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Work on 1st Turkish nuclear plant to begin in May

Source : World Bulletin / 07 Apr 2014

Construction of Turkey’s first nuclear plant will begin in May if an environmental impact report wins approval.

The report on the Akkuyu nuclear power plant has been submitted to the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry for evaluation. According to government officials, the Environmental Effect Evaluation Report could be approved in May.


Turkey to build new hospital in Gaza

Source : Reuters / 28 Mar 2014

Israel said on Thursday it will allow into the Gaza Strip construction materials and electric equipment to help build a Turkish-sponsored hospital, in a possible sign of improving ties with Ankara.


Turkey wishes to rebuild Islamic heritage in Timbuktu

Source : AA / 27 Mar 2014

Turkey is to support the rebuilding of an Islamic heritage site in Timbuktu which was destroyed by armed groups in 2012, the United Nation’s cultural agency’s (UNESCO) representative in Mali Lazare Eloundou said on Wednesday.  

“Turkey along with UNESCO is ready to work to rebuild mausoleums, tombs and mosques which UNESCO started on March 14, at an  estimated cost of around $11 million,” Eloundou said.     


Turkey's first nuclear unit to be completed by 2019

Source : AA / 15 Mar 2014

Turkey is determined to see the first unit of its planned Akkuyu nuclear power plant operating by 2019, the country's energy minister Taner Yildiz said during a speech in Ankara on Thursday.

The Akuyyu plant, which will consist of four reactors, will be Turkey's first and will be built by Russian energy company Rosatom on the Mediterranean coast, with the aim of it being fully operational by 2023.


Istanbul’s historic underground tops list of 10 weirdest transport alternatives

Source : Hurriyet Daily news / 12 Mar 2014

Tünel, a short underground railway line in Istanbul, Turkey, has been rated “as one of the strangest transport alternatives in the world,” according to an article published by on March 10.


Turkey's biggest water tunnel completed

Source : World Bulletin / 11 Mar 2014

Turkey's largest and the world's fifth biggest water tunnel has been inaugurated by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the south-eastern city of Sanliurfa in the Suruc district.

The water tunnel has been built as part of the regional development project, Southeastern Anatolia Project, which aims to boost the economy and agriculture in an impoverished part of Turkey.


Young scientists from Turkic world to compete in 'Science Olympics'

Source : AA / 03 Mar 2014

Young scientists from all across the Turkic countries will compete in the `Turkic World Science Olympics` in central Turkey on May 8-10.

Scientific projects from students aged between 11 and 15 will be entered into categories for invention and design, and will take part in the olympiad, held as part of a wider series of `Cultural Capital of the Turkic World` organizations.


Turkey launches new satellite

Source : World Bulletin / 18 Feb 2014

Turkey launched its TURKSAT 4A communications satellite from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on Friday night.

The TURKSAT 4A Communication Satellite was Turkey´s fifth to be put into orbit.

The Turksat 4A telecommunication satellite was jointly produced with Turkish and Japanese engineers.


Turkey´s fifth satellite to be launched

Source : World Bulletin / 10 Feb 2014

Turkey's TURKSAT 4A Communication Satellite - Turkey´s fifth satallite - will be launched with a Proton rocket on 15 February 2014 from Baykonur Space Centre in Kazakhstan.

The Turksat 4A telecommunication satellite was produced jointly with Turkish and Japanese engineers.


Smoking ban in Turkey lowers cigarette consumption

Source : World Bulletin / 05 Feb 2014

Turkey has consumed 16.2 billion fewer cigarettes since the ban on smoking in enclosed areas was introduced in 2008, according to data from the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (TAPDK).


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