TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 31

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 31, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON AUGUST 31

TURKIYE
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WE CELEBRATED WITH EXCITEMENT
Turkey celebrated the 88th anniversary of August 30 Victory Day with a great excitement and joy yesterday. Tens of thousands of people of all ages participated in the ceremonies with Turkish flags across the country.

TENSION WILL DROP
President Abdullah Gul --who spoke with the journalists in August 30 Victory Day reception-- said upon a question, "people generally use the problems instead of solving them. After the referendum is held, the atmosphere will quiet down."

INVESTIGATION ABOUT WIRETAPPING
General Staff launched an investigation about the claims that Second Chief of General Staff Gen. Aslan Guner had equipments bought to trace PKK terrorists but instead used them to wiretap 2,000 people in 2007.

ZAMAN
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WE WILL HEAL THE WOUNDS RAPIDLY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Gundogdu hamlet of Black Sea province of Rize which was hit by a flood. Erdogan examined the collapsed houses, and offered condolences to the relatives of victims. He said that necessary help would be extended for the citizens who lost their houses in the flood. Erdogan said that houses should not be built in places which did not have land survey.

TURKEY FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT OF VICTORY
August 30 Victory Day was celebrated with ceremonies across Turkey. Citizens showed great interest in the ceremony which was held at Ankara Ataturk Culture Center and was participated by President Abdullah Gul.

YENI SAFAK
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PREMIER ERDOGAN VISITS RIZE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited his hometown, Black Sea province of Rize which was hit by floods and landslide killing 13 people. Erdogan listened to problems of the people in Rize. Erdogan said that TOKI (Housing Development Administration of Turkey) will construct houses in the province as several buildings were collapsed due to landslide.

SINGLE-TYPE MILITARY SERVICE COMING
National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul who attended a reception to mark August 30 Victory Day put an end to discussions over military service by payment. Replying to questions on military service by payment, Gonul said, "it is not on the agenda. But officials are working on single-type military service."
 

VATAN
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SHOCKING SUITOR FOR ARDA
There is a suitor from Spain for Turkish soccer team Galatasaray's captain Arda Turan. Spanish Atletico Madrid, which proposed 12 million euro for Arda to Galatasaray, also proposed 2.5 million euro to Arda annually. Arda left the decision to the team's president Adnan Polat.

MILITARY INVESTIGATION ABOUT SECOND CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF
Taraf newspaper claimed that Second Chief of General Staff Gen. Aslan Guner had equipments bought to trace PKK terrorists but used them to wiretap politicians and academicians in 2007 while he was the chief of intelligence. General Staff rapidly released a statement and said that an investigation was launched about the claims.

CUMHURIYET
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JOYFUL CELEBRATION
August 30 Victory Day was celebrated across the country with a great joy. Turkey's Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner signed the Special Register of Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, and said, "we are aware of the importance of Kemalist thought system for our nation." Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not attend celebrations at Ataturk Culture Center in Ankara and visited Black Sea province of Rize instead.

NO MILITARY SERVICE BY PAYMENT
National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul attended a reception hosted by Chief of General Staff Gen. Isik Kosaner on occasion of Victory Day. During the reception, Gonul said that there was not any work on military service by payment. Gonul said General Staff was working on the single-type military service.

RADIKAL
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KPSS CRISIS DELAYS TEACHER APPOINTMENTS
Allegations on a cheating that took place during Public Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS) delayed teacher appointments scheduled to be held on Tuesday. National Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu had a meeting with Higher Education Board (YOK) Chairman Yusuf Ziya Ozcan and examined a report prepared by YOK's Inspection Board. Cubukcu decided to postpone teacher appointments.

WORLD BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES
FIBA 2010 World Basketball Championship is continuing in Turkey with a great excitement. Turkey which aims to have the first position in its group defeated Russia. Turkish basketball team will take on Greece on Tuesday.
 

HURRIYET
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TECHNICAL PURSUIT OF THOSE WHO ALLEGEDLY CHEATED ON KPSS
Prosecutor's office started to investigate those who were involved in an alleged large-scale cheating that took place during Public Personnel Selection Examination, or KPSS. State Supervisory Council, Higher Education Board (YOK) and prosecutor's office have been inspecting the cheating allegations. YOK's Inspection Board prepared a report saying that cheating took place during KPSS. Cheating claims also delayed teacher appointments.

HANEFI AVCI TESTIFIES
Former police chief in Eskisehir Hanefi Avci testified upon invitation by Ankara prosecutor Hamza Keles. Avci gave testimony in Ankara that lasted for five hours regarding claims included in his book "Halic'te Yasayan Simonlar".

MILLIYET
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APPOINTMENTS POSTPONED
The appointments of 30,000 teachers, which were expected to be announced today, were postponed to an indefinite date due to fraud suspicions in KPSS (Public Personnel Selection Exam). A statement was issued regarding the postponement while National Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu was holding a meeting with Higher Board of Education (YOK) Chairman Yusuf Ziya Ozcan. The statement said that a concrete data, which pointed out a fraud in the exam, could not be collected. "It was considered appropriate to postpone teacher appointments to a further date until the situation has become clear," said the statement.

AL QAIDA SUSPECT'S SECRET OF TURKEY
It was revealed that Mikael Davud --an al Qaida suspect of Uighur origin who was captured in Norway's capital Oslo together with his two friends-- has connections in Turkey. Accordingly, Davud met with a person in Turkey in 2008, and that person sent him to al Qaida camp in Pakistan. Davud returned to Norway through the same way in 2009. Davud had been detained in Turkey due to an unknown reason, and then released in 2009.

SABAH
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'PEOPLE WHO GAVE LICENSE ARE RESPONSIBLE FROM FLOOD'
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Gundogdu hamlet of Black Sea province of Rize which was hit by flood and landslide, killing 13 people. Erdogan said that mayors and governors were responsible from the collapsed buildings --which were constructed in wrong places-- by issuing a construction permit. Erdogan noted that landslides were seen in Black Sea region, adding that buildings --which did not have land survey-- should not be constructed. He said that public officials should never harbor a political interest. Erdogan noted that 31 residences, which collapsed in the landslide, would be reconstructed, and the loss of people would be met.

APPOINTMENTS POSTPONED
National Education Ministry postponed teacher appointments --which were expected to be announced today-- until the situation about KPSS (Public Personnel Selection Exam) would become clear.
 

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