News archive of April 2020

Over 450,000 apply to online software training program

More than 450,000 people applied to the Turkish Treasury and Finance Ministry's project to train software developers, according to a statement by the Finance Minister Berat Albayrak on April 30.
"The youth has shown a great favor in our '1 Million Software Developers' project. The number of applicants reached 451,000 in a week time," he said on his Twitter account.

Greek teen’s marrow to be transplanted to Turkish kid

A stem cell found for a three-year-old leukemia patient waiting for transplantation in the southern province of Adana was brought to Turkey from Greece as a result of the efforts of the Health Ministry.
The son of the Şengezer couple living in Adana, Kuzey Deniz, was hospitalized last year after sudden fever.

Kosovo Orders Retrial of Wartime Guerrilla Unit Commander

Remzi Shala's lawyer, Natal Bullakaj, told BIRN on Thursday that the Supreme Court has upheld the former guerrilla commander's appeal against his war crime conviction and sent the case for a retrial.

The retrial will be held at Prizren Basic Court, where Shala was originally sentenced in July last year to 14 years in prison.

PM offers condolences over Canadian helicopter crash

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has expressed his condolences after a Canadian military helicopter crashed off the coast of a Greek island during NATO maneuvers.

A Greek navy helicopter was taking part in the search for the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter that went missing on Wednesday night, defense officials said. The effort was being coordinated by Italian authorities. 

Bulgaria has Officially Applied for the Eurozone

Bulgaria has officially submitted documents to the European Central Bank for membership of the ERM II exchange rate mechanism. This was revealed by a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.

SpaceX satellites visible over Turkey

A string of light was seen in Turkey's skies on April 29 night as SpaceX launched a batch of Starlink internet satellites.

The satellites were seen with the naked eye in the sky from the Mediterranean coastal province of Mersin at 8.26 p.m. local time (1726GMT).

They appeared for at least 5 minutes over Toros (Taurus) Mountains in the Mediterranean.

Prices drop in April

Inflation turned negative in Greece in April, largely because of the collapsing oil prices, the EU statistics agency Eurostat announced Thursday.

The consumer price index dropped 0.9 percent in April, compared to April 2019; in March, inflation was 0.2% and last April, 1.1%.

'Passenger assistants' to check on masks, advise public

Starting Monday, "passenger assistants" will be deployed at 45 Athens metro stations to remind passengers to put on their masks and to make sure there is no overcrowding, Transport Minister Costas Karamanlis told TV station Ant1 Thursday.