The 49th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey was launched with the participation of 193 athletes from 25 teams in the southeastern province of Alanya on April 21st and will end on April 28th in Istanbul.
49. Cumhurbaşkanlığı Bisiklet Turunda Astana Pro Team, BlancoProCycling, Katusha Team, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Belisol, OmegaPharma, Orica-GreenEdge, Team Argos, Team Saxo, AccentJobs, BardianiValvole, Bretagne, CajaRural, CCC Polsat, Cofidis Solutions Credits, Colombia, Crelan, MTN, Sojasun, Team Europcar, Team NetApp, Team NovoNordisk, United Healthcare, Vini Fantini ve Torku Şeker Spor takımları yer alıyor.
During the tour with 8 stages which are held in the 2nd Hors Class category 25 teams, 9 of which are professional, 15 of which are professional continental teams and one of which is from Turkey will compete for the cup.
Participating teams in the race are Astana Pro Team, BlancoProCycling, Katusha Team, Lampre-Merida, Lotto-Belisol, OmegaPharma, Orica-GreenEdge, Team Argos, Team Saxo, AccentJobs, BardianiValvole, Bretagne, CajaRural, CCC Polsat, Cofidis Solutions Credits, Colombia, Crelan, MTN, Sojasun, Team Europcar, Team NetApp, Team NovoNordisk, United Healthcare, Vini Fantini ve Torku Şeker Spor.
The TÜBİTAK Science, Incentive, Service Awards and the TÜBİTAK Special Award that are Turkey’s most important and respected awards were given the awardees under the aegis of President Gül at the Çankaya Presidential Palace on January 25, 2009. For the year of 2009, 1 Science Award, 16 Incentive Awards, 1 TÜBİTAK Special Award and 1 TWAS Incentive Award had been agreed to be given by the the TÜBİTAK Science Board. As for 2008, 3 Science Awards, 18 Incentive Awards and 1 TÜBİTAK Special Award were presented. In 2007, 3 Science Awards, 12 Incentive Awards and 3 TÜBİTAK Special Awards were given to the awardees during the ceremony at the Çankaya Presidential Palace.
TÜBİTAK Awards :
According to the regulation on Presidential Grand Awards in Art and Culture that has been issued in the Official Gazette on January 20, 1995, Turkish citizens, foreigners and institutions that contribute to Turkish art and cultural life will be granted the Presidential Grand Awards in Art and Culture in order to honour and encourage them on behalf of the state. President Gül, thus presented Uğur Derman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Sakıp Sabancı Museum their awards for the year of 2009.
The “Turkey is Reading Campaign” is being conducted under President Gül’s auspices with the participation of both governmental and private institutions and in cooperation between the Ministry of National Education, the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Turkish Informatics Society.
Within the scope of this campaign that started in January,2008, various activities are held in cities and provinces and original and creative sub-projects are implemented. Furthermore, the campaign aims to raise the public awareness of the advantages of reading and to make computer use efficient and effective.
The studies are being followed by the Presidency.
Launched by President Gül on August 12, 2010, the President’s Cup International Sailing Regatta ended on August 16, 2010.
Held by the Istanbul Sailing Club (ISC) for the 21st time this year, the President’s Cup International Sailing Regatta in which 167 sailors from 11 countries participated has been organized under this name for two years.
During the races in the Kalamış section with the Windsurf, Laser, 420, 470 and Benetau 25 classes, Turkey, Greece, India and Pakistan became the most successful teams.
Under the President’s auspices, the project and application studies to protect the Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği, which has been on the World Heritage List on UNESCO since 1985, have been conducted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the General Directorate of Foundations and the Governorate of Sivas.
Undertaken though President Gül’s aegis during his visit to the city of Sivas in 2008, the Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği is the first cultural monument under his auspices.
The Seljuk Area Cultural Development and Action Plan that is to help develop the socio-cultural and physical features of the area and to protect the historical and cultural legacies of the Seljuks has been completed under the aegis of the Presidency.
The Activation Plan has been laid by analyzing the area’s socio-economic structure, natural, historical and cultural assets, what needs to be done, what the area lacks in this regard and by evaluating the plans and reports that have been presented by several institutions so far.
As part of this strategy, the area has been proclaimed to be The Culture and Tourism Protection and Development Area and a project entitled the “Culture-themed Development and Action Plan for the Northern Lake Van Seljuk Area”.
The project that encompasses Ahlat, Adilcevaz, Tatvan, Malazgirt and Erciş will be carried out under the Presidency’s aegis by an inter-ministerial committee via the Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The project aims to improve the cultural and touristic activities in the region including the provinces of Van and Bitlis.
“The Project of The Anatolian Seljuk Civilization” has been completed under the auspices of President Gül, stating that “All kinds of efforts to be made in order to protect, to take inventory and to promote the historical works deserve being remembered by gratitude”
Within the framework of the project, it has been aimed to promote the works which date back to the the Anatolian Seljuk era and reflect the financial, social, cultural and architectural features of the term. The current conditions of inns, caravanserais, hospitals, Muslim theological schools, mosques, domes, tombs, palaces and mansions in the cities founded in the Seljuk era were determined. These findings were published in form of a photograph album and a trailer.
Turkey’s Flora Project has been launched under the aegis of President Gül by the Flora Association.
The intense studies and search on Turkey’s vegetation, one of the richest in the world, have made it necessary to update, write about and classify Turkey’s flora, which will be prepared in Turkish and by Turkish leading botanists and which will have been completed by 2023, when Turkish Republic will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.