Turkish daily newspapers covered on their Monday editions an earthquake proofing project for Istanbul, a traffic accident that killed a Turkish national in Thailand, death of a former police chief.
"$100 billion for a new Istanbul" daily SABAH headlined when writing about an earthquake proofing project designed to rebuild the city's structures. The daily said the project was set to commence this coming April or May once the parliament adopts the law. The project first levels down weak buildings in Istanbul's Avcilar, Zeytinburnu and Pendik districts. Environment and Urbanization Minister Erdogan Bayraktar has said that the project will cover not only Istanbul but the entire country as the costs were expected to go up as high as 400 billion USD. Bayraktar said buildings will be strengthened in over time in 3, 5, 10 and 20-year periods.
"Honeymoon tragedy in Phuket," daily VATAN said over the death of Nergis Tinc in a traffic accident in Thailand's popular holiday resort. Tinc and her husband are flight attendants with the Turkish Airlines and they were on a late honeymoon after getting married last year in May. The husband, Serkan Tinc, survived the accident with minor injuries. Four other tourists were killed in the accident.
"Single bullet to the head" headlined daily YENI SAFAK in the killing of a former police chief in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The daily said Hasan Eryilmaz was found dead at the driver's seat in his car with a single bullet wound to his head. Police found his side arm on the front passenger seat. His brother told the police that he had spoken to him on the phone shortly before the incident quoting the former police chief as saying that he was being cut off by another car on his way to his home.
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