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Recognising the best in the Singapore blogosphere
Singapore’s most popular blogs and favourite influencers will be announced tonight at the Singapore Blog Awards, the annual flagship event of omy.sg, Singapore Press Holdings’ bilingual news and entertainment portal. Now in its eighth year, the award recognises bloggers who have developed their writing specialties in areas such as beauty, health and wellness and cooking. - LIM YI HAN
June CPI data to be released
Singapore’s consumer price index for June will be released today. Inflation is likely to remain subdued on the back of falling certificate of entitlement prices for cars and a moderating property market as the Government’s property cooling measures continue to exert downward pressure on home prices. - WONG WEI HAN
EDB Society to hold 25th anniversary gala
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam will be at the EDB Society’s 25th anniversary gala dinner tonight held in conjunction with SG50, with the theme: Pioneering The Future - at The Fullerton Hotel The Ballroom. He will also present the Distinguished Fellow of The EDB Society Award 2015 to four leading pioneers for their outstanding contributions to Singapore’s economic development: Mr Lim Ho Hup, Mr J Y Pillay, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong and Mr Lee Yock Suan. - MARISSA LEE
US Senate hearing on Iran nuclear deal
United States Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew are scheduled on Thursday to testify to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran. The landmark nuclear accord between Iran and the West signed this month has drawn objections from many members of Congress.
Under the deal, Iran will be subjected to long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has long suspected was aimed at creating an atomic bomb but which Teheran says is peaceful. In return, US, European Union and UN sanctions on Iran will be lifted. Republicans who control the Congress have lined up against the deal, but US president Barack Obama has said he will veto any congressional objection.