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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Gokce Gokalp

      * The ruling Justice and Development Party has claimed
      victory in Sunday's local elections in Turkey. Out of 81 cities, the ruling
      party won
      57 mayoral races, including those in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, and the
      capital Ankara, according to unofficial results early Monday.
      Justice and Development Party incumbent Melih Gokcek and candidate Kadir
      Topbas won the mayors' seats in Ankara
      and Istanbul respectively, while Ahmet Piristina, a candidate from the main
      opposition Republican Peoples Party, was re-elected mayor of Izmir.
      The national breakdown of votes is as follows:
      Justice and Development Party, 44%;
      Republican Peoples Party, 16%;
      Nationalist Action Party, 11%;
      True Path Party, 10%;
      Social Democratic Peoples Party, 5%;
      Felicity Party, 4%; and
      Motherland Party, 2%.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, following last week's tremor in the
      eastern Anatolian city of Erzurum, Sunday morning Askale, a township
      near Erzurum, was also shaken with an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the
      Richter scale.
      The quake injured more than 10 people and 10 villages were
      completely destroyed, reported officials.

      * A total of 12 Turkish companies made Forbes magazine's annual list
      of the World's 2,000 leading companies featured in its current issue.
      IsBank, one of the honored dozen, appears at number 566 among the World's
      companies, with its market value of $6.68 billion, the Anatolian News Agency

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, after submitting a final version of
      his Cyprus plan to negotiators
      in Switzerland late Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is
      now waiting for a written commitment from them by April 9.
      Both the Turkish and Greek Cyprus are expected to make commitments to hold
      simultaneous April 24 referendums on the plan, while the three
      guarantor countries, Turkey, Greece and Britain, are expected to approve
      this move.
      In addition, if the referendums endorse the plan, the countries will
      then present it to their respective parliaments for adoption.

      * In related news, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President
      Rauf Denktash stated Thursday that he had yet to find anything praiseworthy
      in the UN Cyprus plan, adding however that his fellow countrymen's decision
      was more important than his. He did state that he wanted to read the plan
      in more detail.
      Pointing out that negotiators this week had not come to terms on the
      UN plan, Mr. Denktash said that he didn't know what referendums on a plan
      never agreed upon could mean.
      He further warned that while some improvements had been made to the plan
      through the Turkish
      delegation's efforts, the lack of agreement could later put the
      Turkish and Greek communities on the island at odds reported the daily

      * According to the Turkish daily Milliyet, diplomatic sources stated that
      the UN welcomed the positive and constructive stance of the Turkish
      sides during this weeks negotiations, adding that the same could not be
      said of Greece and Greek Cyprus.
      In related news, Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos claimed that Turkey
      had worked to block a deal on the Cyprus issue.

      * The daily Turkiye reports that in coordinated operations in Turkey, Italy,
      Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany police detained more than 50 members of the
      Turkish underground organization DHKP-C group.
      A total of 37 of the detentions were made in Turkey, with 16 detentions in
      other European countries.
      Ms. Fehriye Erdal, a fugitive wanted for the murder of a leading Turkish
      businessmen Ozdemir Sabanci, was among
      those detained for questioning in Belgium, where she has evaded extradition to
      Turkey for several years.
      Also, Reuters reported on Saturday that Turkish authorities detained another
      eight people.
      The DHKP-C is Turkey's largest far-left faction and opposes NATO, the United
      States and the Turkish establishment.
      It has claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in Turkey but is not believed
      to have a connection to suicide bomb attacks last November in Istanbul, Turkey's
      largest city and business hub, in which 60 people died.
      The European Union, which Turkey aspires to joining has placed the DHKP-C on
      its blacklist of "terrorist" organizations. The organization is also on a U.S.


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Hilal Koc

      * The Is Sanat collaboration with club Buz Markiz continued music concerts
      throughout the month of March in the Istanbul, Turkey. One of today's most
      famous pianists, Jacky Terrasson, wrapped up the week on March 30th.
      The musician who gained fame and notoriety for his albums, "Smile," and album,
      "Into Blue," was joined by Sean Smith on the bass and Eric Harland on the drums.

