What's Next: October 07, 2016

Russian human rights activist, head of refugee aid organisation Civil Assistance, Svetlana Gannushkina, during a press conference in Moscow.
Russian human rights activist, head of refugee aid organisation Civil Assistance, Svetlana Gannushkina, during a press conference in Moscow. PHOTO: AFP

Nobel Peace Prize winner to be named

This year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced today in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Among those touted as front runners for the award are Russian mathematician and champion of migrant rights, Ms Svetlana Gannushkina, and the diplomats responsible for the July 2015 Iran nuclear deal which limits Teheran's nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for the lifting of international oil and financial sanctions.


Govt tech agency to be launched

A new government agency that will drive digital transformation in the public sector is being launched today. Called the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), it will spearhead the delivery of the Government's digital services and take the lead in existing Smart Nation engineering efforts. GovTech also aims to encourage people to co-develop technologies that will benefit the public.


US job report for Sept coming out

The United States Labour Department will release the monthly job report today, with an improvement expected in September numbers from the previous month. Growth in the number of Americans entering the job market, accompanied by accelerating wages, would help provide an even bigger push for consumer spending and make it easier for inflation to rise, giving the US central bank the confidence to pull the trigger on an interest rate hike.

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