MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, April 8, 2015

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

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Dates to be decided for parliamentary run for seat left vacant by Anwar Ibrahim's jailing

Malaysia's Election Commission is set to meet today to decide the nomination and polling dates for the race for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat which has been left vacant after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's jailing. Anwar was sentenced to five years’ jail on Feb 10 after he was convicted of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. -- LEE CHOO KIONG

Singtel to announce major acquisition

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Singtel is expected to announce a major acquisition before the stock market opens in the morning. -- GRACE CHNG

GrabTaxi launches research centre in Singapore

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Taxi app company GrabTaxi, which runs a popular taxi app of the same name, will launch its first research centre in Singapore today. It will give details about the new centre and the company's growth plans for the year. -- ADRIAN LIM

Thailand to sign five memorandums of understanding with Russia

Thailand will sign five memorandums of understanding with Russia today on increasing cooperation on energy, investment, tourism and culture, as well as suppressing drug crime, during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to the country. Thailand has stepped up engagement with China and Russia in response to cooler ties with old ally the United States and other Western countries worried about the suspension of democracy and curtailment of some human rights. -- LEE CHOO KIONG

Gerbang Nusajaya’s overall concept to be unveiled

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UEM Sunrise Berhad will hold a media briefing today to unveil Gerbang Nusajaya’s overall concept. Gerbang Nusajaya, the second phase development of Nusajaya in Iskandar Malaysia, is a 4,551-acre project which features various groundbreaking developments. -- RENNIE WHANG

Singapore LionsXII versus Johor Daruk Ta'zim II

Singapore's LionsXII are back in action, this time in the first leg of their Malaysia FA Cup quarter-final against Johor Daruk Ta'zim II. All eyes will be on Fandi Ahmad's men as they not only seek to improve on their recent woeful results but also how they cope with two Singapore stalwarts in the opposition camp - national captain Shahril Ishak and defender Baihakki Khaizan. -- DEEPANRAJ GANESAN

Badminton: OUE Singapore open

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World No. 1 Chen Long of China is on the hunt for a third successive title when he begins his campaign at the OUE Singapore Open, while team-mate Wang Yihan could make it a hat-trick of titles here. -- MAY CHEN

Awards for best of SPH newsrooms

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The best work published last year in the English, Malay and Tamil newspapers run by media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will be recognised in its annual award ceremony today. The newspapers are The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, My Paper (English), Berita Harian, Tamil Murasu and tabla!. -- AMELIA TENG