"HITLER SMILES ON YOU AT CHP HEADQUARTERS"
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted harshly to Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal who compared the government with Hitler. "They should look at pictures at the CHP headquarters. They will see one of their leaders smiling under his Hitler-like mustache who called himself 'National Chief' after Hitler," he said.
THREE GOOD NEWS IN ECONOMY
The Union of Turkish Chambers and Commodity Exchange (TOBB) said that economic recovery had begun in the last quarter of 2009. The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) said that if Turkey maintained current economic developments it would totally overcome the financial crisis in the coming quarter. And the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce said that market confidence index reached 99.08 percent in April from 69.56 percent in October 2008.
NAME REMINDING BARACK OBAMA HELPS BOOST SALES OF MACARONI
Berrak Macaroni company's sales went up significantly after Barack Obama assumed the U.S. Presidency in January, 2009. The Turkish company's name reminding Barack Obama caused an incredible increase in the sale of macaroni to African countries. Berrak Macaroni company used to have a daily production capacity of 50 tonnes prior to January 2009. The company now produces 120 tonnes of macaroni daily.
TURKISH AND ISRAELI UNDERSECRETARIES MEET
Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Feridun Sinirlioglu met with his Israeli counterpart Yossi Gal in Israel on Sunday. The two undersecretaries met as part of regular political consultations between Turkey and Israel and discussed both regional and international issues.
TOP MILITARY COMMANDER CRITICIZES PRESS OVER TERRORIST ATTACK
Chief of the Turkish military staff, Gen. Ilker Basbug, reacted to a series of reports appeared in the news media that enforcements had failed to arrive in time to defend a military guard post that came under a terrorist attack in Turkey's southeast. "Our troops there heroically fought for three hours," he said, criticizing reports. Four Turkish troops were killed in the attack on the military guard post in Sariyayla, Hakkari.
PARLIAMENT RESUMES DEBATING CONSTITUTIONAL BILL
Turkish parliament has resumed debating a government-backed constitutional bill in the second round of talks. Six articles of the bill have been voted and accepted. Again, the opposition parties were seen in an attempt to create tension in the General Assembly in a bid to block debates and voting.
HE LIKENS INONU TO HITLER
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a group meeting of his Justice and Development (AK) Party, "CHP leader Deniz Baykal made a quite inappropriate comparison. He likened himself to Churchill and this country's government to Hitler. If he is looking for a political figure to compare to Hitler, he should look at pictures of former leaders of his political party. He will see one of their leaders smiling under his Hitler-like mustache who called himself 'National Chief' after Hitler."
SECOND ROUND BEGINS
The critical second round voting began at the parliament for the constitutional amendment package. The first article which received 336 votes in the first round, got 332 votes this time. Votes for the second article fell to 334 in the second round from 337 in the first round and votes for the third article fell to 335 from 337.
TURKISH NEIGHBORHOOD IN BERLIN IN FLAMES
Street clashes erupted in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, the home for a large population of Turks, as masked demonstrators attacked the police, hurling stones and bottles, and fireworks. One police officer was seriously wounded. Nearly 450 demonstrators were taken under custody.
ONE MILLION KIDS AT WORK INSTEAD OF SCHOOL
A senior official with the Labor Ministry said one million out of 17 million children in Turkey were working instead of going to school. Deputy Undersecretary Ahmet Zahterogullari said two percent of children who were schooled and 26.3 percent who did not attend schools were employed. 22.4 percent of children who left schools did so because of high schooling costs.
FIRST CUSTOMERS OF NUDIST HOTEL FROM NETHERLANDS
The first group of customers for Turkey's first nudist hotel came from the Netherlands. The hotel is located 15 kilometers away from Datca town of western province of Mugla on the Mediterranean coast.
AGRI UNDER WATER
Eastern province of Agri received heavy rainfall in the past several days. Dozens of homes and city cemetery were flooded with water due to heavy rainfall.
The second round voting began at the parliament for the constitutional amendment package. The first article about gender equality received 332 votes while the second article received 334 votes and the third article received 335 votes. Accordingly, votes for the first three articles came close the critical threshold of 330.
ITALIAN MEDIA DECLARES ISTANBUL'S TAKSIM AS STAR OF MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS
Italian media declared Istanbul's Taksim Square as star of this year's May Day celebrations. For the first time after 32 years, people were allowed to celebrate May Day at the square. Yesterday, there were no newspapers published in Italy but TV channels gave broad place to the celebrations in Taksim.
ERDOGAN RESPONDS TO OPPOSITION'S REMARK LIKING GOVT. TO HITLER'S RULE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded heavily to main opposition party leader Deniz Baykal who had said they would fight against three highly-debated articles of a government-backed constitutional bill, citing Winston Churchill's famous speech "We Shall Fight on the Beaches" during the Battle of France in the Second World War. "It is outrageous that he likens himself to Churchill and my government to Hitler. If he is insisting on finding a political figure like Hitler in Turkey, I would recommend [Baykal] to go through the photographs of their old leaders. There he will see one of them who owned the name 'National Chief' overlooking with his Hitleresque moustache," Erdogan told his lawmakers in an address on Sunday. He was referring to Ismet Inonu, who became Turkey's second president after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's death in 1938.
PARLIAMENT STARTS DEBATING CONSTITUTIONAL BILL IN SECOND ROUND VOTING
The parliament began debating a bill in the second round of voting on amendments to the country's constitution. Second round secret voting of reforms is expected to be completed on Thursday. A total of 31 secret votings will be held in the second round. Parliament voted and accepted all 27 articles of the package. The first round of debates and voting was concluded on April 28 and it lasted 9 days.
HE WANTED TO MAKE URPRISE ON MOTHERS' DAY
Lieutenant Ahmet Altunoglu of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was killed in a clash with terrorists in Lice town of south-eastern province of Diyarbakir the other day. The 29 years old lieutenant wanted to surprise his mother by visiting her along with two other brothers in Samsun on Friday. The surprise was supposed to take place on the Mothers' Day weekend but it will never happen...
TURKEY TAKES STEP ON NORTHERN IRAQ
Turkey has extended an invitation to the leader of the regional administration in north of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, to visit Ankara. Turkey wishes to take several steps to develop political and economic relations with the north of Iraq. Turkey is making preparations to open a consulate general in Irbil city in north of Iraq. The new consulate general is expected to go into service in June, 2010.