MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Feb 16, 2015

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on medical leave for a week and is expected to recover fully. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on medical leave for a week and is expected to recover fully. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Good morning. Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break today and which we think you'd be interested in. It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

PM Lee to undergo surgery for prostate cancer

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will undergo surgery today to remove his prostate gland. Mr Lee had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in January, after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan showed suspicious lesions on his prostate. He will be on medical leave for a week and is expected to recover fully. - THAM YUEN-C

Data on household income trends due

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All eyes will be on whether income inequality has narrowed when the Department of Statistics releases its latest data on household income trends today. The study tracks whether incomes have risen for different groups of working households headed by Singaporean citizens or permanent residents. - FIONA CHAN

Will EU reach deal with Greece today?

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Hopes are rising that a deal between the European Union and Greece will be reached today at a meeting of European finance ministers, thereby averting the looming threat of Greece’s bankruptcy and eviction from the Euro joint currency zone. - JONATHAN EYAL

Expect Thai growth report

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Thailand is set to report today its full-year 2014 economic growth, which the Bank of Thailand (BOT) forecasts at 0.8 per cent - an improvement from the zero growth in the first half of 2014. BOT governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul had said earlier this month that Thailand's economy will only slowly recover this year, and could grow by 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2015. - CHANG MAY CHOON

January home data sales out Monday

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The Urban Redevelopment Authority will be releasing new home sales data for January today. Experts expect sales to remain tepid but pick up from the dismal 230 new condominium units sold in December, which was also the worst month of sales since January 2009, when 108 apartments were sold. - CHERYL ONG

Basketball: Who will star at the NBA All-Star Game?

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The best basketball talents are eager to put on a show at the All-Star Game in New York. Who will be the one who outshines the rest of the National Basketball Association stars at Madison Square Garden? - CHIA HAN KEONG