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S Iswaran to deliver opening address at Techinnovation 2015
Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S. Iswaran will be delivering the opening address today at Techinnovation 2015. He will also be announcing the formation of a new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster, aimed at boosting Singapore’s efforts in enhancing the nation’s 3D printing ecosystem and positioning Singapore as a world leader in this technology. Techinnovation 2015 is the Intellectual Property Intermediary’s flagship technology marketplace event. IPI helps companies match technology with innovation needs, and the event will allow enterprises to discover innovative technologies, connect with new partners and take new ideas to market. - JEREMY KOH, OLIVIA HO
China participates in World Car-Free Day for ninth year in a row
China will be participating in World Car-Free Day for the ninth year in a row. The event - where several roads are closed to cars and commuters are encouraged to use public transport - is often greeted with scepticism, in a country where vehicles continue to snarl traffic daily. However, a tipping point may be arriving, as amid a slowing economy, a corruption crackdown and restrictions on car ownership, China's new-car sales fell for a third month running last month. A survey this year by consultancy Bain also suggests that the Chinese dream of owning a car might be fading. - TEO CHENG WEE
Interior ministers of EU countries meet on migrant crisis
Interior ministers of countries in the European Union will hold a meeting today over the continent's worst migrant crisis since World War II. European Parliament head Martin Schulz said on Monday that he expects the officials to agree on a voluntary scheme to relocate 160,000 migrants at the meeting, which comes a day before an emergency summit of European leaders on Wednesday. A proposal being argued over ahead of the meeting would, if agreed, relocate 120,000 asylum seekers over the next two years around the whole bloc.