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PAP Bukit Batok candidate to be named
The People’s Action Party is set to announce its candidate for the Bukit Batok by-election today, a day after the Singapore Democratic Party announced its secretary-general Chee Soon Juan would contest the seat.
The seat was left vacant after PAP MP David Ong stepped down on March 12 over an alleged affair, and a by-election is expected to be called shortly after Parliament debates the Budget in April.
Event to commemorate Mr Lee Kuan Yew
The Taoist Federation and Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple will hold an event this evening to commemorate founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Less privileged seniors and residents from Geylang Serai will be invited to the event and receive food packs as well as red packets. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing is guest-of-honour for the event, which is co-organised by the Inter-Religious Organisation. - PEARL LEE
Apple to unveil new iPhone and iPad
Apple is expected to unveil new iPhone and iPad models today at 10am US time (Sg time, Tuesday, 1am) to keep its momentum in the fast-evolving mobile device market.
The new iPhone is likely to be a small-screen version to encourage replacement of the 5S and 5C models, which have four-inch displays. The new iPad may have a keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus features that make the tablet more attractive for getting work done.
Apple is also likely to restate its case for fighting a US government demand that it break into an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December attack in San Bernardino, California, at the event, a day before a federal judge in Southern California hears arguments in the case. The company, which is backed by a broad coalition of powerful rival technology firms and activists, argues that the FBI is seeking a “back door” into all iPhones as part of the probe.