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

Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister of State for Defence, will be speaking at a plenary session in Beijing.
Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister of State for Defence, will be speaking at a plenary session in Beijing.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

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

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Minister Ong Ye Kung to speak at Beijing forum

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan will today (Oct 11) make the keynote address at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, a regional security dialogue touted as China’s version of the Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore. Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung will speak at a plenary session titled “Responding to New Security Challenges in the Asia-Pacific through Cooperation”. Mr Ong is expected to speak about Singapore’s support for China’s engagement in the region through defence cooperation platforms such as the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting.

Announcement on Purple Parade

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mrs Lee take a selfie as they join participants at The Purple Parade held in Hong Lim Park on Oct 31, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Purple Parade, which aims to promote inclusiveness and celebrate the abilities of people with special needs, will be back next month. This year, Singaporeans will be encouraged to show their support through Purple Outfit Of The Day, Purple Spaces - by decorating their office or personal space in the colour - and Purple Building Light-Ups. Details about The Purple Parade, which takes place on Nov 5, will be shared today (Oct 11).

Speech may give clue to Fed's move 

Chicago Federal Reserve Bank president Charles Evans is set to speak on the US economy and monetary police in Australia. PHOTO: REUTERS

United States Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago president Charles Evans will speak on the US economy and monetary policy at a luncheon in Australia. His words are likely to be closely watched for signs on how the Fed is poised to act in the months ahead. Mr Evans said last week that he would be “fine” with raising US interest rates by year end, if economic data continues to be firm, though any further moves would have to wait until inflation accelerates.