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

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin flagging off the annual Walk for Rice @ South East charity campaign with Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman (next to Mr Tan, in blue), on Nov 18, 2015.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin flagging off the annual Walk for Rice @ South East charity campaign with Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman (next to Mr Tan, in blue), on Nov 18, 2015. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

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

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Walk to earn rice for the needy

Elderly folk, pre-schoolers and the deaf will be taking part in a community walk today to help "earn rice" for other vulnerable families.

Some 850 participants will clock a total of 50,000km in the FairPrice Walk for Rice @ South East, with the target of raising 500,000 bowls of white and brown rice for the needy.

Redas Mid-Autumn Festival event


Mrs Josephine Teo clinks cups with Redas immediate past president Chia Boon Kuah (sixth from right) and Redas first vice-president Chia Ngiang Hong, at Redas’ mid-autumn festival celebration on Sept 16, 2015.  PHOTO: REDAS

The Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (Redas) is holding its annual Mid-Autumn Festival lunch on Wednesday (Sept 14).

Its president, Mr Augustine Tan, is scheduled to give a welcome note.

At the same event last year, Mr Tan had warned that the various negative factors could cause prices to plummet.

The guest-of-honour at the event is Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong.

Thai central bank expected to hold policy rate unchanged


The Bank of Thailand is expected to keep its policy rate unchanged. PHOTO: REUTERS

Thailand’s central bank is expected on Wednesday (Sept 14) to keep its already-low policy rate where it has been for more than a year, letting government spending and tourism support an economy that has a weak outlook.

Economists predicted the one-day repurchase rate will remain at 1.50 per cent, where it has been since April 2015. Annual headline consumer prices rose a fifth straight month in August but remained benign, giving policymakers room to keep rates low and reducing the need for a rate cut.

Afghan President visits India


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses a press conference on July 12, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani kicks off a two-day visit to India on Wednesday (Sept 14) at a time when the two countries have drawn closer on the back of an evolving defence relationship

The visit also comes in the wake of the US announcement of a new trilateral meeting between India, the United States and Afghanistan, signalling India's growing involvement with Afghanistan in spite of rival Pakistan's objectives.