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15-12-2011 10:12 AM


To Kenya
Egypt has donated 183 tonnes of assorted foodstuff worth more than $125,000 to Kenya to help avert the famine and drought there. Kenyan Special Programmes Minister Naomi Shaaban said the food donation will be sent to Kyuso, Kieni, Malindi and Kinango in eastern Kenya, and thanked the Egyptian government for assisting in drilling boreholes in some of the country’s arid and semi-arid districts.


$600 Million
The World Bank will lend Egypt $600 million to build a 1,300 megawatt power plant in Ain-Sokhna on the Red Sea. The $2.2 billion project is to be completed by 2015. The African Development Bank is providing $550 million, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development $208.5 million, while Egypt’s government is contributing $831 million to complete the project. Electrical energy in Egypt has been growing at a rate of 8.6 percent annually over the past 10 years, the World Bank said on its website.


Sports day
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) has taken it upon itself to promote sports among Alexandrians, for the sake of better health and well being. A Sports Day the BA recently scheduled witnessed to the success of the call. Scores of Alexandria men and women all ages jogged, ran, or cycled along the Corniche—Alexandria’s magnificent seafront road. This despite the poor weather and pouring rain.


Crown jewels
The three-year long work on the renovation of the royal jewellery museum in Alexandria has come to an end. Culture Minister Farouk Hosny said the crown jewels belonging to the Mohamed Ali dynasty which ruled Egypt for 150 years until the fall of the monarchy in 1952 will be placed on display in the newly renovated museum. The jewels have been kept under lock and key in 45 crates in the vaults of the Central Bank and will be shown to the public for the first time, he said.

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