MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Aug 18, 2015

The NCS programme - called Solutions for Urbanised Future, or Surf - aims to train young professionals in key areas of smart city development, such as coding, data science and data analytics.
The NCS programme - called Solutions for Urbanised Future, or Surf - aims to train young professionals in key areas of smart city development, such as coding, data science and data analytics.PHOTO: ST FILE

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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Governance and Transparency Forum

Singapore’s most well-governed and transparent listed companies will be announced today at the Governance and Transparency Forum. 
Also to be unveiled is the Governance and Transparency Index, which assesses Singapore-listed companies on their corporate governance disclosures and practices, as well as the timeliness, accessibility, transparency and communications of their financial results. - JEREMY KOH

Singapore Shipping Council briefing on plans for 2015-2017


Containers are stacked at the Port of Singapore Authority's Tanjong Pagar container terminal in Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Singapore Shipping Council holds a media briefing today on its plans for the 2015-2017 term and offers its views on key shipping-related issues. - JACQUELINE WOO

Record entries for healthcare contest


The 3-day Singapore Healthcare Management 2015 congress will take place from 18 to 20 August 2015 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre. PHOTO: SINGAPORE HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT 2015

Public healthcare institutions submitted a record 220 projects for a competition on new ways to improve healthcare delivery, held as part of the Singapore Healthcare Management Congress. Close to 1,000 healthcare administrators will attend the three-day congress at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, to learn about best practices in areas such as service quality, operations and risk management. - SAMANTHA BOH

Myanmar’s Speaker of Parliament Thura Shwe Mann to face presidential faction of his ruling party


Myanmar’s Speaker of Parliament Thura Shwe Mann was ousted from his post as leader of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party on August 13, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

Stripped of the ruling party leadership as a result of his rivalry with President Thein Sein, Thura Shwe Mann will face the emboldened presidential faction of his ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) when Parliament reopens today, just a day after he met opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Mr Shwe Mann, whose relationship with Ms Suu Kyi is regarded with suspecion by some USDP members,  is under pressure to table a vote on a Bill that could see him impeached. It is unclear how much support the Bill has in Parliament, where he has cultivated a reputation as a statesman.