TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 4

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 4, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 4

TURKIYE
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MASERATI SALES IN TURKEY TRIPLED
With prices starting from 266 thousand euros, sales of Maserati luxury and sports cars in Turkey tripled this year as the the number of purchases was up to 14 in just the first seven months of 2010. Three Maseratis were sold last year as the company expects more sales of Maserati GrandCabrio in the country.

REFERENDUM VOTE BEGINS AT BORDER CROSSINGS
Voting for the September 12 referendum began at border gates on Tuesday. Voting started at 8:00 in the morning at Kapikule, Ipsala and Hamzabeyli border gates in the northwestern province of Edirne as well as at other gates and airports in the country such as Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. Turkish citizens will also able to cast their votes at 25 border gates during their border crossings until 5:00 p.m. on September 12.

ZAMAN
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FIRST VOTE IN REFERENDUM: "YES"
First vote was cast for a referendum over a constitutional amendments package on September 12 at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, as ballot boxes were set up across the country for Turkish citizens living abroad. The first vote was cast by Demir Tımurtas who lives in Indonesia said "'No' to the status quo, 'Yes' for an unhindered Turkey."

SURPRISING MEETING IN MILITARY COUNCIL MEETINGS
A high-level meeting was held between Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug after Tuesday's session of a top military council that decides on promotions, appointments and retirements within the military. Gul later summoned Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin to Cankaya Presidential Residence. "Everything's normal," Gul told reporters after the meeting. Decisions of the military council were expected to submitted to the president on Wednesday.

YENI SAFAK
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POTENTIAL IN AGRICULTURE 500 BLN USD
Independent Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association of Turkey (MUSIAD) completed Agriculture and Food Report on which it has been working for over five years. The report includes important issues. According to the report, Turkey can produce a 500 billion USD of value only through agriculture.

INFLATION ON MINUS AGAIN
TurkStat announced the inflation figures of July. Inflation, which has been on minus for the last three months, dropped 0.48 percent in consumer prices, and 0.16 percent in producer prices. The fastest increase was in education with 0.88 percent, and the fastest decrease was in watermelon with 24.86 percent.
 

VATAN
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ERUH AGAIN AFTER 26 YEARS
PKK terrorists, who staged their first bloody attack on August 15, 1984 in Eruh town of the southeastern province of Siirt, attacked Eruh again the previous night. One police officer died, while three PKK terrorists were killed. The terrorists, who arrived in Eruh with a minibus at night, first destroyed electricity network. After the town was plunged into darkness, the terrorist attacked with rocket launchers and long-range rifles on the building of security department and police lodging building. Police officer Ahmet Mutlu died and three police officers were wounded. The clash continued for five hours. PKK terrorists escaped to mountains when Siirt Commando Unit sent helicopter. Three terrorists were killed. 25 people, including mayor and town chairman from Peace & Democracy Party (BDP), were detained. PKK terrorist organization's bloody face was first revealed after it attacked on Eruh 26 years ago.

INFLATION ON LOWEST OF 2010
Monthly inflation --which has been in minus for the last three months-- caused annual inflation to drop to the lowest level of 2010 with 7.58 percent. Even food prices decreased 0.86 percent prior to Ramadan. Only meat prices --which are tried to be dropped by importing-- increased.

CUMHURIYET
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ISRAEL WILLING TO MEND TIES
Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor has expressed hope that his country's agreeing to cooperate with a UN panel to investigate into a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza aid convoy would help Turkey and Israel mend relations. Meridor, however, said that findings of the UN panel would not prevail over findings of an Israeli investigation panel.

ONE SOLDIER KILLED IN TERRORIST AMBUSH IN NORTHERN TURKEY
A Turkish soldier was killed and two others were wounded in Akkus town of the Black Sea province of Ordu on Tuesday when terrorists opened fire on a gendarmerie traffic patrol. The attack followed Monday's killing of police officer in Eruh town of the southeastern province of Siirt.

