MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Sept 3, 2015

People's Action Party and Workers' Party supporters hold flags and other party paraphernalia at the Yishun Primary School Nomination Centre on Sept 1, 2015.
People's Action Party and Workers' Party supporters hold flags and other party paraphernalia at the Yishun Primary School Nomination Centre on Sept 1, 2015.ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Sept 3 and which we think you'd be interested in.

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GE2015: Six more rallies to take place across the island

The police have issued permits for six rallies to be held later today. The ruling People's Action Party will hold two, with the Workers' Party, SingFirst, the Singapore Democratic Party and independent candidate Han Hui Hui holding their own rallies. All of them will be taking place between 7pm and 10pm.

Singapore's pandas celebrate their third birthdays


Pandas Kai Kai (on top) and Jia Jia frolicking at the Singapore Zoological Gardens. PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia celebrate their third birthday at the Singapore Zoo. The Wildlife Reserves Singapore is holding a party for the two furry creatures today, complete with a birthday cake. They will also reveal whether the artificial insemination procedure on female panda, Jia Jia, in April, was a success. - SEOW BEI YI

ESM Goh to speak at Institute of Banking and Finance event


Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will be speaking at the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore's annual Distinction Evening later today. PHOTO: ST FILE

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will deliver the keynote address today at the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore’s annual Distinction Evening at The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore. - RACHAEL BOON

China to hold parade to mark 70th anniversary of end of WWII


Officers and soldiers of the People's Liberation Army hold a flag and weapons during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing, China, on Aug 22, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

China will commemorate victory in what it calls its war of resistance against Japanese aggression today with a military parade to mark 70 years since World War II ended in Asia. The event, during which President Xi Jinping will address the nation, will be his platform to consolidate his power and push a much bolder nationalist agenda amid a volatile stock market and the deadly Tianjin blast, observers say.