Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, April 18, 2016

Proposed changes to the elected presidency will be discussed at the public hearings starting April 18, 2016.
Proposed changes to the elected presidency will be discussed at the public hearings starting April 18, 2016.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, April 18, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Public hearing on elected presidency

At least five individuals will give their views on proposed changes to the elected presidency at the public hearings that start today.

They are human rights researcher Brian Chang, Singapore Management University law professors Eugene Tan and Jack Lee, Institute of Policy Studies senior research fellow Mathew Matthews and academic Loke Hoe Yeong from the European Union Centre in Singapore.

Supreme Court to hear immigration case


The US Supreme Court will hear a major immigration case today, which could impact millions of people facing possible deportation. PHOTO: AFP

The US Supreme Court weighs a major immigration case today that could have an impact on the fate of millions of people facing possible deportation and further raise the stakes in the 2016 race for the White House. The eight justices - missing one due to the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia - are due to determine the legality of an ambitious bid by President Barack Obama to shield from deportation nearly five million undocumented immigrants.

Singapore export data may yield clues

Data for Singapore's March exports will be released today, with economists hoping for some indication of global demand so far.

Last week, advance estimates show the economy grew by 1.8 per cent in the first three months of the year, compared with the same period last year. Should exports do better than expected, growth forecasts could be upgraded, although analysts say the possibility is low.