Turkish Defense Industry Executive Committee made a historic decision in its last meeting on December 15, 2010. Turkey will manufacture its own tank and vessel engine. Talks will be held on research & development budget worth 150 million U.S. dollars.
METEOROLOGY OFFICIALS WARN PEOPLE AGAINST COLD WEATHER
Temperatures will drop by 3-5 degrees Celsius in central and eastern regions of the country. Temperatures will decrease to minus 2 degrees in western province of Izmir, minus 8 degrees Celsius in Ankara and minus 20 degrees in eastern province of Erzurum, officials from Meteorology Department said. Officials also warned citizens against icy roads especially in central and eastern parts of the country.
ANATOLIA UNDER SNOW
A great portion of Anatolia is under snow. Roads to 1,400 villages all across Turkey have been closed due to heavy snowfall.
COMPLAINTS WITH NEIGHBORHOOD POLICE MAY BE FILED VIA INTERNET
Turkey's Interior Ministry is carrying police services to the internet. Accordingly, citizens will be able to file complaints with the neighborhood police via the internet.
TURMOIL FORCES SABANCI FOR RECESS AT TWO PLANTS IN EGYPT
Turkey's Sabanci Group said it will go on a week of shutdown at two of its plants based in Egypt due to political turmoil in the country. Sabanci said bus and coach manufacturer Temsa Global plant and industrial fabrics and cords manufacturer Kordsa Global plant will have a week of recess.
AL JAZEERA OFFERS HALF PRICE FOR STATE-SEIZED TV STATION
Al Jazeera Turk on Monday placed a $21 million bid in a tender for the sale of a national TV station, which had been seized by Turkey's savings deposit insurance fund. The Qatar-based news network was the sole bidder in the tender for the sale of the TV channel, CINE 5, once owned by bankrupt media mogul, Erol Aksoy. Al Jazeera's offer is almost half of the initial price the Turkish fund sought. The $21 million bid is set to be referred to a higher board, which would decide either to bargain further or close the auction as is. February 4 has been set as the date for further bargaining in case the board opts to carry on with the sale of the TV station.
INTELLIGENCE REPORT REVEALS ASSASSINATION PLOT AGAINST TURKISH PREMIER
Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) has said a plot to kill Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in 2007 was foiled. An intelligence report sent to Erdogan's office on July 24, 2007 --just two days after Erdogan's AK Party won a sweeping 47 percent victory at general elections-- said two Chechen nationals had arrived in Istanbul to kill the Turkish premier on July 22. The report said the two Chechens had acted on orders they received from a retired Turkish colonel based in Bulgaria, the alleged suspect who also gave the order of an attack in May 2006 on Turkey's top administrative court, which killed a senior judge and wounded several others. The report cited another retired Turkish colonel, by the name Zekeriya Ozturk, who allegedly hired an apartment in a building on a street in Istanbul's Kisikli district where some of Erdogan's relatives also lived, adding that "two bricks were removed from the wall" in one of the apartment's rooms that faced the street. The report said the plot was aimed at forcing the armed forces for a military takeover. Acting on the intelligence report, Erdogan and his family arrived in Antalya on July 26 and checked in a hotel for a four-day stay. Erdogan has skipped a Friday prayer --which he usually observes-- on the alleged assassination day.
RISK OF MAJOR ISTANBUL EARTHQUAKE BY 2030 64 PERCENT
Head of an Istanbul-based earthquake research center has said the chances that Turkey's largest city might face a magnitude 7 quake by 2030 was 64 percent. Dr. Dogan Kalafat from the Kandilli Observatory has said a major earthquake of the same magnitude might hit the city with 75 percent probability within the next 50 years and with 95 percent probability within the next 90 years.
MULTINATIONAL TURKISH COMPANIES
Multinational Turkish companies have direct assets worth 31.4 billion USD in foreign countries. The Kadir Has University's Department of Economics carried out a survey on 19 multi-national Turkish companies in cooperation with Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), New York Columbia University's Vale Center Columbia (VCC) and KPMG. According to the survey, the abroad sale volume of multi-national Turkish companies is 14.7 billion USD. These 19 companies have 396 affiliates in six continents and employ 89,946 people abroad. The companies listed in the survey are Sabanci Holding, Dogus Group, Enka, Turkcell, Calik Holding, Turkish Petroleum Corporation, Koc Holding, Sisecam, Tekfen Holding, Dogan Holding, Alarko Group, TAV Holding, Zorlu Enerji Group, Orhan Holding, Eczacibasi Holding, Borusan Holding, Yildiz Holding, Eroglu Holding and Celebi Holding.
