Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Minister orders investigating wrong estimate of judicial fees http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438233 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/07/10/484151/226649_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Justice Ministry has confirmed a huge accounting error when it estimated the judicial fee, previously estimated at LE23 billion while the correct fee was a mere LE7,906, in&nbsp;a legal dispute over the rent of an apartment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>News reports pounced on the gross exaggeration by the Giza Court of First Instance in applying the judicial fees, and the ministry admitted the fault only after investigations pointed to the grievous mistake.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The court&rsquo;s department of revising the fees was addressed to consider the correct fees. Justice Minister Mahfouz Saber ordered investigating the issue.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from MENA</em></div> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:37:00 +0000 MENA 2438233 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/07/10/484151/226649_0.jpg Three army, police officers injured in Sinai confrontations http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438228 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/05/23/115366/_trk0132.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Three army and police officers were injured in clashes with gunmen during a raid in Masaeed neighborhood in Arish City in North Sinai Sunday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They were transferred to the military hospital and more reinforcements were deployed in the area.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The influence of extremist groups has grown in the Sinai Peninsula following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy in 2013. The security forces conduct operations against extremists involved in a number of bloody attacks against security forces.</div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438228 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/05/23/115366/_trk0132.jpg Number of tourists fell by 20.5% in June 2014 http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438227 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/01/21/484151/030.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The number of tourists coming from different countries fell back by 20.5 percent to reach 786,000 tourists in June 2014 compared to 989,000 tourists in June 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics said the number of tourists during the month of June 2010 (before the revolution) amounted to 1,029 tourists.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The largest number of tourists in June 2014 were from Eastern Europe countries, followed by Western Europe and the Middle East during the same period. The total number of nights spent by departing tourists fell by 14.5 percent as they reached 6.8 million nights during June 2014 compared to 7.9 million nights in June 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tourists from Eastern Europe spent 40.2 percent of the total number of nights, followed by Western Europeans with 29.5 percent of nights, and Middle East tourists with 21.2 percent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The average number of nights for each tourist were nine nights in June 2014 compared to 8.5 nights during the same month in 2013. The rate was 10.9 nights in June 2010.</div><div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438227 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/01/21/484151/030.jpg Activists: Unqualified company tasked with restoration of Egypt's oldest pyramid http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2438225 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/08/31/94/renovations_at_joser_pyramid_in_saqqara.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Activists have launched an attack against the Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty after assigning a company that oversaw major deterioration and collapse of a section of the Saqqara Pyramid during its restoration.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Amir Gamal, representative of the &lsquo;Non-stop Robberies&rsquo; movement said the minister ordered to resume the restoration of Saqqara pyramid by the same company that destroyed it before.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The company, called Shurbagy, has been working for nine years and has not been&nbsp;successful in any of the six projects it has worked on, he told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> adding that all are being investigated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The company has never restored any archaeological site. All projects it had were to create modern construction at archaeological sites,&rdquo; he added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Technically, the company and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities committed a full-fledged crime. New walls were built outside the pyramid as if the pyramid were a modern construction, which is opposite to international standards of restoration, which prevents adding more than 5 percent of construction to antiquities if necessary,&rdquo; he added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Adding the modern construction is a large pressure on the decaying pyramid, which threatens catastrophe,&rdquo; Gamal said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The pyramid, which is more than 4,600 years old, was first built by the ancient Egyptians and was constructed from limestone for Pharaoh Joser, who ruled from 2686&ndash;2613 BC.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Six unequal steps form the pyramid, which is 62 meters high. Inside, the pyramid has a network of corridors and a granite and marble burial chamber.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In October 2012, the ministry said the restoration of the pyramid was stopped due to inability to pay for dues of the company in charge of restoration, before being resumed again.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:38:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2438225 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/08/31/94/renovations_at_joser_pyramid_in_saqqara.jpg