These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 18th, 2007.
HOLIDAY OVER, FIRST BELL RINGS
Following the three-month summer holiday, nearly 15 million students and 600,000 teachers began 2007-2008 education year.
WE MUST BE STRONG
Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit stressed that Turkey is located on a critical geography full of crisis. Gen. Buyukanit said, "we always need a strong army for the security of our country."
TWO TURKS AT GREEK PARLIAMENT
Greek New Democracy Party which was highly criticised due to forest fires won 152 of 300 seats at the Greek parliament. Also two Greek citizens of Turkish descent became parliamentarians.
THY CARRIES 13 MLN PASSENGERS IN 8 MONTHS
Turkey's national air carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) carried 16.6 percent more passengers in the first eight months of 2007 compared to the same period last year. THY said it carried 13 million passengers in the first eight months of 2007. Last year, the number of passengers THY carried in the first eight months was 11 million.
TURKEY'S BESIKTAS TO TAKE ON MARSEILLE IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Turkey's Besiktas football team is set to challenge Olympique Marseille of France in European Champions League Group A match on Tuesday. The game will be played at France's Veledrome Stadium with Italian referee Matteo Simone Trefoloni.
UZANS FLEE JORDAN AT LAST MOMENT
Kemal Uzan and his son Hakan, who are wanted by police on a red bulletin, have fled Jordan at the last minute and disbanded all their business there to escape investigation by Turkey's Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF). Acting on a tip-off by the Interpol, TMSF inspectors sought for Uzans in their undertakings in Jordan but they were unable to reach them as both Kemal and Hakan had already left the country.
ONE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ANKARA BOMBING PLOT
A man named Alparslan O. has been arrested by an Ankara court on Monday for aiding and abetting the terrorist organization PKK in an ongoing investigation in connection with explosives found in a minivan in Turkish capital. Police thwarted what one official called "a possible disaster" last Tuesday when sniffer dogs led security teams to the minivan parked in a multilevel parking lot near a food market in Ankara's Sihhiye district. Police found sacks of bomb-making materials including chemicals and gas canisters, and three mobile phones connected to them.
PUBLIC PROSECUTOR ON TURUT'S SONG
Public prosecutor filed two separate investigations regarding the video and the song (of folk singer Ismail Turut) which eulogizes murderers of Hrant Dink. Within the scope of the investigation, producers of the video will be found and also will be examined whether the lyrics of the song are chargeable of crime. Ismail Turut can face prison terms up to 5 years.
WILL WE LEARN FROM AMBASSADORS?
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal strongly reacted that the government informed EU ambassadors about constitutional amendment before CHP.
FIRST ARREST REGARDING BOMB-LADEN VEHICLE
One of the 10 detained people was arrested regarding the bomb-laden vehicle which was found in Ankara. Alpaslan O. (who was arrested) is the owner of the SIM card installed in one of the cellular phones found in the vehicle.
APPROVAL FROM EU AT FIRST
Justice & Development (AK) Party government will firstly inform EU President Portugal about draft constitution before it is discussed in Turkey. Turkish delegation will tell about "civilian constitution" activities during Turkey-EU Troika meeting today in Lisbon.
SINGER TURUT DARES
Istanbul public prosecutor launched an investigation against Ismail Turut's song 'Don't make plans' and its video. Turut can be imprisoned for 5 years if he is found guilty. Turut said regarding the investigation that he does not care an investigation is launched or not.
TURKISH FOLK SINGER PROBED FOR PRAISING
MURDER OF TURKISH-ARMENIAN JOURNALIST
Turkish folk singer Ismail Turut has been probed by an Istanbul prosecutor for praising in one of his tunes the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. An investigation has been also launched for Ozan Arif, who wrote the lyrics of Turut's song. Dink was murdered outside offices of his bilingual daily Agos last January in Istanbul.
PROSECUTOR DEMANDS NINE-YEAR PRISON TERM
FOR POLICE OFFICER IN KILLING OF NIGERIAN MAN
An Istanbul prosecutor demanded nine-year prison term for police officer Cengiz Y. for his voluntary negligence in the killing of Festus Okey. Okey, a Nigerian national, was shot dead under custody at a police station in Istanbul Beyoglu district on August 20th.
GUL TO DEPART FOR CYPRUS, FIRST LADY TO ACCOMPANY HIM
On his first visit abroad after he assumed the top state post late August, President Abdullah Gul is set to depart for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Tuesday and his wife, Hayrunnisa Gul, who kept a low profile since she moved to the Presidential Residence, will also accompany him on the visit. It would be the first time that first lady will be part of the presidential protocol.
TURKISH ATLETHE DECORATED WITH 2006
INTERNATIONAL FAIR PLAY PRIZE
Hilal Coskuner, a 12-year-old Turkish girl, was decorated with 2006 International Fair Play Baron Pierre de Coubertin Prize as International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP) announced winners of 2006 fair play prizes in a meeting held in Paris, France on Monday. CIFP decided to decorate Coskuner with Baron Pierre de Coubertin Prize since she helped one of her rivals when she fell to the ground during a cross-country race in northeastern city of Trabzon in 2006.
WORLD APPLAUDED HILAL
A 12-year-old Turkish girl Hilal Coskuner from northern province of Trabzon will be decorated with International Fair Play Baron Pierre de Coubertin Prize. Coskuner helped one of her rivals when she fell to the ground and carried her to ambulance during a cross-country race in Trabzon in 2006.
SEARCH OF 'DEFINITION' FOR HEADSCARF
Lawyers of Justice & Development (AK) Party are searching for a formula which will open the doors of universities to students wearing headscarf, while preventing robe, turban and black chador.
INVESTIGATION AGAINST SONG OF TURUT
Istanbul public prosecutor has launched an investigation against folk singer Ismail Turut's song "Don't make plans". Ozan Arif, who wrote the song, and Turut will be interrogated. It is claimed that the song eulogizes the murderers of journalist Hrant Dink.
CICEK: "DRAFT CONSTITUTION IS FOR TURKEY"
Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek said that the draft constitution commissioned by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party was prepared for Turkey. "This is not an effort for AK Party supporters nor for those who had voted for AK Party. We are working to come up with a constitution for Turkey," Cicek told reporters after Monday's three-hour meeting of the Council of Ministers.
"The current constitution is unable to meet Turkey's needs and it hinders us in passing and implementing certain reforms. That is why, it is of utmost importance that the new constitution should come at once to the agenda of the country," he added.
KEMAL'S TIN CAN AT LA SCALA
Famous Italian theater La Scala in Milan will host an opera adapted from Turkish writer Yasar Kemal's novel "Teneke" (Tin Can) on September 22nd. The opera, libretto by Franco Marcoaldi with music by Fabio Vacchi, will be conducted by Roberto Abbado, nephew of the acclaimed pianist and conductor Claudio Abbado. Teneke is one of Yasar Kemal's novels which was first translated into Italian by Antonella Passaro in 1997. The novel tells the story of peasants who had problems with landlords in central Anatolia decades ago.