rouge au maréchal Sissi.
Position précaire que celle de Premier ministre en Égypte. L'islamiste Hicham Qandil l'a occupée moins d'un an, avant la chute du président Mohamed Morsi, en juillet 2013. À peine huit mois plus tard,Hazem al-Beblawi, son remplaçant, vient de jeter l'éponge. Il laisse la place à Ibrahim Mahlab, ministre de l'Habitat sortant, dont le mandat s'achèvera à l'issue de l'élection présidentielle, d'ici au mois de mai. La démission de Beblawi et de son cabinet, le 24 février, a surpris ses propres ministres. Son explication, louant le travail accompli, a peu convaincu. Car la situation socio-économique n'a cessé de se détériorer ces derniers mois. Grèves, pénuries et violences s'intensifient. Un constat aux allures de désaveu pour Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, présenté en juillet en sauveur de l'État. Bien que le maréchal reste le candidat favori - bien que non déclaré - de la prochaine élection, Beblawi pourrait avoir servi de fusible à l'armée. Explication de Sophie Pommier, directrice du cabinet de conseil Méroé, spécialisé dans le monde arabe : "J'y vois une stratégie des militaires pour faire porter aux seuls démissionnaires la responsabilité du marasme actuel."
By Mahmoud Salem
By MUHAMMAD GHAMRAWY
CAIRO: The recently-inaugurated Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab issued a decision on Monday to raise monthly social pension rates.
The new pension will be a 323 EGP (U.S. $46.41) per capita, 360EGP ($51.72) for two individuals, 413EGP ($59.34) for three individuals, and 450 EGP ($64.65) for four family members, according to the official state newspaper.
The newspaper said the decision was issued after reviewing the constitution and the 2010 social insurance law.
About 1.5 million Egyptians currently receive the monthly social pension, said Minister of Solidarity Ghada Waly on March 9 to CBC channel.
Minister Waly said that the ministry has plans to alleviate poverty in Egypt, adding there must be a complete database for personal incomes.
According to economic expert Aala Abdel Haleem, the decision to raise the pension was not only made “to support the neediest factions in Egypt” but was also a political move. Abdel Haleem told The Cairo Post that the rise is also part of a government beautification process that would “support the government in achieving stability and support Field Marshal Abdel Fatah el-Sisi.”
Abdel Haleem said the increase was only symbolic and does not effect real change, but it would limit people’s anger against the government.
“Of course there are political reasons for the decision,” Abdel Haleem said, “but it’s the most that the government can do because it is dealing with several problems.”
He added that the government is trying to have more of a social role in the hopes to avoid public criticism.
Par Marc Fourny
L’entreprise égyptienne Maridive & Oil Services a indiqué le 9 mars 2014, avoir remporté un marché de 185 millions $ pour la réalisation au Nigéria, des prestations de services pour le compte du groupe américain Exxon Mobil, leader mondial de l’exploitation pétrolière. Le contrat débute au deuxième trimestre de l’année en cours et devrait courir jusqu’en 2018.
L’entreprise a expliqué que ce contrat survient dans un contexte marqué selon elle, par « une volonté de s’ouvrir à de nouveaux marchés partout dans le monde », tout en renforçant sa présence « dans la zone qui couvre l’ouest de l’Afrique à l'Amérique Latine afin de profiter des importantes promesses de cette zone en ressources pétrolières. »
Maridive qui a annoncé en décembre 2013 des résultats pour les trois premiers trimestres (s'achevant à fin septembre) en, hausse de 6,9 millions $ indique que ce contrat signé avec le groupe américain, porte à 535 millions $, le nombre total de ses engagements jusqu’en 2018.
Maridives & Oil Services est une entreprise basée en Egypte, et spécialisée dans la fourniture de prestations en relation avec l’exploitation du pétrole. Ses compétences vont de la maintenance, à la plongée sous-marine ou encore au nettoyage d’engins de forage.
Sur l’Egyptian Exchange où le groupe est présent, ses titres étaient stables le 9 mars 2014 à 1,17 dollars.
So is Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, a security guard whose supporters say was arrested after stopping to help women activists he saw being hit by police officers during a dispersal of the same protest. Much like thousands of other ordinary Egyptians and Muslim Brotherhood supporters swept up in widespread arrests since the military overthrew former President Mohammed Morsi in July, his case has not received much attention.
On March 9, a few dozen supporters of Fattah and Abdel-Rahman gathered in front of the Supreme Court building in downtown Cairo to demand their release. Fattah’s family also filed an official complaint with the Supreme Council of the Judiciary against the public prosecutor, which outlined violations they say took place during his arrest.
Their silent stand was met with anger by a crowd who chanted in support of the interim government and its popular defense minister, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, shouting curses and insults, even calling for Alaa Fattah’s death for being a “traitor.” A clear divide between camps on Cairo streets is now commonplace, reflecting widening societal divisions in the lead up to presidential elections, which Sisi is expected to win if he runs.
The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights reports on its database Wiki Thawra that 21,317 people were arrested from Morsi’s ouster July 3 to the end of the year. Pro-military nationalism spurred by the army takeover often manifests as vocal support for crackdowns, arrest or imprisonment for political dissidents. Many in the crowd outside the courthouse voiced their support for the arrest of “traitors.”
Les chats font tellement partie de notre environnement familier que l'on ne réalise pas qu'il ait pu en être autrement. A l'époque des lolcats, comment pourrait-on imaginer un monde sans chats? Pourtant, la domestication des félins n'est pas un phénomène récent, à l'échelle de l'histoire de l'humanité. Pour les chercheurs, elle daterait de la révolution néolithique, qui marqua l'apparition de l'agriculture, il y a entre 10 et 12000 ans en Mésopotamie.
La fédération égyptienne de football a suspendu un joueur accusé d'avoir fait un signe de soutien au maréchal Sissi, chef de l'armée et nouvel homme fort du pays. Salah Amin, attaquant international egyptien du club Tala'ea El-Gaish, n'est pas le premier footballeur à écoper d'une sanction en vertu d'une règle interdisant les prises de position politiques dans les stades: En novembre, Ahmed Abdel Zaher, attaquant du club Al-Ahly avait été suspendu pour avoir fait le signe de ralliement aux frères musulmans, "Rab4a".
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP
CAIRO: The meeting held on Saturday between Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Hassan Abdullah Smeek, the managing director of UAE Arabtec Construction, to sign an agreement for constructing one million housing units for low-income citizens raised controversy.
Rumors spread on social media websites that the project was one of many delusive projects that would not be implemented. A number of pages and individuals claimed that it was an attempt by Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to earn the support of youths for his potential presidential candidacy.
The project to construct one million housing units for low-income citizens within five years was announced Sunday by military spokesperson Ahmed Ali.
Ali said that the project would be considered the largest housing project in the region.
During a March 9 conference held by the head of the engineering authority of the armed forces Taher Abdullah and a UAE delegation, Abdullah said that the project was still “being discussed and studied.”
In response to Abdullah’s statements, Rassd, a Muslim Brotherhood affiliated social media news page, wrote a piece titled “Army retreats from housing project.”
Mohsen Adel, an economic expert, told The Cairo Post Monday that the housing project was not delusive; rather “it is an agreement signed by a major company, one of the biggest construction companies in the Middle East, and it is an official contract.”
Adel said the project would be financed by UAE, adding that the reason behind the timing of the agreement had “nothing to do with Sisi’s decision to run for president,” however; the project will help in promoting the Egyptian economy, as “the real estate sector is always the engine that pushes the rest of the economic sectors.”
“The support of Arab countries to Egypt during the current period is based mainly on joint projects and not direct financial grants,” Adel said, adding that the housing project would help raise incomes, job opportunities, the standard of living, and reduce migration out of the country.”
“Don’t compare this project to Madinaty,” Adel said, referring to the upscale city being constructed in New Cairo.
“Madinaty is being constructed by a private company; this project targets low-income individuals and I predict that it will not be concentrated in Cairo; but in new areas,” he added.
Tawheed al-Banhawy, secretary general of the Nasserist Party, told Youm7 Monday that projects backed by the Military Engineering Authority should not be perceived as campaigning for Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi if he decides to run for president.
“The army is a historically patriotic authority. It was able to solve problems that former governments were not able to solve by providing housing units for youth,” Banhawy added.
Mahmoud al-Alayly, secretary general of the Free Egyptians Party, told Youm7 Monday that the project was unrelated to Sisi’s potential presidency bid, adding that such “accomplishments should not considered electoral bribes.”
The Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights has launched an initiative entitled ‘Egyptian Women and the Media Forum’ which aims to make available all information, data and statistics regarding women’s issues and civil society. The initiative comes in response to observations by ECWR that journalists lack sufficient information and data concerning women’s issues in Egypt.
ECWR therefore intends to facilitate access to information regarding women by making available the results of its cumulative experience analysing the status of women over the last 10 years in its annual Egyptian Women’s Status Reports. These reports analyse developments in the position of women in Egyptian society by drawing on information published in local sources and in international reports, such as the Human Development Report and reports by the World Bank and the UN, in order to compare the status of women in Egypt with that of women around the world.
In addition, ECWR will release press briefings on its website summarising the important issues raised in this field today to assists journalists and media professionals in making available the information and statistics they are researching.