Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, April 11, 2016

Parliament will resume its debate on the spending plans and policies of various ministries at 11.30am on Monday (April 11).
Parliament will resume its debate on the spending plans and policies of various ministries at 11.30am on Monday (April 11).ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, April 11, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Debate in Committee of Supply resumes

Parliament resumes its debate on the spending plans and policies of various ministries at 11.30am today. MPs will speak on the budgets of the Ministries of Finance, Communications and Information as well as National Development, and the respective ministers will respond to their comments and questions up till around 8pm. 

Experts sharing insights on security


Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will deliver the opening address at the 10th Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers. PHOTO: ST FILE

Leading experts in extremism, communication, homeland security, and non-traditional security will share  their insights and experiences  at the 10th Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO 2016) which begins today and stretches to April 15. This year's theme is “National Security Revisited”.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will deliver the opening address. APPSNO is organised specifically for senior government officials from the Asia-Pacific and beyond with responsibilities for national security matters. 

Sarawak to dissolve state assembly

The Malaysian state of Sarawak will dissolve its state assembly today, paving the way for state polls in the coming weeks that will be seen as a test of support for Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is expected to retain its grip on a state vital to preserving its nearly six-decade hold on power.

The Election Commission will fix the nomination and polling days after the assembly is dissolved, and an election must be held within 60 days of the dissolution. A recent survey by the Merdeka Centre ahead of the polls showed that economic and infrastructural woes were foremost on the list of concerns of Sarawak voters.

Release of China's inflation data


A woman pays for her purchases at a market in Beijing, China, on March 10, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

China will release today its inflation figures for March which analysts expect will show a fifth straight month of rising consumer prices.

A survey of 19 traders and analysts by Bloomberg found that 17 of them believe the Chinese central bank will extend its pause on monetary easing as a result, so as not to further drive up inflation.