MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, April 17, 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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Serina Wee to take the stand in City Harvest trial for the second day

Former City Harvest Church finance manager Serina Wee will take the stand for the second day on Friday. Represented by Senior Counsel Andre Maniam, she is one of six accused in the ongoing trial. - LIM YI HAN

Thai premier Prayut Chan-o-cha to present 6-month report


Thai premier Prayut Chan-o-cha will present his government's six-month performance report on Friday morning. The coup-maker and junta leader is coming under increasing pressure to show results after the central bank cut its 2015 growth forecast again - from 4 per cent to 3.8 per cent. General Prayut was also criticised for replacing martial law on April 1 with new rules that have similar if not more draconian implications. - TAN HUI YEE

Summit on social reintegration of extremists comes to a close


The two-day East Asia Summit symposium on religious rehabilitation and social reintegration of extremists ends on Friday. Singapore's top Muslim leader, Mufti Dr Fatris Bakaram, and General John Allen, US President Barack Obama's special envoy to the coalition to counter ISIS, will be speaking to some 500 security officials and scholars from over 30 countries.

Youth Environmental Award to be given out

Five young people will receive the Youth Environmental Award on Friday. They will get to join leading American scientists to help solve challenges caused by climate change in the Acadia National Park located on the coast of Maine in the United States. - MIRANDA YEO

Rugby: Singapore men’s team prepares for SEA Games


As part of their preparations for the SEA Games, the Singapore men’s rugby team have undergone cross-training in muay thai as well as sprint training under national 100m record holder U.K. Shyam to find an edge over their rivals. After placing a respectable 7th in Asia last year, the squad have continued to develop under coach Izzy Kadir. - SANJAY NAIR