TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 3

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 3, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 3

TURKIYE
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MARMARAY TO BE CONCLUDED IN 2013
Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim had breakfast with the workers of Marmaray, 42 meters under the waters of the Bosphorus.
The minister, who entered Marmaray from the station in Uskudar, walked through 900 meters.
Yildirim said Istanbul started the count down for Marmaray, saying people would be able to enter from Yenikapi and go out from Uskudar by the end of February.
He said Istanbul will start to use Marmaray on October 23, 2013.

CARDIACS AND CANCER PATIENTS TO BE TREATED IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS WITHOUT GIVING EXTRA MONEY
Turkey made another important step in health. According to a circular of Ministry of Health, private hospitals will not demand extra money from citizens in treatment of diseases extending from cancer to cardiac diseases and from birth to intensive care.

CITY WHICH FOREIGNERS WANT TO SEE THE MOST
Istanbul, the intersection point of the continents, is the most favorite city of the world. The U.S. citizens, who the New York Times asked where they want to see the most, said "Istanbul".
The British said "capital of Europe", while commenting on the megacity.

ZAMAN
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HERE ARE THE SLEDGEHAMMER COUP PLAN CDS
New evidence has came to light, discrediting the claims of the daughter and son in law of Cetin Dogan,--the number one suspect of the Sledgehammer Coup Plot--, who suggested "the CDS were fabricated".
The fingerprints and handwriting on the 19 CDs which make the strongest evidence in the case show the CD's were recorded in 2003.
According to civil servants Melek Uctepe and Sivilay Erkani Bulut, who testified to a military prosecutor admit they prepared the 19 CDs.
The two also said the user name of the CDs was their own registration number for retirement. "The CD that showed a note as K. Ozel was supposed to be presented to the head of the 1st Army,? Bulut noted. Tubitak and Criminal Investigation of the Police confirm that the Sledgehammer CDs were prepared in 2003 and were not altered afterwards.

BESIKTAS'S THREE STARS ARRIVE
Hundreds of Besiktas supporters, welcomed, Portuguese soccer players Hugo Almeida, Simao Sabroza and Manuel Fernandes, who came to Istanbul with the private jet of Besiktas President Yildirim Demiroren. The Crowd caused a stampede at the Ataturk Airport and the glass gates were broken.

YENI SAFAK
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WE ARE READY FOR EU IN 2014
State Minister & chief negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis said that Turkey would be ready to become a full member of the EU by the end of 2013. "The EU cannot take any political steps because of impacts of the global financial crisis. We have a national program. And we will be ready to become a full member of the EU in 2014. What is important for us for the time being is to catch the Union's standards," he said.

BOMB PANIC
Flight attendants found a note reading, "there is a bomb and it is going to go off after 45 minutes" on board the Turkish Airlines (THY) plane flying from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to Istanbul. The plane safely landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and passengers were evacuated. Security forces searched the plane, but could not found the bomb.

DESIRE FOR ISTANBUL
The New York Times daily asked its readers where they wanted to travel the most in 2010. Most of readers chose Istanbul. Istanbul was followed by Colombia, Seoul, Costa Rica and New York.
 

VATAN
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BOMB PANIC
A flight attendant found a note reading, "there is a bomb and it is going to go off after 45 minutes" on board the Turkish Airlines (THY) plane which took off from the airport in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) at 6:30 p.m. for Istanbul. Pilot of the plane did not say anything not to panic 106 passengers on board the plane. But he requested landing priority and emergency help from officials at the Ataturk Airport. The plane safely landed at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at 8:13 p.m. Fire-fighting teams and ambulances were deployed near the plane. Passengers were evacuated fastly. Security forces searched the plane, but could not found the bomb.

NEW TRANSFERS OF BESIKTAS IN ISTANBUL
Turkish soccer club Besiktas' new transfers Almeida, Simao and Fernandes have arrived in Istanbul. Some 2 thousand supporters of the soccer club rushed to the airport to welcome the Portuguese players. Quaresma also arrived in Istanbul together with Almeida, Simao and Fernandes.

CUMHURIYET
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ALEVIS TO TAKE ACTION FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
The Alevi Congress will convene in Ankara on January 15 and 16. Head of the Haci Bektash Veli Foundation said the fundamental problem for the Alevi population was that they were not given the rights enjoyed by other religous groups.

DENIZFENERI PROSECUTORS IN GERMANY
Ankara Public Prosecutor Nadi Turkaslan and his team, who are carrying out the Turkish leg of the Denizfeneri e.V. investigation in Germany, will examine 700 dossiers in 10 days during their stay in Frankfurt. The three prosecutors will be accompanied by a translator and an IT expert. When the statements that they will take are taken into consideration, 10 days will not be enough, officials say.

RADIKAL
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12.5 KM WIRE FENCE TO ENCLOSE TURKEY-GREECE BORDER
Greece is getting ready to enclose 12.5 kilometers part of its land border with Turkey with barbed wire fence to prevent illegal passages.
Around 300,000 illegal migrants were reported to be living on the territories of Greece.
The barbed wire will start from Pazarkule Border Gate and continue till Oristiada and Dimetoka region.

BREAKFAST TABLE IN MARMARAY
Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim had the first sunday breakfast of 2011 42 meters below the Bosphorus.
Yildirim said Marmaray Project, which will unite railway lines in European and Asian sides from Halkali to Gebze under the Bosphorus was gradually concluded.
Yildirim said Marmaray would be under the service of residents of Istanbul on October 29, 2013, the 90th anniversary of the Turkish Republic.
 

HURRIYET
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MARMARAY TO MAKE FIRST RUN ON NOVEMBER 29
Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim had breakfast with Marmaray workers 42 meters below the sea. Yildirim said, "We will open the Marmaray project to the service of residents of Istanbul for the 90th anniversary of the Republic on October 29, 2013."

CORNCERNED CITIZENS SHOULD RAISE THEIR VOICES
Republican People's Party Member Prof. Binnaz Toprak said, "social changes have always came around when concerned people raised their voices."
"I have been uneasy for a long time because AK Party has been strengthening its hold, it has been uncompromising, it has shown intolerance for the opposition, it has became more authoritarian as it gained power," said Binnaz.

MILLIYET
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MP REACTION TO CHRISMAS DECORATION
Justice & Development (AK) Party Parliamentarian Gonul Bekin Sahkulubey showed reaction to shopkeepers who were decorating their shops in southeastern province of Mardin, the symbol city of multiculturalism. Sahkulubey said, "don't be estranged from your souls while trying to get modernized."

GENERALS ARE BEHIND SMUGGLED CIGARETTES
Smuggling and Organized Crimes Unit, tracing 30,000 smuggled cigarettes that entered from Dogubeyazit, reached interesting addresses.
According to this, the smuggled cigarette parcels were delivered to some officers assigned in garrison command in eastern province of Agri and from there sent to Igdir, Erzurum, Kars, Erzincan, Manisa and Ankara by cargo military vehicles.

SABAH
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HERE ARE PKK'S DOCUMENTS
Some documents were found proving that the PKK terrorist organization collected money illegally from people in southeastern Turkey. The receipts includes threats against businessmen: "if you do not want to be subject to any undesirable thing, you have to do what you are asked to do." Security forces seized 250 receipts amounting to 2 million TL.

TURKISH CANDIDATE FOR OSCE LEADERSHIP
Turkey, which has so far led many international organizations, named Ambassador Ersin Ercin as candidate for the new secretary-general of the 56-member Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou extended support to Ercin, who is currently acting as Turkey's Ambassador to Brazil. There is no any other candidates so far.
 

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