What's Next: October 1, 2016

Hungary set to reject migrant quota

Hungarians are poised to reject the European Union's troubled refugee quota plan in a referendum tomorrow, as fiercely anti-migrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban rides a populist wave across the bloc.

Since last September, hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East have crossed Hungary on their way to richer countries in Western Europe.

Launch of job facility for ex-patients

The Mindset Learning Hub, a job training centre that helps people recovering from mental health issues rejoin the workforce, will be launched today. The centre is a collaboration between the Singapore Association of Mental Health and the Jardine Matheson Group. The launch comes at a time when more than one in 10 people here will have a mental illness in their lifetime, according to the 2010 Singapore Mental Health Study.

China releasing PMI data

China's National Bureau of Statistics will release the official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) today, amid expectations that the sector expanded modestly for a second straight month in September. The PMI is expected to be 50.4, above the neutral 50.0 mark separating growth from contraction, suggesting that the economy is stabilising thanks to government infrastructure spending and a property market boom.

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