Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Aug 16, 2016

The annual Mid-Autumn@Gardens by the Bay will be held from Sept 3 to 18.
The annual Mid-Autumn@Gardens by the Bay will be held from Sept 3 to 18.PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, Aug 15, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Details on Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay to be announced today

The annual Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay will be celebrated from Sept 3 to 18. This year, families will get to spend an evening with their loved ones in a mass colouring session, a charity event organised on the official launch night on Sept 4. About 2,000 people will be taking part in the event with net proceeds from the collection of registration fees donated to the 58 appointed beneficiaries under President's Challenge 2016.

Other highlights for this year's Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay also include a first-ever interactive lantern procession at the opening ceremony, nightly performances, cultural activities and craft booths, and a food street serving delectable treats. Giant lantern sets will also be on display at various locations in the Gardens. More details about the festival will be announced during a media briefing today (Aug 16).

Indonesian President to give speeches ahead of National Day


Indonesian President Joko Widodo will give two speeches today (Aug 16) ahead of Indonesia's national day. PHOTO: REUTERS

Ahead of Indonesia’s national day on Wednesday, President Joko Widodo will give two speeches today (Aug 16), one on a broad range of issues from social to politics and security, and the second on the 2017 state budget. The latter will be the first time he will spell out key figures and assumptions on the economy for next year. 

Forum on regional business today 

The second edition of the Singapore Regional Business Forum will be held here today (Aug 16). Organised by the Singapore Business Federation and supported by the China Embassy, it aims to explore regional cooperation and connectivity, as well as emerging business opportunities. The forum will include plenary sessions and breakout discussions with business leaders and industry experts.