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Egypt’s e-services portal to expand by year-end – Politics – Egypt

Egypt’s e-services portal to expand by year-end – Politics – Egypt


Egypt’s Minister of Telecommunication Amr Talaat said on Monday the government will launch a new e-services portal by the end of the year. 


The portal, Misr.gov.eg, will facilitate services of personal affairs, health insurance and housing, among others. 


Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a meeting on Monday to discuss the latest developments on the portal. 


Ministers Ali Meselhi of supply, Omar Marwan of justice, Amr Talaat of telecommunication and Prosecutor-General Hamada El-Sawy attended the meeting along with a number of officials and representatives from other ministries.


Talaat said the beta launch of the portal took place on 20 July, presenting 34 e-services online, including traffic services. By the end of the year the portal will offer 72 e-services.


He added the portal aims to connect all state institutions and to expand governmental services online. 


There are plans to add 210 new e-service in 2021, including e-services for companies and enterprises and 179 new e-services in 2022, he added.


Talaat stated that in 2023, it is planned to add 98 new e-services to the portal, making the total 550 e-services.  

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Pakistan bans TikTok, citing morals. Others cite politics – bdnews24.com

Pakistan bans TikTok, citing morals. Others cite politics – bdnews24.com

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement Friday that it was banning TikTok based on a “number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content.” It said it had informed the company about complaints about its content, but TikTok’s administrators did not address their concerns.

The regulator said it was open to talks with the company “subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.”

ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, said it was committed to following the law and it was in regular contact with Pakistani regulators. “We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us serve the country’s vibrant and creative community online,” it said in a statement.

TikTok, with its lip-syncing teenagers and meme-heavy videos, has drawn criticism from governments around the world, for varying reasons.

The Trump administration has attempted to block the app, so far unsuccessfully, citing privacy concerns and the app’s Chinese ownership, allegations that ByteDance has disputed. India has banned the service along with other Chinese-owned apps amid rising tensions between New Delhi and Beijing.

TikTok has also faced occasional bans in places like Indonesia and Bangladesh over issues of public decency, as well as pressure in the United States and elsewhere over privacy and content given its base of young users.

On its face, Pakistan’s objections to TikTok centre on the potential impact to society. Like users elsewhere, TikTok fans in Pakistan — about 20 million active monthly users, according to the government, citing the company’s figures — make videos ranging from do-it-yourself dance numbers to monologues about society, politics and daily life. Influencers also make money on the side. TikTok’s most popular star in Pakistan, Jannat Mirza, has accumulated 10 million followers with often soapy videos mostly about young romance.

But conservative Muslims

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Analysis: Louisiana politics sharply different in Foster era

Analysis: Louisiana politics sharply different in Foster era

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The death of popular former Gov. Mike Foster and the reminiscing that has followed provided the latest reminder of how much Louisiana Capitol politics have transformed over nearly two decades and been reshaped by partisanship.

Foster died Oct. 4 at his home in coastal St. Mary Parish from age-related illnesses. He was 90 years old. He was buried Wednesday.

Though he switched from Democrat to Republican to run for the governor’s office, Foster wasn’t driven by a party ideology in his management of state affairs. He didn’t hire staff and Cabinet leaders based on their political affiliation. And he didn’t align himself with lawmakers based on the R or D behind their names.

Instead, his eight-year administration from 1996 until 2004 had a big tent feel. He rejected ideologues.

No greater example of Foster’s bipartisan approach could have been offered than when Baton Rouge Democratic state Sen. Cleo Fields – the man Foster defeated in the 1995 election to win the governor’s job – spoke of his one-time opponent on the Senate floor last week.

“We were very, very good friends,” Fields told senators, most of whom weren’t in the Louisiana Legislature during Foster’s tenure.

Fields previously served in the Senate with Foster, who had been a Democratic state senator for eight years before running for governor. Fields described the two-term governor as “just an honorable man” and “a bridge builder.”

“When I saw Mike, I didn’t see a Republican governor. I just saw a governor,” Fields said. He declined to call Foster the state’s last bipartisan governor, but said: “I can only tell you he was a governor who worked both sides of the aisle. To him there was not an aisle.”

Foster led Louisiana in a quieter period by the state’s political standards.

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Pakistan Bans TikTok, Citing Morals. Others Cite Politics.

Pakistan Bans TikTok, Citing Morals. Others Cite Politics.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has become the latest country to ban TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media platform, in a move that government critics said stemmed as much from politics as from allegations of immoral content.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement on Friday that it was banning TikTok “in view of number of complaints from different segments of the society against immoral/indecent content.” It said it had already informed the company about complaints about its content, but TikTok’s administrators did not address their concerns.

The regulator said it was open to talks with the company “subject to a satisfactory mechanism by TikTok to moderate unlawful content.”

ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, said that it was committed to following the law and that it was in regular contact with Pakistani regulators. “We are hopeful to reach a conclusion that helps us serve the country’s vibrant and creative community online,” it said in a statement.

TikTok, with its lip-syncing teenagers and meme-heavy videos, has drawn criticism from governments around the world, for varying reasons.

The Trump administration has attempted to block the app, so far unsuccessfully, citing privacy concerns and the app’s Chinese ownership, allegations that ByteDance has disputed. India has banned the service along with other Chinese-owned apps amid rising tensions between New Delhi and Beijing.

TikTok has also faced occasional bans in places like Indonesia and Bangladesh over issues of public decency, as well as pressure in the United States and elsewhere over privacy and content given its base of young users.

On its face, Pakistan’s objections to TikTok center on the potential impact to society. Like users elsewhere, TikTok fans in Pakistan — about 20 million active monthly users, according to the government, citing the company’s figures — make videos ranging from do-it-yourself dance numbers

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The Week Ahead: A Brexit Showdown, U.S Politics, and Economic Data in Focus

The Week Ahead: A Brexit Showdown, U.S Politics, and Economic Data in Focus

On the Macro

It’s a busy week ahead on the economic calendar, with 68 stats in focus in the week ending 16th October. In the week prior, 53 stats had been in focus.

For the Dollar:

It’s a relatively busy week ahead on the economic data front.

On Monday and Tuesday, September inflation and wholesale inflation figures are due out.

The focus then shifts to manufacturing sector activity and labor market numbers on Thursday.

Expect the Philly FED Manufacturing PMI for October and the weekly initial jobless claims to impact.

At the end of the week, retail sales and industrial production figures are due out, along with October consumer sentiment numbers.

Expect the retail sales and prelim Michigan consumer Sentiment figures to have the greatest impact.

Away from the calendar, the next Presidential debate on 15th October will also provide direction. That is assuming that Trump decides to attend…

The Dollar Spot Index ended the week down by 0.84% to 93.057.

For the EUR:

It’s also a relatively busy week ahead on the economic data front.

On Tuesday, ZEW Economic Sentiment figures for Germany and for the Eurozone are in focus.

Expect some EUR sensitivity to the numbers on the day.

The focus will then shift to Eurozone industrial production figures for August, due out on Wednesday.

At the end of the week, the Eurozone’s trade figures for August will also garner some interest.

Finalized inflation figures for member states and the Eurozone are also due out. Barring deviation from prelims, however, the numbers should have a muted impact on the EUR.

On the monetary policy front, ECB President Lagarde is scheduled to speak on a number of occasions in the week. Expect any forward guidance or views on the economy to influence.

Away from the economic

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