Party booklet stipulates 'smiling faces' and avoidance of slogans that are 'off-putting or fear-inspiring' Turkish Daily News Ankara - The Welfare Party (RP), preparing for likely early elections, silently kicked off its campaign over the weekend by convening a meeting of the heads of the its provincial election headquarters in the winter resort of Uludag. Reporting on the meeting, the Anatolian news agency said that a booklet distributed to party officials there highlights a "code of
Turkish Daily News Ankara - Retired correspondent, Gen. Aytekin Ziylan, said that Turkish companies must be the producers of arms and military systems for Turkish Armed Forces' use in national security, the Anatolia news agency reported. In a booklet prepared for a symposium entitled, "Technological Developments in the Defense Industry" organized by the Army Academy, Ziylan gave examples of how the defense industry had improved in the world and the current situation in Turkey. Noting that
By Dogu Ergil / Turkish Daily News Ankara - We are witnessing a tug-of-war between two stepsisters. Their father is the same: authoritarianism. Democracy is either secondary or negligible for both. For one, a secular lifestyle is more important than anything else. For the other, an Islamic lifestyle (although there is no agreement as to what its basic tenets are) is their raison d'etre. Hence, whoever wins does not affect the predicament of democracy, for democracy means cohabitation with the adversary.
Turkish Daily News Ankara - More than 640,000 hopeful applicants took the second and decisive round of the University Entrance Examination (OYS) on Sunday, competing for a restricted number of places in four-year undergraduate programs in Turkish universities. When the OYS results are published in August only about 141,000 of the candidates will be eligible to enroll in an undergraduate program of their choice. The candidates who took the three-and-a-half hour OYS exam were tested on natural sciences,
Turkish Daily News Ankara - Turkey and Indonesia have agreed to support the establishment of a consortium which would gather leading contracting firms to function as a pilot firm for investment and construction projects in the two countries, the Anatolia news agency reported. The decision of the fourth periodic meeting of the Economic and Technical Cooperation Joint Commission between Turkey and Indonesia has been approved by the Cabinet and the minutes of the meeting were published in the Official
Turkish Daily News Ankara - Belgium police began taking extraordinary measures following the bomb attack on the Turkish Embassy in Brussels Saturday night. Minister of Interior Johan Vande Lanotte met with intelligence and police officials at the city of Gand shortly after the attack, where it is reported they made important decisions regarding Belgian security, the Anatolia news agency reported. According to the Belgian minister of interior, Turkish commercial and governmental offices will be under
Reyhan Atmaca of the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade insists the accusation that Turkey made concessions to EU during negotiations is untrue Turkish Daily News Ankara - Reyhan Atmaca, responsible for European Union (EU) affairs within the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, expressed her concern over the fact that people who had supported negotiations between Turkey and the EU concerning agriculture were now blaming the Turkish side for having made concessions, the Anatolia news agency reported.
Turkish Daily News Ankara - President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Rauf Denktas went to Paris on Sunday in order to participate in the opening ceremony of a photography exhibition in which his works are included, the Anatolia news agency reported. While in Paris he will speak at a conference about Cyprus at the Foreign Policy Institute. It is also expected that he will meet with French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine. The Greek Cypriots have claimed that a meeting between Denktas
Turkish Daily News Ankara - The radio station of Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) claimed on Sunday that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Massoud Barzani has declared emergency rule in Arbil, the chief city of northern Iraq, the Anatolia news agency reported. The KDP captured Arbil from the PUK in August last year in an operation backed by the Iraqi leadership. PUK radio is claiming that the KDP has carried out the arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of people in Arbil in
Other action: Volleyball team goes down in final; rare medal in gymnastics; tennis women stay on target Turkish Daily News Ankara- Turkey's only gold medal on Day Eight of the Mediterranean Games in Bari came from Huseyin Ozkan who took the 65 kg judo title. Ozkan was supported by Gulnigar Gulseren who lifted the bronze in the women's 48 kg class. Elsewhere, the Turkish women's volleyball team, having done extremely well to reach the final, had to settle for silver as it was beaten 3-1 by host Italy.
