NO TIME FOR EMPTY WORDS
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said politicians should stop trying to defame each other and compete in serving the nation.
"Our country has lost a lot of time because of meaningless discussions. Today, we are trying hard to compensate such loss," Erdogan said.
"Discussions end, but what has been done for the public remains," he added.
HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES TO BE PRIVATIZED IN 2008
The tender aiming to privatize the highways and bridges in Turkey will be held within the first four months of 2008. The privatization process will end till the end of the year. According to sources, the operating rights of highways and bridges will be valid for 15 to 25 years.
A LIFE DEDICATED TO EDUCATION
A guru of economics and teacher of teachers Prof. Dr. Sabahattin Zaim passed away the other day. Hundreds of people cried over Zaim's death. Dr. Zaim left behind a legacy that was devoted to educating individuals in all corners of Turkey.
TURKISH OPPOSITION: TERROR WILL NOT END WITH NEW LAW
Many in the Turkish opposition are opposed to the government's plans for a new "repentance law." Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal said that "terror will not end with a new law."
ISRAEL LOSES TENDER WHEN IT SAID "DO NOT WATCH US"
Israel joined the spy satellite "Gokturk" project tender. Turkey attaches importance to this project due to its fight against terrorism. However, Israel was eliminated from the 200-million-Euro tender when it asked Turkey not to monitor its territories closely with the satellite. The Defense Industry Steering Board had a meeting on December 5th and asked Italian, German and British companies to submit their bids for the satellite tender. In its meeting, the board eliminated Israeli IAI company. In its bid, IAI said the satellite could not approach Israel closer than two meters and did not allow a closer monitor. Therefore, the board eliminated the company from the tender. The "Gokturk" satellite can observe a large geography from Europe to Caucasus and Middle East. It will be launched in 2011 and will serve for six years.
VIP MINIBUS TO PRINCESS
An automotive design company in northwestern province of Bursa has prepared a VIP vehicle for the Jordanian royal family. The Mercedes minibus is heat and noise-proof. It has a fully-equipped kitchen, a cinema system and a mobile satellite. The company assembled special leather seats brought from Italy. Sources said Princess Raina and her children will use the minibus.
ISTANBUL: 2008 CAPITAL OF CUISINE
The New York Times daily of the United States declared Istanbul as a city that has to be visited in 2008 to taste delicious food of the Turkish cuisine. An article published in the New York Times tells about various restaurants in Istanbul including Changa, Ciya, Mikla, Beyti and Konyali and writes that international restaurant chains also have branches in Istanbul.
HERE IS PLAN "TO GET DOWN FROM MOUNTAIN"
The new "return home law" made public by PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not envisage amnesty and not cover the top members of the terrorist organization. Here are the outlines of the plan: Terrorists on the mountains, who have not been involved in any crime, will be freed after undergoing required judicial procedures if they surrender. Those who commit crimes in the second degree and who aid and abet the terrorist organization, will be sentenced but face reduced punishments.
CIVILIAN SUPPORT FOR JUDICIARY
The "Independent Judiciary Rally" organized by the Turkish Union of Bars and attended by various non-governmental organizations took place in Tandogan district of Ankara on Sunday. Thousands of Turkish citizens protested initiatives to politicize the judiciary.
SIVASSPOR AT PEAK OF SUPER LEAGUE
After Galatasaray soccer team lost to Fenerbahce and Sivasspor defeated Denizlispor, Sivasspor became the leader in Turkey's Super League. Sivasspor defeated Denizlispor 2-0, in a game played in Sivas.
NO CONCESSIONS SHOULD BE MADE ON THE GAINS ATTAINED
The "Constitution Workshop", which was organized to contribute to the civilian constitutional draft that was prepared by academicians upon Justice and Development (AK) Party's order, reached an agreement on the "principles to be protected".
The participants of the workshop rejected to retreat from the basic principles of the Republic and the universal human rights determined in the constitution.
"RETURN TO HOME" ON THE AGENDA
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent remarks stating that a law could be enacted in order to "prevent attendance to terrorist organization PKK and to dissolve its mountain teams", annoyed Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Deniz Baykal.
"This is a step towards reaching a compromise with PKK terrorists. 'Return to home' is an indicator of inattention," Baykal said.
NOW THE BALL IS IN TURKEY
Turkey is in the same group with Armenia in the 2010 World Cup qualifying rounds. Hurriyet crossed into Armenia and investigated the reflections of this development on the people of Armenia. Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vladimir Karapetian said he does not think there will be any security problems. "I could go to (eastern province of) Kars in 15-16 hours two years ago. In fact, it takes only two hours to get there but the border is closed," he also said. Karapetian said if these matches enhance dialogue, they will really be beneficial. On the other hand, Levon Ananyan, the head of the Writers' Union of Armenia, said if some one is not pleased with his/her neighbors in his apartment building, s/he will move. "However, these two countries will always be historical and geographical neighbors, so these matches will be an opportunity," Ananyan said. Meanwhile, Armenian Press Council Chairman Boris Navasardyan said Armenian public welcomed the points Turkey gave to Armenia in Eurovision song contest. "I think matches can create the same effect," he said.
MECIDIYEKOY TO BE SECOND MANHATTAN
Istanbul's Mecidiyekoy neighborhood has become a center of attraction with new tower projects. The competition in this neighborhood has escalated due to an old liqueur factory to be auctioned till March. Mecidiyekoy has become the "Second Manhattan" of Istanbul with 50-storey towers, following Maslak neighborhood. One may have to pay 10,000 Euros to buy only a square meter of a real estate in Mecidiyekoy in 2010.
ISTANBUL FOR A DINNER IN 2008
The New York Times, one of the most influential newspapers in the USA, designated 53 "must-see" places in the world for the year 2008.
According to the daily, one must visit Istanbul for a nice dinner, Greenland to experience adventure, Argentina for an economical holiday, Africa to get to know the world better as a family, Moscow for a luxurious holiday and Dubai to party.
The daily, which recommended Istanbul to its "gastronome" readers, wrote that the restaurants in the city were "both modern and traditional".
NEW ECONOMY GIANTS DISCOVER TURKEY
Fox International, which owns big companies of the world such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft MSN and MySpace.com, is getting prepared for a serious competition in the Turkish market.
Internet is becoming an important industry in Turkey as well. The leading players of the industry set their eyes on the "online advertising" market in the country. International internet companies are reviewing their investments in Turkey.
MIGRATION FROM CENTRAL ASIA TO ANATOLIA IS A MYTH, BINDER
Turkish anthropologist Timucin Binder said that the "migration of Turks from Central Asia to Anatolia is only a myth." Genetic studies show that those living in Turkey have been living here for the past 40,000 years, told Binder. "Those claimed to have come from Central Asia are actually residents of Anatolia," Binder noted.
GEN. BUYUKANIT CELEBRATES FENER VICTORY
Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit celebrated the victory of Fenerbahce soccer team over Galatasaray at a wedding reception he attended on Saturday evening. Gen. Buyukanit danced as he celebrated Fenerbahce's 2-0 victory. In reference to the score of the game, Gen. Buyukanit said that it is "normal."