Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Minister: Telecom Egypt set to receive 4G mobile licence next year http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453438 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2011/10/01/229/thumbmail2009-12-0110_48_53.791x.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1435754419317_1114">Telecom Egypt, the country&#39;s landline monopoly, is expected to acquire a 4G mobile licence next year, Egypt&#39;s telecoms minister said on Wednesday.</p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1435754419317_1110">The government approved the unified licence last year, opening the way for Telecom Egypt to offer mobile services in competition with Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat and Mobinil, but implementation has been delayed repeatedly.</p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1435754419317_1118">The company&#39;s former CEO told Reuters in May that he hoped to acquire the new 4G licence this year.</p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1435754419317_1120">The licence also allows mobile companies to enter the landline market.</p><p id="yui_3_18_1_1_1435754419317_1122">&quot;It is expected ... that the licence will be given to the company during 2016,&quot; telecoms minister Khaled Ali Negm said in a statement.</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:41:00 +0000 Reuters 2453438 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2011/10/01/229/thumbmail2009-12-0110_48_53.791x.jpg Security sources: soldiers taken hostage in North Sinai difficult to confirm http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453429 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/08/06/4886/2012-08-06t104735z_1880723707_gm2e8861g3601_rtrmadp_3_egypt-israel-attack.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Associated Press&nbsp;reports about a number of Egyptian soldiers taken hostage by North Sinai militants are difficult to confirm, given the difficulty of contacting the troops on the battlefield,&nbsp;Sinai security sources told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The sources, however, said that militants might have seized two armoured vehicles and ammunition on the scene of the clashes, according to unconfirmed information.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Dozens of soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire between the army and police forces on one side and the militants on the other.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There have been conflicting reports about the total death toll, with Skynews Arabia reporting 60 deaths among the Armed Forces.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&#39;s army spokesperson Mohamed Samir said that 10 soldiers had died, with 22 dead among the attackers, while AFP counted 15 deaths, citing security sources. Al-Masry Al-Youm put the number at 30 soldiers, quoting medical sources.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The clashes took place after a number of simultaneous attacks early on Wednesday on a number of security checkpoints in the volatile Sheikh Zuwayed region, according to sources and eyewitnesses who spoke to Al-Masry Al-Youm. The Sinai Province militia had reportedly opened fire on a number of security units in pickup trucks.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One civilian was killed and others were wounded in the attacks, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The restive Sinai Peninsula has seen a surge in the amount of violent incidents and fatal attacks against police and army forces, which have left at least 700 soldiers and policemen dead since the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Wednesday&#39;s events come two days after the assassination of Egypt&rsquo;s general prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in a car bombing in Cairo, as the country prepared to celebrate the second anniversary of the July 2013 ouster of Morsi.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:35:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2453429 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/08/06/4886/2012-08-06t104735z_1880723707_gm2e8861g3601_rtrmadp_3_egypt-israel-attack.jpg After fishing was banned, Red Sea fishermen collect shellfish http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453427 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/04/15/16030/fisher.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>After all kinds of fishing in the Red Sea has been banned for three months in order to preserve fry, fishermen have resorted to collecting shellfish.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>However, this activity is hazardous to the local ecosystem, as many of the species involved are endangered and their extinction would create an ecological imbalance, given that they serve as filters that purify the water.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mahmoud Abdel Rady of the Institute of Marine Sciences in Hurghada says the shellfish contain between 300g and 2kg of meat. &quot;The fishermen sell them to hotels and restaurants for 350 pounds a kilo,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:19:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2453427 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/15/16030/fisher.jpg Govt receives assets of privatized Steam Generator Company http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2453425 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/11/25/499612/ashraf_soliman2014-635489878018058802-805.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The government was handed the assets of the formerly privatized Steam Generators Company on Tuesday upon a judicial order to return the company to the state, after four years of contention between the buyer of the company and the government.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The committee was formed to resolve the conflict and its members included&nbsp;a representative for the investor, a representative for the Holding Company for Chemical Industries, which is the company that will supervise the Steam Generators Company, and a representative of the company workers&#39; trade union.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The investor signed a waiver for the land on which the factory stands, the latter which is devoid of any workers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Hussein Abdo Aboul Dahab, head of the trade union committee for the company&#39;s employees, pointed out that the Holding Company for Chemical Industries, headed by Reda al-Adl, will hold a meeting with the trade union committee to discuss the return of 193 workers to the company.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>He added in a statement to&nbsp;<em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em>&nbsp;that temporary contracts will be provided for company workers who retired early in accordance with the company&#39;s demands.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>Dahab called for the formation of a committee to take over the equipment and machinery from the first buyer of the company, Nassef Sawiris, explaining that the latter sent a letter to the holding company confirming his readiness to hand over the equipment and machinery.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An official source at the Holding Company for Chemical Industries said the company needs up to LE2 billion in order for it to operate again, a sum Chemical Industries does not currently possess.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>A committee formed by the Investment Ministry will take over from investor Khaled Sheta, who agreed to hand over the private company in return for compensation to equal the company&#39;s value.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Steam Generators Company had originally belonged to the state but was later privatized. A court order has since invalidated the privatization of the company and ordered its return to the state.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:17:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2453425 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/25/499612/ashraf_soliman2014-635489878018058802-805.jpg