Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 21, 2016

The Singapore Polytechnic Engineering Show features projects that show how engineering can be applied to society and various industries.
The Singapore Polytechnic Engineering Show features projects that show how engineering can be applied to society and various industries. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Jan 21, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Singapore Polytechnic Engineering Show 

An automated ramp that can help people struggling with steps at the entrance of their homes is among 63 projects that will be displayed at the annual Singapore Polytechnic Engineering Show today (Jan 21).
Other solutions to real life problems include an unmanned aerial vehicle that allows pest control workers to destroy hives from a safe distance, and a wearable device that warns a visually impaired person of upcoming obstacles. 

Bank Negara set to hold rates steady 


The headquarters of Malaysia's central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia’s central bank will likely hold interest rates steady today (Jan 21) as it looks to contain market jitters at a time when plunging oil prices have hit the country’s economy and currency.
Economists says Bank Negara Malaysia will maintain its overnight policy rate at 3.25 per cent, even as inflation is not a worry at present, and that a policy shift is unlikely as central bank governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz prepares to retire in April after 16 years at the helm. 

Vietnam's ruling party to hold congress


A man rides past a promotion for the 12th National Congress of Vietnam's Communist Party (VCP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Jan 20, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party holds a key meeting in Hanoi to choose the country’s new top leaders today (Jan 21), beginning a once-in-five-years political transition. The congress will also approve a five-year economic blueprint. The central committee will choose the next party general secretary - one of the most influential roles in the country - in secret near the end of the congress. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is in the running for party general secretary against the incumbent Mr Nguyen Phu Trong.