x0x Turkish News for the week ending 10 November 2012
x0x Turkish News for the week ending 10 November 2012
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 10 November 2012]
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* Turkey's top statesmen attended ceremonies on Nov. 10 honoring the 74th anniversary of modern Turkey's founder Ataturk's death, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Parliament head Cemil Cicek, main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Deputy Presidents Bulent Arinc and Bekir Bozdag and others were all present.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not attend the ceremonies due to his commitments abroad.
Thousands of policemen were positioned at Anitkabir, Ataturk's mausoleum.
* Dogan News Agency reportad that 2,400 volunteers came together in Izmir to form a larger-than-life Ataturk portrait, with nearly 2,000 others left out due to limited capabilities.
The activity received an enthusiastic response from Izmir locals, with thousands eager to take part.
The portrait was constructed by citizens standing in a specific pattern and visible from the above. It was ready around noon and celebrations followed the completion of the figure.
Around 20 cameras were filming the event on location.
* At least 11,000 Syrian refugees fled their country in a single day on Nov. 9, pouring into Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon with children and dozens of wounded, U.N. officials said. Most of the refugee surge â 9,000 people including over 70 wounded â fled to Turkey, while Jordan and Lebanon each absorbed another 1,000 refugees.
More than 120,000 registered Syrian refugees are now sheltered in Turkish camps. Tens of thousands of unregistered Syrians are also living in Turkish border towns and villages. A Turkish Foreign Ministry official had earlier put the latest influx at 8,000 for the single-day total.
The latest exodus to Turkey is one of the largest on a single day since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year. A Turkish official said the Syrians were mostly escaping fighting in the town of Harem, in Syria's northern Idlib province as well as violence in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn in the northeastern province of al-Hasaka, where rebels have wrestled control from al-Assad's forces, the Associated Press reported.
* The Turkish Armed Forces have announced they have launched a probe into the causes behind the helicopter crash that killed 17 soldiers on Nov.10 in the southeastern province of Siirt, reports the Hurriyet Daily News.
Southeastern Turkey has seen increased Kurdistan Workers Party attacks and counter insurgency activity by the the Turkish military in recent months.
The cause of the crash will be clarified following the probe, Armed Forces said in a statement realeased soon after the incident took place.
Siirt Governor Ahmet Aydin earlier ruled out any chances of a terrorist attack as the cause. The helicopter crashed straight into the rocks due to foggy weather, according to Aydin.
"We have reached the bodies," Aydin said. "The cause of the crash is a hundred percent the fog."
* Meanwhile, 42 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party have been killed during operations conducted in Turkey's eastern province of Hakkari's Semdinli district by the Turkish Armed Forces, according to a statement released by the Hakkari Governor's Office.
In a statement released Nov. 9, the governor's office said weaponry including rocket launchers, mortar bombs and explosives used by the Kurdistan Workers Party militants were also confiscated.
Operations launched by the army in the region on Nov. 7 are still continuing.
The Kurdistan Workers Party is on a list of terrorist organizations in the U.S. and the European Union.
* Speaking at the Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia, the Turkish Prime Minister slammed a number of global bodies, including the UN and the International Monetary Fund, reported the Anatolia News Agency.
Throwing diplomacy out the window, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized both the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund for their structures. He also argued that capital punishment "is legitimate in certain situations," referring to the recent court ruling in the case against Norwegian-mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.
Mr. Erdogan criticized the U.N. for its inaction on certain issues, including Syria and the Israel-Palestine stalemate. He went on to issue harsh criticisms against the International Monetary Fund for what he called its "bitter" prescriptions.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Serkan Hatipoglu
* The exhibition, titled "AtatÃ¼rk: A person more than one," opened on Nov. 10 and explore the various stages of the founder of the Turkish Republic's life through photographs.
In the exhibition catalogue, curator Ekrem IÅÄ±n writes the following of AtatÃ¼rk:
"He emerged from the old times of fire, betrayal, and decadence. His personality was hammered by reality on the anvil of life. He was thus never bent out of shape; he knew to stand upright and say 'No!' His honor was the honor of these lands. He remembered the forgotten, lent a hand to the fallen. 'The Turkish people are hardworking, the Turkish people are intelligent,' were his own words. There is not a single other leader in the history of Anatolia that attains the reality behind these words with their ideas and actions. He named his country and committed his endeavors to the integrity of this nation. We cherish his memory with the utmost respect."
