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Sunday, 30 August 2020

Building violations, university applications top stories on Moussa’s talk show

Ahmed Moussa effectively had the airwaves to himself last night, with the other talking heads delivering little of note.

Some students will find out today what they’ll study this fall: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa spoke with Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel El Ghaffar, who said that the first bunch of university admissions will be announced today. The ministry is announcing university placements over several phases rather than all at once. Abdel El Ghaffar said that around 30% of science students achieved a score of over 95% in their exams, which has resulted in a large volume of applications to the faculties of physiotherapy, dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, and engineering (watch, runtime: 3:31), (watch, runtime: 2:43).

No quarter for building violators: Moussa also spoke with Local Development Ministry spokesperson Khaled Qassem, who said that the government will act decisively against people who build illegally on government land. Qassem said that the ministry had reclaimed 3.8 mn square meters and 7,114 feddans of state property, and they addressed 3,885 violations cases on the agricultural lands (watch, runtime: 9:45). President Abdel Fattah El Sisi yesterday threatened to deploy the military to crack down on violators during a speech at the inauguration of several national projects in Alexandria. We have more in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Expansion of natural gas grid: Moussa spoke with the prime minister’s media advisor, Hani Younes, who said that the number of citizens who received natural gas to their homes rose by 5 mn people in the period spanning 2014 to 2020. Younes added that the government has spent EGP 6 bn on developing Nasser City west of Assiut (watch, runtime: 8:32).

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