What's Next: August, 15 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.PHOTO: AFP

Indian PM to set out govt's vision

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today address the nation on India's 69th Independence Day and lay out the government's vision for the year.  

The annual address, his second since he came to power, will be closely watched for new announcements, as well as reassurances that the government will stay the course following a series of scandals and the stalling of major reforms such as the land acquisition Bill.

Honouring grads who showed grit

A total of 19 individuals will receive the Outstanding Graduates Award at the Mendaki Club 15th Graduates' Tea ceremony today. The award, launched in 2013, celebrates graduates who, despite facing challenges and difficulties, have the tenacity and drive to achieve academic success. The event will be graced by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs.

S. Korea's response to Abe's comment

South Korean President Park Geun Hye will deliver her Liberation Day speech today to mark the country's 70th anniversary of independence from Japan's colonial rule. She is expected to comment on Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe's World War II anniversary statement yesterday, in which he expressed "profound grief" over the war dead but stressed that future generations should not "be predestined to apologise".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2015, with the headline 'What's Next: August, 15 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe