These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on Oct. 27, 2008. HotNewsTurkey does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
- DEVIANT WITH HELMET IS A TENOR
Thirty-one-year-old, awarded tenor, Sahin O., was arrested after raping 10 young girls in the past five months after chasing them on his motorcycle. Sahin O., was a past member of the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. Sahin O, earlier denied the accusations but later accepted his crime on fingerprints and DNA report evidence.
--SECRETARY AND DRIVER DETAINED IN ERGENEKON
Four people, close to journalist Tuncay Ozkan who was earlier detained, were detained under the Ergenekon probe. Anet Sahakyan, who was Ozkan's assistant before he sold Kanalturk TV station; his driver Sener Ozturk; and Fuat Garip who was working at the data processing unit of the TV station, were taken into custody in
--TORRENTIAL RAINS AND FLOOD IN
Around 70 kg/m2 rain fell in the metropolis of
--ARE WE GOING TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITH IMF UNDER YOUR ORDERS, PREMIER ERDOGAN
Premier Tayyip Erdogan said there were circles who were trying to give counseling to the government about talks with the IMF. "Are we going to hold talks with the IMF and reach an agreement under orders from you? We will make an agreement only if it is to our benefit," said Erdogan. "If you sign a flexible agreement with us, that's fine, we will sign it. But if you want to seize this opportunity to 'ram it down our throat', we will not let that happen," said Erdogan to the IMF.
TURKISH AIRLINES BACK IN
Turkish Airlines resumed flights to
--THY STARTS FLIGHTS TO
Turkish Airlines (THY), which stopped its Istanbul-Baghdad flights during Gulf War in 1991, restarted the flights after a hiatus of 17 years. Return flights will cost 2,000 YTL and will be held three times a week.
--RAINFALL NIGHTMARE IN THREE CITIES
Heavy rainfall paralyzed daily life in
--I WILL AGREE WITH IMF IF THEY DO NOT STRANGLE US
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sent messages to both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation, which is currently visiting Turkey, and the business world that wants a new agreement with the fund. Erdogan said, "They are giving us advice. Are we going to sit at a table with the IMF under your instructions? We are actually having talks with the IMF, and it (the relationship) is based on mutual interests. I will sign a deal if it is in line with my interests. However, we will not darken our future by giving in to the IMF's demands in such a medium of crisis."
--BOTH DAMS AND GROUND FLOORS FLOODED
Some 530 workplaces and dwellings were flooded and hundreds of traffic accidents happened following torrential rains in
--FOUR NEW ARRESTS IN ERGENEKON PROBE
Police made new arrests in
--SUSPECT WANTED UNDER DENIZ FENERI INVESTIGATION, HAPPENS TO BE PARTNERS WITH INTERIOR MINISTER
Another connection in "Deniz Deneri e.v" case was brought to light. Justice and Development Party member Veli Korkmaz, who was in the wanted list of a corruption investigation in
--ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION DROPPED
The increase in electricity consumption, which was 8.3 percent in 2006 and 8.9 percent in 2007, remained at 2.4 percent in September this year.
--FOUR MORE PEOPLE DETAINED IN ERGENEKON
Merdan Yanardag, who is producing a program for Kanalturk TV channel, as well as two people with the channel's data processing unit and the driver of Tuncay Ozkan, who is still being held, were taken into custody within the scope of Ergenekon inquiry.
--THY ON ITS WAY TO
Turkish Airlines (THY), which stopped its flights to
The Turkish Airlines (THY) resumed its flights to
--CHEAP INTEREST AND FUEL OIL TO ALLEVIATE CRISIS
Representatives of the real sector have proposed two remedies against the global crisis: The central bank should cut interest rates, and energy costs should be diminished. When all countries are taking different measures to overcome the economic crisis with the least loss, the Turkish real sector expresses concern over high interest rates. Representatives of the real sector think that the impact of crisis that has not been fully seen in the markets yet and can be lessened by implementing a low interest rate policy and reducing energy and labor costs.