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Turkish press scan for July 20

HDN | 7/20/2010 12:00:00 AM |

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on July 20, 2010. The Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review does not vouch for their accuracy.

From Hürriyet Daily News:

HABERTÜRK

 --VISITORS LEARN HOW TO MOUNT WORKS OF ART

In the exhibition “Venetian Dream in Basilica Cistern,” organized as part of the “Europe on Water Events Program” there is information about the works of art in the English signs but Turkish signs are about how to mount the works of art to Basilica Cistern, daily Habertürk reported Tuesday. The English exhibition advertisement begins with the sentence “In her Gelatine Lux installation, Maria Grazia Rosin beckons the viewer into her dream world of interweaving realities,” which can easily be translated into Turkish. But the Turkish exhibition advertisement says “Every work of art will be hung from a steel string which is hung with metal wires.” The sign which presents Cristiana Moldi Ravenna’s piece named “Clouds and Hands” says “Little hands may symbolize people always in want of "water", one of the four elements, which means "life" in the entire world.” But the Turkish sign says “Many little clouds and hands will be exhibited on water by using small metal wires if it is possible.” Celalettin Deniztoker, museum director said that they only provided room for exhibition and there was nothing to do with them. There is a strong possibility that there was confusion while placing the texts, which are about the works of art and how they will be mounted.

YENİ ŞAFAK

--ISTANBUL'S BEYAZIT FIRE TOWER TO BE RESTORED

The Beyazıt Fire Tower that was built in 1749 as a fire lookout and is located on what is now the Istanbul University campus will be opened to visitors in 2011, daily Yenişafak reported Tuesday. According to the university’s assistant rector Ergün Yolcu, school officials have been working for eight months to open the campus – including the historical entrance, the fire tower and the Atatürk and Youth Monument – to guests. When the project is completed by the end of the year, visitors will be able to see art exhibitions and the library that was established by Sultan Abdülhamit II, Yolcu said, adding that the Beyazıt Fire Tower will be restored by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture agency. “Previously, when the tower’s light was green, it meant that the weather was going to be rainy; when the light was yellow, it meant the weather was going to be foggy; when the light was blue, it meant it was going to be sunny,” Yolcu said. “These characteristics of the tower will be preserved.” The assistant rector added that there would also be animations by fire brigades about the tower’s historical role warning about fires. “Within the framework of the restoration work, the inner parts of the tower will be restored,” Yolcu said. “The stairs and the decorations will be overhauled because people will be allowed to walk around.”

ORTADOĞU

--AMOUNT OF SALT INCREASES IN SALT LAKE

Water levels in Salt Lake in southern Anatolia and the amount of salt, which is formed there have increased thanks to rain, daily Ortadoğu reported Tuesday. Hasan Keleş Director General of Koyuncu Salt, the company producing salt from the lake, said “In spite of the claims that Salt Lake was draining the water levels have raised and so has the amount of salt.” He also said that the lake has a high level salt reservoir: “Salt Lake has a 221 million ton salt reservoir and Turkey’s need for salt is three million tons a year. Our productive capacity is high and salt formation continues naturally.” According to him 50 percent of Turkey’s salt need is met with three Salinas in the lake. Keleş claimed that the salt in Salt Lake is the purest salt in the world. Because the World Food Codex wants salt with 96 percent purity and the salt in Tuz Gölü has 98 percent purity. After the washout process it further increases, according to Keleş. He added that the salt is used in 14 different industries and 300,000 tons of salt are used in the textile and paint industries a year. According to him, tourists who come to Salt Lake for health reasons have coined the term “salt tourism.” Keleş said “Tourists swim in these healing waters. Salt Lake has become a tourism center.”

STAR

--ISTANBUL TURNS TO GREEN ENERGY WITH ELECTRIC CARS

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, or İBB, will build charging stations in İspark parking lots for the electric cars which will be on the market in 2011, daily Star reported Tuesday. The İBB and Renault have signed a protocol to manufacture the electric car, Fluence, in the western province of Bursa. With the protocol, Istanbul’s infrastructure will be prepared by 2011 for the electric car, namely green cars with low carbon dioxide emissions. The government is preparing the legal basis required for taxing electric cars and charging stations will be built in specific parts of Istanbul. At the protocol signing ceremony, İBB Mayor Kadir Topbaş said that the era of electric cars would begin. He also said “We do not want to fall behind this technology. Therefore we have started the supplementation and infrastructure works.” Tarık Tunalıoğlu, Renault general manager, said “Renault is planning to introduce four different electric cars which appeal to different masses into the market. These electric cars will be manufactured in Bursa and will be exported to other parts of the world from there. İBB and Renault are working together to make Istanbul a pioneer in this transformation.” According to Adnan Çelik, Enerji AŞ general manager, the electricity used in these cars will be a green energy.

From Anatolia News Agency:

HÜRRİYET

--EAT FRUITS INSTEAD OF DRINKING ALCOHOL

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose fight against smoking was awarded by the World Health Organization (WHO), suggested during the award ceremony that people should eat fruits instead of drinking alcohol. Erdoğan noted that drunk driving was forbidden, besides, people should act sensitively in order not to harm others with their smoking habits.

"Where does alcohol come from? Don't they produce these drinks from fruits? Eat fruits instead of drinking then," Erdoğan said.

--TURKS' OFFER WAS HUMANIST GESTURE

The former head of the Greek naval forces, Andonis Andonyadis, confirmed that Turkish TCG Yavuz ship had offered help for landing when a Greek helicopter experienced technical problems and asked for emergency landing during the Kardak crisis in 1996. "That was a humanist action," Andonyadis said.

MİLLİYET

--MEMORIAL HOSPITALS ON SALE

A new investment will be made in the health sector in Turkey. Partnership negotiations between British and Qatari investors and Memorial Health Group – which has five hospitals in Turkey – were completed. A Qatar-based investor group is on the stage of signing partnership agreement. Memorial belongs to the Aydın family, which is working in textile business. Memorial Director General Uğur Genç said, "We also held talks with British investors. Shares under 50 percent will be sold to them."

--PROTECTION WITH ELECTRONIC EYE

The protection of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been increased. "Electronic eye" --which will be installed in the leading vehicle in escort convoy of Erdoğan-- can take pictures with six cameras from every angle. The electronic eye scans plates, faces and buildings, and warns the guards in case of a suspicious situation. The system costs nearly 60,000 Turkish liras.

SABAH

--CONSTITUTION WILL BE CHANGED FOR SURE

Turkey's 7th President Kenan Evren, who is the creator of the constitution of September 12, commented on referendum discussions. "Is the constitution we prepared a command from God? Actions are taken in line with the conditions and constitutions can be changed," Evren said.

--RUSSIAN-ORIGIN PKK TERRORIST IN GİRESUN

It has been revealed that one of the five terrorists who staged two bloody attacks in the Black Sea region is a Russian. Intelligence units determined the code names and real names of the five PKK terrorists who waged the attacks that killed 2 police officers and a soldier in the Ladik town of northern province of Samsun and Dereli town of Giresun in April. One of the terrorists appeared to be Russian-origin Daniel Dadaev with the code name Kava-Rus.

VATAN

--LAND MINE TRAP IN ÇUKURCA

PKK terrorists detonated a remote-control landmine while a civilian minibus --which was carrying soldiers to Üzümlü Military Guard Post near the border of north of Iraq-- was passing by in Çukurca town of the southeastern province of Hakkari. Eleven soldiers and the driver of the minibus were wounded. The soldiers' condition is good. An operation was initiated in the region.

--THEY SECRETLY RETURN TO MAKHMOUR

Seventeen of the people -- who made the major blow on Turkey's "democratic move" due to the welcoming scenes at the Habur border gate-- secretly proceeded to the north of Iraq and returned to Makhmour camp. The group including four children illegally passed to the north of Iraq instead of using Habur border gate due to the lawsuits filed against them. Peace & Democracy Party (BDP) interpreted their return as "a symbolic message".

CUMHURİYET

--ERGİN: I WISH THEY STAYED

19 of 34 people --who came from Makhmour and Kandil camps to Turkey following the call of the PKK terrorist organization's head, Abdullah Öcalan, and within the scope of the "democratic move"-- returned to Makhmour. Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said, "I wish these friends stayed in this country and contributed to the process."

--AWARD FROM YEREVAN TO KOSMOS

Director Reha Erdem's movie "Kosmos" won the highest prize, "Golden Apricot", at the "7th Yerevan International Golden Apricot Film Festival".

--LAND MINE TRAP: 11 WOUNDED

11 soldiers and the driver were injured in a road-side land mine explosion which occurred while a civilian vehicle (carrying soldiers) was passing in Çukurca town of the southeastern province of Hakkari near the Iraq border. Unmanned aerial vehicles made their first flight yesterday in a counter-terrorism operation over the border of north of Iraq and Mount Cudi.

RADİKAL

--THIS GUIDE NEEDS GUIDE

Choosing one’s school turned into a nightmare in the first edition of the university exam, the "LYS". Students do not know how to choose schools and Student Selection and Placement Center's (OSYM) guide made everything more complicated. As it was the first LYS examination implemented in the country, it was not possible for the students to make comparisons with the results of previous years and guess which university they may enter.

--PRIME MINISTER FIGHTS WITH ALCOHOL

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commented on alcohol consumption while taking an award from the World Health Organization (WHO) for his fight against smoking. "Isn't alcohol produced from fruits? Doesn't it contain grapes? Yes, it is contained in several other fruits as well. Then eat them," Erdoğan said.

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