TWO MORE LIEUTENANTS ARRESTED
Two more lieutenants were arrested under an investigation into an alleged assassination plan against admirals. Number of detained lieutenants increased to five in the investigation.
PRESIDENT GÜL CALLS ON BUSINESSMEN TO MAKE MORE INVESTMENTS
The Confederation of Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen (TUSCON) brought together 1,000 businessmen in the eastern province of Erzurum. President Abdullah Gul attended the Eastern Anatolia Development and Cooperation Bridge program and called on local businessmen to make more investments.
SAVING INSTEAD OF PRICE INCREASE
The government decided to cut public expenditures instead of increasing prices. The government also said that there would be no increase in tax rates.
COURT CANCELS 49-YEAR RENT IN LAW ON SWEEPING OFF LAND-MINES
The Constitutional Court partly invalidated the law envisaging sweeping off land-mines along the border with Syria. The court rejected the part of the law allowing a company to use those territories for agriculture in return for sweeping off the land-mines for a period of 49 years.
COURT TO DEBATE MERITS OF CASE ABOUT LAW ALLOWING CIVIL TRIAL OF MILITARY PERSONNEL
The Constitutional Court decided to debate the merits of the case filed by the Republican People's party (CHP) for invalidation of the law allowing trial of military personnel by civilian courts in peacetime.
UNEMPLOYMENT TO DROP THANKS TO VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS
Koc Holding extended a full support to the recent decision of the Higher Board of Education on the coefficient system. A statement released by Koc Holding said that vocational education should be supported and it should be improved by taking into consideration of modern values. "We are inviting vocational institutes to develop new strategies," the statement said.
TWO LIEUTENANTS ARRESTED
Two lieutenants, Barbaros Mercan and Burak Duzalan, were arrested on charges of aiding and abetting in regard to plan to assassinate two commanders. Earlier three lieutenants, Sinan Noyan, Faruk Akin and Alperen Erdogan, were arrested on charges of being members of terrorist organization.
WINGED ANGEL SHOWS ITS FACE
Face of one of the six winged angel figures at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul which were covered with plaster and metal plaques, appeared. The mosaic is believed to have been some 700 years old. The mosaic was last seen by Sultan Abdulmecid of the Ottoman Empire and Swiss architect Gaspare Fossati during the restoration works inside the Hagia Sophia in 1847-1849. During the restoration works to convert the church into mosque, angel figures were covered in line with the traditions of the Islam.
According to the Bible, the six-winged angels are called Seraphim. They are the closest angels to God. They surround God's throne. There are four Seraphim corresponding to the four winds of the world. They each have six wings corresponding to the six days of creation.
TURKISH SHIP RESCUES TWO AMERICANS
Crew members of a Turkish vessel, "Yasa Seyhan", which was attacked by pirates in Sudan in February, rescued two American citizens off Florida. Eric Ross, 48, and Vincent Faulkner, 39, who were dragged by a storm with their 5-meter yacht, said that they were treated kindly by Turkish crew members. "They offered us water, ice-cream, coffee and cigarette. They also let use take a shower and get some clean cloths," Ross and Faulkner praised Turkish seamen.
AK PARTY DEPUTY'S COMPANY SKYROCKETS
Turyag, a vegetable oil company, which was purchased by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party deputy Ahmet Edip Ugur in 2006, recorded a remarkable growth in the last two years. The company which was earlier ranked the 461st in the list of 500 giant industrial organizations in Turkey in 2007 released by Istanbul Chamber of Industry came the 278th in the list in 2008.
PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR TO BE ASSIGNED AS AMBASSADOR TO VATICAN
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu put names of two non-ministry people in a decree on appointment of ambassadors. Prof. Kenan Gursoy, the dean of Faculty of Science and Letters of Galatasaray University, who is an Islamic philosophy expert, is expected to be assigned as the ambassador to The Vatican.
TSK TO HIRE THEOLOGIANS
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is looking for religion and ethics teachers who graduated from the faculty of theology. Two theologians will work on contract with the TSK. Religion and ethics teachers will first get officer training.
NIGTHMARE IN BODRUM
Fire which started at a dumping site near Torba neighborhood in Bodrum resort town of southwestern province of Mugla spread to the woods due to strong winds. Fire-fighters exerted intense efforts to prevent the fire from spreading to settlements. Bodrum Mayor Mehmet Kocadon said, "fire is spreading due to wind. Teams are working to contain the fire."
Turkey's highest judicial body, the Constitutional Court, decided to invalidate some parts in Article 2 and Article 3 of the law on sweeping off land-mines along the border with Syria. Under the law, a company could be allowed to use those territories for agriculture in return for sweeping off the land-mines. It was the 37th case won by the Republican People's Party (CHP) in the last six years.
TERRYFYING FIRE IN BODRUM
The fire which broke out in a trash pile in the popular resort town of Bodrum quickly spread to wooded area. Turkish and foreign tourists in nearby hotels were evacuated. Those in their summer mansions were also evacuated to prevent fatalities. The road to the neighboring town of Milas was closed to traffic to allow fire-fighting vehicles to move fast.
A HISTORIC CALL FROM YAŞAR KEMAL
Prominent Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal called out to everyone to find a solution to the Kurdish problem. He said that the solution depended on recognition of fundamental human rights. "Neither Turks nor Kurds want to get separated from each other. No power can separate them," he said.
CHANGES IN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Feridun Sinirlioglu became the new undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Namik Tan and Halit Cevik were appointed as new deputy undersecretaries. Kenan Gursoy, professor who earned his degree in philosophy, will be Turkey's new ambassador to The Vatican.