What's Next: October 19, 2015

British Army FV4034 Challenger 2 battle tanks are seen during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Nato military exercise at the Land Forces Training Centre.
British Army FV4034 Challenger 2 battle tanks are seen during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Nato military exercise at the Land Forces Training Centre.PHOTO: EPA

Nato's biggest drill in over a decade

Nato and its allies will kick off today their biggest military drill in more than a decade, involving 36,000 troops, 160 aircraft and more than 60 ships. The exercise, Trident Juncture, comes as Russia flexes its muscle in Syria.

A key part of the drill is to test Nato's newly established "spearhead" force that has air, maritime and special operations components. The 5,000-strong force can deploy in less than a week in response to an eastern threat.

Awards for healthcare companies

Eleven companies will be honoured today for their contributions to the healthcare sector.

The Healthcare Supplier Awards, organised by National Healthcare Group, National University Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and the Agency for Integrated Care, recognises companies which have helped to improve the healthcare supply chain. Among the winners is RAS Pharma and Biochem, which introduced a new system for urine tests.

Weak Q3 growth for China expected

China will release its third-quarter gross domestic product figures today. Markets will likely be jittery as growth is expected to fall below 7 per cent for the first time since the global financial crisis.

The world's second-largest economy was likely hit by a slowdown in its financial services sector, triggered by a massive stock market rout in the quarter.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2015, with the headline 'What's Next: October 19, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe