Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, May 16, 2016

Researchers from NUS will share their findings on babies and the concurrent learning of two languages today.
Researchers from NUS will share their findings on babies and the concurrent learning of two languages today.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, May 16, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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NUS findings on babies and learning

Researchers from the National University of Singapore will share today the findings of their study which looks at babies and the concurrent learning of two languages. The study involved babies in Singapore, comprising those who are taught both English and Mandarin, as well as those who are taught only Mandarin. It seeks to address the concerns of parents who wonder if teaching their babies two languages at the same time would overburden or confuse their child. - AMELIA TENG

Elections in Tamil Nadu today

Indian election workers carry a box containing electronic voting machines in Chennai on May 15, 2016, ahead of voting in state assembly elections in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. PHOTO: AFP

The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, home to 72 million Tamils, holds assembly elections today. The state sends 57 MPs to the national Parliament and its leaders always have a voice in national politics. 

The polls will not just shape the political future of a key Indian state, but also decide the fate of one of the country’s most powerful women politicians, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. The 68-year-old former actress is fighting for a second term in power even as she battles rumoured poor health. Most opinion polls predict a majority win for Ms Jayalalithaa, but analysts say the results could be closer than expected as politics in the state continues to be driven by personalities, caste affiliations and election freebies. Besides Tamil Nadu, the neighbouring state of Kerala and the territory of Puducherry are also due to hold state elections today.

Indonesia trade figures out today

Indonesian fruit vendors wait for customers at a traditional market in Berastagi, Indonesia on May 14, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

South-east Asia's largest economy, Indonesia, will be releasing its trade figures today. The markets will be watching how the country -  an increasingly influential emerging market for investors - performs, given the weak global economy. The performance will, in turn, affect the foreign exchange market in the region.