What's Next: August 31, 2016

 Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Aug 30, 2016.
Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at a joint press conference with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Aug 30, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Peace conference in Myanmar

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces what could be the toughest test of her leadership yet when she opens a major ethnic peace conference today aimed at ending conflicts that have blighted the country since its independence. The five-day talks will bring hundreds of ethnic minority rebel leaders to the capital, along with military top brass and international delegates such as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

President to visit Sembawang Air Base

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will visit the Super Puma Squadrons of the Republic of Singapore Air Force at Sembawang Air Base today. There, he will be briefed on the helicopter's capabilities and take a ride on one. He will also observe a Search and Rescue team activation.

July lending data to be released

Data for Singapore's total bank lending for July will be released today. In June, lending fell on shrinking loans to the manufacturing and financial sectors, offset by rising housing and bridging loans. Loans and advances by domestic banks amounted to $590.5 billion in June, down from $592.8 billion in May.

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