MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Nov 12, 2015

The entrance of SMRT's depot in Bishan.
The entrance of SMRT's depot in Bishan.PHOTO: STFILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Nov 12, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

FIRST LOOK AT SMRT'S NEW MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS CENTRE

SINGAPORE - Public transport operator SMRT offers a first look at its new Maintenance Operations Centre at Bishan depot. The centre was set up to oversee all maintenance-related matters and improve reliability along the North-South and East-West lines. - DANSON CHEONG 

SINGTEL AMONG THOSE TO RELEASE QUARTERLY FINANCIAL RESULTS


Singtel will release their latest quarterly financial results today, Nov 12, among other big names in the local stock market. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Some of the biggest names in the local stock market will be releasing their latest quarterly financial results today (Nov 12), including telecommunications giant Singtel.

Another stock that analysts will be closely watching is the results of battered commodity trader Noble.

The company has seen its share price dive by nearly 70 per cent over the past year, after being attacked by short-sellers on its accounting practices. 

It has managed to mitigate the damage over the past month, with its share price rising in recent weeks.

AUSTRALIAN PM TURNBULL TO VISIT INDONESIA


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is looking to reset diplomatic and economic ties with Indonesia. PHOTO: EPA

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Indonesia today (Nov 12), seeking to improve the diplomatic and economic relationship with an important neighbour after ties were badly strained by spying rows, executions of drug convicts and tough asylum-seeker policies during his predecessor Tony Abbott's time in office. The visit is important for both sides due to vital trade links and cooperation on counterterrorism, and as China becomes more assertive in the region. Indonesia is Australia's 10th largest overall trading partner and is the largest export market for Australian wheat.

SINGAPORE-JAPAN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER


The Japanese football team training at Bishan Stadium on Nov 09 2015, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier. ST
PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI 

After being held to a 0-0 draw by Singapore in June - in front of their home fans, no less - Japan are bent on piercing the Singapore Lions' defence when the two national football sides meet again in a World Cup football qualifier tonight (Nov 12) at the National Stadium. - CHUA SIANG YEE