MOODY'S PRAISES TURKEY
Credit rating agency Moody's, which is known with its tightness in credit rating, raised the outlook on Turkey's Ba2 local and foreign currency bond ratings from stable to positive. Moody's said "you're on the right path". Moody's stated that Turkish economy proved that it was unexpectedly strong and it returned to pre-crisis level.
WELL DONE MRS. SARE
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's wife Sare Davutoglu, who is a doctor, will be a health volunteer for 15 days in Pakistan. An association of the spouses of personnel of Foreign Ministry held a charity dinner. 600,000 Turkish lira was collected in the dinner. Mrs. Sare, who is a gynecologist, also donated 30,000 TL. She announced that she would visit flood-hit Pakistan and work there as a health volunteer for 15 days.
GIANT COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA
A great contributor to the Turkish economy, the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) has taken an important step with Russia. TUSKON has signed a cooperation agreement with the Chamber of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation which will pave the way for an annual trade volume of 100 billion USD between Turkey and Russia.
NATO SG RASMUSSEN TO BE IN ANKARA FOR STRATEGIC DOCUMENT
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will arrive in Ankara on Thursday. The most important item on Rasmussen's agenda in Ankara will be NATO's Strategic Document that would reflect NATO's current vision.
TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY PERSONNEL RAISES 600,000 TL FOR PAKISTANI FLOOD VICTIMS
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hosted on Monday a charity dinner in capital Ankara to raise funds to help victims of Pakistan's worst ever flood which left millions homeless. The charity event collected 600,000 Turkish liras (414,000 USD) to be donated to Pakistan in addition to a separate aid campaign launched by the Turkish Foreign Ministry personnel who raised 2,000,000 Turkish liras (1.38 million USD). The Turkish foreign minister's wife, Sare Davutoglu -- a medical doctor -- donated 30,000 Turkish liras and became a voluntary aid worker for two weeks in a hospital that would be built in Pakistan to be funded by Turkish Foreign Ministry's donations.
IZETBEGOVIC: "TURKEY IS A WISE BIG BROTHER"
Bakir Izetbegovic, son of late Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic, said "we consider Turkey as a big brother who is strong and wise. Turks loved my father very much. And we love them back," Izetbegovic said. As the candidate of his father's Party of Democratic Action, Izetbegovic won the Bosnian position at the Bosnia Herzegovina's Presidential Council.
NO PAKSITANI INTELLIGENCE REPORTS ON TURKISH JET PILOT IN AL-QAIDA, SAYS TURKISH MILITARY
Turkish military officials have cited Pakistani intelligence officials as saying that they had no intelligence reports that a former Turkish jet fighter pilot had been recruited by the terrorist network Al-Qaida. "Pakistani intelligence said they had no information about a former Turkish officer being a member of Al-Qaida," Turkish General Staff said in a statement.
SCIENTIST SAYS QUAKE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM ON BUT NOBODY'S USING IT
Head of the Kandilli Observatory in Istanbul Prof. Mustafa Erdik said his team had set up an early warning system against earthquakes that can detect jolts five to twelve seconds before they hit and that the system was operational, producing early warning signals. "But no one is receiving those signals. Our responsibility is only to generate them," Erdik said. The system aims at alerting energy plants, factories and schools.
TURKEY IS NOT SECULAR, BOYNER SAYS
Chairperson of Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Umit Boyner said that Turkey was not a secular country. "I do not think that the Religious Affairs Department is secular. This Department does nothing on the Alevis. There are also atheists in Turkey. The state must be at an equal distance to all religions and sects. I do not think that lifting the ban on headscarf in Turkey would be a blow to secularism," Boyner said.
TAV TO INCREASE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS TO 100 MILLION
Turkey's TAV Airports Company is operating 10 airports on its 10th year in the sector. The company presently serves 40 million passengers per year. TAV's aim is to serve 100 million passengers per year in the next 10 years.
RUSH INTO THE VACATION
Feast of Sacrifice vacation, which will begin on November 16, Tuesday, already made tourism sector happy. Interest in Far East is high. Reservations in tours to Far Eastern countries are already filled up. It is difficult to find vacant seats in planes.
MRS. SARE VOLUNTEER
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's wife Sare Davutoglu, who is a medical doctor, will work in flood-hit Pakistan for 15 days as a volunteer. Mrs. Sare will also convey the assistance worth of 2.6 million Turkish lira --which was collected by ministry personnel and their spouses-- to flood victims in Pakistan.
SUPPORT TO ISMAIL SAYMAZ
Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) released a supportive announcement for Radikal's correspondent Ismail Saymaz who was asked 79 years in prison due to eight lawsuits filed against him.
SILENT SUPPORT FROM MAIN OPPOSITION
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has reportedly decided to remain silent over an order by Turkey's higher education authority that would allow female university students wear headscarves while they are in class. Higher Education Board or YOK has recently passed an order for university administration that no student shall be asked to leave the class with no reason whatsoever. CHP Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said his party would not take any counter steps against the YOK order.
MOODY'S RAISES TURKEY'S CREDIT RATING OUTLOOK TO POSITIVE
Credit rating agency Moody's on Tuesday said it raised the outlook on Turkey's Ba2 local and foreign currency bond ratings from stable to positive. Moody's upgraded Turkey to Ba2 in January, two levels below investment grade. The agency said Turkey needed to strengthen its fiscal foundations for an upgrade to "Ba1".
SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS JUSTIFIES THE LECTURER
Higher Board of Education (YOK) stated that it would launch a disciplinary investigation against the lecturer who did not let in students --having inappropriate dress-- to the lesson. However, the decisions of jurisdiction claim the opposite. In its decision made in 2008, Supreme Court of Appeals sentenced a university administration --which gave a warning to a lecturer who dismissed a student wearing headscarf from the class-- to pay a compensation. Also, Council of State defined the act of university administration as "against constitutional principles".
'ICE AGE' ON ITS WAY THIS WINTER
Scientists said that the momentum of Gulf Stream warm current --which rises from Gulf of Mexico and continues to Northern Europe-- dropped. They said that this situation would bring harsh winter to Europe. According to experts, Europe will experience the coldest winter ever in the last 1,000 years. The northern regions of Turkey will also be influenced, and it will frequently snow this winter.
TURKEY SHOULD BE MORE FREE, SAHIN SAYS
Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said that there was an ideal atmosphere among political parties of Turkey to solve the problem of headscarf. "At a time when political parties are trying to solve the issue of headscarf, it is impossible for the universities not to take any steps on the matter. Turkey should be more free," Sahin said. A human must dress as he/she wants to, Sahin also said.
PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED DUE TO CHANGES, GUL SAYS
Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that Turkey's future was bright and that Turkey went through unbelievable change. "The problems experienced in Turkey are due to changes," Gul said. "Turkish businesspeople would benefit from a constitution made according to democratic and legal standards. The Turkish economy has become more transparent as legal standards went up. Foreigners who had no confidence in Turkey in the past are now making investments in Turkey and contributing to Turkey's development," Gul also said.