RADIKAL
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GOVERNMENT, MILITARY BRASS SEPARATED OVER APPOINTMENT IN TOP LAND FORCES COMMAND
The government and military in Turkey reportedly have faced a disagreement over who would be the next commander of the country's land forces as series of meetings of a top military council continued on Tuesday to decide about the promotions, appointments and retirements within the army. The disagreement materialized over Gen. Hasan Igsiz -- now commander of the First Army -- who was highly probable to become the new head of the land forces, after a prosecutor had ordered him to give testimony over an alleged coup document had circulated on the Internet. President Abdullah Gul held a meeting with Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug which was followed by an emergency gathering between Erdogan and Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin.

INFLATION MELTING DOWN
Seasonal drop in inflation rates continued in July as consumer price index was down 0.48 percent and producer price index was down 0.16 percent. Annual inflation stood at 7.58 percent in consumer prices and 8.24 in producer prices.
 

HURRIYET
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BUSY TRAFFIC AT STATE'S HELM
Capital Ankara saw a mind-blowing traffic of high-level meetings on Tuesday on the third day of a series of sessions of the country's top military council that decides on promotions, appointments and retirements within the army. President Abdullah Gul first met with Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul after a prosecutor ordered Hasan Igsız, a top general who is highly probable to become the new commander of the land forces, to give his testimony over an alleged coup document circulated on the internet. Gul later held an over-an-hour meeting with Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, which was followed by an emergency meeting between Erdogan and Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin at Erdogan's office.

INFLATION DOWN TO 7.58 PERCENT
Turkey's statistics authority on Tuesday said annual consumer price index dropped to 7.58 percent and inflation in producer prices was 8.24 percent. TurkStat, announced that consumer prices declined 0.48 percent and producer prices dropped 0.16 percent month-on-month in July. The inflation in the first seven months of 2010 was 3.09 percent in consumer prices and 4.77 percent in producer prices.

TURKEY PROTESTS ISRAELI REMARK OVER ANKARA'S CHOICE OF INTELLIGENCE CHIEF
Turkish Foreign Ministry has conveyed its uneasiness to Israeli ambassador in Ankara over remarks by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who had expressed "concern" after Turkish government appointed a new chief to National Intelligence Organization or MIT. Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Halit Cevik summoned Gabi Levy to the ministry's headquarters.
"Turkey is our strategic ally but the appointment of a pro-Iranian chief to the MIT is a source of concern for us. Iran might have access to our secrets through Turkey," Barak said earlier.

MILLIYET
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ERDOGAN OF GAZA
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas government in Gaza named his newest grandson "Erdogan" after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Foreign news agencies served this news to the whole world. Also, the photo of little Erdogan swaddled with Turkish flag was released.

LOCKED ON GEN. IGSIZ
The crisis in Supreme Military Council (YAS) got deeper when the soldiers insisted on the appointment of Gen. Hasan Igsiz as Land Forces Commander and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan resisted it. It was claimed that the commander echelon could think of resignation as an option.
During YAS meeting, soldiers insisted on promotion of several generals who were asked to be captured within the scope of Balyoz case as well as of Gen. Igsiz who was called to give a testimony.

SABAH
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FENERBAHCE SIGN GYAN FOR 26.5 MLN EURO
Fenerbahce soccer team completed 90 percent of their forward transfer. Gyan costed 26.5 million Euro. L'equipe stated that Rennes and Fenerbahce agreed in the transfer of Gyan Asamoah for 16.5 million Euro. Ghanaian player will sign a four-year contract for 2.5 million Euro in a year.

INFLATION DOWN
Decrease in food and clothing prices caused the inflation rate to drop 0.48 percent in July. The prices of summer fruits and vegetables dropped 20 percent. Clothing prices decreased 5.19 percent last month. Annual inflation rate is on the lowest level of 2010 with 7.58 percent.

 

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