EMPLOYMENT UP 1.5 MLN IN ONE YEAR
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said that employment in Turkey increased 1.5 million in February, 2010 when compared to February, 2009.
PROCEDURAL ASSESSMENT TO BE MADE ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PACKAGE
Turkey's Constitutional Court, which accepted the appeal of Republican People's Party to cancel the constitutional amendment package with nine against two votes, decided to make a procedural assessment on the package.
THREE PROFESSORS DIE IN ACCIDENT
Three professors from Istanbul University --Prof. Ahmet Hizal, Prof. Asuman Efe and Prof. Necdet Aral-- were killed in a traffic accident in the northwestern province of Bolu.
OVER DOZEN POLICE OFFICERS WOUNDED IN ROADSIDE BOMB ATTACK IN ISTANBUL
Fifteen police officers were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their bus in Istanbul. The bomb was detonated remotely when their bus was passing by. The wounded police officers were hospitalized with no serious injuries. Interior minister said no group had claimed responsibility for the attack.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION UP IN APRIL
Turkey's Industrial Index recorded a 17 percent year-on-year rise in April, 2010, the country's statistics authority, TurkStat, announced. The index has seen an uninterrupted increase since December 2009 as Turkish industry and trade minister described April figures as a proof for Turkey's rapid growth rate.
SOLITARY MAN OF ASIA
Israel was left alone in the Asian Summit. 21 countries condemned piracy terrorism and asked for establishment of an independent commission to investigate the violence.
Strong messages were relayed to Israel in Asian Summit. Russian Premier Vladimir Putin gave promises of support for Turkey to bring the matter onto the UN agenda.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "our sorrows will abate to some extent when the justice is served."
As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was speaking, Israeli Ambassador Gaby Levy, representing Israel, left the hall.
Levy was left in the rear row in the family photograph.
"It is not possible for us to forgive the attack," President Abdullah Gul said and referring to Israel he said, "all countries, except one, condemned the bloodshed and supported establishment of independent commission."
SHE IS MUSLIM FROM NOW ON
Tali Fahima, one of the leftists of Israel, preferred Islam. Fahima said she was very much affected by Sheikh Raed Salah, one of the volunteers in Blue Marmara, and said, "modesty of the sheikh invited me to Islam."
HIGH COURT ACCEPTS TO REVIEW CONSTITUIONAL AMENDMENTS
Turkey's highest court voted 9 to 2 in favor of reviewing a government-backed constitutional amendment package ahead of a referendum scheduled for September 12. The Constitutional Court is set to begin on July 5 discussing the case filed by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Two of the court's eleven judges voted in favor of the dismissal of the appeal in line with the view of a court rapporteur. The court said it would review the amendments in their form.
TURKEY PENALIZES GOOGLE 30 MILLION TL TAX FINE
Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said the Ministry of Finance fined search engine giant Google 30 million Turkish liras for tax evasion. Google has recently opened a branch in Turkey and appointed a country director. The search engine has made over $100 million from advertisements yet it is still not a tax payer in Turkey. "Google has to pay tax if it wants to continue to operate and make money in Turkey," Yildirim said.
MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER IN TURKEY ACCUSES PREMIER OF VOTE-HUNTING
Leader of the main opposition party in Turkey criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for using a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla for his own political gain. "Where were you when Baghdad was on fire, when they bombed children? He was planning to let U.S. military to launch attacks into Iraq from Turkish soil," said Kemal Kilicdaroglu referring to an earlier speech by Erdogan where he said "If Jerusalem is set on fire, Ankara is set on fire." "The elections are coming and the premier is getting anxious about it. He is trying to convert the Muslims in Gaza into votes," Kilicdaroglu said.
INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSES IN METROPOLIS, ONE DEAD
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, that spent 816 million TL in the past five years for infrastructure investments, could not solve this problem of the city. The municipality was defeated by snow in winter and by flood in the first rains of the summer.
One worker lost his life as Kurbagalidere flooded. More than 800 houses and work places were inundated. Many vehicles went down to water in main arterial roads and many accidents occurred.
