ERDOGAN VOWS TO STAY COMMITTED IN EU BID
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced strong commitment for his country's bid to accession with the European Union, saying Turkey would not any give concessions in its EU path. "It is crucial that we take a resolute and principled stance and try to work to predict possible obstacles which could be set before us and remove them," Erdogan told a group of Turkish ambassadors who are recently appointed to their new missions abroad. "You will work to move our EU process ahead and you will fight against those attempts to cut or delay the process," Erdogan said.
PARLIAMENT ADOPTS NEW FOUNDATIONS LAW
Turkish parliament adopted on Wednesday a new foundations law, which was returned by former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer back to parliament for review of the ninth article. The law was passed by 242 votes in favor and 72 against. The new law allows foreigners to establish new foundations in Turkey on the principle of legal and actual reciprocity. Foundations will also be able to establish economic enterprises and companies on the condition of notifying Turkey's foundations authority. Foundations will be able to acquire assets and use them at their will.
TURKEY PLANS TO MAKE ITS OWN SATELLITE
Turkey is getting prepared to build its own satellite for both military and technological purposes, an official told daily TURKIYE. "Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) will be a center for developing and testing satellites," said Murad Bayar, an undersecretary with the Defense Industries. Bayer also said half of Turkish military's weapons will be provided by domestic resources as of 2009.
SURPRISE OFFER OF TURKEY TO RUSSIA
Turkey made a surprise offer to Russia and invited the Russians to participate in the Nabucco project. The Nabucco project will carry Central Asian natural gas to Europe. Turkey vetoed France's desire to join the Nabucco.
CONTRACTORS WAITING FOR INCENTIVES ON LAND AND TAXATION
Facing a recession in the construction industry, Turkish contractors are waiting for incentives on land and taxation. Most contractors believe that if they receive incentives on land and taxation, the price of residences will fall by up to 50 percent. Turkish contractors are planning to initiate projects for the low income families.
TROUBLE TO ARISE IN EUROPE IN MARCH
Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan said real effects of the mortgage crisis that took place in the United States would arise in Europe in March when European banks announce their balance sheets. "There is no need to be concerned in regard to Turkish economy. Fluctuation may be an opportunity for us," he said.
"I CANNOT SAY REGIME IS IN DANGER"
Hasan Gerceker, chief judge of Supreme Court, said, "I cannot say that regime in Turkey is in danger." Gerceker said he also considered that it was not appropriate to make statement on such a thing at that time.
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"I CANNOT SAY THERE IS A THREAT AGAINST REGIME IN TURKEY"
Hasan Gerceker, chief judge of Supreme Court, met reporters in his office on Wednesday. When a reporter asked whether there is a threat against regime in the country, Gerceker responded to this question cautiously. Gerceker said, "I cannot say there is a threat against regime in Turkey."
Another significant story has been written in Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on Wednesday. Turkish football team Fenerbahce defeated Spanish team Sevilla 3-2 in a second round match in European Champions League.
SCHOLARS SIGNALING ANNULMENT FOR HEADSCARF AMENDMENT
Constitutional scholars have said that the Constitutional Court's conclusions on its latest ruling over the presidential election may be a road map for the annulment of an amendment which would allow female students wear headscarves at universities.
FENERBAHCE ONE STEP AHEAD
Turkey's Fenerbahce football team defeated Spain's Sevilla 3-2 at a Champions League second round game in Istanbul on Wednesday. Fenerbahce's players Kezman, Lugano and Semih scored the goals and the team's Edu scored one of Sevilla's goal when he kicked the ball into Fenerbahce's own goal post. The revenge game will be played on March 4th in Spain.
ISN'T 55,000 DEAD ENOUGH?
Turkey has been keeping records on work accidents since 1946. To this day, 55,000 workers lost lives while 145,000 were left disabled due to work accidents in Turkey. In the past 25 years, 30,000 Turkish workers lost lives due to accidents at work.
ACT WITH PRINCIPLES AND WITHOUT GIVING CONCESSIONS, ERDOGAN
Hosting a luncheon for the newly appointed Turkish ambassadors in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the ambassadors should act with principles and without giving concessions. "Our ambassadors in EU countries should struggle against attempts that would carry Turkey away from its goal of becoming a member to the EU," Erdogan told.
GAS OFFICIAL CAUGHT ON POLICE CAM TAKING BRIBE FROM AUCTION BIDDER
An official with Turkey's state-run gas pipeline company was caught on police and surveillance cameras as he took bribe from a bidder in a tender. Police video footage shows two men from a company named Troya Gas Inc. giving BOTAS specialist Seydi Cevik a 100,000 euro check to pass the bounty to the members of the committee which would decide on the winner of the tender. Troya eventually won the tender offering 8.6 million dollars.
FENERBAHCE CLOSE TO QUARTER-FINALS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Fenerbahce moved one step closer to the quarter-finals in Champions League after it toppled Spain's two-times UEFA Cup winner Sevilla 3-2 in a match on Wednesday in Istanbul's Sukrusaracoglu Stadium. Kezman, Lugano and Semih scored were Fenerbahce's scorers. The Turkish team will play the revenge game on May 4th in Spain.
GALATASARAY EYES TITLE IN UEFA CUP
Turkey's Galatasaray football team, 2000 winner of the UEFA Cup, has set eyes on the title for the second time as it is set to challenge Bayer Leverkusen in an away match on Thursday. Galatasaray needs a win or a draw to make its way to the next round. The first match in Istanbul saw a 0-0 tie.
ERDOGAN: "THEY MAKE ANALYSES WITHOUT FEELING POVERTY"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to criticisms against him which began with discussions on headscarf ban. "Some who live in elite districts of Istanbul and Ankara make sociological analyses. Those cannot comprehend problems of people without feeling poverty," Erdogan said.
NAME OF LAND OPERATION DETERMINED: GUNES
The name of a land operation against the terrorist organization has been determined: Gunes (Sun). Gunes is the actual name of a three year old girl whose father corporal Kasim Atasoy was martyred on Gabar Mountain. Preparations are underway in the region for a land operation. Turkish FM Ali Babacan recently stated that the option of a land operation against the terrorist organization is on the table.
TURKEY'S GOAL IS TO HOST 1 MILLION TOURISTS FROM UKRAINE
Turkey's Ambassador in Ukraine Erdogan Iscan said that the number of Ukrainian tourists arriving in Turkey is increasing every year. "Turkey's goal is to host 1 million tourists from Ukraine in the year 2010," Iscan stressed. While 100,000 Ukrainian tourists visited Turkey in 2001, this number rose to 600,000 in 2007. Turkey is the number one choice of the Ukrainians for vacation.