Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 29, 2016

Today (Jan 29) is the last day of the Parliament debate on the President's address.
Today (Jan 29) is the last day of the Parliament debate on the President's address.ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

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

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Last day of Parliament debate on President's Address 

Parliament enters the last day of debate on the President's Address today (Jan 29). The House’s six elected WP MPs are also set to move a motion to fill the Non-constituency MP seat rejected by Ms Lee Li Lian.

Exhibits from Singapore's early days


Artefacts from Singapore's history will be on display at the National Museum. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

A letter by the wife of Sir Stamford Raffles declaring her love for him, Singapore's first newspaper, and the earliest Quran published here are among the highlights of more than 100 artefacts from the 18th and 19th centuries on show at the From The Stacks exhibition. The exhibition will be launched this evening (Jan 29) at the National Library and will run for seven months.

Doubts over Syria peace talks


The United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. PHOTO: REUTERS

United Nations-sponsored peace talks to end Syria's nearly five-year civil war are scheduled to begin today (Jan 29) in Geneva, but confusion over which groups fighting against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will represent the opposition could delay the process.

Adding to doubts over whether the talks will go ahead, some groups have indicated that there can be no negotiations without an end to bombardments and blockades in the war-torn country. 

The talks are part of a UN-backed plan, agreed by top diplomats last year in Vienna, that envisages negotiations followed by a transitional government, a new constitution, and elections within 18 months. The roadmap is the most ambitious plan yet to end the conflict which has killed more than 260,000 people and forced millions from their homes.

Rough January for Singapore stocks


The Singapore stock market is expected to post the worst start to a year since the global financial crisis in 2009. ST PHOTO:  BRYAN VAN DER BEEK

The trading of stocks and shares in the first month of 2016 ends today and the picture is far from pretty.

The Singapore stock market is expected to post the worst start to a year since the global financial crisis hit its trough in January 2009, with the benchmark Straits Times Index down 11 per cent in the year to date.