Pankaj Advani wins 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championship

Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani won the 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championship.

In the final match played at Hurghada (Egypt), he defeated his Chinese opponent Zhua Xintong by 8-6 score in the best-of-15 final. He had entered the finals of the Championship after defeating Alex Borg of Malta by 6-0 score.

With this victory, Pankaj Advani has won the World Snooker Championship for record 15 times. He also became the first person in history of Snooker to take the short (6-Red) and the long snooker format in the same calender year.

Earlier in September 2015, he had won the 2015 IBSF World Billiards Championship. Presently he is ranked world number 1 in 6-red snooker and World Team Billiards.


Russia inks deal to build Egypt’s first nuclear plant at Dabaa

Russia has signed two agreements with Egypt to finance and build its first nuclear power plant at Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast in the northwest of the country.

As per one of the agreement, Russia will extend a loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction of the nuclear plant which is expected to be completed by 2022.

Under the agreement

  • Russia will grant a 35-year loan to the Egypt which is the Arab world’s most populous country.
  • However in the agreement the loan has been not disclosed as the details of the credit agreement are still under discussion.
  • Dabaa Nuclear plant will be third-generation plant with four reactors with total capacity of 1,200 MW.
  • On completion the plant will make Egypt a regional leader in terms of civil nuclear technology.


  • Since 1980s, Egypt has been pursuing its plan to have a peaceful nuclear programme for the production of electricity at Dabaa.
  • But the North African country had frozen its nuclear programme plans after disputes with local residents due to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
  • However in 2006, under the dictatorial President-ship of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt once again had announced plans to revive its dream of peaceful nuclear programme. But the President was overthrown in 2011 revolution and its nuclear programme plans were stalled.
  • The newly elected President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in February 2015 had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to go ahead with the civil nuclear programme.


Acclaimed Egyptian novelist Gamal al-Ghitani passes away

Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and journalist Gamal al-Ghitani passed away in Cairo, Egypt. He was 70.

He was one of the greatest Egyptian authors of historical and political novels and cultural and political commentaries.

About Gamal al-Ghitani

  • Ghitani was born on 9 May 1945 in Gihena, Egypt.
  • He had started his writing career at a very young age and his first short story was published when he was only 14.
  • Though he was trained as a carpet designer, he switched to journalism in his 20s and went on to write historical fiction.
  • Much of his work has been widely translated in different languages, including his famous novel Zayni Barakat published in 1974 is considered a seminal portrayal of authoritarian rule.
  • Awards: He was awarded Egyptian National Prize for Literature (1980), French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1987), Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Ren (2009) etc.