2011 TO BE YEAR OF FOREIGN INVESTMENTS IN TURKEY, ERDOGAN SAYS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "2011 would be the year of foreign investments in Turkey". "Unemployment rates in Turkey will go down in the new year. Our goal is to make Turkey one of the 10 biggest economies of the world in 2023, the year when Turkey will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic," Erdogan said.
FREE TICKET TO LAST AND FIRST PASSENGER
The last passenger of the Turkish Airlines (THY) in 2010, on the way to Italy, received a free two-way ticket. Also, THY's first passenger in 2011, coming from Canada, was presented with a free two-way ticket.
FIRST MURDER, FIRST ACCIDENT, FIRST TOURISTS
The new year's first deadly traffic accident took place in north-western province of Istanbul. The new year's first murder took place in central Anatolian province of Eskisehir. A group of Germans visiting the south-western province of Antalya were the first tourists visiting Turkey in the new year.
JOBS FOR 26,000 DISABLED PEOPLE
The Turkish government will employ 26,625 disabled people for various positions in 2011. By the end of 2011, the number of disabled individuals working for the Turkish government will reach 48,000.
VISA LIBERALIZATION AGREEMENT MAY BE SIGNED IN 2011, AZERBAIJANI AMBASSADOR
Azerbaijani Ambassador in Ankara, Faig Bagirov, said that Turkey and Azerbaijan may sign a visa liberalization agreement in 2011. Ambassador Bagirov said that "certain circles who do not like Turkey and Azerbaijan are trying to hurt the relations between Turkey and Azerbaiajan. We should not let them have the opportunity to hurt our relations".
"12 GIANT MEN" TARGET EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP AND OLYMPICS
After having completed the 2010 World Basketball Championship in the second place, the Turkish National Basketball Team wants to win the European Championship in 2011. The team's manager Harun Erdenay said that they wanted to finish the European Championship in the top two spots in order to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
SUPER LEAGUE TEAMS PREFER ANTALYA FOR CAMPS
18 soccer teams competing in the Spor Toto Super League will have their camps in south-western province of Antalya during the winter recess. Antalya is a favorite destination of sports teams due to its good weather and excellent facilities.
"YUKSEK SADAKAT" AT EUROVISION
Turkish rock band "Yuksek Sadakat" will represent Turkey at the 56th Eurovision Song Contest to be hosted by Germany. Semi-finals for the competition will be held in Dusseldorf on May 10-12, as the great final will take place on May 14.
PRODUCTION GIANT CHINA BLINKS AT TURKEY
China, the world's biggest automotive manufacturer, is seeking ways to invest in Turkey. The marketing manager of Chinese JAC Motors said that his company desired to open to the world via Turkey. The manager said JAC was currently holding talks with Turkish companies and it had sent two vehicles for trial to Turkey.
I SOLD 2,000 FLATS IN A WEEK, AGAOGLU SAYS
Chairman of the Executive Board of Agaoglu Group of Companies, Ali Agaoglu, said that he sold 2,000 flats in Istanbul in a week. Agaoglu said that Istanbul needed two million new residences annually.
"YUKSEK SADAKAT" RIGHT CHOICE, EXPERTS SAY
Rock band "Yuksek Sadakat" was chosen to represent Turkey at the Eurovision 2011 Song Contest in Germany. Experts in the music industry said that "Yuksek Sadakat" was the right choice and that they would be successful regardless of the language of their song.
CONSTITUTION MUST BE AMENDED FOLLOWING ELECTIONS, CICEK SAYS
Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said that the Turkish Constitution must be amended following the elections in June. "The current Constitution is the reason for certain tensions in the society. It definitely must be amended following the elections," Cicek said.
GERMAN DOCTOR IN PKK CAMP
One of the most prominent U.S. newspapers, the New York Times, went to Mount Qandil and conducted an interview with one of the leaders of terrorist organization PKK, Murat Karayilan. Journalist Steven Lee Myers' article said that a German doctor served in the PKK camp at Mount Qandil.
DEBTS AND PRICE INCREASES TO MAKE CITIZENS SWEAT
Citizens entered 2011 with a debt load of 469 billion Turkish liras (TL). In the new year, price increases in a series of areas such as public transportation and communication will hit the citizens with low and fixed-income who are already struggling with the pressure of debt.
TURKMEN NAMES FOR VICE-PERSIDENT
Prior to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Iraq, some circles voice claims that one of the vice-president posts in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, which was earlier envisaged to be given to a Kurdish official, will be given to Turkmens. Some leading Turkmen leaders' names are being considered for such post, sources said.
HISTORICAL PENINSULA NOW BELONGS TO PEDESTRIANS
A total of 90 avenues and streets located in Istanbul's historical peninsula have been closed to traffic as of yesterday. According to the decision of Istanbul Municipality's Transportation Coordination Center, these streets will be open to pedestrians only between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.. In the remaining hours, only official vehicles such as vehicles belonging to embassies, police forces, PTT, banks and fire brigade, as well as ambulances will be allowed to enter the region.
WE WILL NOT LET ANYBODY TO CARRY OUT ANY OPERATIONS ON TURKEY, ERDOGAN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "nobody would be allowed to carry out any operations on Turkey". Speaking to TRT Radio-1 and TRT FM in the first minutes of 2011, Erdogan assessed the year 2010 and revealed the policies to be implemented in 2011.
"Our nation can feel relieved. Nobody can do anything to our flag or our country," Erdogan said, adding they would never approve discrimination.
ERZURUM HAPPY TO RECEIVE SNOW
The north-eastern province of Erzurum, host of the 2011 Winter Universiade, began to receive heavy snowfall on Saturday. The snowfall made Universiade officials extremely happy. Snow thickness in down-town Erzurum was measured as 15 centimeters while snow thickness at the Palandoken Skiing Center was measured as 50 centimeters. Universiade games will take place between January 27 and February 6.
"YUKSEK SADAKAT" TO REPRESENT TURKEY AT EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Rock band "Yuksek Sadakat" will represent Turkey at the Eurovision 2011 Song Contest. The Contest will take place in Germany.
TURKEY TO RECEIVE LOAN OF 2.9 BLN USD FOR 6 SUBMARINES
Turkey will receive a loan of 2.9 billion USD for the production of six new submarines. The submarines will be made in Turkey.
FRENCH NEWSPAPER CHOOSES ERMAN KUNTER AS "MAN OF THE YEAR IN BASKETBALL"
French newspaper L'Equipe has chosen the Turkish Coach of Cholet basketball team, Erman Kunter, as "Man of the Year in Basketball". Kunter led his team to a league championship in France.
MEXICAN WALL TO GREEK BORDER
Greece, which has failed to stop entry of illegal migrants from Turkey, will construct a wall at some part of the Turkish-Greek border. The country will construct the wall along River Maritza in Thrace region where migrants cross the border the most. Greek Minister of Citizen Protection Christos Papoutsis said the wall will be 12.5 km long and it would resemble the fence at the U.S.-Mexican border.
ISTANBUL, FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION
In a poll conducted among the readers of the U.S. daily New York Times, Istanbul was selected the "best place to go in 2011". Colombia, Seoul and Costa Rica followed the Turkish city in the ranking.
WALL TO TURKISH-GREEK BORDER
Greek capital of Athens, in an effort to prevent entry of illegal migrants to the country, will build a barricade along its border with Turkey just like the U.S.-Mexican border fence. Greek Minister of Citizen Protection Christos Papoutsis said that his country would put into practice its plan on the construction of a fence along the 206-km Turkish-Greek border in a couple of days. Papoutsis said Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was determined on the issue, adding all the illegal migrants in Greece would also be deported soon.
ERDOGAN, MAN OF THE YEAR
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was ranked the first in a poll attended by the readers of CNN Arabic's web-site. Erdogan got votes of 74 percent of readers, as Syrian President Bashar al-Asad followed the Turkish premier in the ranking. Sources said the result proved Erdogan's rising position in the recent term.