The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 30.
* The controversial project to renew Istanbul's Taksim Square could take more time than the planned eight months as the excavation will be done under the strict supervision of officials from the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Omer Erbil of the Turkish daily Radikal reports.
For the Taksim Square Pedestrianization Project, a go-ahead was given for the underground tunnels between Cumhuriyet and TarlabaÅÄ± avenues by Istanbul's second Cultural Assets Preservation Board on the condition that the museum will oversee the work. Museum officials recently met with officials from Kalyon Construction, the company that won the tender for the project and told the company that construction can only begin after archaeologists from the museum finish their survey.
The archaeologists' survey was learned to be, to the surprise of the construction company, delicate excavation activities mostly done by hand. If a cultural asset is found, then the excavation area would be widened. The tunnel construction was initially planned to be completed in eight months, but with the hand digging, the project is likely to be delayed.
The Taksim project aims to close the square to vehicle traffic, which would flow through underground tunnels.
The museum archives specify that there were cultural assets found at Cumhuriyet Avenue and in its vicinity. At the parking lot behind the water storage tank, there were Genoese tombs found in excavations done in 2000 and 2001. The archaeologists believe that these tombs continue toward the planned road and the military barracks.
On the other hand, they point out that sarcophaguses from the fifth century were found when the AtatÃ¼rk Cultural Center was built. This meant, the archaeologists believe, that there was a settlement in that area and that a delicate archaeological survey is required during the tunnel construction.
"Once Upon A Time in Anatolia" will compete for the European Award.EXCHANGE RATE
* According to the Hurriyet Daily News, two Turkish films, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" and "Silent", will compete for this year's European Film Awards, which will be announced Dec. 1.
The Seville European Film Festival, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 25th European Film Awards. Leading the field is "Love," Michael Haneke's moving French language drama about an elderly couple, with six nominations for the film, director and screenplay for Haneke, best cinematography for Darius Khondji and two acting nominations for Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
"Love" is followed by two films with five nominations each. Thomas Vinterberg's Danish drama, "The Hunt" is nominated for the film, directing and screenplay for Vinterberg, the latter shared with Tobias Lindholm, and Mads Mikkelsen for acting.
For the Turkish crime drama "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," Nuri Bilge Ceylan is nominated in the European Director's category and Gokhan Tiryaki for the Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1.79
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey: 54/41 Mostly Cloudy Antalya, on the Mediterranean: 72/57 Mostly Cloudy Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 61/54 Rainy Izmir, on the Aegean: 66/52 Partly Cloudy Trabzon, on the Black Sea: 59/55 Showers Van, in Eastern Turkey: 54/43 Showers
Seawater temperatures :
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 66 Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 64 Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 70 Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 73
* In games played so far this weekend: 11
Be$iKta$ - Bursa Sp 3Â -Â 3 Sivas Sp - Eski$ehir Sp 1Â -Â 0 Kasimpa$a - Antalya Sp 1Â -Â 1 Trabzon Sp - Akhisar Sp 3Â -Â 1 Karabuk Sp - Istanbul BBSK 3Â -Â 1
* Results for week: 10
Istanbul BBSK - G. Saray 1 - 3 Kayseri Sp - Karabuk Sp 3 - 0 Akhisar Sp - Fenerbahce 1 - 2 Eski$ehir Sp - G. Antep Sp 4 - 0 G. Birligi - Elazig Sp 1 - 2 Ordu Sp - Sivas Sp 2 - 0 Be$iKta$ - Mersin I Y 3 - 0 Antalya Sp - Trabzon Sp 2 - 1 Bursa Sp - Kasimpa$a 1 - 2
* Standing in the league as of week ending 10
1 - G. Saray 21 2 - Antalya Sp 21 3 - Eski$ehir Sp 17 4 - Ordu Sp 17 5 - Kasimpa$a 16 6 - Fenerbahce 16 7 - Be$iKta$ 15 8 - G. Birligi 14 9 - Bursa Sp 13 10 - Trabzon Sp 13 11 - Sivas Sp 12 12 - Istanbul BBSK 11 13 - G. Antep Sp 11 14 - Kayseri Sp 10 15 - Akhisar Sp 10 16 - Karabuk Sp 9 17 - Mersin I Y 8 18 - Elazig Sp 8
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