CHP'S TOPRAK PRAISES AK PARTY
A new member of the Republican People's Party's (CHP) Party Assembly, Binnaz Toprak, has praised the Justice and Development (AK) Party. Toprak said the AK Party managed the Turkish economy well. "National income increased and the Turkish economy grew despite the global financial crisis during the AK Party rule," Toprak said.
ERZURUM TO TAKE STAGE
The eastern province of Erzurum is preparing itself to be the center for winter sports. To date, Turkey made investments worth 675 million Turkish Liras (TL) in Erzurum in preparations for the Winter Universiade Games. Turkey aims to make Erzurum a major tourist destination.
ASSAILANTS OF MUMCU AND OKKAN STILL NOT FOUND
Journalist Ugur Mumcu, who was killed in a bomb attack in front of his house, and police chief Gaffar Okkan, who lost his life in an armed attack, were commemorated on their death anniversaries. Mumcu's and Okkan's relatives demand that the assailants be found as soon as possible.
MILITARY TEAMS BURNT SOME PIECES OF HELICOPTER
The State Inspection Board (DDK), which investigated the helicopter crash in which Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazicioglu lost his life upon President Abdullah Gul's instruction, completed its report. According to the report posted on the presidential web-site, a high amount of carbon dioxide was found in the blood of pilot and passengers, the reason of which could not be explained.
ERZURUM READY FOR WINTER UNIVERSIADE GAMES
State Minister Faruk Nafiz Ozak said that Turkey's eastern province of Erzurum was ready for the upcoming Winter Universiade Games. Speaking to reporters in Erzurum, Ozak said delegations from the countries to participate in the games had arrived in the city. "The city is ready, we are ready," he said. The minister also noted that games would kick off with a spectacular ceremony on January 27.
ERDOGAN SAYS KILICDAROGLU HAS TO PROVE HIS CLAIMS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly reacted to recent claims by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu that the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party was cooperating with Hezbollah. Erdogan said that linking his party to a terrorist group was "tactlessness." Premier Erdogan said that Kilicdaroglu had to prove his claims.
THEY WANTED ME TO KILL HER BUT I REFUSED, OCALAN
A book on the head of terrorist organization PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, mentioned remarks by Ocalan that he received an offer from certain bureaucrats to kill the then Turkish Prime Minister Tansu Ciller in 1996. Ocalan said, according to the book, that he refused such an offer.
TURKS MAKE 30 P.C. OF ALL SPENDING BY CREDIT CARDS
Turks made 30 percent of all their spending in 2010 by credit cards. Turks spent 236 billion Turkish Liras (TL) by credit cards in 2010. 64 credit card transactions took place in a second in Turkey in 2010.
WE WANT JUSTICE
Cumhuriyet journalist Ugur Mumcu, who was killed in a bomb attack on January 24, 1993, was commemorated. Mumcu family complained that Ugur Mumcu's killing still remained one of the many "unsolved murders" in Turkey and assailants could not be found for 18 years. Many people including the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu attended a ceremony at Ugur Mumcu Park to commemorate Mumcu. Kilicdaroglu said that the state did not fulfil its task on the matter.
NEW MOVE FROM GOVERNMENT
The government submitted a draft law which foresees establishment of new chambers in Supreme Court of Appeals and Council State to the parliament. According to the draft law, the number of members of Supreme Court will be increased to 387 from 250 and the number of chambers will be risen to 38 from 32. The number of members of Council of State will be increased to 156 from 95 and the number of chambers will be risen to 15 from 13, the bill foresees.
TURKISH PLANE HAD A CLOSE CALL
Domodedovo Airport in the Russian capital Moscow was hit by a suicide attack on Monday. At least 35 people died and 145 others were wounded. Istanbul plane took off from the airport half an hour before the blast that hit the airport at 4:30 p.m.
LAWMAKER'S BONE BROKEN COINCIDENTALLY
Sevahir Bayindir, a lawmaker from the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) broke her femur (thighbone), due to intervention of police. Interior Ministry inspectors said broken bone was "just a coincidence." According to inspectors, there is no need for an administrative procedure.
CROSS-BORDER FOR BLACKMAILER
Turkish authorities asked for the assistance of the United States to catch a person who takes pornographic photographs of a 17-year-old girl with blackmail, and who then posted the photos on the internet. A 30-year-old person who was living in Istanbul meets a 17-year-old girl who was having education in the northwestern province of Kirklareli three years ago. O.M. seized the mail address of the girl, and told her that he knew all personal information of the girl, and he blackmailed the girl saying that he would hack her computer if she did not get naked when chatting. When O.M. recorded the girl's images and posted on a web-site, the girl lodged a complaint, and police found the IP address of O.M. Then police asked for assistance of the United States since the server was in Kansas.
7 KG TNT
Explosives equivalent to 7 kilograms of TNT shed blood in Russia's biggest airport Domodedovo, killing 36 and wounding 170. Before the attack, terrorist who detonated the bomb at the international flights terminal shouted as, "you will all die." People who come to welcome their friends and relatives at the international terminal can enter the building without any security check.
An AnadoluJet aircraft landed at the airport one-and-a-half hours before the blast, and took off from the airport before the explosion, which saved the passengers of the Turkish plane from a great disaster. There are no Turks among the injured.
IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE 18 YEARS LATER
Journalist-writer Ugur Mumcu, who was killed in a bomb attack, was commemorated with ceremonies on the 18th anniversary of his demise. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who attended the ceremony in front of Ugur Mumcu's house in Ankara where he was murdered, offered his sorrow to Mumcu's wife Guldal Mumcu, who is the deputy speaker of Turkish parliament, her daughter Ozge and son Ozgur. Kilicdaroglu said, "the state has not fulfilled its responsibilities so far."
DO WE HAVE TO CHOOSE KARS AS CAPITAL OF CULTURE?
Helene Flautre, the co-chairperson of Turkish-European Union (EU), paid a visit to Mehmet Aksoy, the sculptor of the "Humanity Monument" in the eastern province of Kars, which was described as "freak" by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Flautre made a joke as saying that Kars should be chosen as the European Capital of Culture in order to save the sculptures.
UGUR MUMCU COMMEMORATED
Slain journalist Ugur Mumcu was commemorated on the 18th anniversary of his death. A commemoration ceremony was held in Ugur Mumcu park in Ankara's Gaziosmanpasa district, where Mumcu's house is located. Many people attended the ceremony. Mumcu was killed by a bomb planted in his automobile on January 24, 1993. The assailants still remain unknown.
NEW WAVE IN HIGH JUDICIARY
A new draft law on judiciary submitted by the government to the parliament will reshape structure of Supreme Court of Appeals and Council of State. The draft law includes several radical regulations. According to the bill, the number of people working in chambers of Supreme Court of Appeals will be increased. The number of members of the Court will be increased to 387 from 250, the bill foresees. The number of members of the Council of State will also be risen to 156 from 95.
TURKEY PREPARING SPACE STATION
Turkey has allocated 150 million Turkish Liras (TL) to send an astronaut to space. Turkish Air Force has drawn a road map for the next decade on efforts to go to space. Turkey began works for a space station.
WE HAVE FOUND FUNDS IF THE OFFER IS SERIOUS
Venezuela's offer to Turkey to provide "oil in exchange of trade" could be a solution to Turkey's current account deficit problem and high costs of oil. If the offer made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is implemented, Turkey could buy a barrel of oil for about 40 USD. A Turkish delegation will travel to Caracas, Venezuela on February 10 to discuss Venezuela's offer.
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