What's Next: Oct 19, 2017

Spain has threatened to suspend Catalonia's autonomy unless Catalan President Carles Puigdemont abandons his push for independence by 4pm today (Singapore time).
Spain has threatened to suspend Catalonia's autonomy unless Catalan President Carles Puigdemont abandons his push for independence by 4pm today (Singapore time). PHOTO: REUTERS

D-Day for Catalonian leader

Spain has threatened to suspend Catalonia's autonomy unless the region's leader, Mr Carles Puigdemont, abandons his push for independence by 4pm today (Singapore time) - the deadline set by the central government. Following a referendum vote on Oct 1 that favoured a split from Spain, Mr Puigdemont said he was "suspending" independence to allow time for talks with Madrid, stopping short at a full declaration of independence.


Children's Society hosts charity dinner

The Singapore Children's Society is holding its 65th anniversary charity gala dinner tonight, an event aimed at raising funds for its 69 programmes islandwide.

President Halimah Yacob will be the guest of honour.


China's latest economic data out today

China will release data on its third-quarter gross domestic product, industrial production and retail sales for September today.

The deluge of data comes amid the Chinese Communist Party's 19th congress taking place this week. At its opening yesterday, President Xi Jinping vowed to open up the economy as the country faces a "new era" of challenges and opportunities.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe