Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Oct 17, 2016

Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng (left) and Chen Dong wave at a news conference before the launch of the Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft, in Jiuquan, China, on Oct 16, 2016.
Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng (left) and Chen Dong wave at a news conference before the launch of the Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft, in Jiuquan, China, on Oct 16, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday (Oct 17) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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China to launch manned space mission

China will launch a manned space mission on Monday morning (Oct 17), marking an important milestone in its plans to build and operate its first space station by 2020. The Shenzhou-11 spacecraft carrying two Chinese astronauts on board will blast off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert at 7.30am Beijing time, according to the Xinhua news agency. They are expected to arrive at  China’s orbiting space lab Tiangong-2  within two days and will stay there for about a month before returning to earth.

Launch of Singapore Bus Academy


The Singapore Bus Academy will be launched officially on Oct 17, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Singapore Bus Academy will be officially launched on Monday (Oct 17). Set up by the Land Transport Authority, in partnership with e2i, the academy is aimed at attracting and retaining local bus captains - at a time when many Singaporeans continue to steer clear of the profession despite repeated attempts to make it more attractive.

Release of private home sales data


Developers will be releasing private housing sales data for the month of September on Oct 17, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

Data on new private home sales by developers in the month of September will be released on Monday (Oct 17). Market watchers expect tepid numbers as two major condominium projects - The Alps Residences and Forest Woods - that brought buyers to the showflats were put up for sale only this month.

Developers sold 473 new units in August, down 56.6 per cent from the 1,091 units moved in July and down 7.8 per cent from the 513 homes transacted in August last year. - WONG SIEW YING