MISSING CHILDREN ARE TRAPPED BY GANGS
Prime Ministry Human Rights Office which sketched a "missing children" map of Turkey, made striking assessments. "There is a rise in number of children who got involved in terrorist acts. Gangs try every kind of tricks to deceive street children," the report said.
The report said gangs used the street children in drug trafficking and forced them to beg.
REFORMS MADE FOR TURKISH PEOPLE
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said the government had taken every step that was necessary for EU full membership.
Babacan said, "reforms are implemented to have our country reach high standards. EU makes its own evaluations after we fulfill the reforms."
THREE SEPARATE DELEGATIONS TO INVESTIGATE DEATH OF BABIES AT HOSPITAL
Three separate delegations were established to investigate death of 27 new born babies in 15 days at Ankara's biggest maternity hospital.
Health Ministry said experts from universities and other hospitals and an inspector from Inspection Committee would be included in the Health Ministry delegation, and report of the delegation would be made public.
MEHMET OZAL TO CARRY TURKEY'S FLAG AT OLYMPIC GAMES
Olympic games will open in the Chinese capital of Beijing on August 8th. Turkish national wrestler Mehmet Ozal will carry the Turkish flag ahead of the Turkish Olympiad National Team.
AL-ASAD ON HOLIDAY AT BODRUM
Syrian President Bashar al-Asad arrived in Turkey to spend his vacation.
Al-Asad will meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in resort town of Bodrum in the western province of Mugla today.
THERE IS NO SURPRISE EXPULSION BY SUPREME MILITARY BOARD
Following the approval by President Abdullah Gul, the decisions of Supreme Military Board (YAS) were made public. Turkish Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug has been appointed as the new Chief of General Staff. YAS did not expel any officer from the army.
BLAZES COVER OLIMPOS
The forest fire, which have been affecting Manavgat and Serik towns of the southern province of Antalya, is now on its fifth day. Besides the efforts of the teams on the land, six helicopters and six planes are trying to contain the fire which burned down 12,000 hectares of area. The fire in Manavgat was blocked, but the fire in Olimpos historical site could not be stopped due to strong winds.
12 PERCENT INFLATION RATE IS HIGHEST OF LAST 4.5 YEARS
The price increase of 21 percent in electricity hit the inflation rates. Producer prices reached 18.41 percent on annual basis, and have become the highest figure of the last 4.5 years. The annual increase in consumer prices is 12.06 percent. The inflation rate is expected to rise in August due to price increase in natural gas.
FIRE ENCIRCLED ON ITS FIFTH DAY
The fire, which spread over 12,000 hectares of a land between Manavgat and Serik towns of the southern province of Antalya, was contained on its fifth day. The Forestry Directorate General said, "so far the fire has always driven us away all before. For the first time, we are driving the fire back. We almost encircle the fire." In the biggest fire of the last 30 years, 5,000 hectares of fertile forested land burned down.
LIFE BURNED DOWN IN ANTALYA
Fire that burned down more than 10,000 hectares of forested land in Serik town of the southern province of Antalya, still continues in Olimpos and Kepez regions.
Fire broke out again in Cardak region on Monday. People mobilized to put out the forest fires in Antalya.
Antalya Governor Alaattin Yuksel said the fires could be taken under control totally today.
TWO MORE BABIES DIE IN HOSPITAL
Head physician of a hospital in Ankara where the babies died one after the other said a hospital infection could not be in question.
Health and Social Laborers' Union (SES) said there were three separate infections even if it was not hospital infection, and bacterium could be seen in baby food.
HERE ARE NEW COMMANDERS
No expulsion decision was made by the Supreme Military Board this year. Turkish Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug has been appointed as the new Chief of General Staff replacing Gen. Yasar Buyukanit. Gendarmery Commander General Isik Kosaner will be the new Land Forces Commander, while Chief of Staff of the Land Forces Gen. Avni Atila Isik will be the new Gendarmery Commander.
ANNUAL INFLATION IS 12.06 PERCENT
According to Turkish Board of Statistics, the inflation rates are over the expectations. Consumer prices rose 0.58 percent, and producer prices climbed 1.25 percent in July, 2008. Annual inflation rate as of July was 12.06 percent in consumer prices, and 18.41 percent in producer prices. Thus, the annual inflation was on the highest level in consumer prices since February, 2004.
HERE ARE NEW COMMANDERS
Turkish Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug has been appointed as the new Chief of General Staff. Gendarmery Commander General Isik Kosaner will be the new Land Forces Commander, while Chief of Staff of the Land Forces Gen. Avni Atila Isik will be the new Gendarmery Commander. Admiral Metin Atac will continue to serve as the Commander of Naval Forces and Gen. Aydogan Babaoglu will continue to serve as Air Forces for one year.
SURPRISING MEETING IN BODRUM
Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and his wife Esma al-Asad will arrive in Bodrum town of the western province of Mugla today. They will be welcomed by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan. Al-Asad recently visited Iran and he extended support to Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad's nuclear program. During al-Asad-Erdogan meeting, Iran and regional issues will be discussed.
EU OFFERS HELP
EU Commission spokesman said that if Turkey wanted, the Commission could have member countries help Turkey in its efforts to contain the forest fire in the southern province of Antalya. The fire in Manavgat and Serik towns of Antalya is on its fifth day; the fire in historical site Olympos is on its third day. The body of Osman Kahya (64), who was earlier reported missing, was found. More than 10 million trees in Antalya turned into ashes. The cost of the fire exceeded one billion YTL (or almost 870 million USD).
Adil Serdar Sacan, former Chief of the Counter Organized Crimes Department, said he had got permission from the then State Security Court (DGM) chief prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin to carry out an investigation into a retired vice general, Veli Kucuk, in 2001. A prosecutor was assigned, however, the file was closed after it was sent to Intelligence Department, and Ergenekon continued to progress.
SECOND BOMBER MISSING
Huseyin Tureli, the person who planted the first bomb that exploded in Gungoren district of Istanbul, was arrested, however, another person who planted the second bomb is still at large.
Police said very clear evidences were submitted to prosecutor's office regarding the eight individuals who are under arrest.
NO EXPULSION OR ANNOTATION
No officer or a non-commissioned officer was expelled from army this time since 1996 at a Supreme Military Board meeting. 32 generals and admirals were promoted to a higher rank and 46 colonels were appointed as general and admiral.
Land Forces Commander Gen. Ilker Basbug has been appointed as the new Chief of General Staff to replace Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit who will retire on August 30th.
COMEZ AT A CAFE IN LONDON
Former parliamentarian Turhan Comez, who is wanted with a red bulletin within the scope of Ergenekon probe, was seen eating a sandwich at a cafe in London.
It could be understood from his gesture that he felt uncomfortable.