ITU UNDERGRADUATES IN CERN
Undergraduates from the Department of Physics Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) visited European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) whose main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research. Erhan Emirhan, lecturer at Department of Physics Engineering, said that they had opportunity to see new technical developments in CERN.
ARABS' NEW WORLD TO RESEMBLE TURKEY, PROF. KHALID SAYS
A close friend of U.S. President Barack Obama and a Political Scientist from Columbia University, Prof. Rashid Khalid, said that Turkey had a crucial role in the region. "A democratic Arabic world will resemble the democracy of Turkey. The new Arabic world would be more assertive and be less willing to accept Israel's demands. The new Arabic world would also be more independent," Prof. Khalid said.
TURKS INVEST 31 BILLION USD OVERSEAS
Multi-national Turkish companies have invested 31.4 billion USD overseas as of the end of 2008. Their sales volume overseas was recorded as 14.7 billion USD. There are 19 Turkish companies with investments of more than 100 million USD each overseas. These Turkish companies employ 89,946 people overseas.
Ekmeleddin Ihasanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), said regarding protests in Egypt that he hoped that democratic demands would be met in Egypt as soon as possible. Ihsanoglu said that the country needed a peaceful transition period. A democratic constitution should be prepared, parliamentary election should be held in the country soon, judiciary freedom should be secured and the opposition should be represented in the new government, he said.
FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN TURKEY
There will be snow and cold weather in almost all regions in Turkey this week. Temperatures will drop by 3-5 degrees Celsius in central Anatolia and eastern parts of the country. Temperatures will decrease to minus 2 degrees in western province of Izmir, minus 8 degrees Celsius in Ankara and minus 20 degrees in eastern province of Erzurum, officials from Meteorology Department said. Officials also warned citizens against icy roads especially in central and eastern parts of the country.
BEFORE IT GETS TOO LATE!
Bars of 24 provinces, including the major ones like in Ankara and Istanbul, released a joint statement under the title "before it gets too late", and criticised the process of change in jurisdiction. The statement said, "a high jurisdiction is wanted to be created for the government by increasing the number of members in the Court of Appeals and the Council of State in an unusual way."
'RED' MAGAZINE FROM 1,000 WOMEN
1,000 women who are well-known names of Turkish business, politics and art world such as Umit Boyner, Umran Beba, Gulseren Onanc and Nur Ger, took action to publish a magazine as 'Colorful Red'. Each woman will give 1,000 Turkish lira (TL) and establish a company with one million TL of capital which will release the magazine. The target is one million circulation. Men will not be able to contribute to the capital, but they will be subscribers if they want.
64 PERCENT POSSIBILITY OF EARTHQUAKE IN ISTANBUL IN NEXT 20 YEARS
Dr. Dogan Kalafat from Kandilli Observatory said that the possibility of an earthquake measuring 7 in Richter scale in Istanbul was 64 percent within the next 20 years. Kalafat also assessed the statement of Prof. Halilov who said, "there is a high possibility that a strong quake will hit Istanbul and western province of Izmir between 2011 and 2015". Kalafat said, "there is not such a technology which predicts the earthquake before it happens. Even Japanese people focused on constructing strong buildings instead of predicting the quakes."
ORDER FOR ASSASSINATION FROM RETIRED COLONEL
Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) said that there was a plan for the assassination of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the year 2007. The order for the assassination of Erdogan came from a retired colonel of Turkish origin in Bulgaria.
LONGEST DAY IN EGYPT
Egyptian city of Alexandria will host the political rally of "one million men" on Tuesday. The rally is expected to determine the future of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A strategy expert from the United States, Zbigniew Brzezinski, said that the Egyptian administration can take Turkey as a role model in which the army is the protector of democracy.
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