Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Aug 23, 2016

Thai and foreign devotees worship Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, on the one-year anniversary of a deadly bomb blast at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, on Aug 17, 2016.
Thai and foreign devotees worship Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, on the one-year anniversary of a deadly bomb blast at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, on Aug 17, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Aug 23, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Bangkok shrine bombing trial starts

The trial of Chinese Uighurs Yusufu Mieraili and Bilal Mohammed, accused of planting a deadly bomb at the popular Erawan Hindu shrine in Bangkok, formally starts on Tuesday (Aug 23) after months of evidence hearings.

The Thai authorities have said the bombing, which killed 20 people, was carried out by a people smuggling gang angered by recent policing successes against human trafficking.

The trial is being held at a military court in Bangkok, and is expected to last more than a year.

PropNex leads reading session today


PropNex will be leading a "Read for Books" session on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

In support of the National Reading Movement initiated by the National Library Board (NLB), real estate company PropNex will lead the largest “Read for Books” session today (Aug 23) to read for a good cause. At the event, 300 books will be contributed to the NLB’s kidsREAD club beneficiaries from less privileged families.

Release of inflation figures for July today

Singapore's consumer price index for July will be released this morning (Aug 23). Inflation fell by 0.7 per cent from a year ago in June, compared with a 1.6 per cent drop in May, when government rebates to households cut housing maintenance-related costs.

A modest pick-up in inflation is expected going forward, following a long period of negative inflation, according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.