      Terrasson's last album, "Into the Blue," on which he collaborated with flutist
      Emmanuel Pahud, was Grammy nominated as Best Classical Crossover Album. His
      previous album, "Smile," has won the prestigious Django d'Or award, Best Jazz
      Album (Victoires du Jazz) and the Best French Jazz Musician (Academie de Jazz).

      * The 7th annual Netherlands Turkish theater Festival, traditionally held in
      the Netherlands, will take place in Amsterdam between April 15 and 19 this year.
      A total of 15 performances will be staged this year in the festival organized
      the Turkish Theater Foundation of the Netherlands.
      The plays "The Countryside", put on by the State Theater of Istanbul, "Fault
      Line", performed by the Dostlar (Friends) Theater, and "The Men", presented by
      the Besinci Sokak (Fifth Avenue) Theater, are scheduled for the festival.
      During the festival, Turkish theater groups based in the Netherlands will
      stage shows as well.

      * Archeological consultant and long-time Turkish friend, Prof. Dr. Manfred
      Korfmann was granted Turkish citizenship this past December.
      The professor, who leads a team from Canakkale's 18th of March University,
      has been an integral part of the 15-year excavation in the ancient city of Troy.
      The professor has gained quite a following for his selfless dedication to the
      excavation of Turkish hidden treasures, such as Troy.
      His team, as well as many locals have taken to calling him "Osman Hoca," or
      "Professor Osman," which Dr. Korfmann so liked that he officially adopted the
      name "Osman" just last week as well.
      Dr. Korfmann is originally from Germany and teaches at the University of
      T�bingen there.

      * After wrapping up his tour in Qatar's capital city Doha, Anatolian Fire,
      Turkey's famous thence troupe, has decided to continue its tour in Turkey.
      The group's director, Mustafa Erdogan, announced his troupe would perform due
      to the high demand domestically despite having just wrapped a long and
      successful international tour in Germany, China, Israel, Japan and among 12
      other nations.
      The dance troupe will perform April 17th at the Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar
      Convention and Exhibition Hall.

      * 16th International Istanbul Short Films Festival takes place at French,
      Italian and German Cultural Centers between April 1st and 7th.
      The festival will feature award-winning short films shot in 35mm and 16mm
      The films are produced by German, Austrian, Belgian, French, Dutch, English,
      Spanish, Swedish, Hungarian, Italian, Mexican, Polish, Greek and Turkish
      directors and will be screened in their original languages with English
      For more information on the event, please contact Hilmi Etikan at
      hetikan@... or go to the festival's website at

      * Turkuaz magazine, a nation-wide magazine aimed at connecting fellow
      Turkish-Americans and educating Americans about Turkish culture, current events
      and has officially launched their new website http://www.turkuaz.us. The
      website is designed as a billboard for the cultural life of the Turkish-American
      community in the US. Every week, the events calendar is updated with the many
      interesting events and programs organized throughout the country. The staff
      actively encourages any feedback you may have, including any announcements you'd
      like to make.

      * The YKB Cultural Center in Galatasaray, Istanbul is hosting several exciting
      exhibits this spring.
      The works of living Turkish artists are on display between March 19th and
      April 11th. The paintings are from the collections of the most famous fifty
      collectors in Turkey.
      Famous photographer, documentary producer and writer G�ne� Karabuda also
      exhibits portraits of famous artists and the photos he has took from all over
      the World over the past 50 years.
      Two hundred photos with explanations in English will be on display between
      March 19th and April 11th.

      * The 21st Annual International Ankara Music Festival, which is organized by
      Sevda Cenap's Foundation kicks off this month.
      The festival has a catalytic role in the capital city of Ankara, and gives
      all music and dance lovers the chance to listen to World renowned artists in
      various halls between April 4th and 30th.
      The opening concert is Carmina Burana performed by Presidential Symphony
      Orchestra and State Polyphonic Chorus. This is followed by dances by the
      Wonderful Circus show of multi-prized Laterna Magica of Prague and dances from
      Arcaladanza of Spain on April 23rd, Turkey National Holiday dedicated to
      The last show is "21st Century Ballet Stars Show" which is composed of dancers
      from Bolshoi, England, Italy, Germany and Ankara ballet dancers. The closing
      performance is the concert of Ukraine Symphony Orchestra.


