TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 4

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 4, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 4

TURKIYE
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NIGERIA INVITES TOKI AS WELL
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was very impressed by the residences built by Turkey's Housing Development Administration (TOKI) in capital Ankara's Eryaman neighborhood. Jonathan called on TOKI to carry out residential projects in Nigeria.

ERDOGAN SAYS ANTI-TURKEY DEMONSTRATION IN TRNC IS PROVOCATIVE
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the anti-Turkey slogans chanted at a demonstration held in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to protest the Turkish Cypriot government's recent economic measures. Erdogan said that the demonstration was a provocative act.

ZAMAN
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EU SUPPORTS JUDICIARY REFORM
Following the remarks of the European Court of Human Rights and the Venice Commission, the European Commission and the European Parliament have also expressed their support for Turkey's judiciary reforms. Releasing a statement, the Commission described the reform process as a "relevant and accurate" step. Co-chair Helene Flautre of the EU- Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee also said that Turkey's regulations on the matter were parallel to the Union's demands.

TURKEY'S FIRST MEDALS AT UNIVERSIADE COMES IN FIGURE SKATING
Turkey's national athletes competing at the 25th Winter Universiade Games won two silver medals. Alper Ucar and Alisa Agafonova, who achieved a great success at the "Ice Dance Free Dance" category in figure skating, got 127.13 points in total and won the silver medal.

YENI SAFAK
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ULKER EAGER TO BUY DOGAN MEDIA GROUP
Turkish food and soft drinks company Ulker Group has confirmed that it was willing to buy Dogan Media Holding. A financial services venture with Yildiz Holding, the flagship company of the Ulker Group, said in a statement on Thursday that it was part of consortium with U.S.-based asset manager Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to buy stakes of the Dogan Media Holding.

VODAFONE TURKEY SERVICE INCOMES IN Q3 2010 UP 31.7 PERCENT
Vodafone Turkey on Thursday said its service incomes in Q3 in 2010 went up 31.7 percent over the same period a year earlier, becoming the fastest growing operator within Vodafone Europe. The number of subscribers increased by 1 million to reach 16.7 million with 4.1 million of them were post-paid subscribers. Voice traffic was up by 21 percent to 12.8 billion minutes and its average revenue per user reached 17.8 Turkish liras (slightly over ten U.S. dollars) that marked a 24 percent rise. The company said revenue from data traffic saw a powerful 155 percent increase, providing 1.8 million of its subscribers with mobile access to the Internet. The operator also said a total of 1.8 million mobile phone users switched to Vodafone since number portability was introduced in Turkey, adding that its net promoter score was 18 higher than that of its closest competitor.

VATAN
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TURKEY INFLATION AT LOWEST IN 42 YEARS
Turkey's statistics authority, TurkStat, on Thursday put consumer price index for January at 0.41 percent and producer price index at 2.36 percent. It said the annual inflation rate was 4.9 percent, the lowest Turkey has seen since 1969. Annual inflation rate in producer prices in agriculture sector was 15 percent.

OVER TWENTY TURKS KILLED IN IRAN IN ONE YEAR
Iranian guards have killed over the last one year more than 20 Turks who crossed the border illegally. The latest incident came as two Turkish teenagers were shot dead as they tried to smuggle diesel fuel into Turkey.
CUMHURIYET
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BLACK DAY IN ANKARA
Turkey, a country of work accidents and negligence, has been shaken by two explosions at an industrial zone in capital Ankara yesterday morning and evening. A total of 12 workers died in the blasts.
According to initial information, the first explosion at a machinery factory with no operation license was caused by oxygen cylinders. Six people lost their lives in the incident. The second explosion, which took place at a thinner & paint factory, killed 6 workers and wounded 8 others.

INFLATION LIES IN AMBUSH
January's inflation rate was both pleasing and alarming. As the decrease in consumer prices dragged down the annual inflation rate, high producer prices gave rise to concerns about the future. The latest discounts in clothing sector paved the way for a low inflation rate, officials said.

RADIKAL
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POLICE CLASH WITH PROTESTORS IN TURKISH CAPITAL
Police sprayed tear gas and fired water cannon on demonstrators protesting a draft labor law in Turkey's capital city, Ankara, on Thursday. Riot police did not allow protestors to march to the parliament.

COURT CLEARS LAWMAKER FROM CHARGES FOR SPEAKING IN KURDISH AT PARLIAMENT
Ahmet Turk, a former lawmaker with the defunct Democratic Society Party, was exonerated by an Ankara court from charges pressed after a speech he made in Kurdish at the Turkish parliament a year ago. Prosecutors demanded prison terms for Turk, accusing him of violating Turkey's political parties law. Court cleared Turk from charges citing his then legislative immunities. 

HURRIYET
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ARAB LEADERS EXPOSED, SAYS TURKISH FM
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wikileaks disclosures had blown up and exposed foreign policies of the Arab leaders, so much so that people's confidence to their leaders had been shaken. "Just as the rest of the world, the Middle East has seen a communication revolution. In the past there were only state-run TV stations and semi-official newspapers. But now there are hundreds of private TV networks and independent dailies. Societies realized that there is more to what they think the world is about," Davutoglu told daily HURRIYET.

BLASTS KILL 14 IN TURKISH CAPITAL
Two powerful explosions, just hours apart, at an industrial zone in the Turkish capital, Ankara, killed at least 14 people and injured scores. Six people were killed and 34 others were wounded in the first blast at around 11.45 a.m. at a machinery factory in the Ostim industrial zone, causing two storeys of the four-storey building to collapse. Two people were still believed to be trapped under the rubble. The second explosion hit another factory in the evening at the same industrial neighborhood, killing at least 8 people, wounding 14. Ten to twelve people were trapped inside the factory building engulfed in flames.

MILLIYET
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IT IS ANKARA, NOT CAIRO
The Turkish capital city was shaken by two disasters yesterday. Scenes from the explosions at Ankara's OSTIM industrial zone resembled the chaos in Egypt. Six people were killed in the first explosion, while search teams managed to reach nine bodies in the second blast. Officials have run out of hopes for those trapped under the rubble.

TWO PARLIAMENTS, ELECTED GOVERNORS
A couple of days ago, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had stated that implementation of a presidential system in Turkey would yield good results. Erdogan has now pointed out to the two-parliament system and elected governors in the United States.
"I do not consider presidency a system that excludes the parliament. There is no rule that all demands of the president would be fulfilled. On the contrary, there are two parliaments. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate decide on matters," Erdogan said.

SABAH
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RECORD AFTER 41 YEARS
After 29 governments and 6 presidents, Turkey saw its lowest inflation rate last month. The inflation monster, which has been holding the economy in its claws for years, returned to old days. Annual inflation was below 5 percent again in January. The last time inflation was below such level was July, 1970.

LIFE & DEATH SITUATION IN ANKARA
Turkey's capital city was shaken by two explosions yesterday. Ankara's OSTIM industrial zone, which is home to nearly 5,000 companies and tens of thousands of workers, turned into a battlefield. The first explosion at OSTIM took place at a manufacturing plant where at least 60 people worked. Six people died and 34 were wounded in the blast. Officials said two people were still missing.
The second explosion occurred in the evening. The LPG tank of a parked vehicle exploded, triggering a fire at a nearby thinner factory. Nine workers died terribly in the blast, as 20 others were injured.

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