Look who's talking about democracy! From a June 22 article by Sabah's Hasan Cemal: Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and his coalition partner Tansu Ciller are rapping President Suleyman Demirel for asking Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz to form a new government rather than Ciller. They have become champions of democracy overnight. But what claim can they possibly have in this regard? Why do they advocate democracy and popular will now? What have they accomplished to date towards
ANAP leader says he can muster enough support for vote of confidence while his arch rival, the DYP leader, claims a "coup" by Demirel is whats at hand. TDN with Wire Dispatches Ankara - Prime minister-designate Mesut Yilmaz on Saturday set to work on trying to forge a new government by convening an emergencymeeting of top aides from his Motherland Party (ANAP) before his consultations with party leaders begins on Tuesday. Yilmaz made no comment on his arrival at the ANAP headquarters in
Turkish Daily News Izmir - "The Grapes of Wrath," which was performed by the Ankara State Theater early this week at the Culture Park Open Air Theater as the second event of the International Izmir Festival, mesmerized Izmirian art lovers not just because of the impressive realistic style of John Steinbeck, the writer of the novel of the same name, but due to the striking acting ability of the troupe. The play, which was successfully translated into Turkish by Ulku Tamer, is staged under a
We tend to forget how hard it is for the skin being exposed daily to countless variety of hazardous substances and conditions causing unknown damage to the pigment cells in our skin I am observing that this decease is also increasing in Turkey. Furthermore the age of the patients are becoming younger and younger Parents leave their children playing out in the sun from morning till night, without little or no protection against the suns rays, which can cause blistering sunburn Live the good life, don't
By Hayri Birler / Turkish Daily News Ankara - True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller, who was expecting President Suleyman Demirel to designate herself to form the new coalition government after one round of talks with political party leaders, must have wept in anger after learning it was the Motherland Party (ANAP) chief who was called to the Cankaya Presidential Palace instead. Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan submitted to President Demirel on Wednesday not only his resignation, but also a
President Demirel throws his weight behind Yilmaz in the close race between the ANAP leader and Ciller to muster parliamentary majority supportBy Kemal Balci/ TDN Parliament Bureau Ankara - President Suleyman Demirel has asked main opposition Motherland Party (ANAP) leader Mesut Yilmaz to form a new government. The president chose Yilmaz over True Path Party (DYP) leader Tansu Ciller at the end of a close race between the two which lasted 24 hours. The decision was made after opposition Republican
Turkish Daily News Ankara -The renowned poet Cahit Kulebi died on Friday in Ankara at the age of 80. Kulebi had been under intensive care for the past three months and was suffering from multiple chronic illnesses. Kulebi worked as a Turkish teacher for many years before becoming an inspector in the Ministry of Education. He served as undersecretary of the Tourism Ministry until his retirement, during which he worked in the Turkish Language Agency (TDK). Kulebi was a founder of the Social Democratic
Turkish Daily News Ankara - Tires continue to be sold to the Turkish Armed Forces from the Petlas tire factory, which was recently privatized and sold to Kombassan Holding, the Anatolia news agency reported. Petlas Board of Directors member Yunus Dogan said the firm sold the plane and armored vehicle tires it produced to the Turkish Armed Forces and that sales were continuing at an increasing rate after privatization. "The clearest example for the General Staff for not imposing an embargo on
'We have evidence that the RP gained strength from the recent political episode' 'Some circles, which are the cause of all tension, do not want to see Anatolian capital in the markets,' says Kutan Turkey will do its best in coming days to lift the tyrannical UN embargo on Iraq, Kutan said Double standard: 'Why there is no reaction against Gen. Ozbek, who used the same words as Sevki Yilmaz?' said KutanBy Saadet Oruc / Turkish Daily News Ankara - Recai Kutan, minister for energy from the Welfare Party
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