Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 26, 2016

The Dyson advanced motor manufacturing facility in West Park Tuas.
The Dyson advanced motor manufacturing facility in West Park Tuas.PHOTO: DYSON

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Jan 26, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Singapore's December factory figures to be released

Singapore will today release its industrial production figures for last month. 
Economists do not expect a reversal of a recent trend that saw a 10th straight month of decline in November. Factory output fell 5.5 per cent in November from the same month the year last year, hit hard by weak activity in the electronics and transport engineering sectors.

India celebrates its Constitution's 66th anniversary


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with the French President Francois Hollande (left) at a meeting in New Delhi on Jan 25, 2016. PHOTO: EOPA

India celebrates today (Jan 26) the launch of the country’s Constitution in 1950. Feted as Republic Day, the event will be commemorated across the country, with the main celebration taking place in New Delhi with a huge parade showcasing India’s defence capability as well as cultural heritage. French President Francois Hollande, who is on a three-day visit to India focused on security and trade, is the guest of honour.

Thailand's December trade data to be released


Workers construct a facility at Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Bangkok. PHOTO: REUTERS

Thailand will release its December trade data today. Exports, which equal to more than 60 per cent of the economy, have been persistently sluggish amid weak global demand and structural problems at home. Industrial output has also been in check as domestic consumption has been feeble. Analysts expect exports to drop for the 12th straight month to 7.2 per cent from a year earlier, extending a 7.42 percent slide in November. December imports are seen down 5.05 per cent from a year earlier after November’s 9.53 per cent tumble.