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Cairo, April 9 : Amid gaiety and cheerful music, hundreds of Egyptians and foreigners celebrated on Friday the annual Holi festival that was sponsored by the Indian embassy in Cairo.

The playing field of Cairo Sporting Club was decorated with vibrant rainbow colours when people splashed colours on each other, celebrating the Egyptian version of Holi, Xinhua reported.

“I came with my friends to enjoy the festival of colours. I am a fan of the Indian culture and this event is really joyful,” said Noha Hassan, a college student from Cairo, as brilliant colours covered her face and clothes.

Hassan, who was dressed in an orange and brown traditional Sari garment, said colours can change the mood of people as the bright ones fill the atmosphere with positive energies.

“Colours symbolise nature … our life and the conditions in Egypt have been a bit gloomy recently, such events can give us hope and stamina,” Hassan added as they reacted to the beats of the Indian music played during the event.

In recent years the festival has spread to Europe, North America and the Middle East as a spring celebration of love and frolic.

Most of the attendees here were young Egyptians with quite a good number of foreigners, mainly Indians.

“The event is very outstanding and it is really nice… I love the smiles on the faces of the people who came to celebrate the festival,” an Indian businessman who lives in Cairo said.

He hoped that more such events would be held in Egypt and help promote tourism which has been suffering in recent years due to the unstable political and security conditions in the Middle Eastern country. (IANS)

 

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YouTube to be Get Blocked in Egypt For a Month

"The ruling is a punishment for YouTube website that will cost it massive economic losses," Salem said.

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The lawsuit dates back to 2013 when the Egyptian lawyer demanded to ban YouTube in Egypt until the offensive clip on Prophet Muhammad and other anti-Islamic videos are removed.
Egypt's top administrative court ordered on Saturday to block YouTube streaming website for one month over hosting a video that denigrates Prophet Muhammad of Islam. Pixabay

Egypt’s top administrative court ordered on Saturday to block YouTube streaming website for one month over hosting a video that denigrates Prophet Muhammad of Islam, the Egyptian lawyer who filed the lawsuit said.

“The ruling is final, unappealable and enforceable,” Xinhua quoted lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem as saying.

A lower administrative court has previously ordered the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) to do so, but the latter appealed against the ruling, citing it was hard to implement.

The top administrative court rejected the NTRA appeal on Saturday and upheld the temporary ban as a final, unappealable ruling.

The lawsuit dates back to 2013 when the Egyptian lawyer demanded to ban YouTube in Egypt until the offensive clip on Prophet Muhammad and other anti-Islamic videos are removed.

The lawsuit dates back to 2013 when the Egyptian lawyer demanded to ban YouTube in Egypt until the offensive clip on Prophet Muhammad and other anti-Islamic videos are removed.
“The ruling is final, unappealable and enforceable,” Xinhua quoted lawyer Mohamed Hamed Salem as saying. Pixabay

“The ruling is a punishment for YouTube website that will cost it massive economic losses,” Salem said.

Privately funded and produced in California, the controversial video first appeared on YouTube in 2012, raising a wave of anti-American outrage in the Muslim world where Prophet Muhammad is highly revered.

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The lawyer said that “the offensive video” led some fanatic Islamists to assault the U.S. and British embassies in Cairo at the time.

It is unclear how the temporary ban will be implemented, as YouTube was still working in Egypt until Saturday evening.

“The NTRA is responsible for implementing the ban and there is no technical difficulty to do so,” the lawyer said, warning “I will file a lawsuit against the NTRA chief if the ban is not implemented.” (IANS)

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