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Obama to give final State of the Union address
US President Barack Obama will deliver his seventh and final State of the Union address at 10am (Singapore time). His speech, which will set the agenda for his final year in office, is likely to focus on legacy-defining themes. He is also expected to attempt to garner support for issues such as tighter gun laws and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Special ceremony to top out Singapore's tallest building
Developer GuocoLand will celebrate today the topping out of Tanjong Pagar Centre, Singapore’s tallest building at 290m. The ceremony will be officiated by Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong. - RENNIE WHANG
Hong Kong leader to make annual policy address
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying will give his annual policy address which will be closely watched by both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing camps.
Given the growing unrest over Beijing's perceived meddling, the unpopular leader must aim to placate both sides amid the litany of social and political problems in the city, including the disappearance of five booksellers feared detained by Beijing. Another topic hanging over the city is the outlook for the yuan business amid speculation that the currency could weaken further.
Yaacob to visit special needs workers at ARC centre
The National Library Board is offering employment opportunities to people with special needs through a partnership with the Autism Resource Centre (ARC). At the newly opened Digital Services Centre, ARC beneficiaries digitise and catalogue NLB's historical archives and library collections. Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, will visit the centre. - RACHEL CHIA