Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Israel denies downing of drone southwest of Syria http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2441703 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/08/05/101001/photo_1344175068879-1-0.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7d07189e-71c2-539a-dbc2-99407fd9895e" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 16px;">The&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.15; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; background-color: transparent;">Israeli army has denied news over downing an Israeli drone in Quneitra province, southwest of Syria.</span></p><br /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Voice of Israel radio quoted on Monday spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces as saying it was &ldquo;unaware of any unmanned aircraft that was shot down in the Golan.&rdquo;</span></p><br /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Syrian military source declared downing of an Israeli Skylark I drone on Sunday above Quneitra province.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.15; font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Edited translation </span><span style="line-height: 1.15; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: italic; background-color: transparent;">from MENA</span></p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:29:00 +0000 MENA 2441703 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/08/05/101001/photo_1344175068879-1-0.jpeg Cabinet prints new tax forms includes for first time data of 5% tax http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2441687 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/09/499612/cabinet.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="LTR">The Egyptian government has printed the new tax forms, Which includes for the first time new data to be provided concerning the 5 percent tax on income equal to more than LE1 million which is a temporary one effective from 2015 to 2017.</p><p dir="LTR">The form also includes the new taxes on dividends, according to the Ministry of Finance .</p><p dir="LTR">Meanwhile, the government announced revising these amendments to guarantee that it will not have a negative impact on investment environment in Egypt.</p><p dir="LTR">the Ministry of Finance expects tax returns in 2014/15 reach to &nbsp;LE 364billion representing 15.2 percent of total GDP and accounting for 26.7 percent increase from last financial year.</p><p dir="LTR">The Ministry has emphasized that its share of GDP is low compared to global, middle-income countries, and emerging markets averages which are equal to 33%, 28%, and 36% respectively.</p><p dir="LTR">It is worth mentioning that real estate tax and taxes on dividends are expected to generate LE3.5 billion and LE10 billion respectively.</p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:26:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2441687 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/09/499612/cabinet.png Unidentified assailants burn church bus http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2441685 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2013/01/04/228/hzm_bd_lhmyd_7.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Unidentified assailants set fire to a bus belonging to the Church of the Virgin Mary, in the village of Mit Ghamr, Daqahlia, as it was parked outside the church.</p><p>The security directorates in different governorates have begun to impose security procedures to secure churches during Christmas celebrations.</p><p>Head of Daqahlia Security Directorate received a notification from the Mitt Ghamr Police Station a bus for the Virgin Mary Church in Dkados village was burned.</p><p>The bus was burnt completely in a few minutes before the arrival of civil defense forces. Security forces imposed a cordon around the scene and strict security measures around the church following the incident.</p><p>A claim was filed following the incident.</p><p>The security authorities developed a plan to secure&nbsp;Christian houses of worship, vital installations, parks, hotels, tourist villages and checkpoints ahead of Christmas in the Red Sea Governorate.</p><p>In Minya, security forces have begun to increase its presence at churches and the diocese, as well as streets and squares.</p><p><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441685 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2013/01/04/228/hzm_bd_lhmyd_7.jpg Egyptian Social Democratic Party rejects restrictions on freedoms under 'terrorism' pretext http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2441659 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/26/499612/military_raises_combat_readiness.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The Egyptian Social Democratic Party supports the state and does not stand against its policies, but opposes some issues&nbsp;out of care for the nation, said party chairman&nbsp;Mohamed Aboul Ghar.</p><p>The party rejects restrictions on freedoms and human rights under the pretext of a war against terrorism, Aboul Ghar added.</p><p>Aboul Ghar said on the sidelines of the &quot;Our Youth Are Our Hope&quot; conference organized by the&nbsp;Egyptian Social Democratic Party on Saturday that the party backs stability, but not stagnancy as was the case under former President Hosni Mubarak leading to corruption.</p><p>The party encourages the private sector, which represents the bulk of the Egyptian economy. Laws to preserve workers&#39; rights should be developed and there must be a peaceful handover of power, because that is the only guarantor to keep democracy.</p><p>Aboul Ghar stressed Egypt has not witnessed a peaceful handover of power since 1952.</p><p>Secretary General of the Egyptian Democratic Party&nbsp;Ahmed Fawzy said&nbsp;the party has not committed the mistakes of other parties, whether by allying with the Muslim Brotherhood during the last parliamentary elections, or accusing participants in the&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://0" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-result="0" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event">25 January</a>&nbsp;revolution of treason.</p><p>The party laments the Political Parties Affairs Committee rejection to establishing the politial parties of Tamarod and former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Sami Anan, Fawzy added.</p><p>Former Deputy Prime Minister and party deputy head Ziad Bahaa said the party encourages investment and management of state resources, pointing out that Egypt has huge economic problems and cannot respond to all the demands of state workers.</p><p><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></p> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441659 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/26/499612/military_raises_combat_readiness.jpg