MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, April 16, 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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Empress Place artefacts to be unveiled

Artefacts that were unearthed after a two-month archaeological excavation at Empress Place will be unveiled on Thursday. The excavation began on Feb 2 in front of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. - MELODY ZACCHEUS

Flagging off of ultra marathoners

Two seasoned ultra marathoners will attempt to complete 2,500km over 50 consecutive days, or 50km per day, as part of the Republic's golden jubilee celebrations. They will be flagged off at a ceremony at ITE College West. - CALVIN YANG

Keppel Corporation announces financial results


Keppel Corporation will be announcing its first-quarter financial results after the stock market closes. Chief executive officer Loh Chin Hua and senior management will be presenting the group's performance and outlook. - JACQUELINE WOO

A*Star holds annual SME Day

The A*Star is holding its SME Day today, an annual event that showcases its initiatives for the small and medium-sized enterprise community and the public, including home-grown technologies developed from A*Star’s Research Institutes and Centres of Innovation. In addition to showcasing its technologies and innovations at the event, A*Star will also be announcing some new initiatives to deepen its outreach to SMEs for growth and productivity. - ARIEL LIM

Ministers from region to deliberate on MH370 hunt


Ministers from Australia, China and Malaysia will meet today in Kuala Lumpur to deliberate on the hunt for missing MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, where the search zone has nearly been scoured completely. They are scheduled to meet the press at 3pm before reporters are given a briefing on technical details of the ongoing search that is entering its 14th month since the Malaysia Airlines plane mysteriously went missing en route to Beijing. - ASRUL HADI ABDULLAH SANI

Victims' families threaten to boycott Sewol ferry disaster memorial service


Families of victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster have threatened to boycott a semi-official memorial service to mark the tragedy's first anniversary today, demanding that the authorities make a commitment to salvage the 6.8-tonne ferry, an operation that would cost an estimated US$110 million (S$150 million). President Park Geun Hye may skip the anniversary event where families and officials are supposed to pay tribute to the victims, as she will kick off a state visit to South America today. Her spokesman said no information is available on whether the president would do anything to mark the anniversary before her departure, raising the ire of some South Koreans. - JASON OU

Local fans to attend stream of Star Wars panel


More than 400 local fans will be attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel hosted by director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, which will be streamed live at Shaw Lido Imax from Los Angeles at 1am early Friday morning. The screening, where fans will likely come dressed in costume, is part of Star Wars Celebration, a global fan event held to celebrate all things Star Wars-related. - YIP WAI YEE