Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Sept 2, 2016

President Tony Tan is set to open the Harmony in Diversity Gallery today (Sept 2).
President Tony Tan is set to open the Harmony in Diversity Gallery today (Sept 2). PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, Sept 2, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Harmony in Diversity exhibition opens today

The Harmony in Diversity Gallery will be opened by President Tony Tan Keng Yam today (Sept 2). It is Singapore’s first exhibition that is dedicated to stressing the common threads among the country’s major religions. The exhibition is located at the Ministry of National Development building in Maxwell Road and is open to the public.

Japan's PM Abe to meet Russian President Putin 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (above) will be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin today (Sept 2) in Russia. PHOTO: EPA

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin today (Sept 2) on the sidelines of the two-day Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held in the Russian port city of Vladivostok.

Japan has been eyeing closer ties with Russia to counter China’s growing clout. The two leaders will discuss closer economic cooperation in such areas as energy and technology, among other things. The meeting comes ahead of Mr Putin’s visit to Japan in December, his first visit since Mr Abe took office in December 2012.

US Payroll data out today

The US Labour Department will release payroll data today (Sept 2), with economists expecting unemployment to have dropped to 4.8 per cent in August from 4.9 per cent in the previous month. An increase in job numbers will provide clues as to whether the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sooner rather than later. The Fed has left the door open to a hike at its Sept 20-21 meeting without giving an explicit signal that it is likely to take such action.