Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 11, 2016

Students at Nanyang Polytechnic.
Students at Nanyang Polytechnic.ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, Jan 11, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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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 talk about his experiences in leading youth. - YUEN SIN

Humanitarian aid to Madaya

Jemaah Islamiyah supporters carrying placards depicting pictures believed to be of children from Madaya during a protest in Lebanon on Jan 8, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

Humanitarian aid is expected to be delivered to the besieged Syrian town of Madaya and two blockaded villages in the north-west on Monday (Jan 11), where the United Nations says there have been reports of people dying of starvation. Madaya is besieged by the Syrian government forces, while the two villages in Idlib province – of Al-Foua and Kefraya - are encircled by rebels fighting the Syrian government. Aid groups from the UN and the Red Cross will be delivering their supplies. The expected move follows a UN announcement on Thursday (Jan 7) that the Syrian government had agreed to allow access to the three areas. 

Chinese bourses in the spotlight

Investors looking at an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai on Jan 8, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

All eyes will be on the China stock market on Monday (Jan 11) 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 in 2015 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.