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Current issue | Issue 1124, 29 November - 5 December 2012
Sunday,17 December, 2017
Issue 1124, 29 November - 5 December 2012

Ahram Weekly

Newsreel

Hanna passes away
INTELLECTUAL and former parliament member Milad Hanna passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88.
Hanna was born in 1924 in Cairo. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering in Ain Shams University in 1945. He received his doctorate from Saint Andre University in Scotland in 1950. Hanna worked as assistant manager in the Roads and Bridges Authority, then moved to Ain Shams University to teach road planning. In 1985 he was appointed by the president to parliament. From 1984 to 1987 Hanna headed the Committee of Housing and Planning in parliament. He was a member of many prestigious intellectual institutions including the International Association for Bridges Engineers and the Egyptian Higher Council of Culture. Hanna died in Al-Salam Hospital.

Nile U complains
NILE University said on Sunday that the government had ignored a recent court ruling which ended the university’s long dispute with Zewail City for Science and Technology (ZCST) over the rights of the campus buildings and the surrounding land. By means of the ruling, the university was allocated one of two disputed buildings, and part of the land along with LE150 million ($25 million) in compensation.
The court said that the other part of the land will be dedicated to Zewail City which was managed by Nobel prize winner Ahmed Zewail shortly after the 25 January Revolution.
“We call on the government and ZCST’s administration to respect judicial rulings and allow the students to get their university back,” the university said in a statement released last week.
The dispute over the land ensued as Nile University students were left without a campus after former prime minister Ahmed Nazif gave their campus and surrounding land to Zewail City.
A lawsuit was filed by lawyer and ex-MP Hamdi Al-Fakharani, along with Nile University students, demanding the decision to give the disputed land to Zewail Science City be reversed and the land returned to Nile University.
On 28 August students and faculty started a sit-in to demand their campus back after it was transferred to Zewail for his science facility.
The sit-in was dispersed by security forces on 17 September. Four students were arrested and dozens injured during the raid.

New editor
THE SHURA Council on Sunday appointed Al-Sayed Al-Babli as editor-in-chief of Al-Gomhuriya, a state newspaper, ignoring a court ruling that forced the Islamist-dominated council to re-appoint the former editor Gamal Abdel-Rehim.
Fathi Shehabeddin, chairman of the Shura Council’s Culture and Media Committee, said in a statement that the Shura Council, or upper house of parliament, has the right to appoint a new editor to replace Abdel-Rehim who “lacks the necessary skills to take the position”.
The council also appointed Mohamed Al-Shorbagui as board chairman of Rose Al-Youssef publishing house.
Abdel-Rehim was dismissed on 17 October by Ahmed Fahmi, head of the Shura, after publishing a report stating that Egypt’s former ruling generals — Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and chief-of-staff Sami Anan — had been banned from leaving the country.
On 6 November, the court ruled in Abdel-Rehim’s favour and denied the Shura Council’s right to dismiss state newspaper editors-in-chief without an investigation first being conducted by the Press Syndicate.
Abdel-Rehim was forced to contest the Shura Council for the second time after it refused to implement a first court ruling.

Tahrir schools evacuated
THREE schools located in Tahrir Square were closed after their buildings were set ablaze during last week’s clashes between protesters and security forces in Mohamed Mahmoud Street.
The Ministry of Education decided to temporarily move all students of Lycee Al-Horreya, Al-Hawayati and Al-Qariba to other schools as a precautionary measure.  
The protests forced students of the three schools to attend classes for just three hours, from 1.30 to 4.30pm but parents were not in favour of the Education Ministry’s decision, arguing that such a short school day would offer little to children. Kindergarten pupils were given an indefinite vacation.
The Lycee School, which overlooks Mohamed Mahmoud Street, was set on fire from Molotov cocktails thrown by the protesters.
Students of Lycee Al-Horreya  and their parents protested, calling on the Central Security Forces (CSF) to quit their school.
Holding banners with slogans which included “save my school” and “my school designed by Hassan Fathi [famed Egyptian architect] is being torched,” the protesters demanded that their school should not turn into a military unit. The students of Lycee also demanded in a statement the resignation of the school’s headmistress.
“We should get rid of the school’s administration that agreed the CSF to enter the school. This caused all the classes to be torched,” said the angry students in their statement. They asked who will pay to fix the school.

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