Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, March 3, 2016

The interior of the two-storey Library@Orchard.
The interior of the two-storey Library@Orchard.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, March 3, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

SGfuture engagement session at Library@Orchard

The Ministry of Communications and Information and the National Library Board will be organising an SGfuture engagement session today at library @orchard in the evening. Participants are expected to share ideas on how to encourage lifelong learning through reading and to build a strong reading culture in Singapore. - AMELIA TENG

Economic data to be released in the US

People walk by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Jan 15, 2016 PHOTO: AFP

Investors will be paying close attention to the range of economic data that will be released in the United States today. Apart from jobless claims there, there will also be data on the manufacturing sector, factory orders and productivity, in a busy trading day ahead.

China kicks off annual session of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers salute each other on Tiananmen Square on March 2, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

The annual session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top political advisory body, opens on Thursday (March 3). Running parallel with the National People’s Congress session, which kicks off on Saturday (March 5), the two major political meetings come amid concern over the health of the world’s second largest economy which is facing slowing growth, overcapacity and volatile markets. The two meetings, collectively known as “liang hui” end on March 16.