MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, July 14, 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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Questions on lift upgrading, SEA Games in Parliament today

Parliament sits again this afternoon, with MPs asking questions about lift upgrading, illegal moneylending, problem gambling, as well as the impact of the recently held 28th SEA Games.  MPs will also debate amendments to the Bankruptcy Act and to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Act, to rename ISEAS the Yusof Ishak Institute.  

Sentosa gets new cable car line


Attractions within Sentosa will now be linked by a new line of cable cars. PHOTO: SENTOSA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Vistors to Sentosa will now be able to travel within the island in cable cars. The new Sentosa line of the cable car network – which links the existing Sentosa station to attractions such as the Merlion, luge and Siloso Beach – will be officially launched today. The new line, run by Mount Faber Leisure Group,  is an extension of the Mount Faber line, which connects Mount Faber to Harbourfront and Sentosa. - JESSICA LIM

Q2 growth estimates to be released

The Ministry of Trade and Industry will release its advance estimates of Singapore’s second quarter economic growth today. Economists expect the figures, which will take into account data from the first two months of the quarter, to be tepid, owing to struggling manufacturing, flagging world trade and sluggish tourist arrivals. - CHIA YAN MIN

Up, close and personal with Pluto


 An artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, is seen in this NASA image from July 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft is poised to make its closest approach to Pluto, offering the first close look at the distant dwarf planet. At 7.49 pm Singapore time, the piano-sized spacecraft, which has been travelling towards Pluto for more than nine years,  is expected to come as close as 12,500 km from the dwarf planet. The space craft is expected to produce never before seen clear, colour images of the icy planet. New Horizons has so far been running on auto-pilot to gather as much scientific information as possible leading up to its historic flyby of Pluto and its entourage of five known moons.