TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 20

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on December 20, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON DEC 20

TURKIYE
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HELPING HAND FOR 500 THOUSAND AFRICANS
Charity organizations including IHH and Kimse Yok Mu launched an aid campaign and sent 5 thousand voluntary doctors and nurses to Africa. Turkish team helped some 500 thousand people in 28 African countries. Some 137 thousand African people began seeing again after undergoing surgery for cataracts.

TURKEY BECOMES MOST ATTRACTIVE COUNTRY IN REAL ESTATE
A survey which was carried out by the Global Property Guide in 35 countries revealed that Turkey became the most attractive country in Europe for real estate. The latest survey of the Global Property Guide showed that 17 out of 35 countries recorded increases in house prices over the year to end Q3 2010. Of the 18 countries that experienced house price falls, 11 recorded slower rates of decline. Foreign investors now prefer purchasing real estate in Istanbul.

ZAMAN
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CHAMPION PASSING THROUGH HARD DAYS
Sinan Samil Sam, Turkish heavyweight professional boxer, who was hospitalized last Wednesday after he vomited blood, is still in the intensive care unit at 29 Mayis Hospital in Ankara. Doctors said that Sam's liver did not function properly as he has been drinking alcohol a lot recently. Sam's health condition is improving, doctors said. Sam is the winner of the EBU and WBC International titles in the heavyweight division.

WOMEN'S QUOTA CRISIS SOLVED
Women's quota crisis which took place at the 15th Extraordinary Congress of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Saturday was solved. Cankaya Election Board returned the objection that women's quota was not fulfilled in the party.

YENI SAFAK
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BIPOLAR CHP
District election board decided that there is no problem in "women quota". Now, chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu's tactician Gursel Tekin and actor of deep projects Suheyl Batum will shape the politics of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Kilicdaroglu will try to make politics between the two leadership candidates.

DERVIS EROGLU IN ANKARA FOR BY-PASS
President Dervis Eroglu of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) arrived in Ankara for a heart surgery by a plane sent by Turkish President Abdullah Gul. Eroglu said that he hoped to recover soon, and return to resume Cyprus talks.

HE'LL SELL PLANES FOR 120,000 EURO
Aydogan Koc, who studied space engineering in Germany, took action to produce two-seater planes. Koc said, "we will invest 30 million euro for the planes which will be used in military and civil aviation. We will produce 200 planes annually, and sell each of them for 120,000 euro."
 

VATAN
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ONLY YOUR NAME IS NOT ENOUGH
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan replied main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu who said "my name is Kemal, I do when I promise". Addressing people in the eastern province of Bitlis, Erdogan recalled that Kilicdaroglu promised to give 600 Turkish lira to housewives. Erdogan said, "you (CHP) have municipalities in southern province of Antalya and western province of Izmir. Give 600 lira to women there. You always say your name, but your name is not enough. Your selling hopes is not enough."

SAM IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Turkish boxer Samil Sam, who is the intercontinental heavyweight boxing champion, was taken to hospital at 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday when he bleed from his mouth. Boxing Federation's Chairman Eyup Gozgec said, "we are doing our best. Doctors are keeping him at intensive care unit as there is a risk."

CUMHURIYET
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TAI AND TEI TO LEAD MANUFACTURE OF FIRST TURKISH WAR PLANE
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Turkish Engine Industries (ÜEI) will lead the manufacture of first Turkish war plane. Defense Industry Executive Board convened last week and National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said after the meeting that they decided to start the project to manufacture the country's first war plane. TEI and TAI will concentrate on the project for the first national war plane.

HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIGHT
Some people, who conducted illegal excavations in the southern province of Kahramanmaras, unearthed several mosaics by chance. It was revealed that the mosaics belonged to the lost archaic city of Germenicia.

RADIKAL
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CONTROVERSY ON WOMEN'S QUOTA SOLVED
The main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) congress was held in Ankara on Sunday. Some in CHP applied to the Cankaya District Election Board early Sunday, requesting that the elections be annulled over allegations that the women's quota had not been fulfilled. But the board ruled that there was no violation of the party's internal regulations and dismissed the objection.

IT IS HARD TO LOWER TAX ON GASOLINE
Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek admitted that tax on gasoline is high in Turkey and implied that it was hard to lower tax. Simsek said, "we are exerting efforts to increase share of direct taxes. If we succeed in it, we will drop indirect taxes in the coming years."
 

HURRIYET
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"TURKEY IS RIGHT"
President Bashar al-Asad of Syria said in an interview with the Hurriyet daily that Turkey was very successful in its efforts to handle the process following the Israeli raid on an the flotilla. Turkey is right, he said. Al-Asad also extended support to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's project for removal of visa proceedings among Turkey, Lebanon and Syria.

NEW TURKISH DICTIONARY
Professor Sukru Haluk Akalin, chairman of the Turkish Language Institute, will give a special edition of the most comprehensive dictionary of Turkish language ever to President Abdullah Gul as a gift. The dictionary includes 92,292 words.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: TURKEY'S ECONOMY HAS BEEN GOING GREAT BUT THERE IS A FINANCIAL CONUNDRUM
The Wall Street Journal wrote that Turkey's economy had been going great guns this year but things were starting to get a bit bumpy. Recalling that Turkish Central Bank's Monetary Policy Committee made some decisions to simultaneously slow booming credit growth and curb the inflows of hot money, the newspaper said, "some have praised the Central Bank's boldness, acknowledging that rate-setters are in a tough spot trying to square competing objectives. Others are less sanguine, warning that the abrupt shift in policy calls the bank's credibility into question.

MILLIYET
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CYBER SHIELD FROM GOVERNMENT
The government is preparing a law on "cyber threat" which was included National Security Policy Document after WikiLeaks disclosures. A law has been preparing for establishment of National Intelligence Security Board. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be chairman of the board which will take measures against electronic interventions that might endanger state security. A special security center will also be established to monitor cyber threats.

TRNC PRESIDENT UNDERGOES CARDIAC SURGERY IN ANKARA
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Dervis Eroglu underwent cardiac surgery in Ankara on Sunday.

CHAMPION IN INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Sinan Samil Sam, Turkish heavyweight professional boxer, who has been in intensive care unit due to a problem in his liver, is in good condition now. As a professional boxer, Sam won the EBU and WBC International titles in the heavyweight division.

SABAH
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TEKIN SAVES HIS SEAT
Gursel Tekin, who received the least number of votes during the 15th extraordinary convention of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), was able to enter party assembly when Cankaya district election board rejected the quota objection. Tekin is expected to be the deputy chairman.

REPORT CHALLENGING THE TABOOS
Sabah reached the bold report on Kurdish problem which was presented to President Abdullah Gul by Prof. Vamik Volkan. Volkan, who is a worldwide expert in solution of clashes, visited Cankaya Presidential Palace last week to present his report prepared by compiling 70 proposals. The report says: "Kurdish language can be an elective course in some regions. Autonomy should be opened to debate. Turkish oath can be given up. Sense of common nation should be developed. Concerns of Turks should be eliminated."
 

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