What's Next: January 11 2016

An electronic board displays stock market data at a securities brokerage house in Beijing on Jan 8.
An electronic board displays stock market data at a securities brokerage house in Beijing on Jan 8.PHOTO: EPA

Aid for Syrian town, villages

Humanitarian aid is expected to be delivered to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya and two blockaded villages in the north-west today, where the United Nations says there have been reports of people dying of starvation. Madaya is besieged by Syrian government forces, while the two villages are encircled by rebels fighting the government. The expected move follows a UN announcement last Thursday that the government will allow access to the three areas.


Hospitality and tourism conference

The Nanyang Polytechnic Hospitality and Tourism Industry Conference 2016 will address topics related to a new generation of trained workforce players who can cultivate

a long-term mindset, and the capabilities and skills needed for it. This year's event is themed Leadership and Challenges in Hospitality and Tourism Industry. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, will also talk about his experiences in leading the youth.


Chinese bourses in the spotlight

All eyes will be on the China stock markets today after the Shanghai bourse's circular on Saturday prolonging the limit on selling by large shareholders, to pre-empt massive dumping of shares. A six-month share sales ban imposed last year on these shareholders expired last Friday. Under new rules, major shareholders with stakes at 5 per cent or above will be barred from selling more than 1 per cent of a listed company's share capital every three months.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: January 11 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe