Egypt Independent: News-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Sohag detectives reveal how three family members were killed http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439170 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2012/01/30/72636/mosadas.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Sohag detectives, headed by Brigadier General Hussein Hamid, unraveled the mysterious killing of three family members who were shot dead while riding a motorcycle in front of their house in Maragha, Sohag.</p><p>Major General Ibrahim Saber, head of &nbsp;Sohag Security Directorate, had&nbsp;received a notification from the police station of Maragha about the shooting of Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Bary, a 41-year-old worker, his wife Safaa Mohamed Omran, a 30-year-old housewife and their 5-year-old child Nada.</p><p>According to investigations the victims&#39; neighbors A.Awad, a 27-year old worker and his 25-year-old sister S. were behind the incident.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The defendants were arrested and confessed to have killed the victims due to disputes on inheritance.</span></p><p><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:55:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439170 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2012/01/30/72636/mosadas.jpg Death of three students highlights growing negligence at schools http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439140 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/03/16/484151/trq_wjyh_13.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The death of three school children in Cairo&rsquo;s Matariya, Giza&rsquo;s Atfih and the province of Matrouh has shed more light on the growing negligence at schools in terms of lack of periodic maintenance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the students died when a glass panel fell from the classroom&rsquo;s window on his neck; the second died under a collapsing school gate; and the third was hit by the vehicle carrying students&rsquo; rations.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But life dangers are found at other schools across the republic.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the Red Sea province, 250 students at Hurghada elementary school are in danger every day at a shabby building annexed to the school for which a demolition order has been issued. The school&rsquo;s board had approached authorities to carry out the decision, which stated that the building was near collapse.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ahmed Mohamed Hussein, a member of the school&rsquo;s board, says an inspection report submitted 20 years ago by the General Authority for Educational Buildings confirmed that cracks were found inside the concrete beams on the ground floor.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Taha Bekheit, who heads the Red Sea&rsquo;s education department, says the implementation of the demolition order is the responsibility of the Education Buildings Authority, stressing that if the building was posing any danger to students&rsquo; lives it would be evacuated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Qena, observers of the educational process in the province have lambasted what they describe as &ldquo;deliberate&rdquo; negligence by the municipality at the city of Farshout, where officials failed to carry out another demolition order for Sheikh Khallaf Elementary School.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some parents called for an urgent solution for the situation which endangers the lives of more than 400 students. Mohamed Al-Sayyed, one student&rsquo;s parent, says citizens had submitted several memos to official authorities, noting that the absence of a wall surrounding the school had encouraged some farmers to herd their animals inside.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abu Khalil Primary School in Shariqya&rsquo;s Faqous has also been suffering disregard by officials, according to citizens. Ahmed Suleiman, one of the parents, says the school&rsquo;s roof was made of wood, which is penetrated by high-tension power cables, something which he describes as &ldquo;a genuine threat to the kids.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The school&rsquo;s headmaster, Ahmed Mansour, said that it was established in 1998 by citizens&rsquo; independent efforts, but was later joined by the educational buildings authority in 2000. Since then, he had sent several memos to officials at the authority to remove away the cables.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Matrouh, 50 students in the one-class Saloufa school are in danger of falling in an open water well that locals use to store rainwater.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sources at the province&rsquo;s education department explained that the school is 45 kilometers away from the capital, Marsa Matrouh, adding it was established independently by citizens and lacks genuine educational services.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439140 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/16/484151/trq_wjyh_13.jpg Minister: Ain Sokhna station adds 650MW to Egypt's electricity grid on Thursday http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439138 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/10/23/495070/ain_sokhna_station.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Electricity Minister Mohammad Shaker said that the second unit of the Ain Sokhna power station will begin the trial operation&nbsp;on Thursday&nbsp;with a capacity of 650 MW.</p><p>The Ain Sokhna power station is comprised of two thermal units, with a capacity of 650 MW each.&nbsp;The first unit has connected&nbsp;to the national grid in August.</p><p>Shaker pointed out that the Ain Sokhna power station, which operates with natural gas and diesel, is part of the government&rsquo;s 2012-2017 five-year plan to meet all electricity needs of different sectors.</p><p>&quot;The operational time of the plan has been delayed several times due to the instable security situation of the country,&quot; he added.</p><p>The minister added that the total investment cost of the project in LE9.6 billion.</p><p>Participating organizations in the fund are the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which contributed US$600 million, African Development Bank ( US$450m), the Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (US$194.6m)&nbsp; and $106m from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2439138 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/23/495070/ain_sokhna_station.png Indian ambassador clueless about sovaldi talks with Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2439133 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/20/484151/202144_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>India&rsquo;s ambassador to Cairo has said that he had no information whether his country was in talks with Egypt over exporting the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Navdeep Suri told<em> Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> that he had looked into reports revealing that Gilead, the US company that had invented the cure, gave the drug&rsquo;s production franchise to seven Indian companies: Cadilla Healthcare ltd, Cipla ltd, Hetero Labs ltd, Milan Laboratories ltd, Ranbaxy Laboratories ltd, SeQuent Scientific ltd and Strides Arcolab ltd.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to Suri, the deal between Gilead and the Indian manufacturers obviously reflects the companies&rsquo; capability to produce the drug with internationally competitive prices and to offer cheaper healthcare in developing countries such as Egypt and India.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Suri added that Egypt needs to facilitate the registration of Indian drugs so as to encourage Indian investors to operate in Egypt and secure healthcare with reasonable prices.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&rsquo;s ministry of health has reportedly been disgruntled with delays by Gilead in delivering agreed-upon amounts of the drug. The company had offered to sell it to Egypt at a 99-percent discount</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt is known to have the highest rate of Hepatitis C infections in the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2439133 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/20/484151/202144_0.jpg