The average school supply expenses for a student beginning school in Turkey this year has increased 21 percent compared to 2019, according to an Eğitim-Sen research. The current net minimum wage in Turkey stands at 2,324 liras, meaning it would take nearly an entire month's salary of a minimum wage earner to meet the school costs of their child entering elementary school.
An expert's report about a July fireworks factory blast that killed seven people noted gross neglect as one of the causes of the explosion. The report noted that three times the legal amount of explosives were stored on site.
Twenty-one non-governmental organizations in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır have come out in fierce opposition to the construction of a wall alongside a 12KM stretch of railway that passes through the city, effectively dividing it in two.
A survey by Istanbul Municipality has revealed that more than 60 percent of the city's residents don't support President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's "crazy" Kanal Istanbul project. The most common concerns about the artificial canal were water resources and earthquake risks.
Main opposition İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer on Aug. 30 led on his bike an open-top bus prepared for a Victory Day Parade. Soyer's move came after the governor's office barred him from touring the city on the bus and only allowed band members to ride it.
Turkey on Aug. 30 marked the 98th anniversary of Victory Day amid measures imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The restrictions on the Victory Day celebrations have stirred controversy once again, since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) tends to prevent widespread celebrations of national and secular holidays.
The description of Turkish wrestler Hamza Yerlikaya's work experience in banking was left blank in executive board reports of the state-owned Vakıfbank. The athlete was appointed to the public bank's executive board in June.
A drunk driver hit five people, including two toddlers, sitting in a roadside cafe in the resort town of Datça. The mother of the two children is in critical condition, while the other four are treated at hospital.
Turkish authorities have extended the jail sentence of Ogün Samast, the assassin of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, by 29 months after he threatened guardians. Samast was waiting to be released from prison on Aug. 6, to serve his last 1.5 years under probation.
Ankara has failed to make payments to private suppliers in the western province of Eskişehir for over a year, bringing the manufacturers to the brink of dysfunction. The companies' supply of medical equipment was part of a state tender that mandated payments every 120 to 200 days.
Police on Aug. 25 detained an ISIS militant preparing for a "sensational" attack in Istanbul. The militant, identified only by the initials as H.Ş., was apprehended at a hotel in an early morning raid in the Küçükçekmece district. He was later arrested.
Turkish cargo company Yurtiçi Kargo has announced that it terminated the labor contract of one of its employees for exposing the contact details of a woman who was last week violently detained for improper mask use. The company said that the employee could not in fact access the woman's data, but pretended to do so by creating a fake address on the firm's internal system.
The Turkish national police department has deployed a reinforcement unit of 500 special police officers in Istanbul, which were recently deployed to provide security around the periphery of Hagia Sophia following its controversial conversion into a mosque.
A private contractor has owed Turkish State Railways (TCDD) almost eight million liras for 13 years. Turkey's court of accounts initially ruled that a transaction during the construction of high-speed trains was irregular, and that the sum be returned to the state.
A massive forest fire has erupted in the Kozan district of the southern province of Adana, prompting authorities to evacuate the residents of the area. Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said on Aug. 24 that two planes, 19 helicopters, 35 heavy machinery and 750 personnel are involved in fire extinguishing efforts.