MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, July 29, 2015

Iskandar Rahmat being escorted in a car by police officers on July 15, 2013.
Iskandar Rahmat being escorted in a car by police officers on July 15, 2013. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

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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Commital hearing for former policeman accused of double murder

A commital hearing will be held for the former policeman accused of the Kovan double murder two years ago. This is to establish if there is sufficient evidence to commit Iskandar Rahmat, 36, to a full High Court trial. He is accused of killing car workshop owner Tan Boon Sin, 66, and his 42-year-old son and was eventually arrested in Johor after a 54-hour manhunt. He is now in remand at Changi Prison pending court proceedings. - SELINA LUM

Heng Swee Keat to present national flag to Singaporean team


Education Minister Heng Swee Keat speaking at the first National Secondary School Student Leaders Conference. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat will be presenting the national flag to a Singapore team who will be pitting their skills in areas such as beauty therapy and healthcare in an international WorldSkills contest next month. The contingent of 22 young men and women will be given a symbolic send-off today at the Institute of Technical Education's Ang Mo Kio headquarters. The competition, touted as the "Olympics of Skills", will be held in Brazil from Aug 11 to 16 - AMELIA TENG

Singapore Exchange to release full-year financial statements


The results will be keenly watched by investors as the exchange has been ceding ground in the securities market. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG NEWS 
 

The Singapore Exchange releases its full-year financial statements today. The results will be keenly watched by investors as the exchange has been ceding ground in the securities market even as it grew a very profitable derivatives business under former chief executive Magnus Bocker. Investors and analysts will be eager to hear what new CEO Loh Boon Chye, who assumed the role on July 14, has to say about his plans for the bourse. - GRACE LEONG

Turkish President to start China trip


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving a press conference on July 20, 2015. PHOTO: EPA 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a two-day trip to China starting today. This is his first official state visit since he took office last year. Despite recent widespread Turkish anger over China’s treatment of Xinjiang Uighurs, he is expected to sidestep the issue. He said on Monday that Turkey is open to an improved offer from its preferred bidder China in a long-range missile defence system tender.