Press Roundup

(PHOTO: TODAY’S ZAMAN, Mehmet Ali Poyraz)

April 24, 2012, Tuesday/ 17:07:00

Members of the Asya Search and Rescue Team, founded by Hizmet movement charity Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There), receiving training in life-saving rescue techniques at a training camp in İstanbul.

Star: “The new constitution is an award for the [republic’s] 92nd year,” read the headline of the paper’s top story, reporting on the various statements of politicians about the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day and the new constitution currently being drafted. Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek has said that “we owe Turkish children a new constitution,” and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Delet Bahçeli said, “Turkish people should have the new constitution they deserve by the 93rd anniversary of Parliament’s establishment [2013].”

Radikal: “So, it can happen,” read the headline of the major story, which described how Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife Emine attended a reception for the April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day celebrations. The staunchly secular military has refused to attend receptions at state facilities in previous years, claiming that politician’s wives who wear headscarves cannot attend receptions because the official events are held on state premises, where wearing the headscarf is prohibited. While speaking about the reception, Prime Minister Erdoğan told reporters that while previously there were different conditions, the situation has changed.

Habertürk: The daily’s main story reported that İstanbul Atatürk Airport had the highest number of delayed flights in Europe last week. Turkish Airlines (THY) Chairman Hamdi Topçu said THY spent $110 million in 2011 compensating passengers whose flights were delayed or canceled. “Whom should I blame for this? I was competing with other huge airlines, but my biggest rival has turned out to be the airport [İstanbul Atatürk Airport]. Problems with parking and aircraft traffic are at the highest level,” said Topçu.