MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Oct 1, 2015

PM Lee Hsien Loong announces his Cabinet and other office holders at a press conference held at the Istana on Sept 28, 2015. He is flanked by (from left) Mr Ng Chee Meng, Ms Grace Fu, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, DPM Teo Chee Hean, DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, M
PM Lee Hsien Loong announces his Cabinet and other office holders at a press conference held at the Istana on Sept 28, 2015. He is flanked by (from left) Mr Ng Chee Meng, Ms Grace Fu, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, DPM Teo Chee Hean, DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Mr Heng Swee Keat, Mr Masagos Zulkifli and Mr Ong Ye Kung.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Oct 1 and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Singapore's new Cabinet to be sworn in

The new Cabinet will be sworn in at the Istana this evening, and 31 office-holders - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his two deputy prime ministers, as well as ministers, senior ministers of state, and ministers of state - will take their oaths.

The ceremony will be attended by about 700 guests, including MPs, representatives from the Singapore Public Service, diplomatic corps, grassroots leaders, unionists, non-governmental organisations, as well as business leaders, educators, religious leaders, and students.

F&B professionals to be lauded for quality service


Winners of the SuperStar Award at the Excellent Service Award 2014 (from left) Mohammad Saiful Kassim, Mohamed Kaiash Mohamed and Siti Shahida Mohamed Salim. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

More than 2,200 food and beverage service professionals from 64 companies will be honoured for their quality service at the Excellent Service Award (EXSA) 2015 ceremony today, organised by the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) and supported by Spring Singapore.

Five outstanding individuals will also be vying for the RAS EXSA Super Star Award. It is the highest accolade given to a person who has delivered unsurpassed service and displayed passion in his or her work. - JOANNA SEOW

Beijing to release economic data


A worker polishes steel coils at a factory in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, on Sept 1, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

China will release manufacturing and non-manufacturing as well as services data today, figures which are bound to give clues on the strength of the world's second largest economy. Manufacturing PMI has been in the decline for seven straight months in China, with the index falling to 47.3 in August, while services index for the same period was weaker than July data at 51.5. Figures under 50 reflect a decline. 

China celebrates start of "Golden Week" holidays


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivering a speech at a reception marking China's 66th National Day at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept 30, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Today is China’s National Day, marking the start of its “Golden Week” of holidays. The annual break is expected to see record tourist numbers this year as many have combined their Mid-Autumn Festival vacation on Sunday with the week-long National Day holidays by taking leave from work earlier this week.