MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, April 15, 2015

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

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March data on private residential properites to go up on URA website

Data on prices and number of units launched and sold by developers in March 2015 for private residential properties will be updated on Urban Redevelopment Authority's website from 12.30pm today. The data, obtained through a survey of developers, supplements existing data provided by URA and provides greater transparency in the market, helping home buyers with their decisions. - RENNIE WHANG

New Sats initiatives aim to improve cargo handling at Changi Airport

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Changi Airport's largest ground-handling firm, Sats, will launch several initiatives at an event on Wednesday. Among other things, the initiatives are touted to increase the productivity and competitiveness of Changi's cargo handling. - KARAMJIT KAUR

China expecting lower GDP expansion rate for Q1 of 2015

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China's National Bureau of Statistics will release today the official gross domestic product (GDP) figures for the first quarter. Its GDP probably expanded 6.9 per cent in January-March, media reported, down from 7.3 per cent in the final three months of last year.

China must carry out promised reforms and rebalance its economy to stem financial risks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday, as it pointed to slowing growth over the next two years. The authorities have expressed a willingness to accept lower growth rates as they try to make consumer spending the key driver of activity.

Modi to meet Canadian counterpart

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Mr Narendra Modi is due to meet Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today, in the first visit to Canada by an Indian prime minister in a generation. Mr Harper's office has said the countries intend to focus on boosting cooperation on economic issues, counter-terrorism and energy. They may reach a trade deal as soon as today, which will allow Canada to sell Cameco Corp. uranium to India.

While the authorities laud the possibility of the deal, three in five Canadians surveyed said they opposed helping develop India's nuclear energy industry. The survey also found that 78 per cent of Canadians, presented with a photo of Mr Modi, were unable to identify him.

SEA Games: Eyes on draw for Singapore's U-23 football team

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The official team draw for the SEA Games covering volleyball, football and water polo will take place today. All eyes will be on the football, as host nation Singapore will be hoping for a kind draw for its Under-23 team so that they can advance far in the competition. - MAY CHEN

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