TURKIC WORLD TO COME TOGETHER UNDER ONE ROOF
Turkish President Abdullah Gul's efforts have brought results. "The Cooperation Council of Turkish-Speaking States" will convene. The foundation summit of the organization will take place in Istanbul on September 15 and 16.
KPSS AND TUS POSTPONED
Following scandals of cheating in university exam and public personnel selection exam (KPSS), the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) and the Higher Board of Education (YOK) decided to postpone a new public personnel selection exam and the exam for specialty in medicine (TUS) scheduled for September 26.
NIZAM MOSQUE INAUGURATED
Nizam Mosque, a 600-year-old mosque of Montenegro closed in 1931, has been opened to worship on the Night of Qadr after contributions of Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency.
HAS SUPREME COURT MANAGEMENT TAPPED ITS OWN MEMBERS?
Interesting information was reached during the investigation into the claims that Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State were tapped. The prosecutor's office ruled that high judicial operators were not tapped, but found out that one of the operators currently used by the Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor's Office could record phone conversations. According to experts' report, license were bought for four subscribers to activate this feature of the operator.
PKK DISTRIBUTES STATEMENTS IN TUNCELI, CARRIES OUT NO CAMPAIGN
Only a few days are left for the referendum in which Turkey will vote for or against constitutional amendments. The armed wing of the terrorist organization PKK, HPG distributes statements in the eastern province of Tunceli and threatens people. The statement calls on people to boycott the referendum or cast "no" votes.
NO FROM FOUNDERS TO BAHCELI
Sixteen people, including founder members Naci Meric and Ali Sagir of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), announced that they would vote for constitutional amendments during the referendum due on September 12. Releasing a statement, 16 members of the MHP founders Board called on the MHP members to vote "yes" in the referendum. They said the MHP management headed by Bahceli were located in the same side with coup makers.
The "poster with nun" that insulted women wearing headscarves caused problems in the Republican People's Party (CHP). Avcilar Mayor Mustafa Degirmenci was blamed for the scandal poster. However, Degirmenci showed provincial and town management as guilty. Omer Zengin, a member of local management from CHP, resigned as he could not remain silent to the scandal. CHP provincial management convened three weeks after the scandal occurred.
"YIGIDIM ASLANIM" (MY HERO) BONO
During U2 concert in Istanbul, Bono invited Turkish folk music singer Zulfu Livaneli to the stage. Then the two sang one of Livaneli's songs "Yigidim Aslanim" (My Hero). The Olympic Stadium was rocked by applauds.
Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu addressed an enthusiastic group in the Aegean province of Izmir, where he came with his wife Selvi. During the party rally, Kilicdaroglu pressed on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said, "we have not exploited anything, an we will not do so." Kilicdaroglu said, "we will be beside our people, and we will seek justice and rights. Let you give us authority and power so that we pay Turkey's way. Say 'no' to the referendum, and pave the way for change and democracy."
"GOVERNMENT ASKED FOR FAVOR"
Kadir Ozbek, acting chairman of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors, accused cabinet members of asking him to pull strings during appointments of judges and prosecutors. Ozbek said he got phone calls and notes from several people, including a deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, a parliamentary committee chairman and a senior lawmaker, for appointments of judges and prosecutors.
"PKK MUST BE DISARMED"
Ten days after he started his new mission as the U.S. Ambassador in Baghdad, James Jeffrey spoke to daily Cumhuriyet and answered the question on Turkish main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's proposal regarding a general pardon.
He said U.S. government believed in the need for disarmament of the PKK, adding that the general pardon was a domestic issue of Turkey.
THIS FILM SHOULD NEVER END
Turkey will seek a victory over Slovenia on Wednesday to advance to quarter finals in FIBA 2010 World Basketball Championship. After winning all their games in group stage, Turkey eliminated France in the round of 16.
U2 ROCKS ISTANBUL
U2 gave a concert in Istanbul and met their Turkish fans who had been waiting for years. Bono said he took a walk on the Bosphorus bridge together with State Minister Egemen Bagis but he got a reaction from the crowd. So he said, "ok I won't talk about politics."
U2 started the concert with "Beautiful Day" and sang almost all their setlist with the audience.
U2 MINTS MONEY
70,000 people listened to the rock band U2, which gave its first concert in Turkey on Monday night. The tickets of the concert at Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium was sold at 50 Turkish liras (TL) and above, which made the concert the cheapest U2 concert in Europe. Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency dropped the ticket prices below those in Europe by providing 1 million USD of support to the concert. 14 million TL of income was earned from tickets.
WE WILL NOT BE BACKYARD
Supreme Court of Appeals President Hasan Gerceker spoke at the ceremony held for the beginning of new judicial year. Gerceker's remarks came only six day before a referendum during which Turkey will vote for or against constitutional amendments. Gerceker strongly criticized the amendments and said, "the amendments abolish the principle of separation of powers and independence of judiciary. They harm state of law. They hamper the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) so that the board cannot work. They politicize judiciary." He also said, "judiciary is neither the backyard nor the front yard of any one, and will never be so. Turkish judiciary will never let anybody to do so."
IT'S ENOUGH SIR! DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO!
It was revealed that police warned officials of the Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) four months ago about 108 people who allegedly involved in cheating in university exam. Police found answers of mathematics questions in a man's cell phone. Police also informed OSYM about 108 people in 16 provinces who got the answers through text messages. Professor Unal Yarimagan, head of OSYM, said earlier he would quit when another scandal about cheating in public personnel selection exam was clarified. Now, all eyes are turned on Professor Yarimagan.
"JUSTICE MUST BE POWERFUL, AND MIGHTY PEOPLE MUST BE FAIR"
Hasan Gerceker, head of the Supreme Court of Appeals, criticized the government that he accused of creating an oppressive and authoritarian regime.
In his speech at the opening of the court year, Gerceker voiced harsh criticism on government-sponsored constitutional amendments to be voted in September 12 referendum. He tacitly called on people to vote "no".
He said legislation, execution and jurisdiction should be in different hands, referring to 17th century French philosopher Blaise Pascal's remarks as "justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just."
HE THROWS MONEY ON STREETS
A businessmen investing in textile industry in the northern province of Trabzon, Ibrahim C. put his 140,000 Turkish liras (TL), cheques worth 348,000 TL and jewelry worth 19,000 TL in a bag, and his father put the bag in front of their house as he thought it was garbage. A paper collector took the bag to his house and was astonished when he opened it and saw what was inside. He decided to deal with it later, and put the bag aside.
According to the paper collector's father, his other son who is mentally disordered, took the bag, rode his bicycle and threw the money on streets saying that "it was fake." Some people took the money, some burnt them as they thought it was fake. Police seized the rest of the money. However, 43,000 TL was thrown away until police intervened.
YOU WILL HAIL TANKS
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. Responding to Kilicdaroglu's remarks that "he would stand before tanks if a military intervention was made", Erdogan said, "those who stand like tanks before this constitution cannot stand before any tank, but they can only hail tanks. You have laid down mines before freedoms."
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