What's Next: August 02, 2016

Examples of table settings are shown in the State Dining Room during a media preview for the upcoming State Dinner for the Prime Minister of Singapore, at the White House in Washington, DC, US, on July 29.
Examples of table settings are shown in the State Dining Room during a media preview for the upcoming State Dinner for the Prime Minister of Singapore, at the White House in Washington, DC, US, on July 29.PHOTO: EPA

White House state dinner for PM Lee

United States President Barack Obama will host a state dinner for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House today, marking the first time PM Lee has been honoured with such a function.

White House state dinners are typically glitzy affairs and reserved only for the US' strongest allies.


Festival of science at one-north 

Thought leaders of the scientific community are coming together today to discuss the impact of science and innovation on public policy and education.

This event will also kick off the one-north Festival, a five-day celebration of research, innovation, creativity and enterprise featuring workshops, open houses and exhibitions.


Release of data on factory activity

The Purchasing Managers' Index for July - an early gauge of factory activity - is due out today. The data will give an indication of how the manufacturing sector, which makes up a fifth of the Singapore economy, is performing.

Factories have been hit hard by lacklustre global demand, and output has been contracting for more than a year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe