Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Aug 2, 2016

The menu for the White House State Dinner in honour of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee.
The menu for the White House State Dinner in honour of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee.ST PHOTO: MELISSA SIM

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Aug 2, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

White House state dinner for PM Lee

United States President Barack Obama will host a state dinner for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House today (Aug 2), marking the first time PM Lee has been honoured with such a function. White House state dinners are typically glitzy affairs and reserved only for the US’ strongest allies.

Festival of science at one-north

Thought leaders of the scientific community are coming together today (Aug 2) to discuss the impact of science and innovation on influencing public policy and education.

This event will also kick-off the one-north Festival, a five-day celebration of research, innovation, creativity and enterprise featuring workshops, open houses and exhibitions. - SAMANTHA BOH

Release of data on factory activity  


Employees are seen by their workstations at a printed circuit board assembly factory in Singapore. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for July – an early gauge of factory activity – is due out today (Aug 2). The data will give an indication of how the manufacturing sector, which makes up a fifth of the Singapore economy, is performing. Factories have been hit hard by lacklustre global demand, and output has been contracting for more than a year.