Turkey raises salaries by 50 percent

Turkey has increased the salaries of its employees by 50 percent. This increase will be effective from January 1, 2022.

According to local media reports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday.

According to the report, the employees will get a minimum of 4,250 lira per month through a minimum 50 percent salary increase. In 2021 it was 2,626 lira.

Announcing the pay rise, Erdogan said it was the highest increase in 50 years. I believe that employees will now be able to adapt to rising commodity prices. Noting that the Turkish government has shown determination to protect them, Erdogan said, “There are some problems, we will solve them quickly.”

The country’s economy is becoming increasingly volatile following the historic fall in the value of the Turkish lira. The lira has depreciated 46% against the dollar this year. That is why the lira has become one of the weakest currencies in the world today.

A group of US lawmakers has called for economic sanctions against the Israeli spy firm NSO Group.

The call was made in a letter to the Foreign Office and the Treasury Department.

Al Jazeera reports that in addition to the Israeli NSO group, there have been calls for sanctions against the UAE cyber security group Darkmeter and two European organizations.

The letter was signed by Ron Widen, chairman of the US Finance Committee, and Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and 18 other Democratic lawmakers.

In the letter, lawmakers said the spyware industry is dependent on US investment and banks. The US government should impose economic sanctions on them to give them real punishment and to give a clear warning to the surveillance technology industry.

It further states that these companies have aided and abetted human rights abuses, including disappearances, torture and killings.

Incidentally, spyware developed by the Israeli software maker NSO Group has been used to spy on the mobile phones of more than 50,000 people in various countries.

An organization of journalists from 18 of the world’s leading countries recently revealed after an investigation how governments of different countries are monitoring citizens with the help of this technology.

On the golden jubilee of Victory Day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid homage to the freedom fighters and Indian soldiers who took part in the freedom struggle of Bangladesh.

In a tweet on the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence on Thursday, Mamata said, “Everyone remembers how brave the warriors fought in 1971.” We salute your sacrifice. I also remember the contribution of our army in this achievement. Your heroism still inspires us today.

Meanwhile, on the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s victory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to the martyrs of Bangladesh’s liberation war. President of India Ramnath Kobind has attended a special function marking the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. He arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday. His visit as a ‘special guest’ was at the invitation of the President of Bangladesh, President Abdul Hamid.