TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 22

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 22, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 22

TURKIYE
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KOC: "WE MAY REACH HIGH GROWTH RATE"
Mustafa Koc, the president of the executive board of Koc Holding, said that if the necessary foreign sources are obtained and reforms continue on the way to EU membership, Turkey will grow tremendously in 2011 and beyond. Koc said the ability to work with both the West and East carried Turkish companies to a special place.

CLOSING DOWN A POLITICAL PARTY GETS HARD
The parliament also debated the Article 8 on the closure of political parties of the constitutional amendment bill on Wednesday. This article says a lawsuit to close a political party can only be filed with the votes of two-thirds of a committee to be set up by five members from each political parties represented at the parliament. The lawsuit can be filed under a request of the chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals.

ZAMAN
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ONE SOLDIER KILLED IN SEMDINLI
During search activities in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari, soldiers stepped on a land mine planted by PKK terrorists. One soldier was killed when the land mine exploded. A wide operation was launched in the region.

ASH GOES, PLANES TAKE OFF
Turkish Airlines (THY) resumed its flights to Germany, Britain and Scandinavian countries which were earlier cancelled due to ash clouds caused by volcanic eruption in Iceland.

PEOPLE OF URFA TO HOST FANS IN TURKEY CUP FINAL
Turkish Football Federation decided Turkey Cup final game between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce teams would be played in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. Thousands of people made reservations in the hotels of the city prior to the game which will be played at GAP Arena Stadium on May 5. When no place left in hotels, a new arrangement was launched. Football fans, who came to the city together with their families, will be hosted in the houses of the city people.

YENI SAFAK
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WE TOOK OFF
Turkish Airlines (THY) restarted its flights to countries which closed their air spaces due to ash cloud after volcanic eruption in Iceland. Airline companies in Europe also announced that their flight schedule would turn back to normal within a couple of days.

GROWTH EULOGY TO TURKEY
International Monetary Fund eulogized Turkey's growth rate. In its report, IMF said the highest growth rate was expected in Turkey. IMF predicted that Turkey would grow 5.2 percent in 2010.

HE'D BE DISCHARGED ONE MONTH LATER
Private Ahmet Ince was killed when he stepped on a land mine planted by PKK terrorists in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. Ince would have been discharged one month later.
 

VATAN
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ONE SOLDIER DIES, ONE WOUNDED BY PKK MINE
Soldiers, who were on their way to an operation in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari, stepped on a land mine planted by PKK terrorists. Private Ahmet Ince was killed and another soldier was wounded when the land mine exploded. Ince's father said they talked on the phone a week ago.

SUMMIT FOR SHORTENED MILITARY SERVICE WITH GEN. BASBUG
When reporters asked whether he would discuss shortened military service issue with General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "I consider to meet with Gen. Basbug today or tomorrow. We will assess the issue of shortened military service by payment, if their condition is available." In 1999, 72,000 people each paid 15,000 Marks, and performed their military services for 21 days.

CUMHURIYET
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IMF: TURKEY GAINS CONFIDENCE AGAIN
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Turkish economy gained domestic confidence again after an external shock. "World Economic Outlook" report of the IMF said that global economic growth rate would probably become 4.25 percent in 2010. The IMF report said that Turkish economy is expected to grow by 5.2 percent in 2010 and 3.4 percent in 2011.

ONE SOLDIER KILLED IN SEMDINLI
Turkish troops who went to Tekeli region in Semdinli town of southeastern province of Hakkari for an operation stepped on a land-mine planted by terrorist organization PKK. Private Ahmet Ince was killed and another soldier was injured in land-mine explosion.

RADIKAL
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NEW TRADEMARK IN TOURISM
Turkey's southeastern province of Gaziantep, which draws attention more each year with its historical and natural beauties such as Zeugma, Rumkale, Belkis Ruins and Karkamis, is turning into a tourism city which has also a developed industry. The city doubled its bed capacity within 1.5 years. Gaziantep targets to become a trademark city and a culture and tourism center by attracting one million tourists annually.

EYES ON STARS
There will be a meteor shower tonight. Ankara University is organizing an observation activity. The meteor shower can be seen in clear weather.
 

HURRIYET
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FLIGHTS RESUME
Almost all airspaces over Europe excluding the south of Sweden and Helsinki have been opened to air traffic. EUROCONTROL, the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, said that almost all flight restrictions due to volcanic ash have been lifted. Turkish Airlines (THY) resumed its flights to Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Nurnberg, Stuttgart, London, Manchester, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

DISCUSSION AT PARLIAMENT
The Turkish parliament continued debating a government-backed constitutional amendment package. After completing discussions on proposals by political parties, Turkish parliament debated and voted articles 6 and 7 of the constitutional reform package. Article 8 of the bill on the closure of political parties caused discussions in the parliament.

MILLIYET
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IMF REPORT PROMISING FOR TURKEY
International Monetary Fund (IMF), which earlier predicted Turkey's growth for 2010 as 3.7 percent, increased this rate to 5.2 percent. "World Economic Outlook" report of the IMF said, "domestic confidence has already recovered from the initial external shock. Turkish economy is projected to rebound more strongly, helped by the return of capital flows and the normalization of global trade."

337 VOTE FOR DEBATED ARTICLE
The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th articles of the constitutional amendment package were adopted yesterday. The 8th article, which was the most debated one and arranges political party closure, was accepted with 337 votes. Five deputies of Peace & Democracy Party (BDP), which did not participate in voting of first seven articles, voted for the 8th article.

SABAH
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PRIME MINISTER AND CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF TO DISCUSS MILITARY SERVICE BY PAYMENT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he would discuss shortening the military service in exchange for payment with Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug. Replying to a question on military service by payment, Erdogan said they would assess the matter with military officials.

IMF REPORT EULOGIZES TURKISH ECONOMY
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Turkish economy is expected to grow by 5.2 percent in 2010 and 3.4 percent in 2011. "World Economic Outlook" report of the IMF said that global economic growth would probably become 4.25 percent in 2010 and 2011. The report said that consumer prices in Turkey would probably rise by 9.7 percent in 2010 and 5.7 percent 2011. "In emerging Europe, growth prospects also vary widely. Economies that weathered the global crisis relatively well (Poland) and others where domestic confidence has already recovered from the initial external shock (Turkey) are projected to rebound more strongly, helped by the return of capital flows and the normalization of global trade," it said.
 

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