Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Feb 4, 2016

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leader pose for a photo ahead of the Apec Summit in Manila on Nov 18, 2015.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leader pose for a photo ahead of the Apec Summit in Manila on Nov 18, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Feb 4, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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12 Nations to sign TPP agreement

The formal signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by 12 Pacific Rim countries is scheduled to take place today in Auckland, New Zealand. The pact, reached in October after five years of intense negotiations, aims to create the world’s biggest free-trade area spanning Singapore, the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Vietnam. Together, the TPP nations account for about 40 per cent of the global economy.

TALK ON PUBLIC OPINION IN 2015


The ruling party's comeback from the 2011 elections will be one of the topics at the talk on public opinion, to be presented by Blackbox Research. PHOTO: ST FILE

The year 2015 was a roller-coaster ride of public events and public opinion, according to Blackbox Research, which has been conducting monthly polling with the Singapore public since January 2014. Data from its study will be presented at a talk today at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The talk will focus on topics such as what really drove public opinion last year, the key ingredients for the ruling party's comeback from the 2011 election results, as well as the "LKY Effect" on public opinion and its significance. - CHARISSA YONG

SingPost to release third-quarter results


SingPost will release its third-quarter financial results today. PHOTO: SINGPOST

SingPost is scheduled to release its third-quarter financial results ended Dec 31.

The company has been in the spotlight recently over corporate governance matters. Its shares have plunged 18.9 per cent so far this year, outpacing the benchmark Straits Times Index's 11.5 per cent fall.