What's Next: March 16, 2016

Last day of China's top political meets

China's annual meetings of its Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the nation's top political advisory body, and National People's Congress, its communist-controlled Parliament, will come to a close today. They will be followed by a once-a-year press conference by Premier Li Keqiang at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. Reporters attending the annual event are typically required to submit their questions in advance.

Book compiles oil paintings of Mr Lee

A book that records the role founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew played in the development of Singapore will be launched today by Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

The coffee table book, The Singapore Story, compiles oil paintings of Mr Lee that were displayed at an exhibition in Suntec City last year.

Fed not expected to raise rates

The US Federal Open Market Committee meeting will conclude late tonight after two days of deliberations . Although the Fed is not expected to raise interest rates this time around, the minutes of the meeting will be closely scrutinised for clues on future hikes. Fed chairman Janet Yellen had pulled off the bank's first rate hike in almost a decade last December, and signalled more such moves this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: March 16, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe