Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, March 9, 2016

An image of a solar eclipse.
An image of a solar eclipse.PHOTO: TASOS

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, March 9, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Catch a solar eclipse in the morning

A total solar eclipse will sweep across the vast Indonesian archipelago today. Partial eclipses will be visible in northern Australia and parts of South-east Asia, including Singapore where the rare phenomenon can be observed between approximately 7.20am and 9.30am.

COE tender to close


A traffic jam along Braddell Road near Comfort Delgro on March 2, 2016. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The tender for certificates of entitlement (COE) will close on Wednesday (March 9). COE premiums for larger cars above  1,600cc or 130bhp had rebounded to close at  $46,970 at the previous tender, after falling to a six-year low of $38,610 in the first tender for February. The premium for other COE categories had ended mixed. - Christopher Tan

Malaysia's central bank to release interest rate 


 The logo of Bank Negara Malaysia atop its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Malaysia’s central bank is expected to hold its key interest rate steady on today, maintaining the overnight policy rate at 3.25 per cent, where it has stayed since July 2014. Economists say Malaysia had better-than-expected growth in the last quarter of 2015, and see no need to change the key rate at this point. The meeting will be the last for Bank Negara Malaysia Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, who retires on April 30 after 16 years at the helm.