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras:



      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 48/25 Partly Cloudy
      Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 73/52 Partly Cloudy
      Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 50/36 Partly Cloudy
      Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 64/43 Partly Cloudy
      Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 37/30 Rainy

      Seawater temperatures

      Black Sea measured at Trabzon 46
      Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 52
      Aegean Sea measured at Bodrum 55
      Mediterranean Sea measured at Alanya 64


      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer- Premier Division

      Week 27 matches

      Ankaragucu 3-1 Diyarbakirspor
      Denizlispor 3-0 Elazigspor
      Adanaspor 1-2 Fenerbahce
      Samsunspor 1-0 Galatasaray
      Besiktas 4-1 Gaziantepspor
      Rizespor 2-0 G.Birligi
      Bursaspor 1-1 Istanbulspor
      Sebatspor 1-1 Konyaspor
      Malatyaspor 2-3 Trabzonspor

      Adanaspor 2-2 G.Birligi

      Week 28 matches
      Gaziantepspor - Ankaragucu
      Galatasaray - Besiktas
      Adanaspor - Bursaspor
      Diyarbakirspor - Denizlispor
      Trabzonspor - Istanbulspor
      Elazigspor - Malatyaspor
      Konyaspor - Rizespor
      G.Birligi - Samsunspor
      Fenerbahce - Sebatspor


      Team Pts
      1. Fenerbahce 63
      2. Besiktas 57
      3. Trabzonspor 56
      4. Denizlispor 48
      5. Gaziantepspor 45
      6. Galatasaray 41
      7. Diyarbakirspor 40
      8. Samsunspor 39
      9. Ankaragucu 36
      10. G.Birligi 35
      11. Malatyaspor 34
      12. Konyaspor 33
      13. Rizespor 33
      14. Istanbulspor 28
      15. Sebatspor 27
      16. Bursaspor 22
      17. Elazigspor 21
      18. Adanaspor 13

      * European Basketball League

      Group D W L +/-

      Skipper 4-1 +26
      Efes Pilsen 3-2 +27
      Pau-Orthez 2-3 -33
      Olimpija 1-4 -20

      Group F W L +/-

      Maccabi 3-2 +38
      Zalgiris 3-2 +21
      Pamesa 3-2 -9
      Ulker 1-4 -50

      * Turkish Basketball - Men's
      Team Pts
      1 Efes Pilsen 44
      2 �lker 44
      3 Besiktas 42
      4 P.Karsiyaka 39
      5 Tuborg 37
      6 Dar�ssafaka 36
      7 T�rk Telekom 36
      8 Tekelspor 35
      9 Aras I.T.U 34
      10 Fenerbah�e 33
      11 B�y�k Kolej 32
      12 Galatasaray 31
      13 Oyak Renault 30
      14 Tofas 28

      * Turkish Basketball - Women's

      Team Pts
      1 Fenerbah�e 44
      2 Botas 38
      3 Erdemir 38
      4 Migros 38
      5 �ankaya Ari Koleji 36
      6 Ceyhan Bld. 34
      7 I�SK 34
      8 Besiktas 31
      9 Ayvalik K���kk�y Bld. 30
      10 Galatasaray 26
      11 Urla Bld. 24
      12 G�re Bld. 23

      * NBA

      Hidayet Turkoglu

      San Antonio 105 - 76 Phoenix 10 pts, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 10
      San Antonio 101 - 93 Cleveland 4 pts, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 28
      San Antonio 107 - 98 Sacramento 14 pts, 7 rebounds and 1 assists in 25

      Mehmet Okur

      Detroit 100 - 75 New York 7 pts, 6 rebounds and 0 assist in 14 mins.
      Detroit 108 - 99 LA Clippers 19 pts, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 mins.


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