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Turkish dailies covered Monday the first test-ride ceremony of the Marmaray Project where Turkish PM directed the first ever service of the submarine tunnel under Marmara Sea, the final verdict of the Ergenekon Trial to be announced today, Sunday's sworn-in ceremony of the new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and Galatasaray Football Club's triumph in the Emirates Cup in London.
Inauguration ceremony of the Marmaray Project
All of the dailies covered on Monday the first test-ride ceremony of the Marmaray Project, the first ever submarine tunnel of Turkey to connect the Asian and European Sides of the Bosphorus under the Marmara Sea, by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday.
Daily Yeni Safak published "Project of the century done," saying that the 150 year-old dream came true where the Turkish premier conducted the first train service of one of the largest projects in the world whose round trip lasted about half an hour.
The daily detailed that the total cost of the project, to be open to service within end of October, is $9.2 billion which is expected to transport 150,000 passengers an hour on a line of 76,3 km with 37 stations, reaching a submarine depth of 60 metres. "Marmaray will also connect Beijing-London line," the daily quoted Erdogan as saying.
Daily Hurriyet wrote "Historic moment in the Bosphorus," saying that the line will deliver a train every 2 minutes.
Daily Milliyet headlined "The first train goes under Bosphorus," and stressed that Marmaray, due to open on October 29 will transport 75,000 passengers an hour on a single trip.
"Our ancestors drew its sketches, we complete it," daily Star said quoting the Turkish premier.
Final verdict in the Ergenekon Trial to be announced Monday
Judges in a massive case against what came to known in Turkey as Ergenekon -- an alleged clandestine network charged with plotting to overthrow the government -- are set to announce the final verdict on Monday. The investigation into Ergenekon was launched in July 2007 when police found a cache of grenades in a shanty house in Istanbul. Monday's hearing is the 321st in the 6 year-old trial where 66 detained out of the 275 accused have been tried including the Labor Party leader and a retired brigadier.
Daily Star published "Judgement day in Ergenekon," and noted that Turkish police has taken strict security measures in and around a courthouse inside a correctional facility in Silivri near Istanbul. Monday's hear will be held without an audience.
Daily Yeni Safak wrote "Judgement day in Silivri," further saying that police put up barricades 500 km away from the Silivri compound, blocking all roads to the prison except an arterial highway.
Daily Turkiye headlined "Day of days has come for Ergenekon," saying that the prosecutor asked for aggravated life sentence for 64 suspects including the former Chief of Staff retired Gen Ilker Basbug along with retired Gen Hursit Tolon; retired Gen Levent Ersoz; journalist Tuncay Ozkan; former head of Turkey's higher education authority, Kemal Guruz; former Rector of Istanbul University Kemal Alemdaroglu and Labor Party leader Dogu Perincek, -- all accused of plotting to overthrow the elected government by force.
Iran's new President Hassan Rowhani sworn-in
Daily Sabah published "Era of 'Sheikh Diplomat' in Iran," saying that Hassan Rowhani, renowned as "the Sheikh Diplomat" for conducting the nuclear talks as the chief negotiator, was sworn-in before the Parliament with the presence of several heads of state and foreign ministers, and announced the new cabinet members.
The daily also underlined that the new Iranian president was welcomed by a warm message from the White House.
Daily Zaman wrote "Iran's newly-seated Rowhani vows to support Assad," referring to the claim of Syria's SANA news agency that Rowhani argued that nobody could disrupt the unity of Iran and Syria and that the Damascus regime would win the civil war.
Galatasaray Football Club's triumph in the Emirates Cup in London
Daily HaberTurk said "Galatasaray, Emirates Cup Champion," writing that Galatasaray claimed the Emirates Cup defeating Britain's Arsenal Club with a 2-1 win.
The daily said the Sunday's win was a reminiscent of Galatasaray's triumph back in 2000 against Arsenal to reach the UEFA Championship.
Daily Vatan wrote "Emirates Cup goes to Galatasaray," saying that Didier Drogba scored the two goals leading the Turkish side to victory in the Cup it tourneyed for the first time.