Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Aug 19, 2016

A new book on the Indian community here will be launched at the Indian Heritage Centre (in picture).
A new book on the Indian community here will be launched at the Indian Heritage Centre (in picture).PHOTO: INDIAN HERITAGE CENTRE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, Aug 19, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Launch of book on Indian community

A new book on the Indian community here will be launched today (Aug 19) at the Indian Heritage Centre at Campbell Lane. The title, 50 Years of Indian Community in Singapore, highlights the progress and the economic and political contributions of the community, as well as the challenges they faced since Singapore's independence in 1965.

Topics in the book include visual arts, music, food and culture. The book is edited by ambassadors Gopinath Pillai and K. Kesavapany. Ambassador-At-Large Tommy Koh will be the guest of honour at the launch.

MAS chief speaking at conference


MAS managing director Ravi Menon speaks at an event on July 25, 2016. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Monetary Authority of Singapore managing director Ravi Menon is scheduled to give a speech today (Aug 19) – the second day of a conference on fintech and financial inclusion. It is organised by the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University.

Tropical storm expected to hit Vietnam today


A street vendor with a bicycle walks past a fallen tree following the passage of typhoon Mirinae which pounded northern Vietnam on July 28, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Vietnam is preparing for the Dianmu tropical storm, which is expected to make landfall today (Aug 19). It could directly affect the northern and central coastal areas, said the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

It is the third storm to hit the country so far this year.