Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Dec 29, 2015

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Dec 29, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Commemorating the achievements of Telok Kurau Secondary

A new book will be launched on Tuesday (Dec 29) to celebrate the achievements of Telok Kurau Secondary School, which was set up in 1965, the same year that Singapore became independent. The coffee table book, written in English and Malay, reflects the spirit of the school that was once where students from English and Malay streams studied together, regardless of race, language or religion. In its 45 years of history - the school closed in 2010 - Telok Kurau Secondary produced a large number of notable alumni, including successful professionals and entrepreneurs, artists, sportsmen and politicians. - JOANNA SEOW

Thai students to face court over attempted Hua Hin park protest


Thais paying respect to a giant bronze statue of former king Ram Khamhaeng, one of seven such statues in Rajabhakti Park in Hua Hin, Thailand on July 27, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Eleven student activists will appear in a Thai court on Tuesday (Dec 29) to face charges of illegal assembly over their attempt to stage a protest at a scandal-hit park project in the seaside district of Hua Hin. The multimillion-dollar Rajabhakti Park project has been plagued by graft allegations in its funding that the junta-led government has failed to douse, and the group's protest bid is a sign of the public discontent that has ensued over the affair. The activists' train was intercepted and they were held before they could proceed with the rally.

US consumer confidence set to edge up


Shoppers queuing up to pay for items at a Toys"R"Us store in New York City after doing last-minute shopping on Dec 24, 2015. PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The US will release its consumer confidence index for December today, with expectations that it was a subdued Christmas for Americans.

The index is expected to show a slight improvement from the 90.4 level logged in November, helped by the traditional holiday season as well as lower oil prices. But consumer confidence is unlikely to rise much further on the back of shaky economic and wage growth.


Editor's note: In an earlier version of this article, there was a photo showing Telok Kurau Secondary School. We have removed it as it is not related to the book launched on Dec 29, 2015.