Some 88 female operators have been recently appointed to Istanbul Metro as the metropolitan municipality prepares to open a new line on the European side on Oct. 29. Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said they expect a daily 400,000 passengers on the new Mahmutbey-Mecidiyeköy line.
A group of locals and environmental activists protested kitchenware manufacturer Güral Porselen for continuing construction on a wind energy plant in the area that protesters had successfully appealed in 2016. The company went into a local village with heavy machinery and cut down trees despite the cancellation of the project, locals said.
A district mayor in the northern province of Çorum built a villa illegally on public land, prompting a complaint from residents and ending in the demolition of the construct by the mayor's own office. The district mayor was also fined 22,000 Turkish Liras for the illegal construction.
A group of soldiers who were discharged from the military during the coups of 1971 and 1980 have called on the government to draft a legislation that nullifies the rulings of the then martial law courts. The ADAM-DER association urged the public to support their campaign, saying that they will hold press meeting at 2 p.m. local time on Sept. 12 in front of Istanbul's Kadıköy prier.
Clinical psychologist Murat Paker was convicted on charges of sexual assault against one of his patients in 2019. “In the trial, some of his colleagues displayed tremendous solidarity with the defendant," said lawyer Esra Baş Erbaş. Figures in academia who doubted the validity of the victim's claims should engage in a process of self-criticism, lawyer Hülya Gülbahar argued.
A group of miners in Karaman's Ermenek town have been on strike for over a week after not receiving their salaries for 13 moths. The long period without pay has caused serious financial and emotional strain on the miners. "Our children are miserable, and they have gone hungry. We are living on my 65-year-old mother's pension,” miner Salim Dingil told Gazete Duvar.
Turkish Brigadier General Sezgin Erdoğan died while on duty in Syria's Idlib on Sept. 9. The Turkish Armed Forces said the the general died after “feeling unwell,” while retired colonels said on their social media accounts that Erdoğan died of a heart attack.
Gendarmerie officers fined three people almost 10,000 Turkish Liras for violating safe distancing guidelines during a treasure hunt. The officers confiscated the group's excavation equipment and released the members of the group.
Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that a 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Marmara Sea early on Sept. 9. Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute on the other hand announced the magnitude of the earthquake as 4.3.
Turkish authorities on Sept. 7 detained Iranian activist Maryam Shariatmadari on the grounds that "her visa had expired," but a day later released her. Shariatmadari fled Iran in 2018, a year after she was sentenced to prison for her vocal criticism of the country's hijab mandate.
Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank drove off the track while "testing" Istanbul's Formula 1 track ahead of the Nov. 15 race. The race will be returning to the city after a nine-year hiatus.
Turkey's Education and Science Workers’ Union, better known with its abbreviation Eğitim-Sen, revealed that there are some 172 schools in Turkey where COVID-19 cases have been detected. The announcement comes as teachers are holding online make-up classes for the upcoming school year, scheduled to start on Sept. 21.
A security officer in the capital Ankara was caught after stealing a bag full of 4.5 million Turkish Liras from the bank vehicle he was driving. The officer dropped off his colleague at a branch, parked the security vehicle nearby and drove away in a friend's vehicle.
An Istanbul court on Sept. 7 handed down 40 aggravated life sentences plus over 1,300 years to the gunman in the 2017 New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack at the time, saying it was an act of revenge for Turkey's military involvement in Syria.
Journalist Candemir briefly detained for comments critical of Ottoman-era TV series ‘Diriliş Ertuğrul’
Turkish police on Sept. 7 detained Oktay Candemir as part of an investigation against the journalist for his media posts and articles said to be critical of the Ottoman-era TV series "Diriliş Ertuğrul." A day later, Candemir was released under judicial control measures and a travel ban as a per a court order.