MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Nov 26, 2015

Employees working at the wafer production line at REC Solar ASA manufacturing facility in Tuas.
Employees working at the wafer production line at REC Solar ASA manufacturing facility in Tuas. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Nov 26, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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MANUFACTURING DATA OUT TODAY

Data on the local manufacturing sector’s performance in October will be released today (Nov 26). 

The monthly numbers are watched closely by economists, as factories make up a fifth of the Singapore economy.

The sector's performance has flagged in recent months amid a lacklustre global outlook and rising domestic business costs. - CHIA YAN MIN

CARPARK DATA APP UNVEILED


Cars at car park at the National University Hospital (NUH). ST PHOTO: ​ALPHONSUS CHERN

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Lab launches its first showpiece app Park&GO@ SG, today (Nov 26). It collaborated with Housing Board and Land Transport Authority to create this app which will provide drivers with real-time data about carpark lots availability and pricing within the proximity of the car while it is cruising on the road. It has the potential to lead to less traffic congestion in and around parking spaces in Singapore, saving drivers both time and money. 

GST ON INDIAN PARLIAMENT AGENDA


Shoppers crowd at a roadside market next to a handcart loaded with apples for sale in New Delhi, India, on Nov 13, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

India’s Parliament reconvenes for the winter session today (Nov 26), with the government attempting to push through controversial tax reforms, including the implementation of the national goods and services tax (GST).

The GST, which is expected to begin on April 1 next year, will create a unified national market for goods and services for the first time since independence in 1947 and boost the economy by an estimated two percentage points.

But with no agreement on what rate the tax should be levied at nor on the threshold at which the tax should apply to small businesses, some officials have said the Modi government could miss its self-imposed deadline to pass the GST Bill.