What's Next: August 23, 2016

People praying at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, on August 20.
People praying at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, on August 20. PHOTO: AFP

Bangkok shrine bombing trial starts

The trial of two Chinese Uighurs accused of planting a deadly bomb at the popular Erawan Hindu shrine in Bangkok formally starts today after months of evidence hearings.

The trial is being held at a military court in Bangkok, and is expected to last more than a year.


PropNex leads reading session

In support of the National Reading Movement initiated by the National Library Board (NLB), real estate company PropNex will lead the largest "Read for Books" session today to read for a good cause. At the event, 300 books will be contributed to NLB's kidsREAD club beneficiaries from less privileged families.


Release of inflation figures for July

Singapore's consumer price index for July will be released this morning. Inflation fell by 0.7 per cent from a year ago in June, compared with a 1.6 per cent drop in May, when government rebates to households cut housing maintenance-related costs. A modest pick-up in inflation is expected going forward, following a long period of negative inflation, according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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