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ANNUAL KINDNESS AWARDS
Schools and students who have gone the extra mile to help others, and championed the cause of kindness, will be recognised today (Nov 11) at the annual Kindness Awards Ceremony. Organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement, the event will also feature an exhibition to showcase notable projects by “kindness ambassadors” from primary, secondary and special schools. - KOK XING HUI
Indian PM Modi to meet Japanese counterpart Abe
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Mr Shinzo Abe, will meet today (Nov 11) for two days of summit talks amid expectations that they will sign a civilian nuclear deal. The deal, coming after six years of negotiations, will allow Japan to supply nuclear reactors, fuel and technology to India. Japan has in the past held reservations about inking a civil nuclear cooperation deal with India, due to concerns that India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.
Slower economic growth predicted for Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s economic growth is expected to slow in the third quarter from the second, with weak exports, sluggish retail sales and falling tourist arrivals, continuing to take a toll on the Asian financial centre. The once vibrant city is also grappling with a slowdown in China, while its outlook has been hurt by rising tensions with Beijing that could threaten stability and impede policy-making. Economists expect growth to come in at 0.3 per cent when third quarter data is announced today (Nov 11) by the government. Gross domestic product grew a seasonally-adjusted 1.6 per cent in the second quarter from the first, and 1.7 per cent from a year earlier, the government said in August.
Malaysia's Q3 figures expected to be steady
Malaysia will release its third quarter gross domestic product today (Nov 11), and economists expect annual growth to come in steady at 4.1 per cent, breaking a five-quarter sequence of declines. Pundits say domestic demand offset weak global demand for the South-east Asian country’s oil, gas and commodity exports. The economy grew 5 per cent in 2015 and the government has forecast 4.0-4.5 per cent for this year.