Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Oct 14, 2016

Participants with special needs practising sign language during a rehearsal for the National Day Parade 2016 at the National Stadium on July 30, 2016.
Participants with special needs practising sign language during a rehearsal for the National Day Parade 2016 at the National Stadium on July 30, 2016.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday (Oct 14) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Major conference on deaf-linked issues

In tandem with Singapore’s bid to become more visibly inclusive, including such as by having sign language instructors to lead the crowd at the National Day Parade, a major international conference discussing deaf-related issues – such as the relationship between parents and a deaf child – will be held starting today . More than 500 delegates from the region will be attending the World Federation of the Deaf Asia Conference, hosted by the Singapore Association for the Deaf. This is the first time such an event of this scale is being held in Singapore here.

Malaysia to select new king


Malaysia's King Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah (centre) will step down in December. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Malaysia will select its 15th king today to replace the current ruler, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Sultan of Kedah, who will relinquish his duties as King in December.

The Malaysian king is chosen from one of the country’s nine royal households every five years under Malaysia’s unique rotation system. Tuanku Abdul Halim, 88, made history as the only Sultan who has been King twice in his lifetime. As per the existing rotation system, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan is next in line to be the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. 

Advance GDP estimates for Q3 to be released


Buildings in the Marina Bay Financial Centre. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Economic watchers will be scrutinising data emerging this morning on the state of the Singapore economy. The Ministry of Trade and Industry will release the advance gross domestic product (GDP) estimates for the third quarter this morning while the Monetary Authority of Singapore will make public its semi-annual monetary policy decision.

India to release inflation figure


A woman looks at an item as she shops at a food superstore in Ahmedabad, India. PHOTO: REUTERS

India will release its inflation figure today (Oct 14), which is expected to have cooled to a one-year low in September as good monsoon rains kept a lid on food prices. Analysts expected that this will possibly give more room to the central bank to cut rates again by the end of this year. The recently formed Reserve Bank of India Monetary Policy Committee, under new Governor Urjit Patel, cut rates by 25 basis points to 6.25 per cent in a surprise move earlier this month, after inflation hit a five-month low in August.