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Project on healthier eating
Some people in Singapore struggle to put food on the table, or to eat healthily on a shoestring budget.
Most feel that eating well means paying more for food, according to the charity The Food Bank Singapore.
It is launching a project today to raise awareness about healthier eating, and will elaborate on other plans to reduce food wastage and feed the hungry. - ALEXIS ONG
Statement on MH370 probe
An international team of investigators probing the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will issue a statement today, the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance. The Malaysian government said it would not hold an official memorial service this year and would mark the anniversary with a ceremony in Parliament.
Private resale flash estimates out today
SRX Property is expected to release today its flash estimate on resale prices of private apartments for February. The non-landed residential resale price index rose 0.6 per cent in January from December but was 7.2 per cent down from the peak in January 2014. Analysts expect prices last month to be a little changed on reduced transaction volumes, partly owing to a shorter working month due to the Chinese New Year holiday falling in February this year.
Japan's GDP out today
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data due out today is likely to show Japan’s economy contracted slightly more than initially estimated in the final quarter of 2015, keeping the Bank of Japan under pressure to deploy additional monetary stimulus. But BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has maintained his optimism on his nation's economic recovery saying now was the time to scrutinise the effect of the January easing on the economy. Under its forecasts made in January, the BOJ expects the economy to expand 1.5 per cent and core consumer inflation to hit 0.8 per cent in the coming year beginning in April.