Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, March 25, 2016

LoveSingapore will hold its first nationwide blood donation drive today (March 25).
LoveSingapore will hold its first nationwide blood donation drive today (March 25).PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, March 25, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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LoveSingapore to organise first nationwide blood donation drive

The LoveSingapore network of churches will organise its first nationwide blood donation drive today (March 25), in collaboration with Singapore Red Cross Society.

To be held at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will mark the start of a series of donation drives that LoveSingapore has planned this year. It hopes to reach out to 5,000 donors by year's end.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will be the guest-of-honor at the donation drive today (March 25). - DANSON CHEONG

Thailand to announce trade data


A port along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok in November 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

Thailand will announce its trade data today (March 25), amid economists' expectation of a contraction of 7.65 per cent from a year earlier. The customs-cleared exports were expected to decline for the 14th straight month in February as global demand remains weak.

Imports are seen down 8.60 per cent from a year earlier. Weak imports are a worrying sign for future exports as many imported items are parts to be assembled into finished goods and shipped out.

Industrial goods account for more than 75 per cent of Thai exports.

Malaysia to release previous month's consumer price inflation


A general view of the Bank Negara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia will release last month's consumer price inflation today (March 25).

Analysts expect the annual inflation to have raced to over a seven-year high at four per cent in February as transport costs rose.

The central bank has an inflation target this year of 2.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent, in part due to a weak ringgit. Growth in Malaysia has faltered due to weak energy prices and risks linked to a financial scandal involving the state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Kerry in Brussels to offer support


US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to offer support and condolences to Brussels on March 25, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Brussels today (March 25) to offer Washington's support and condolences after attacks that left dozens dead.

The United States has also offered assistance in the investigation of the bombings at Brussels Airport and a subway system on Tuesday. Mr Kerry is scheduled to meet Belgian and European Union officials while in Brussels.