What's Next: April 6 , 2017

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will sign a new Constitution today (April 6).
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will sign a new Constitution today (April 6). PHOTO: REUTERS

Thai King to sign new Constitution

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will sign a new Constitution today, an essential step towards holding a general election the military government has promised in order to restore democratic rule after a 2014 coup.

Thais approved the long-awaited Constitution at a referendum last August, but the palace requested changes in January after the new King took over from his late father.

Hello, it's robot-receptionist 'nao'

A robot-receptionist to help answer phone calls at the office? It could happen "nao". That is the name of a humanoid that is in the works.The firms behind it, including Japan's Crosscoop in Singapore which runs serviced offices, will be providing a demonstration for researchers and media today.

China services PMI data out today

The private Caixin services purchasing managers' index (PMI) survey, which focuses more on small and mid-sized firms in China, will be published today. Caixin data is closely watched by economists as an indicator of the country's economic health each month. In February, Caixin China Services PMI fell to 52.6, the lowest reading since October 2016.

Official manufacturing activity released last week showed a slight expansion in March.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe