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The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal said, "I am excited about the possibility of Turkey's being a full EU member. I will be glad, if our country becomes a full member." Stating that the current standstill in regard to Turkey's EU accession process was stemming from the EU, Baykal noted that he felt deeply sad over this situation.
According to the Fortune Magazine, Koc Holding of Turkey took place among the world's biggest 200 companies. In the list, Koc Holding was ranked the 190th biggest company with a turnover of 34.3 billion USD. Mustafa Koc, chairman of executive board of Koc Holding, earlier said that he hoped that Koc Holding would be included among top 200 companies of the world by 2015, but he reached this objective nine years earlier.
The optimistic statements delivered by members of the Justice and Development (AK) Party and mainly by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, do not reflect the reality. According to the recent assessment by Prof. Sukru Kizilot from Gazi University, the current account deficit grew 20 times and Turkey's debts nearly doubled during AK Party's ruling.
The recent survey conducted by research centre YON-ARA claim that 3 political parties will manage to send MPs to the parliament after the upcoming election. According to the survey carried out since March in 19 provinces of Turkey, the Justice and Development (AK) Party will receive 27.5 percent of the votes. On the other hand, Republican People's Party (CHP) will get 25.1 percent and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will have 12.5 percent of the votes, the survey affirms.
Turkish Ambassador to the United States Nabi Sensoy said that the terrorist organization PKK obtained its weapons from the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Massoud Barzani. On the other hand, the weapons donated by the United States to the Iraqi army were also handed over to PKK terrorists.
A land-mine went off in rural area in Kemah town of the eastern city of Erzincan, killing a soldier and injuring another one. An explosion occurred after one of soldiers patrolling in the area stepped on the land-mine, which was planted by the terrorist organization.
Worldwide famous musician Wynton Marsalis charmed people in Istanbul. He gave two concerts during the Istanbul Jazz Festival.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at election campaign rallies in the western cities of Mugla and Manisa that common-sense should prevail in politics instead of anger. "No one can separate us. No one has the right to incite hatred and enmity among Turkish citizens," he stressed. Criticizing harshly the opposition parties, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "if the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) and the Democrat Party (DP) had attended the voting at the parliament, we would have already elected our president."
Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said that the United States failed to take tangible steps in the fight against the terrorist organization PKK, which took shelter in north of Iraq. "Turkey is an independent country which make its decisions on its own. If a cross-border operation is required, we make the necessary decision without asking anyone's permission or assistance," Gul stressed.
A junkman who informed security forces after finding a tin box full of explosives, saved the western city of Izmir. Security forces found a 30-kg bomb inside the box which was ready to explode. The bomb was defused.
BALLOT BOXES UNDER PROTECTION Political parties are taking special measures against possible cheating that might take place during the general elections to be held on July 22nd. 3 million observers of Justice & Development (AK) Party, Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Democrat Party (DP) will work during the general elections. For the first time, NGOs will also have observers in the elections.
Representatives of Turkish business world reacted against the "coalition government" scenarios and emphasized that Turkey needed a strong single-party governance in order to continue with its development process. "Let us not be sentenced to failure again," the representatives stressed.
As a part of the fight against terrorism activities carried out with remote control bombs, Turkish international cable and satellite operator TURKSAT has been conducting studies in order to send signals that would distort frequencies. "The mobile phones and the frequencies used with them are all clear. It is easy to distort these frequencies. We are working with the General Staff," said TURKSAT's Director General Osman Dur.
Thirteen Turkish Cypriots who were killed and buried in a mass grave by Greek Cypriots 33 years ago were laid to rest at last. A tearful military ceremony took place in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) out of respect to the martyrs.
An F-16 fighter plane crashed while landing at an air base in the northwestern city of Balikesir. Two pilots of the plane escaped after ejecting. They are not in life-threatening condition.
The Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) National-100 Index broke a new record after climbing 643.24 points in the afternoon session and closing at 52,005.80 points. Stocks gained 3.90 percent in value on the daily basis.
The investigation carried out by Istanbul Police, revealed shocking facts regarding 2 Turkish gangs operating between Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands which could not share the 5 million USD drug money. Tapping the lines for 8 months, police found out that a judge and 3 prosecutors from Istanbul had talks with several gang members frequently. The gang members were receiving information regarding their files. Moreover, 8 police officers and the former deputy Secretary General of the Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals got involved in the same network as well, sources said.
A total of 27 students were ranked the 1st in 7 different grading categories of the recent university exam (OSS) carried out in Turkey. On the other hand, 1.03 million students managed to exceed the threshold of 185 points, while nearly 47,000 applicants got O points in the exam.
Police seized 30 kilograms of explosives in western city of Izmir while a bomb was found in Kucukcekmece district, Istanbul. Bomb squad deactivated explosives and the bomb. Security teams seized 30 kilograms of A-4 type explosives in Bornova district of Izmir. Experts said that the effect of the explosives was ten times more than the one used at the explosion in Anafartalar in Ankara.
he results of the university entrance examination (OSS) have been announced. Over 1,5 million high school graduates took the exam to gain admission to universities. Rectors make attractive offers to the students who ranked top 100 at the examination like scholarship and international internship.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2007, 10:11