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

A stall assistant packs the coconut leaves, or janur, used to make ketupat for sale at the Geylang Serai bazaar.
A stall assistant packs the coconut leaves, or janur, used to make ketupat for sale at the Geylang Serai bazaar.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN FILE

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

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Volunteers to distribute ketupat and other dishes for the needy

A group of community volunteers in Woodlands will come together this evening (July 4) to cook and weave ketupat which will then be distributed, with other dishes, to those in need. The Share-A-Ketupat event is part of a series of projects to spread joy to the community through food during the month of Ramadan. Member of Parliament (Sembawang GRC) Amrin Amin will help to distribute the ketupat, a Malay traditional dish of rice, along with chicken rendang and serunding, or fried coconut flakes. - MUNEERAH AB RAZAK

Nasa’s Juno to enter Jupiter’s orbit


Monitors are seen in the mission control room of the JPL Space Flight Operations Facility at JPL as NASA officials and the public look forward to the Independence Day arrival of the the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter on June 30, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Nasa’s Juno spacecraft will enter an orbit of Jupiter today (July 4), giving us an unprecedented window into the history of our solar system’s oldest and biggest planet. 

During a 20-month study, Juno  – about the size of a professional basketball court – is expected to circle the gas giant in 37 egg-shaped orbits to measure microwaves radiating from inside the planet’s thick atmosphere, map its massive magnetic field and conduct other experiments. Scientists are particularly keen to learn how much water Jupiter contains, a key to unlocking the origins of the largest celestial body in the solar system after the sun. “Something happens that allows a star to be born and then afterwards the planets ... That eventually leads to us,” said the mission’s lead scientist, Scott Bolton, a space physicist with the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. 

Singapore’s PMI for June out today   


Shoppers browse fresh produce at FairPrice Shop at Blk 5 Eunos Crescent. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Singapore’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for June will be released today (June 4). The data is regarded as a proxy for broad business activity and will show whether the slight growth seen in May continued into June last month. The index recorded a reading of 50.1 for May, reflecting a small uptick in business activity, after a contractionary reading of 49.4 in April. Despite the positive May reading, data suggested foreign demand was still poor and export sales still slow.