TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 26

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 26, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 26


TURKIYE

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PARLIMANET VOTES IN FAVOR OF THREE CRITICAL ARTICLES IN CONSTITUTIONAL BILL

Turkish parliament voted late on Sunday in favor of three critical articles of the constitutional amendment on the trial of military personnel at civilian courts, the make up of the Constitutional Court and the court members' terms of office.

OBAMA TO HOST NINE TURKISH BUSINESSPEOPLE AT WHITE HOUSE
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to host 150 Muslim businesspeople at an entrepreneurial summit meeting that starts today at the White House. Nine Turkish businesspeople, including Ferit Sahenk, are also among those who will be received by Obama.

TURKISH PREMIER'S WIFE DUE TO BRUSSELS
Turkish premier's wife, Emine Erdogan, is set to pay a visit to Brussels on Thursday along with a group of leading Turkish businesspeople and artists. Erdogan will participate as the guest of honor in a conference on "The Role of Turkish Women."

ZAMAN
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650 CHILDREN FROM 120 COUNTRIES TO ATTEND 'FESTIVAL OF TURKISH'
650 children from 120 countries will attend the 'Festival of Turkish' in 2010. The International Turkish Olympics has reached 120 countries in its eighth year. The Olympics will take place between May 26 and June 10 under the slogan "We Speak the Same Language".

GOOD NEWS ON OIL FROM BLACK SEA MAY COME IN JULY
Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) and Brazil's National Petroleum Corporation Petrobas began searching for oil in the Black Sea recently. TPAO experts said that they may reach oil reserves by the end of July, 2010.

YENI SAFAK
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WE ARE AFTER DIALOGUE, SHARIF
Secretary General of the World Islamic Call Council, Mohammad Ahmad Sharif, said that their Council was against all forms of violence. Attending the 20th session meeting of the Council in Istanbul, Sharif said that they were after dialogue. The most important tool against violence is dialogue," Sharif underlined.

VATAN
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TURKISH MADE ELECTRIC CAR RECEIVES MORE THAN 1,000 ORDERS IN A WEEK
A Turkish made electric car received more than 1,000 orders in only a week. Oyak Renault's electric Fluence Z.E. model will be manufactured in Bursa as of mid-2011. However, the company has already received 1,114 orders from 36 countries in a single week for the Fluence Z.E. model.

A PARDON FOR CHILDREN TO BENEFIT ALL CHILDREN, JUSTICE MINISTER ERGIN
In response to a suggestion by the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli that a pardon for children in prisons should take place soon, Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said that "this proposal carries good will. However, we must consider the advantages and disadvantages of such a pardon". A pardon for children may benefit all children in Turkish prisons, Ergin said.

CUMHURIYET
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REPORT WARNS AGAINST DROP IN SPENDING ON CHILDREN
A World Bank-IMF report has warned that Turkey's decreasing figures in spending on children and the young population threatened the country's future. The report said the global economic recession forced 75 percent of the poorest families in Turkey to cut down on food for their children. 29 percent and 14 percent of the poorest spent less for their children's health and their education respectively, the report said.

THOUSANDS IN TURKEY RALLY AGAINST NUCLEAR ENERGY ON ANNIVERSARY OF CHERNOBYL DISASTER
Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul on Sunday to rally against the construction of planned nuclear power plants in Turkey on the anniversary of Chernobyl disaster. Protestors called on the government to invest on renewable energy resources such as the sun and wind.

RADIKAL
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GOVT. SENDS FRESH SIGNAL FOR COMPROMISE WITH OPPOSITION OVER CONSTITUIONAL BILL
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said the government might agree to separate a number of highly-debated articles from a wider set of constitutional amendment package when putting them to referendum if the main opposition Republican People's Party pledged not to appeal to the Constitutional Court for review of the constitutional amendments. Ergin said, technically it was possible to split the package into two parts and submit them to popular vote separately.

TIME OF SILENCE
Ankara is waiting for the silent diplomacy to resume with Armenia as U.S. president refused to describe incidents of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", diplomatic sources have said. Armenian diaspora had voiced their anger for Obama, accusing him of "bowing to Turkey's threats."

HURRIYET
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ERDOGAN'S MEAT AGENTS AT WORK AGAINST PRICE HIKES
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly assigned a number of inspectors to track down meat prices which had skyrocketed over the past year. Erdogan ordered two teams to collect data from large markets as well as small butcher shops in capital Ankara in a bid to take measures to protect consumers from hikes in the price of meat. A report has been drafted and it was presented to the prime minister. The news of the inspections alone sufficed cuts in prices as a cautious Erdogan has reportedly said the inspections would continue.

TURKEY BAR ASSOCIATIONS UNION HEAD PASSES AWAY
Head of Turkish Bar Associations Ozdemir Ozok has lost his life to skin cancer at the age of 65. Ozok died on Sunday, his birthday. He has been receiving treatment for melanoma for the last six months in a university hospital in the United States.

MILLIYET
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CANCER KILLS OZOK
President of Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) Ozdemir Ozok lost his life on Sunday after receiving medical treatment for skin cancer for the past six months in the United States. Ozok was elected as the TBB President on May 13, 2001. He was born in south-eastern province of Kahramanmaras in 1945. Ozok was a graduate of the Law Faculty of Ankara University.

TURKISH POSTAL SERVICE TO ISSUE RESIDENTIAL LOANS
Turkish Postal Service (PTT) is making preparations to issue residential, auto and personal loans to clients in Turkey. Director General of the PTT, Osman Tural, said that the loans will be offered in better terms compared to the terms of other financial institutions in Turkey.

SABAH
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PARLIAMENT VOTES IN FAVOR OF TWO KEY ARTICLES IN CONSTITUTIONAL BILL
Turkish parliament late on Sunday voted two key articles of a constitutional bill. The parliament voted 337 to 70 in favor of a constitutional amendment, article 16, that would allow for the trial of military personnel at civilian courts in crimes against national security and the constitutional order. Article 17 of the bill on the make up of the Constitutional Court received 331 votes in favor, the lowest number of votes since the parliament began discussing the constitutional bill.

SILENT DIPLOMACY WITH YEREVAN
Turkish diplomats have reportedly conducted a series of meetings with Armenian counterparts as part of a rapprochement process between Ankara and Yerevan. Accordingly, Turkey will keep a low profile in its initiatives aimed at normalizing relations with Yerevan as Armenia will take steps to secure progress in talks of the Karabakh conflict.

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