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GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APR 14

GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APR 14
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These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on April 14, 2009. Hurriyet Daily News Online does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

HURRIYET
-- PROFESSORS DETAINED IN LATEST ERGENEKON WAVE
Police detained 29 people, including three former and two incumbent university rectors, in the 12th wave of the Ergenekon probe. Police searched 83 different places, including the offices of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, or CYDD, in the operations that were held simultaneously in 18 provinces. Professor Mehmet Haberal (Baskent University in Ankara), Professor Osman Metin Ozturk (Giresun University in the northern province of Giresun), and former rectors Professor Fatih Hilmioglu (Inonu University in eastern province of Malatya), Professor Ferit Bernay (Samsun University in northern province of Samsun), Professor Mustafa Yurtkan (Uludag University in northwestern province of Bursa), who is also the deputy chairman of the Kemalist Thought Association, were taken to Istanbul for interrogation. Things that the professors had in common: They were all against freedom of headscarf at universities, they were all appointed by former president Ahmet Necdet Sezer, and they are all known for their Kemalist thoughts.
       
-- ECONOMY TO SHRINK 3.6 PCT; CURRENT ACCOUNT DEFICIT TO HIT $11 BLN
According to government's new targets for 2009 announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nazim Ekren, the Turkish economy will shrink by 3.6 percent instead of the previous estimation of 4 percent growth. The inflation rate is expected to become 7.5 percent while the current account deficit is estimated to hit $11 billion.
       
MILLIYET
-- NEW WAVE IN ERGENEKON PROBE: 37 PEOPLE IN CUSTODY
Police launched a series of operations in 15 provinces as part of the ongoing Ergenekon probe and detained 37 people, most of them women. Police searched the house of Professor Turkan Saylan, chairwoman of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, or CYDD, and detained several members of the organization. Police also detained Professor Mehmet Haberal, rector of Baskent University in Ankara, and four other university rectors, some of them retired. Erol Manisali, journalist at daily Cumhuriyet and former scholar at Istanbul University, was also taken into custody.
       
-- TURKEY'S ECONOMY TO SHRINK 3.6 PERCENT
The Turkish government has revised a large number of its economic targets for 2009 as a result of the economic crisis. The economy is expected to shrink 3.6 percent as opposed to an earlier estimation of 4 percent growth. The budget is expected to run a 48 billion Turkish Lira deficit. According to the estimations, the economy will start to recover in 2010.
       
SABAH
-- ACADEMIC WAVE
The 12th wave in the Ergenekon probe hit rectors and academics the most. Police searched 83 addresses in 18 provinces. Forty-three people were detained. Among the detainees were Professor Mehmet Haberal, Baskent University rector and owner of Kanal B; Giresun University Rector Osman Metin Ozturk; and former rectors Fatih Hilmioglu, Mustafa Yurtkuran, Ferit Bernay, Erol Manisali and Ayse Yuksel.
       
-- ECONOMY BACK TO NORMAL IN 2010
Under the new program made public by Deputy Prime Minister Nazim Ekren, the economy will grow 3.3 percent next year. According to the program, the economy will shrink 3.6 percent this year with the effect of the crisis. The Turkish economy is expected to grow 3.3 percent in 2010, and 4.5 percent in 2011.

VATAN
-- RAID ON COMTEMPORARY LIFE
The 12th wave of the Ergenekon probe targeted the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, or CYDD, and the Contemporary Education Fund. Police searched house of Turkan Saylan, CYDD chairwoman, for seven hours, raided 14 branches of the CYDD and detained 30 of its administrators.
       
-- 5 RECTORS UNDER INTERROGATION
The rectors of Baskent and Giresun universities and the former rectors of 19 Mayis and Uludag universities were detained simultaneously. Baskent University rector Mehmet Haberal was taken into custody in the initial operation in Ankara. Haberal's house in the Cayyolu district in capital Ankara was raided. Personal documents were seized in the search that continued for nearly three hours.
       
CUMHURIYET
-- SCHOLARS UNDER ARREST IN ERGENEKON INVESTIGATION
Police detained scholars and university rectors in the 12th wave of the Ergenekon probe in operations in 18 provinces throughout Turkey. Professor Turkan Saylan, chairwoman of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, or CYDD, and Professor Mehmet Haberal, rector of the Baskent University, were among those who were detained. Erol Manisali, columnist for the daily Cumhuriyet and former scholar at Istanbul University, was also taken into custody.
       
-- GOVERNMENT REVISES ECONOMIC TARGETS
The government announced revised economic targets Monday, predicting that the economy would shrink 3.6 percent in 2009. The budget deficit will reach as high as 49 billion liras, and industrial output will drop 9.7 percent. The unemployment rate is expected to increase to 13.5 percent.
       
RADIKAL
-- ERGENEKON CONFUSED
The Ergenekon probe targeted education volunteers this time. Police raided 19 offices of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, or CYDD, which gives scholarship to 36,000 girls, and searched the house of Chairwoman Turkan Saylan, 74, who is undergoing cancer treatment at home.
       
-- TARGETS REVISED: 3.6 PCT SHRINKAGE, 13.5 PCT UNEMPLOYMENT
The government has revised economic targets for 2009, which earlier estimated 4 percent growth. Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Nazim Ekren said the government projects Turkey would shrink 3.6 percent. Turkey's jobless rate is estimated to reach 13.5 percent, which was earlier predicted to be 10 percent. The budget deficit will grow to 48 billion liras.

YENI SAFAK
-- SCHOLARS UNDER ARREST IN ERGENEKON PROBE
The 12th wave of detentions in the Ergenekon probe hit scholars. Police raided a number of universities and the offices of the Association for Supporting Contemporary Life, or CYDD, detaining five rectors and some members of the organization. Police searched the house of Professor Turkan Saylan, chairwoman of the CYDD, and Professor Mehmet Haberal, rector of Baskent University in Ankara. Police also detained the rector of Giresun University and four other retired rectors.
       
-- FORMER UNDP CHIEF NAMED HEAD OF TURKISH BANK BOARD
Former administrator of the United Nations Development Program Kemal Dervis was appointed to chair the International Advisory Board of Turkey's Akbank. The board aims to monitor global political, social, financial and environmental developments and to make use of opportunities for the bank. The 12-member board will gather twice a year.

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