Cem's priorities From a Jan. 13 article by Milliyet's Sami Kohen: No one should expect Ismail Cem, the former government's foreign minister who has retained his position in the new government, to solve major problems in four months. Still, Cem has certain pressing issues on his agenda. Turkey's ambassador to Italy, Inal Batu, has resigned because he is planning to run for Parliament. Cem has decided to appoint to that position Ambassador Necati Utkan, head of the Foreign Ministry's Information Section.
NELLEKE M. v.d. SCHOOR-BASAR Ankara - Turkish Daily News There are many foreign companies doing business in Turkey. One of the most longstanding of these is Bell Helicopter from Texas. They have been flying helicopters and doing business with the Ministry of Defense since 1962. The current staff representing Bell Helicopter in Turkey is small, since the bulk of their personnel and factories are situated in Texas. According to Mike Robins, managing director of Bell Helicopter in Turkey, the firm has had
Emel Aktug Ankara - Turkish Daily News During the 1956-1957 academic year, I was a student in Paris. During the semester, I went back to Ankara to visit the Ankara Telgraf newspaper, where I was working as a correspondent. The Ankara Telgraf was a school for Ankara journalists. Many famous writers and editors who now reside in Istanbul started in journalism with the Ankara Telgraf. Cetin Altan, a well-known author, was one of the many who began their journalistic careers at this newspaper. I had come to
President of Cem Foundation issues tough warning to next government HAKAN ASLANELI Istanbul - Turkish Daily News The president of the Cem Foundation, Professor Izzettin Dogan, recently complained that while more than 25 million Alawites, Bektasis and Mevlevis lived in Turkey, they were treated like second-class citizens. Dogan stated that "their patience is running out." Dogan was speaking at a press conference at the foundation's headquarters in Sisli yesterday, along with businessman
It is being suggested that during the past three days of his interrogation at the Istanbul Police Department, Kirci has been giving only misleading information HAKAN ASLANELI Istanbul-Turkish Daily News Yesterday was the third day in the interrogation of Haluk Kirci, a key name in the Susurluk accident that exposed state-underworld links and the accused murderer of hundreds. Kirci has been taken from the Istanbul Police's Organized Crimes Bureau to the hospital daily for routine examinations, and he
Istanbul - Turkish Daily News Family members announced that funeral services were held in Istanbul on Tuesday for Ozturk Serengil, 68, the great comedian of Turkish films who introduced the dance "the twist" to the national audience. Serengil, who died Monday at the private Central Hospital in Istanbul from a brain hemorrhage, had been ill for a long time. The son of school teachers, he was born in the Black Sea province of Artvin but came to Istanbul as a young lad to go to school. But
Ankara - Turkish Daily News Disbank and Tekstilbank's net profits, whose stocks are traded on the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB), increased sharply in 1998 compared to the previous year. Disbank's profits increased by 275.7 percent, reaching TL 25.16 trillion from TL 6.67 trillion. For the same period, Tekstilbank's profits rose by 226.8 percent, increasing from TL 4.35 trillion to TL 14.22 trillion. Disbank's profits increased by only 25.16 percent and Tekstilbank's by 104.53 percent for 1997, the
'What is Islam?' is not a scholarly book, and this is precisely where its importance resides, as its errors pass into the minds of interested nonspecialists and form dangerous misconceptions in the mind of the English-speaking public The repeated use of the words 'Backward "Islamic" rule' to describe Ottoman rule is an expression of the authors' ignorance of the cultural, historical and theological facts T.M.P. DUGGAN Antalya - Turkish Daily News The book entitled "What is Islam?"
Fener and Efes, losers away last week, both have home-court advantage today Ankara- Turkish Daily News Tonight's EuroLeague basketball action sees Fenerbahce and Efes Pilsen both at home in an attempt to make up for last week's losses in games that will be important not only when it comes to the ladder but for the teams' overall morale. It's a double-header at the Abdi Ipekci Sports Arena in Istanbul with Efes Pilsen first on the court, taking on TAU Ceramica Vitoria Alava of Spain. That match, to be
A 42-year unblemished career From a Jan. 12 article by Hurriyet's Ismet Solak: Bulent Ecevit, the most senior politician in Parliament, becomes prime minister for the fourth time after a 20-year break. He suffered a lot when in prison following the Sept. 12 [1980 military] coup. His 42-year political career was without any blemishes. Even the most merciless of his opponents have not been able to find anything to criticize about Ecevit's integrity and his modest lifestyle. Ciller's conditions From a Jan.
