Turkey Current Affairs

Turkey declares three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup

Turkey has declared three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup to overthrow the democratically elected government.

Announcement in this regard was taken by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a meeting with Cabinet ministers and top security advisers in Ankara.

Three-month state of emergency was declared as measure to counter threats to Turkish democracy. The emergency allows officials to set curfews, issue search and arrests warrants and restrict gatherings.

2016 military coup in Turkey

  • The 2016 military coup in Turkey was attempted against the ruling Justice and Development Party Government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However it failed to overthrow ruling democratically elected government and ended one day later.
  • The coup was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces under a council calling itself the Peace at Home Council. It had attempted to seize control of several key places in Istanbul, Ankara and elsewhere across the Turkey.
  • It is said that the coup to overthrow government was undertaken due eroding secularism, human rights, democracy and international reputation of Turkey under the current government.
  • The forces loyal to President Erdogan toppled the coup and took control of military factions that tried to overthrow Turkey’s democratically government and military leadership with military rule.
  • The Turkish Government has blamed soldiers linked to the Gülen movement—a group designated as a terrorist organization led by Fethullah Gülen were behind the coup.
  • However, Fethullah Gülen has condemned the coup and denied any involvement.

Earlier in 1987, Turkey had imposed martial law-like emergency rule in the southeast of the country and was gradually lifted by 2002. It had allowed officials to set curfews, issue search and arrest warrants and restrict gatherings as the security forces fought Kurdish rebels in the region.


Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner named UNESCO Artist for Peace

Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

He was appointed after the opening ceremony of the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) held in Istanbul, Turkey.

He was named UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of his

  • Efforts to promote the universal values of music, an essential instrument of dialogue between cultures.
  • Contribution to the protection of musical heritage, his support for the International Decade of the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).
  • Unwavering commitment to the ideals of the Organization.

About Kudsi Erguner

  • Kudsi Erguner was born in 1952 in Turkey. He is a musician, player of the ney (reed flute), musicologist, composer, teacher, author and translator.
  • He was trained by his father, Ulvi Ergüner who was the last great master of the ney flute. He has given concerts all over the world and helped revive traditional musical trends.
  • He has collaborated with prestigious artists such as Maurice Bejart, Peter Brook, Peter Gabriel and Didier Lockwood which helped to spread this music to Western audiences.

About UNESCO Artists for Peace

  • They are internationally renowned personalities who use their charisma, influence and prestige to promote the message and UNESCO programs. The programme was started in 1995.
  • By appointing them, UNESCO works with them to increase public awareness regarding key development issues and the role of the Organization in these areas.


India wins Silver medal at Archery World Cup in Antalya

The Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das has won the silver medal at the Archery World Cup held in Antalya, Turkey.

In the final match played at Konyaalti Beach Park, the Indian team lost to South Korea by 1-5 score. In the first of the match, Indian team trailed by 0-2 score against the top-seeded Korean pair of Choi Misun and Ku Bonchan.

The Sixth seeded Indian recurve duo reached final of this world cup after defeating second-seeded Italian pair of Mauro Nespoli  and Guendalina Sartori by 5-1 score in the semi-finals.

Earlier, the Indian women’s recurve team of Bombayla Devi Laishram, Deepika Kumari and Laxmirani Majhi finished at fourth position.