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    GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON OCT 01

    Anatolian Agency
    01.10.2008 - 09:49 | Son Güncelleme: 01.10.2008 - 11:23

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Oct. 01, 2008. Hurriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. (UPDATED)

    HURRIYET
    -- SINCERE ADMISSION OF GREEK ADMIRAL
    Admiral Andonis Andonyadis, who acted as the Commander of Greek Naval Forces between 2002-2005, told in his book that, "The international community, and of course Turkey, recognize our air space as 6 miles. We fall into a funny situation while saying 10 miles." The retired Admiral harshly criticized the "Turkey is a threat" taboo in his book. Referring to his visit to Turkey when he was the Navy commander, Andoyadis said he was for the first time in his life so touched that he would be reduced to tears during his visits.
           
    -- PORTRAIT OF SULEIMAN THE MAGNIFICENT WORTH 300,000 STERLING
    Portrait of "Suleiman the Magnificent" painted by Italian painter Tiziano in 1538, is expected to be offered for sale on Oct. 8 in an auction sale of Sotheby's Institute of Art in Britain.
           
    MILLIYET

    -- NEW LIFE WITH SOCIAL SECURITY TAKES START
    The controversial Social Security Reform took effect on Oct. 1. All children who are born as of today will take advantage, without condition, of the country’s health services until the age of 18. Retired people will not be able to benefit from the prosperity share. Salaries of retired people will rise according to rate of inflation.
           
    -- IT STARTS WITH FETHI NACI
    Yesim Ustaoglu, who won the "Golden Shell" award at the 56th International San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain with her film "Pandora's Box" recounting the story of an alzheimer sufferer and her three children, said she dedicated the film to renowned literary critic and author Fethi Naci. Ustaoglu said, "He was my friend. He was somewhat like a father and is the source of inspiration for my film. If only he was not defeated by an illness like Alzheimer."
           
    SABAH
    -- NO FEAST FOR FENERBAHCE
    Turkey’s Fenerbahce soccer team tied with Dinamo Kiev of Ukraine in Istanbul in a Group G match of the European Champions League. The game drew 0-0. Fans of Fenerbahce were disappointed with the game played by their team on Tuesday night. Fenerbahce will play against Arsenal in their next match in the group.

    -- TURKEY CELEBRATES RAMADAN FEAST
    Turks all across Turkey celebrated the arrival of the Ramadan Feast on Tuesday. Turkish President Abdullah Gul conducted his Ramadan Feast prayers at Ankara's Kocatepe Mosque. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Istanbul on the first day of the Ramadan Feast. Erdogan distributed gifts and money to children in Istanbul. Mosques in Istanbul were full for the Ramadan Feast prayers on Tuesday morning.

    VATAN
    -- UNHAPPY FENER
    After having lost three matches in the first five weeks of the Turkcell Super League in Turkey, Fenerbahce soccer team is also going through a tough time in the European Champions League. Fenerbahce drew a tie with Ukraine's Dinamo Kiev on Tuesday in Istanbul at Group G match in the European Champions League. The game ended 0-0. Fenerbahce is ranked last in Group G. Hundreds of Fenerbahce fans called for the resignation of the current Fenerbahce management following the game with Dinamo Kiev.

    -- RAMADAN FEAST'S FIRST DAY TRAFFIC CASUALTIES: 13 KILLED
    The traffic monster continued to work during the first day of the Ramadan Feast. In the past two days, 19 Turks have lost lives in traffic accidents throughout Turkey. During the same period, 164 Turks were injured in traffic accidents.
           
    CUMHURIYET
    -- FOREIGNERS ARE WITHOUT CONTROL
    As libor interest rates exceeded 5 percent in European markets, some foreign banks suspended the loans given to the private sector in Turkey. As foreign banks, currently in Turkey through partnership of purchase, experience the worst years in Europe and in the United States, they continue to fund their centers by collecting deposits in Turkey. Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) and Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) of Turkey remain silent.
           
    -- NEW PERIOD IN PARLIAMENT
    The opening of the new term of the Turkish Parliament coincides with the second day of the Ramadan Feast. Participation to the general assembly meeting and a cocktail is expected to be low. The newly appointed chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug and other force commanders will not attend the ceremony.
           
    RADIKAL
    -- TURKISH MINISTERS DO NOT HAVE CONCERNS FOR CRISIS
    Turkish ministers do not have concerns over the impacts of the global crisis in the world. The ministers think the economy of Turkey, which became stronger, will only be minimally affected by the crisis. State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said, "Developments in the world will in this or that way have impacts on Turkey. However, you should know that Turkey is the only country that could overcome this crisis in the easiest way."

    YENI SAFAK
    -- PRICE HIKE FOR NATURAL GAS
    Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (BOTAS) announced that the price of natural gas used by residences would increase by 4.55 percent as of Oct. 1. The price of natural gas used in industry would increase by 4.69 percent as of Wednesday.

     

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