EVERYBODY CONDEMNS EXCEPT ISRAEL
Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) turned into a meeting of reaction against Israel. However, no reference could be made to Israel in the final statement.
President Abdullah Gul showed reaction against Israel with "chairmanship statement". "All the members, except one country, condemned this act and supported establishment of independent international commission."
VERBAL CONDEMNATION TO ISRAEL
All members condemned Israel at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in Istanbul. Israel's raid to the ship Mavi Marmara was criticized during the CICA summit, however, there was no written condemnation in the summit's final declaration as Israel is also a member of the organization.
WEST SIDE UNDER FLOOD
June rains affected daily life negatively in Turkey's western regions, and particularly in Istanbul. "Kurbagalidere" stream at the Anatolian side of Istanbul overflowed its banks and a municipal worker lost his life as he was dragged away by the flood. Numerous houses and workplaces were also flooded. Meteorology experts said rain would continue today.
CASE ON CONSTITUTION ACCEPTED WITH 9 TO 2 VOTES
Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that there were no deficiencies in the appeal made by Republican People's Party (CHP) for the cancellation of the constitutional amendment package and decided to make a procedural assessment of it with 9 against 2 votes. The court also decided to hear the case in July the latest and conclude it as soon as possible.
LICENSE FOR NUCLEAR POWER PLANT COMPLETE
An agreement regarding the licensing and safety of the nuclear power plant to be constructed by Russia in Akkuyu was signed at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul yesterday. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Russian Deputy Premier Igor Sechin signed the historic agreement during a ceremony attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as well. Yildiz said that the agreement would be presented to the General Assembly of the Turkish parliament for approval in 2-3 weeks.
JUST ONE CREEK DOES IT
Creek Kurbagali in Asian part of Istanbul overflowed due to torrential rain. A worker with the municipality, who was dragged into wild waters, went missing. A similar disaster had happened in Istanbul again when Creek Ayamama overflowed last year, killing 23 people. This year, when Creek Kurbagali passing through districts of Kadikoy, Atasehir, Uskudar, Umraniye, Kartal, Pendik and Tuzla overflowed, many places were inundated. Mevlut Macit (45), a municipality worker, who joined water disposal efforts, fell into the river, and disappeared in the water. Meanwhile, laboratory of Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty became disfunctional as its ground collapsed due to flood.
CONDEMNATION WITH PLAN B
A condemnation against Israel after its attack on Mavi Marmara aid ship did not take place in the final declaration of the third summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Istanbul. Because the decision had to be made unanimously, and Israel voted against the decision. So, Turkey, as term president of CICA, included the condemnation in presidential statement. Leaders, including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, strongly criticised Israel during their press conferences. Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gaby Levy represented Israel in the summit.
SHE PAYS FORTUNE TO BE GUINEA PIG
Nehir, daughter of lecturers Zeynep and Mahmut Beyazit, was diagnosed with "Neuroblastoma", which is the most aggressive tumour. Nehir was operated in Houston with the support of Istanbul Technical University (ITU) as the doctors gave her 20 percent chance.
However, the disease reappeared sometime later and the family applied to Sloan Kettering in New York, the most experienced center in such cases. The hospital wanted 350 thousand USD for the test treatment and 120 thousand USD for the surgery.
As the insurance did not pay the test treatment, the family started the treatment with borrowed money. Nehir's condition is getting better.
PROMISE FROM PUTIN
Speaking with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Asian Summit, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the attack on the aid ship took place in international waters, which caused uneasiness. "We very well understand sensitivity of the Turkish people. We are carrying out works to bring the matter on the agenda in the United Nations."
Prime Minister Erdogan said, "attack on convoy of aid ships had all the world make heart-searching. Turkey will defend rights of those who lost their lives in international platforms. Our sorrows will abate to some extent the time when justice is served.
ISRAEL'S AMBASSADOR PUSHED TO CORNER IN FAMILY PHOTO
Final statement of the Asian Summit did not include any condemnation about attack on ship as Israel opposed it.
As the rotating president, President Abdullah Gul said, "we will not forgive Israel."
Israel's representative Gaby Levy had difficulty in finding a place in the frame while family photograph was taken.
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