Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Aug 31, 2016

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (left) and Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi deliver a joint press conference following their meeting in Naypyidaw on Aug 30, 2016
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon (left) and Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi deliver a joint press conference following their meeting in Naypyidaw on Aug 30, 2016 PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, Aug 31, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Peace conference in Myanmar

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces what could be the toughest test of her leadership yet when she opens a major ethnic peace conference on Wednesday (Aug 31) aimed at ending conflicts that have blighted the country since its independence.

The five-day talks will bring hundreds of ethnic minority rebel leaders to the capital, along with military top brass and international delegates such as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

July lending data to be released


Singapore's Central Business District (CBD) on July 15, 2016. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Data for Singapore's total bank lending for July will be released on Wednesday (Aug 31).

In June, lending fell on shrinking loans to the manufacturing and financial sectors, offset by rising housing and bridging loans.

Loans and advances by domestic banks amounted to $590.5 billion in June, down from $592.8 billion in May.

President Tony Tan visits Super Puma Squadrons


The Super Puma helicopter at the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Open House 2016. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

President Tony Tan will visit the Super Puma Squadrons of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) at the Sembawang Air Base (SBAB) on Wednesday (Aug 31).

There he will be briefed on the RSAF’s helicopter capabilities and be taken on a familiarisation ride on board the Super Puma helicopter. He will also observe a Search and Rescue (SAR) team activation.