Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, April 13, 2016

The accident and emergency (A&E) department at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).
The accident and emergency (A&E) department at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, April 13, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Budget debate to focus on health today

Parliament debate continues today (April 13) with MPs discussing the budget of the Health Ministry.

They will discuss ways to make Singapore a healthier place for people of all ages, as well as getting the best value for healthcare.

Massage parlour operators to be charged in court for operating without licence

Thirteen unlicensed massage parlour operators are expected to be charged in court on Wednesday (April 13) for operating without a valid licence.

The police have been conducting enforcement operations against massage establishments in Chinatown Little India, Lavender Street, Jalan Sultan and Coleman Street between January and April this year, targeting those that flouted rules under the Massage Establishments Act.

Ballot for South Korea's national assembly to be held

Supporters for different candidates campaign at the same spot in one of the key constituencies with just one day left to the general election in Daegu, South Korea, on April 12, 2016.  PHOTO: EPA

Today's (April 13) ballot for South Korea's 300-seat national assembly has been touted as a referendum on the economic policies of the ruling conservative Saenuri Party and on President Park Geun Hye, who has less than two years left of her single five-year term.

Polls suggest that the Saenuri Party will retain the simple parliamentary majority it won in 2012, especially with rifts between opposition parties threatening to split the liberal vote.

US to release retail sales

An employee waits to assist customers at the Lululemon Athletica Inc. Lab store in New York, US. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

The United States will release retail sales today (April 13).

Economists have forecast that sales likely increased in March year-on-year. In February, the sales increased 3.10 per cent over the same month in the previous year.

A constant support from the labour market and a positive growth from the equity market would have provided moderate support in March for an optimistic consumer sentiment, economists say.