Turkish Press Review - Monday, December 16, 2013

Turkish dailies on Monday cover Turkish Prime Minister's announcement concerning the increase in the amounts of scholarships and credits given to higher education students in Turkey

Turkish dailies on Monday cover Turkish Prime Minister's announcement concerning the increase in the amounts of scholarships and credits given to higher education students in Turkey

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Turkish dailies on Monday cover Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's announcement concerning the increase in the amounts of scholarships and credits given to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students in Turkey, the first German minister of Turkish descent Aydan Ozoguz who will run a ministerial post in Angela Merkel's cabinet, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation's (IHH) aid campaign for Gaza and the burial of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela at his ancestral home.

- Good news of increased scholarships by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes place on the front pages of all Turkish dailies.

Daily AKSAM headlined "Good news of scholarship to university students," publishing that Erdogan announced the scholarship and credit amounts for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students were raised. Undergraduates will get 300 TL, postgraduates 600 TL and doctoral students 900 TL beginning on January 1, said the daily, while quoting Erdogan as saying that the monthly amount for meal assistance was also raised to 220 TL.

"Raise on university scholarships" was the title by POSTA. However, daily TARAF's headline was "They are in pursuit of youngsters," writing that Erdogan and the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu targeted youngsters who will cast votes for the first time in general elections. Whereas Kilicdaroglu said the Higher Education Institute will be removed and the duration of compulsory military service will be decreased, Erdogan raised the scholarship and credit amount, said the daily.

- A Turk will run a ministerial post in Germany

"First Turkish minister in Germany" was the title of SABAH, publishing that Deputy Chairperson and MP of the Social Democrat Party Aydan Ozoguz would assume a ministerial office as the new state minister responsible for Immigration, Refugees and Integration. It added that Ozoguz will make history by being the first federal minister of Turkish descent.

- Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) holds aid campaign for Gazan people

Daily YENISAFAK headlined "Pouring of help," publishing that IHH gathered $6.5 million on December 15 during an international aid campaign for Gaza, which is blockaded by Israel. The paper added that IHH chairman Bulent Yildirim said the aid would be submitted to Gaza, which suffered from excessive rain and flooding. The excessive rain killed two people, wounded 108 and displacing more than 5,000 others on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Gazan people thanked Turkey and Qatar for their aid, holding flags of the two countries on the streets.

- Farewell to the anti-apartheid icon in Qunu

Daily MILLIYET titled "Legend seen off in his village," publishing that Nelson Mandela was laid to rest at his ancestral home village of Qunu on Decemeber 15. It added that his family, relatives, politicians and celebrities from across the world attended the funeral ceremony to pay their tribute. 95 candles symbolizing the age of Mandela, who died of complications from a lung infection on December 5, were lit. Mandela spent 27 years in jail as a prisoner during apartheid, then emerged in 1990 to lead a transition to democracy. He won the presidency during the first nonsegregated elections in 1994.

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