MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Sept 1, 2015

The coming General Election is the first time the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is challenged in all seats since 1965.
The coming General Election is the first time the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is challenged in all seats since 1965.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Sept 1 and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Nomination process for Sept 11 polls today

The hour-long nomination process for the September 11 General Election will begin at 11am today in nine nomination centres islandwide. Contests are expected in all 89 seats, which would make the coming polls the first time the ruling People's Action Party (PAP) is challenged in all seats since independence.

The Singapore Forum on Politics and Policy to host GE2015 forum


The National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) Political Dialogue on the General Election 2015 on 18 August, 2015. From left, Democratic Progessive Party's Benjamin Pwee, National Solidarity Party's Steve Chia, People's Action Party's Sim Ann, People's Power Party's Goh Meng Seng and Reform Party's Kenneth Jeyaretnam, moderator Viswa Sadasivan, Singapore Democratic Alliance's Harminder Pal Singh, Singapore Democratic Party's Paul Tambyah, Singaporeans First's Tan Jee Say, Singapore People's Party's Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss and Workers' Party's Gerald Giam. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The Singapore Forum on Politics and Policy will be hosting the forum on the 2015 General Election titled, A Conversation with the Candidates. It is intended to provide an avenue for students from the National University of Singapore to meet the candidates and hear the respective parties' positions on critical issues in the coming elections. - ZHAKI ABDULLAH 

Justices of the Peace to be appointed


The Supreme Court. PHOTO: ST FILE

Seventy Justices of the Peace will be appointed today. They will serve as Visiting Justices of the Prisons, mediators and referees in the State Courts, or marriage solemnisers in the Registry of Marriages. - NG HUIWEN

Fundraiser for Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation to feature clothing by designer Zang Toi


 A specially designed pin produced by the Breast Cancer Foundation. PHOTO: ST FILE

Three of Singapore's top international beauty pageant title holders will be raising awareness about breast cancer today. They will model clothes by New York-base designer Zang Toi. Tickets for the event and the outfits will be auctioned to raise funds for the Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation.  - JASMINE OSADA

Reserve Bank of Australia to hold policy meeting


Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG 

The Reserve Bank of Australia, which manages the developed world’s most exposed economy to China, will hold its policy meeting today. Traders and economists predict Governor Glenn Stevens will keep interest rates unchanged at a record-low 2 per cent. Mr Stevens has himself voiced reluctance to keep cutting interest rates amid Sydney’s buoyant housing market, unemployment reached the highest level in 13 years and falling commodity prices are weighing on income from resource exports. Wagers on a cut by December jumped to 65 per cent yesterday from about 35 per cent before China devalued the yuan on Aug. 11.  

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde to visit Indonesia


International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. PHOTO: AFP

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde kicks off a two-day visit to Indonesia, during which she will hold consultations with President Joko Widodo and Bank Indonesia governor Agus Martowardojo, among others. She will also take part in a high-level conference in Jakarta and a townhall meeting with university students.