News Scan for Turkey, March 18th 2017
Remembering the Battle of Gallipoli: Heroes that rose, lives that were lost
Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottomans against the mighty Allied forces as well as the commemoration of the thousands who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign. Despite the casualties, the Ottoman victory in Gallipoli eventually paved the way for an independent Turkey
1915 Çanakkale Bridge crowns 102th anniversary of Gallipoli naval victory
As Gallipoli naval victory, changing the course of the World War I and the world’s history, was marked in ceremonies throughout Turkey, top Turkish officials were in western province of Çanakkale to attend official ceremonies both to commemorate the victory and groundbreaking event of the world longest suspension bridge planned to cross the Dardanelles Strait by 2023.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended to the official March 18 ceremony in Çanakkale, where he mentioned the efforts of 249 people killed during the July 15 coup attempt to defend democracy. He said that the parliament would do what is necessary on death sentence demands by the public after the upcoming presidential system referendum on April 16, and he would approve it without hesitation.
Unemployment in Turkey reaches highest rate in 7 years
Unemployment rate in Turkey had already signaled a problem by the end of 2016. According to the latest data released by Turkish Statistical Institution, current unemployment rate has reached 12.7%, the highest level of unemployment experienced in the country within the past 7 years.
The number of unemployed people across Turkey over the age of 15 increased by 668K individuals by December 2016 and the total number of the unemployed stood at 3 million 872 thousand. The group that got affected the most was the youth – aged between 15-24 – 24% of whom are reported as unemployed.
Bursa leads in organ transplants in Turkey, Europe
Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa has surpassed national hospitals in Turkey and European countries with its exceeding rates of organ donor supplies and transplant operations, as its hospitals have carried out well-organized awareness initiatives for health sector employees and the public who were hesitant or had limited knowledge about the life-saving operations.
Bursa supplies the highest number of corpses in organ transplants as it also leads in the number of organ transplant operations carried out in Turkey. While in 2009 the supply rate for a million patients was 1.8 corpses, this number rose to 22 in 2016.
Turkey requests a loan from Russia to boost its military capabilities
Russia’s state-run defense firm Rostec’s head Sergey Çemezov stated ‘Turkey informed Moscow about its desire to get a loan’. However, the issue has not been completely talked over yet, said Çemezov.
Turkey and Russia agree to create a joint investment fund of $1bn Turkey and Russia agree to create a joint investment fund of $1bn
According to reports of ANKA, Sergey Çemezov spoke at Rossiya 24 TV station giving updates about relations between his country and Turkey in regards to fields of defense. Turkey’s request to get a loan was for the purpose of purchasing S-400 rockets, as well as other weapons, from Russia, Çemezov said and added: “Talks between the finance ministers (of the two countries) are still ongoing.”
Erdoğan’s Nazi comments are unacceptable, say Hollande and Merkel
France’s President François Hollande and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a joint press statement on Thursday (March 16) condemning the behavior of Turkey’s politicians over the ban on referendum rallies in Europe in support of Turkish president Erdoğan. Hollande and Merkel said Erdoğan’s using of the term ‘Nazi’ to criticize European countries and leaders was ‘unacceptable’.
Head of CHP’s women’s branch criticizes Turkey’s officials over crisis with Holland Head of CHP’s women’s branch criticizes Turkey’s officials over crisis with Holland. French leader Hollande said his country was in solidarity with Germany and other countries that have targeted in similar verbal attacks.
compiled by Editor BTT
This is a news-scan from major Turkish papers and internet sites. However, we do not verify above stories neither do we vouch for their accuracy.