These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on September 3rd, 2007
EROGLU: "WE HAVE SUFFICIENT WATER SUPPLY"
Environment and Forestry Minister Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroglu said that they first aimed to solve water problem of Turkey by 2013. Eroglu noted that they were ready for the worst circumstance that might appear regarding the matter, stressing that they have sufficient water supply for Istanbul. He added that two great dams would also be constructed in the city.
METEOROLOGY WARNS OF FLOODING
Meteorology executives announced that there would be heavy rain in Marmara region and northern part of the country as of Monday. They warned that citizens must be careful against flooding in these regions.
BUSINESS WORLD SETS EYES ON 10,000 USD-NATIONAL INCOME
The new government, which started working after the general elections, announced its program. With this program, the government aims to reflect the improvement in inflation, growth and exports to issues such as unemployment, reducing input costs and improving the business environment. The government, which tries not to make promises it cannot keep, aims to raise per capital income to 10,000 USD in the next 5 years. Business world states that this target is no dream, however, radical steps within a broader framework should be taken in order to achieve such goal.
TDK TO VIEW NEW CONSTITUTION
The studies on the preparation of the new constitution continues. The constitution of 1982, which was prepared after a military coup in Turkey, is being criticized for its repressive clauses as well as its language. Due to the language used while writing the clauses, some articles are interpreted differently by various legists. The latest example on this issue was experienced during the presidential election process. In order not to have similar problems again, the new constitution draft will be sent to Turkish Linguistic Association (TDK) this time, sources said.
TAX ON CELLULAR PHONE TO DROP 5 POINTS
Finance Ministry accepted to drop Special Communication Tax (OIV) of 25 percent which was taken in cellular phones. OIV was calculated as 20 percent in 2008 budget.
TDK TO SIMPLIFY LANGUAGE OF NEW CONSTITUTION
The draft of Constitution will be given its final shape and then sent to Turkish Language Association (TDK) to be simplified. Prof. Ergun Ozbudun who prepared the draft Constitution said that they wrote it in line with rules of Turkish language, adding that TDK will evaluate the draft in the aspect of grammar.
FIRST LAWSUIT AGAINST PARLIAMENT WHICH GRANTED PARDONING
Dentist Zekiye Goksin (39) was raped and murdered in her office in western city of Izmir last year. Alpaslan Efe was captured after the incident. Efe had already had a criminal record of raping dentists. He would have to be in prison till 2013, but released with pardoning. Goksin's father filed a lawsuit against parliament, and said, "if Parliament did not grant pardoning, my daughter would be alive."
NAME OF FIRST LADY NOT TAKE PLACE ON WEB SITE
The part as "esteemed lady" on web site of Cankaya Presidential Palace was removed. While each of the names of wives of previous presidents were written on the web site, name of Abdullah Gul's wife did not take place in Gul's resume.
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CONSTITUTION OF AK PARTY
The draft constitution which is expected to be made public by the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party this week foresees that students would be able to wear headscarf when they study at universities. On the other hand, the draft constitution redefines "Turkish citizenship" and sheds green light to education in Kurdish.
TAX BURDEN ON WORKERS
Income tax amounted to 17.9 billion YTL in the first seven months of 2007. 8.4 billion of income tax that have been collected in the mentioned period was paid by workers and civil servants.
GOVERNMENT'S PROGRAM LACKS "PROGRAM" PARTY
60th government's program does not reflect the enthusiasm of the 47 percent of the society which voted in its favor at the general elections. There are no concrete targets regarding economy or EU in the program. A national income target for the year 2013 whose original version was previously expressed in the 9th Development Program, was included in the program. Moreover, the inflation target was stated unclearly as reaching "one-digit numbers". However, both 1 percent and 9.99 percent are one-digit figures.
NO DELAY TO HUMAN RIGHTS
Human rights organizations warned the government which reiterated its message on "zero tolerance to torture". "Human rights is only taken into consideration when EU issue is on the agenda," NGOs said. "The government should withdraw from the human rights field," they added.
AUTOMOTIVE GIANTS TO MEET IN ISTANBUL
"AutomotivIST", which is an international congress on the automotive sector hosted by Turkey, will take start in Istanbul on November 27th. Foreign experts, senior executives from car sector in several countries and CEOs of four Turkish automotive manufacturers will participate in the congress. CEOs from Tofas, Oyak Renault, Ford Otosan and Toyota will show the power of Turkish automotive sector to the world during the congress.
RAIN ON WAY, BE CAREFUL AGAINST FLOOD
Meteorology is expecting rain squall and thunder in Marmara region and northern parts of Turkey as of today. Authorities are warning against stroke of lightning and flood.
AKIN: WE VOTE EVEN DTP FOR STABILITY
Akfen Holding Chairman Hamdi Akin interpreted the support which Justice & Development (AK) Party received from business world and said, "business world votes for stability, not for AK Party or Republican People's Party (CHP). If the ruling party was Turkish Communist Party (TKP) or Democratic Society Party (DTP), we would cast votes to them."
KURDOLOGY INSTITUTES CAN BE ESTABLISHED IN UNIVERSITIES
The chairman of Turkish History Institute Yusuf Halacoglu said that there are 80 universities in Turkey and it is necessary to establish Kurdology Institute and Armenian Researches Institute in these universities. University rectors stated that they did not have any prejudices about establishment of such institutes.
ACTIVITY IN TOURISM SECTOR TO CONTINUE IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
Executives from the tourism sector said that there would also be great activity in Turkish tourism sector in September and October. Turkey's Hotels Federation (TUROFED) Chairman Ahmet Barut said, "September is the best month to spend holiday in southern city of Antalya. European tourists know this fact and they generally visit the city in September."