Three fourths of the youth in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir would rather live outside of Turkey, a March 1 poll by the Sociopolitical Field Research Center revealed. The participants cited better living conditions, more job opportunities and increased liberties as reasons for their desire to live abroad.
Leaders of a local aşiret (tribe) in the southeastern province of Şırnak have agreed, in conjunction with local officials, to do away with the obligatory wedding dowry required for a couple to get married, citing rising costs that limiting the number of those able to do so. The decision, made by the Batuyan tribe, also limited the number of gold coins that can be bought for the bride and groom by guests at weddings.
The coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of people in China, is also a problem for Chinese nationals living outside of their country. Some living in Turkey have been marginalized and discriminated against following news of the virus.
A survey conducted in sixteen cities by the Sociopolitical Field Research Center revealed that while education and income levels rise among Kurdish speakers, their usage of Kurdish declines. Among those who said that they were unable to read or write, 76.2 pct said they spoke Kurdish at home while 19.8 pct spoke Turkish.
The thesis that cigarettes are haram (sinful) in Islam is based on the Maide and Araf sections of the Quran, said Ali Erbaş, the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet). President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is also a strong advocate of smoking cessation, calling the substance “haram” and explicitly urging his supporters to quit.
Turkey's population has increased by about 1.5 million and reached 83,154,997 citizens in 2019, the Turkish Statistical Institute said. While Istanbul remains the most populated city with over 15 million residents, the metropolis also has a population density of about 27 times the national average. The number of people per square kilometer is 108 nationally, whereas the same figure for Istanbul is 2,987.
Murat Yetkin writes: The holocaust was commemorated in Turkish capital Ankara on Jan. 30 with the attendance of the members of the diplomatic missions, academics and representatives of the Jewish Community of Turkey. Turkey commemorates Holocaust Day in such, rather low profile ceremonies since 2011. It’s worth asking the question whether Erdoğan, who celebrates every Jewish religious day, could say a few words on the Holocaust, if a day before the U.S. President Donald Trump had not announce his new Middle East plan
Turkey has six cities in user-generated database Numbeo's safety index rankings for 2020. Student-populated Eskişehir ranked number eight on the list with a safety rating of "high." Bursa, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya and Istanbul were also on the list with safety rankings of "moderate" and higher.
Başak Demirtaş, the wife of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, has sparked a controversy for attending a play adapted from one of her husband's books along with opposition party members. Following the play, a debate arose over Demirtaş's book being sold on the Postal Service website.
A 46-year-old was taken into custody for allowing his 10-year-old son drive a semi-trailer truck on the highway.
A letter that was alleged to have been written by jailed journalist Ahmet Altan stirred controversy. Altan's daughter Sanem Altan protested the rumors and noted that the amount of writing errors in the letter were evidence that her father wasn't the author.
Lawyer Sefa Karcıoğlu noted that Turkey's 2016 Personal Information Protection Law isn't enforced properly. "Hotels aren't allowed to ask you for a copy of your ID," Karcıoğlu said, "Service providers like gyms aren't allowed to scan your fingerprints or your eyes."
Provided they are vaccinated, pets will now be allowed to travel aboard commercial bus rides, Turkey's Official Gazette reported on Jan. 10.
Half of Turkey's population is in favor of the country becoming a member of the European Union, a survey by the private polling company Metropoll revealed. While 53.7 percent of the population wished to join the EU, 34.7 percent were against it.
In the Eğil district of the predominantly-Kurdish, southeastern province of Diyarbakır, due to the fact that studetns in the Şehit Mehmet Aygün Middle School lack an actual computer class, they have built their own from cardboard and paper. Their teacher, Orkun Şahin, in spite of the successful project, his students' biggest dream was to be able to access and use real computers.