Yilmaz: I hereby transfer my responsibilities over to Ecevit with great confidence, and I am convinced that his government will peacefully carry the country to the elections that are scheduled for April 18, 1999 Ankara - TDN Parliament Bureau The list of Cabinet members prepared by Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Bulent Ecevit has been approved by President Suleyman Demirel. Ecevit's Cabinet, supported by the Motherland Party (ANAP) and the True Path Party (DYP), consists of 24 ministers. Ecevit's
Ecevit entered Parliament as an Ankara deputy in 1959 from the Republican People's Party. He was also a Zonguldak deputy, and in the last elections he entered Parliament as a deputy from Istanbul Ankara - Turkish Daily News Bulent Ecevit, leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), who will lead the 56th government of the Turkish Republic, has become the prime minister for the fourth time. Ecevit was born in Istanbul in 1925. He graduated from Robert College in 1944, and married a classmate, Rahsan
Ankara - Turkish Daily News State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Husamettin Ozkan Born in 1950, Ozkan is a graduate of economics and business administration. He was chosen as a deputy from Istanbul twice. Ozkan knows English, and was state minister Responsible for Religious Affairs in the 55th government. State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Hikmet Ulugbay Born in 1939, Ulugbay is a graduate of the Political Science Department of Ankara University. He got his masters degree from the University
Ankara - Turkish Daily News Bureaucrats have begun to resign from their positions in order to take part in the upcoming elections on April 18, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday. The deadline for resignation is today. Competition Board Chairman Aydin Apaydin recently resigned from his post, announcing that he will be a prospective candidate for Motherland Party (ANAP) Istanbul third region deputy. Turkey's Ambassador to Rome Inal Batu has also announced his resignation, saying that he hoped to
Haluk Kirci, said to have the blood of hundreds of people on his hands, is interrogated by the Istanbul police force. A woman played the lead role in Kirci's capture HAKAN ASLANELI Istanbul - Turkish Daily News As has happened to a number of other mafia godfathers, the telephone conversations of Haluk Kirci's wife were the key leading to his capture. As is known, Kirci is one of the suspects in the event known as the "Bahcelievler katliami," (Bahcelievler massacre) where seven student members
Following the poisoning of five workers in Ikitelli who broke into a scrap iron bloc containing radioactive materials, five more people, two of whom are children, were discovered to have been affected. Tens of people have applied to hospitals and asked to be examined HAKAN ASLANELI Istanbul - Turkish Daily News The ripples of Turkey's greatest radioactive accident are spreading. The Ilgaz brothers, scrap-iron dealers in Ikitelli, were poisoned after unsealing a lead block. They were taken to a private
Ulker teaches Kusadasispor basketball lesson; Cim Bom women mesmerize MTA Spor Ankara- Turkish Daily News With the soccer teams still in their midwinter hibernation, the steaming parquet floors of basketball arenas around the country are heating up, to the delight of faithful fans. In men's Division One League action Kusadasispor welcomed defending champion Ulkerspor to Ugur Inan Arena in Kusadasi. The first half ended with Ulkerspor leading by a count of 32-22. This score was only the beginning of
A silent resistance against anti-gang measures From a Jan. 11 article by Sabah's Yavuz Donat: Prime Minister-designate Bulent Ecevit, who trimmed the draft government program to a mere few pages on Jan. 10, said that during the next three months the planned government would act with due sensitivity according to the laws regarding the gangs, the mafia and black money. Asked why the judicial reform bill has been "stalled" for so many months, Ecevit said, "There has been a silent obstruction
Ankara - Turkish Daily News The Privatization Board (OIB) will be aiming for $4 billion in sales for 1998, with $3.25 billion in cash to collected this year and the rest in the future, the Anatolia news agency reported. The program itself is expected to be discussed by the Supreme Board of Privatization (OYK) as soon a government is formed. The OIB is planning to privatize 25 state institutions this year. In addition to companies whose privatization has not yet been completed, such as Petrol Ofisi AS
Ankara - Turkish Daily News There exists in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar a foreign currency and gold exchange. These exchanges have no building or office in which to conduct their operations, or security guards. Moreover, business is not carried out within the framework of institutionalized procedures. Transactions are completed by shouting "bought" or "sold." On two streets leading to the Grand Bazaar, operations worth millions of dollars are conducted each day. Also, in this market's
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