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CAIRO, June 17, 2018 (MENA) – President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a phone call from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Presidency Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

In the phone call, Bin Zayed congratulated Sisi on the occasion of Eid el-Fitr

in which he hoped Egypt and its people goodness, development and prosperity.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian president thanked the Crown Prince and hailed the deep-rooted relations between Egypt and the UAE. He also wished more development and prosperity to the Emirati people.

CAIRO, June 12, 2018 (MENA) - Cairo Governor Atef Abdel Hamid received on Tuesday at his office Anba Daniel, Secretary-General of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church as well as Archbishop Sergius Sergius, Undersecretary of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

The Coptic Orthodox Church delegation was sent by Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese to offer greetings over Eid el-Fitr festival.

These mutual visits that are exchanged throughout the year between Muslims and Christians in all occasions express great love and reflect coexistence between fabrics of the society, away from protocols or official ceremonies, Abdel Hamid said.

During the visit, Abdel Hamid asserted the depth of feelings that reflect the essence of the Egyptian tolerant spirit, a fact that has always enabled the homeland to overcome obstacles and hardships.

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree No. 260/2018 to pardon some convicts on the occasion of Eid el-Fitr.

The decision was published in the Gazette out Monday.

Metro braces for Eid el-Fitr

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian Company For Metro Management & Operation said Monday that Transport Minister Hesham Arafat directed to raise to the maximum level the state of emergency at the three lines of the Metro in preparation for the approach of the Lesser Bairam (Eid el-Fitr).

The minister urged increasing the hours of operating the Metro service during the days of the Eid to be from 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. the next day all throughout the Eid vacation.

An operations room will work around the clock to follow up the service and handle any contingency.

By Amina Abdul Salam

One kahk (cookies) that weighs five grammes equals 230 calories and one biscuit which weighs 15g contains from 70 to 90 calories due to a high fat content.

At the end of Ramadan, many people who were fasting complain of health problems due to the sudden change in the dietary pattern. According to Dr Ayman el-Haggar, Researcher in Nutrition, National Research Centre, fasting for long periods and the changes in times of eating, can result in several health problems.

Gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhoea, constipation and increased acidity as well as, an imbalance in the level of sugar in the blood are, for example, common. Hypertension and becoming overweight can also occur.

Dr el-Haggar points out that many people wrongly believe that meals are only the three known meals per day. They do not take into consideration food that is eaten throughout the day. But the fact is that everything that is eaten and drunk, especially during the days of the feast, such as biscuits, kahk (cookies), sweets, nuts, soft drinks and juices may constitute a meal, or a part of a meal.

Everybody must be aware of the calories that he or she eats or drinks. He says that people differ in their dietary needs, according to age, gender, weight, state of health and effort exerted.

For example, a person whose age ranges between 25 and 35 years and weighs 70kg and takes account of the average effort he exerts, is in need of 2,375 calories.

Regarding the kahk and biscuits that are served during the feast days of Eid el-Fitr (the lesser Bairam), Dr el-Haggar says that just one kahk that weighs five grammes equals 230 calories and one biscuit which weighs 15g contains from 70 to 90 calories due to a high fat content. Therefore, if a person eats a lot of kahk or biscuits, this leads to confusion in digestive process.

For spending the Lesser Bairam in good health, Dr el-Haggar recommends people eat small meals gradually so as to be easy on the digestion and divide the main dietary meals into three. It is also good to eat fruits rich in fibres between the main meals.
If you suffer from diabetes orcardiovascular diseases, you should consult your therapist on how to amend your doses of medicine.

Avoid high levels of glucose in the blood after the days of Iftar and drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration and becoming overweight. Keeping a proper amount of salts in the body because increasing or decreasing salts may lead to a health problem with kidney functions.

Bad habits are common, especially during feast days, Dr el-Haggar says. Salty fish should be replaced with a sea food soup, or grilled fish because they are easy to digest.
And he recommends a green salad that is rich in fibres and mineral salts and vitamins to go with the fish. In addition, lupine has many benefits because it is rich in fibres and diabetics should eat a lot fibres to slow down the absorption of glucose.

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan announced that the private sector will get a two-day vacation for Eid el-Fitr.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry said the decision comes in application of Labour Law No. 12 for the Year 2003 which was amended by Ministerial Law No.49 for the year 2009.

On this occasion, Saafan extended his greetings to Egyptian workers, asserting their role in the construction and development of their country.