MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, March 17, 2015

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.

Annual symposium for social workers

The Singapore Association of Social Workers will hold its annual symposium and dinner for 500 social workers on Tuesday. The symposium will look at how the profession can harness the community's resources to support the vulnerable in society. - KOK XING HUI

NUH to unveil new tool for treating scoliosis

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The National University Hospital will unveil a magnetic control growing rod to treat young scoliosis patients. This new treatment will reduce the number of invasive surgeries they have to go through, lowering risks and costs. - LINETTE LAI

SMU hosting Future Ready Forum

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Singapore Management University is holding the Future Ready Forum, themed 'Delivering the Latest in Management Thinking and Business Trends’. The forum looks at helping executives rethink business challenges, identify new market opportunities and sharpen their business acumen. - CHIA YAN MIN

Ex-Thai minister to be indicted

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Public prosecutors are on Tuesday expected to indict former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom as well as 20 other officials for alleged faked government-to-government rice sale deals that were announced by the previous Puea Thai government. Its rice-pledging scheme – which generated huge stockpiles of unsaleable rice – has felled former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was impeached and now faces up to 10 years in jail over her alleged negligence on the issue. - TAN HUI YEE

Israel Election

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Israelis will head to the polls on Tuesday for Israel’s second election in just over two years, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking a third-consecutive term in a closely watched election that experts say will be a referendum on his past six years in office. Though Mr Netanyahu's campaign has focused strongly on security issues, especially the Iran nuclear deal, rivals the Zionist Union have emphasised bread-and-butter concerns like rising housing prices. The corporate sector is also eyeing a win by the centre-left opposition, seen as more amenable to renewing peace talks with Palestine, as that would benefit businesses. - JEREMY LEE 

Opportunities for ITE students at Sports Hub

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The Singapore Sports Hub and Institute of Technical Education will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, partnering to organise practical working experience and hands-on learning opportunities to ITE students of all its three colleges. - MAY CHEN

Can Liverpool close in on rivals Manchester United?

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Jordan Henderson's fluke second-half goal kept Liverpool firmly in contention for a Premier League top-four finish with a 1-0 win at Swansea City on Monday. Fifth-placed Liverpool needed a win to move back to within two points of Manchester United in the race for a top-four spot and a Champions League qualifying place. - CHIA HAN KEONG