MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, August 11, 2015

Advance estimates suggest little improvement in Singapore's second-quarter economic growth.
Advance estimates suggest little improvement in Singapore's second-quarter economic growth. 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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MTI to release figures for Singapore's second quarter economic growth 

The Ministry of Trade and Industry will release the final figures on Singapore's second-quarter economic growth. If its advance estimates, released last month, are anything to go by, the numbers will be nothing to shout about. The MTI said then that gross domestic product (GDP) grew by a surprisingly thin 1.7 per cent from April to June over the same period last year, the slowest rate of expansion since the third quarter of 2012. 

Sendai nuclear power plant to be restarted


The Sendai nuclear power plant will be restarted despite protests from parties fearful of a Fukushima repeat PHOTO: REUTERS

Japan is set to restart the No. 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant today (Tuesday), ending a period of about 2 years where the country was completely nuclear-free. The 31-year-old reactor, loaded with atomic fuel, is expected to reach maximum capacity later tonight. The move comes amid protests and opposition from those that have been scarred by the meltdown of the Fukushima plant, triggered after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and power companies are eager to get the nuclear reactors up and running again to meet the country's power needs. - JEREMY LEE

East Asia Symposium opening panel to feature experts on international relations


Former head of civil service Peter Ho will be among the participants in the opening panel of the East Asia Symposium. PHOTO: ST FILE

Some of the most advanced thinkers on international relations will be sharing their thoughts on the shifting power balance in this part of the world at the opening panel East Asia Symposium today (11 Aug). Organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the opening panel will feature, among others, former head of civil service Peter Ho, Professor Michael H. Armacost, Fellow at the Stanford University, and LKYSPP dean Kishore Mahbubani.