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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Verbal divorce is now Egypt’s crusade of the week; Russians appear to be satisfied with our airports

Verbal divorce has now become the social cause celebre of the week and has crossed over to the airwaves. Expect to hear more on this in the short term.

The House of Representatives’ Religious Affairs Committee plans to draft legislation that would ban men from verbally divorcing their wives, MP Amr El Hamroush told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna El Assal (watch, runtime 6:22). The MP said the House is considering giving couples a 24-hour grace period to document their divorce; the bill would impose a fine in the case of a violation. The announcement comes a day after Al Azhar openly rejected President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s suggestion to ban the practice. El Hamroush said Al Azhar’s opinion should be taken into consideration, but defended the House’s right to take action against “phenomena that threaten society,” including high divorce rates.

The Industry Ministry’s 2020 Strategy will support the engineering, chemical, food and textile industries, Industrial Development Authority (IDA) head Ahmed Abdel Razik tells El Assal (watch, runtime: 2:09). Razik touched on the hot-button issue of land allocation, discussing both 2016 accomplishments and the IDA’s goal for 2020 (watch, runtime: 2:42).

Are the Russians finally satisfied with our airports? Kol Youm’s Amr Adib delved into a favorable report aired in Russia on the security measures being implemented at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. House Tourism Committee chair Sahar Talaat Mostafa stressed the importance of the report, which she said “sent a positive message about our airports to Russia and the world” (watch, runtime: 7: 29). A Sharm-based investor commented on the Russian security delegation’s visit last week (watch, runtime: 2:29).

Adib also discussed security measures being implemented at Cairo International with Ahmed Hosny, a senior official at CAI who told Adib that the Russian delegation checked the passenger terminals and baggage areas. Hosny said that the new Terminal 2 includes five stages to run security checks on luggage. He added that they had transferred arrivals from Terminal 1 to the new terminal (watch, runtime: 2:45).

Haven’t gotten enough football in the last few weeks? Hona Al Assema’s Lamees Al Hadidi interviewed national team players Ahmed Fathy, Ahmed Hegazy, Mahmoud Kahraba and Abdullah El Saeed (watch, runtime: 2:29:46). 90 Minutes’ Moataz El Demerdash interviewed Mohamed Elneny’s father (watch, runtime: 51:55).

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