MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Oct 30, 2015

The rotatable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launcher on board the missile corvette is one of the upgrades that Mr Chung Kam Sam and his team implemented, earning them the Defence Technology Prize (DTP) 2014.
The rotatable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launcher on board the missile corvette is one of the upgrades that Mr Chung Kam Sam and his team implemented, earning them the Defence Technology Prize (DTP) 2014.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

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Annual Defence Technology Prize awards ceremony to be held today

Individuals and teams who have made significant technological contributions to the defence capability of Singapore will be recognised at the annual Defence Technology Prize awards ceremony today (Oct 30). The prestigious awards are given out by the Ministry of Defence. Past years' winning ideas include one that extends the lifespan of Singapore's ageing missile corvettes as well as a chemical formula that ensures explosives are safer to handle. -- JERMYN CHOW

Winners of  Singapore Prestige Brand Awards to be unveiled today 


 Winners of the Singapore Prestige Brand Award. (From left) Mr Jate Samathivathanachai of Allswell, Mr Francis Ng of House of Seafood, Mr Tong Kok Kai of Chop Wah On and Mr Ho Chee Hon of AP Oil. PHOTO: ZAOBAO

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin is guest of honour at tonight’s Singapore Prestige Brand Awards presentation ceremony, in which the overall winners will be unveiled. In its 14th year, the awards are meant to recognise local brands that have successfully implemented sustainable and effective branding initiatives. - CHONG KOH PING

UOB to unveil third-quarter financial statement


United Overseas Bank will unveil its third-quarter financial statement today. PHOTO: BUSINESS TIMES

United Overseas Bank will unveil its third-quarter financial statement today. - WONG WEI HAN

Japan to publish inflation and unemplyment numbers today


Analysts are split on whether BoJ will boost monetary stimulus today, even as latest data from the country shows the economy, which has been teetering on the edge of recession,  has not quite recovered. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Japan will publish inflation and unemployment figures today, as its central bank holds policy review meeting on whether to unleash more stimulus in the face of slowing global growth. BoJ has kept its interest rate at 0% for a long time. Analysts are split on whether BoJ will boost monetary stimulus today, even as latest data from the country shows the economy, which has been teetering on the edge of recession,  has not quite recovered. 

Major players in Syrian conflict to meet 


A Syrian young man walks with a bicycle amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on Oct 29, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Top diplomats from the US, Russia, as well as from European and Arab nations meet in Vienna today to conduct a broad new round of negotiations aimed at resolving the war in Syria, with Iran taking part for the first time. It will be the first time all the major players in the conflict will hold talks together, though neither the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad nor the opposition are expected to be represented.