Egyptians mock health minister for decision to play national anthem in hospitals

Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism. (Courtesy: Masrawy.com)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Egyptians mock health minister for decision to play national anthem in hospitals

  • Social media users described the move as a “joke”
  • Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism

CAIRO: The newly-appointed Egyptian health minister has stirred controversy after ordering hospitals to play the national anthem every day.
Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism and loyalty to the country, local media reported. But some social media users described the move as a “joke.”
“This also would remind physicians of their professional principals and the humanitarian and noble role they play in the society,” Zayed said.
Khaled Megahed, spokesman for Egypt’s health ministry, said the anthem would be played at 8am through hospitals’ internal radio followed by the doctor’s oath.
He said there’s no going back on the decision, adding that there won't be a morning assembly to greet the flag.
But many Egyptians said they cannot take the minister’s decision seriously, and that the government should focus on investing in the nation’s crumbling health service.
Well-known Egyptian TV host Amr Adeeb said on Wednesday: “Why do we have to provoke the patient and tolerant Egyptians who are anxiously waiting for hope, a proper health insurance and improvement of government hospitals, with such decisions?”


Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

Updated 15 November 2018
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Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

  • The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday
  • The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tied the knot in Italy, Indian media reported Thursday.
The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media.
Padukone is arguably Indian cinema’s biggest female star currently, and she has also broken into Hollywood, starring in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” opposite Vin Diesel.
Padukone, 32, and Singh 33, announced in a joint statement last month that their wedding would take place on November 14 and 15.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2013 but have kept details of their relationship largely out of the public eye.
Hindi film director Karan Johar, a friend of the couple, tweeted his congratulations.
“Such a stunning gorgeous and beautiful couple!!!! Nazar utar lo! (Keep the evil eye away) !! Badhai ho (Congratulations) !!! Love you both!!! Here’s to a lifetime of love and joy!” he wrote on Wednesday.
The newlyweds have shared the silver screen together, including a controversial Bollywood epic earlier this year that sparked violent protests in northern India.
Padukone played a legendary Hindu queen and Singh a medieval Muslim ruler in the flick, which angered hard-liners, some of whom burned down film sets and made threats toward the two stars.
Indian superstar Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are due to get married in India early next month.