Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, April 26, 2016

The Common Rose, Singapore’s national butterfly, will be among 500 tropical butterflies that visitors can get up close with in Butterflies Up-Close.
The Common Rose, Singapore’s national butterfly, will be among 500 tropical butterflies that visitors can get up close with in Butterflies Up-Close.PHOTO: NATURE SOCIETY

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, April 26, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Get Close to Butterflies

The Science Centre Singapore is launching Butterflies Up-Close – an indoor butterfly sanctuary this month (April).

There, visitors will be surrounded by more than 500 tropical butterflies, including the Singapore favourite, the Common Rose.

They will be able to experience all stages of a butterfly’s metamorphosis at the exhibit, which will also include interactive touch points, live displays and a vivid storyline told across five zones. - CAROLYN KHEW

Industrial production data out today


A worker cuts steel at a factory in the industrial zone of Jurong. PHOTO: REUTERS

Yet another dismal picture is likely to emerge today (April 26) with the release of the monthly industrial production data.

Factory output in Singapore suffered a worse-than-expected 4.7 per cent slide in February, hurt by global demand that is still weak as well as the fallout from ongoing economic restructuring.

Economists see a similarly tepid performance for last month.

Taiwanese court to make ruling on Taipei water park explosion

A Taiwanese court is set to make a ruling on Tuesday (April 26) on the explosion at a water park in Taipei last year (2015) that killed 15 people and injured hundreds.

The blast occurred at the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei on June 27 last year, when clouds of multicoloured corn starch powder, used as a party effect, exploded, engulfing party-goers in flames.

Only one person, the owner of organiser Colour Play Asia Lu Chung-chi, was charged over the disaster, despite nine people being investigated. Victims have called for a new inquiry to be opened.