Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Oct 4, and which we think you'd be interested in.
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Indian PM Modi to host PM Lee in New Delhi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a lunch for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in New Delhi today (Oct 4). Mr Lee is in India for a five-day working visit at the invitation of Mr Modi, which comes as bilateral ties between the two countries have been improved over the past year.
Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Awards presentation at the Istana
The presentation ceremony for the Cultural Medallion and Young Artist Awards, which recognise individuals who have contributed to Singapore's cultural landscape, will take place today (Oct 4) at the Istana. President Tony Tan will present the Cultural Medallion award to artist Koh Mun Hong and singer Nona Aisah. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu will also present the Young Artist Awards to Alecia Neo, Muhamad Harezam, Liu Xiaoyi, Marc Nair and Pooja Nansi at the ceremony.
Helping elderly hypotension patients
A research team from SingHealth Polyclinics is planning to introduce early intervention and prevention for elderly patients who are at higher risk of orthostatic hypotension, a form of low blood pressure that largely affects the elderly. For those with this condition, their blood pressure drops when they change their posture, such as from a resting to standing position. This sudden change in blood pressure often results in dizziness and poses a significant fall risk to those affected. Falls is the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.
"Last" joint US-Philippine military exercises start today
The Philippine military and the United States Marines will hold annual amphibious landing exercises in the Philippines from today (Oct 4) until Oct 12. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plunged one of the US’ most important Asian alliances into uncertainty last week by declaring the nine-day Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises “the last” between the two countries.
Australia likely to keep rates steady
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to keep rates steady at its October policy meeting today (Oct 4), as it assesses the impact of past easing on the markets. The RBA cut rates in May and August, which took bank borrowing costs to an all-time low of 1.5 per cent, to support domestic demand and keep inflation low for some time. New central bank chief Philip Lowe is unlikely to change the status quo in his first meeting at the helm.