JAPAN OUT OF TENDER PROCESS
Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said that Japanese TEPKO left the tender process for the nuclear power plant to be build in the northern Turkish province of Sinop. Yildiz added that the Japanese government, however, wanted to carry on talks.
BUYUKEKSI: "TURKEY WILL REACH $135 BILLION"
Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) President Mehmet Buyukeksi said that exporters would play a significant role in efforts to solve the current deficit problem. "Exports exceeded $ 77 billion in the first seven months. We expect exports to reach $135 billion by the end of the year," he added.
MASSACRE IN SYRIA
Bloody operations have been continuing in Syrian city of Hama. Government forces bombed the city despite heavy criticisms from the international community. Residents in the city said that the al-Hader neighborhood which was the scene of killing of thousands of people in 1982, was the worst-hit area in the city.
SMOKING BAN'S IMPACT ON ECONOMY
It was revealed that consumption of cigarette decreased by 14 million in 2010. Accordingly, smoking ban led to a saving of 4 billion Turkish lira in a year.
FAREWELL TO LEAGUE OF GIANTS
Trabzonspor of Turkey, which had an unfortunate defeat in Portugal, was not lucky in Wednesday's match against the Portuguese team either. Trabzonspor, which pressed on the other team to score a goal, was demolished by a shocking goal of Nolito. As Henrique's gal was not sufficient enough to qualify for the next round, Trabzonspor returned to UEFA Europa League.
SLEDGEHAMMER GENERALS TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER YEAR
The fate of generals, jailed under the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plan, became definite on the last day of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting. Upon a "special request" of Acting Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan allowed the jailed pashas, who have to be promoted in this meeting, to stay at the same rank for one more year. But this will be valid for only one time.
14 GENERALS NOT EXPELLED
Vatan daily newspaper has reached decisions of the Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting, which will be made public after presented to President Abdullah Gul for his approval on Thursday. Turkish public was expecting 14 generals to be made retired in the meeting, however in the last minute, the council decided to extend their posts for one more year in order to strengthen new chief of general staff's hand. The generals will remain at the same rank for one more year.
"MR. TECHNOLOGY" BECOMES FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER IN TURKEY
Professsor Davut Kavranoglu, an expert of satellite communication and surveillance systems, became the deputy of Industry & Technology Minister Nihat Ergun. Turkey's first appointed deputy minister is Professor Kavranoglu, a lecturer at the Yalova University's Computer Engineering Faculty. Known as "Mr. Technology" or "Technology Master", Kavranoglu is very closely known in the United States.
INFLATION DOWN 0.41 P.C. LAST MONTH
When there was no change in food prices despite Ramadan, the consumer prices were down 0.41 percent in July. Producer prices dropped 0.03 percent. Green pepper was the price rise champion of the previous month. The annual inflation was 6.31 percent in consumer prices, and 10.34 percent in producer prices.
SUSPENSION TO YAS CRISIS
The Supreme Military Council has completed its three-day works. Gen. Necdet Ozel became the new chief of the General Staff while Gen. Hayri Kivrikoglu was appointed as the new commander of the land forces. Meanwhile, situation of 14 jailed generals and admirals escalated tension during the meeting. The government wanted that those military personnel to be retired. The military wing insisted on extension of their tenure. In the end, it was decided that the jailed generals and admirals will keep their positions for a year.
TARBZONSPOR BIDS FAREWELL
Trabzonspor has bidden farewell to the UEFA Champions League. Trabzonspor drew 1-1 with Portugal's Benfica in the second leg match in Istanbul's Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium. The team, which was defeated by Benfica 2-0 in the first leg, will proceed to the UEFA Europa League.
"TURKEY-USA RELATIONS CANNOT REGRESS"
U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Frank Ricciardone said that four commanders' decision to tender their retirement letters would not cause any regression in Turkey-the USA relations. He said that the Heybeliada Seminary could be reopened soon, adding that he hoped to see a Turkish ambassador back in Tel Aviv.
IMPACT OF WATERWELON
Decrease in prices of summer fruits including watermelon had a positive impact on inflation. Consumer prices index dropped 1.41 percent in July while producer prices were down by 0.03 percent in the same month. Price of watermelon decreased by 38.73 percent.
DICTATOR IN A CAGE
Wednesday was a pay day for 30-year powerful leader of Egypt. Hosni Mubarak was lying on a stretcher in the court room, and his incapability and helplessness could be seen from his eyes. 83-year-old Mubarak, who ruled his country with an iron fist for years, was before a judge on charges of causing death of 840 people during the rebellion and of corruption. Mubarak, who was just a spectator of what was going on in the court room since he was exhausted in his cage with an oxygen tube, said he was denying all allegations against him.
ONE YEAR EXTENSION FOR 14 GENERALS
The problems regarding 14 jailed generals was overcome with one-year extension formula during the Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting. The government, which wanted jailed commanders to be retired, accepted extension formula for only one time. The same problem can be experienced again next year as it seems difficult for trial of commanders to end in a year.
Gen. Hayri Kivrikoglu is expected to be appointed as the Land Forces Commander, Admiral Murat Bilgel as Naval Forces Commander, Gen. Servet Yoruk as Gendarmery Commander, and Gen. Mehmet Erten as Air Forces Commander.
WARM FAST-BREAKING DINNER AT PRESIDENTIAL RESIDENCE
President Abdullah Gul hosted a fast-breaking dinner for YAS members at the Presidential Residence on Wednesday. All commanders attended the fast-breaking dinner. In the photographs distributed to the media, one can see an atmosphere showing that "crisis was over in YAS". During the dinner, Acting Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel and Gen. Saldiray Berk, who is expected to be retired at the end of this YAS meeting, sat on the right and left of President Gul. National Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz and Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Aslan Guner sat on the two sides of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Situation of jailed generals and admirals topped agenda of the annual meeting of the Supreme Military Council. Upon a suggestion by the new chief of the Staff, Gen. Necdet Ozel, it was decided that retirement or dismissal process will not be applied for the arrested military personnel. Commanders who were jailed under investigations will keep their military ranks.
"WE WAIT FOR ERDOGAN"
Chinese Ambassador in Ankara Xiaosheng Gong told the Sabah daily about the 40th anniversary of establishment of relations between Turkey and the People's Republic of China, "1,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from Libya thanks to Turkey. We will never forget Turkish government's and people's friendship." Chinese diplomat added that they were expecting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pay a visit to China.
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