MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, April 2, 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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Lien Centre for Palliative Care releases details on cancer patient study

The Lien Centre for Palliative Care, which is in the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical Centre, will be revealing details of its recent study on cancer patients. The study looks at the willingness of stage four cancer patients and their caregivers to pay to extend their lives by a year, against that of other end-of life improvements. The centre said the information will be valuable as it can guide decisions that patients, caregivers, doctors and policymakers make regarding end-of-life care. - ANDREA NG

Workplace safety and health statistics for 2014


The full report on workplace safety and health statistics for 2014 will be released today. It was reported earlier that the rate of workplace fatalities hit a new low in 2014, with the construction industry accounting for 27 of the 60 fatalities. In 2013, 73 people died during the course of their work.

SPH launches new monthly golf title


Singapore Press Holdings will tee off with a new monthly golf title called Swing in The Business Times, The New Paper and The Sunday Times, from this week. It will carry content from the world's leading golf magazine, Golf Digest, plus contributions from Singapore's best known golf writers and commentators. - JONATHAN WONG

British banker accused of double murder back in court


British banker Rurik Jutting, accused of killing two Indonesian women in his Hong Kong flat, will be back in court today for the hearing of the double murder case. It is the first time that an indication of a plea can be given, although the defence is not obliged to do so. The 30-year-old will receive a mandatory life sentence if he pleads guilty. If he enters a not-guilty plea, the case will be transferred to the High Court for trial. - JASON OU

Thailand marks 60th birthday of Crown Princess with royal amnesty


Thailand's military regime today will mark the 60th birthday of Crown Princess Sirindhorn with the release of thousands of prisoners from jails in a royal amnesty. A new 100-baht note has also been printed with her image on it. The popular Crown Princess' birthday came as her father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a frail 86-year-old, remains in hospital, and amid a sweeping crackdown by the military regime on critics of the monarchy. - NIRMAL GHOSH

British political leaders head into seven-way TV debate


In a sign of how fragmented Britain's political landscape has become, Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband will today join the leaders of five other parties for a seven-way TV debate. Mr Cameron will be the last to speak at the only head-to-head clash of the general election. Programme producers reportedly bent over backwards to ensure the two-hour live debate will be fair and balanced to all the seven leaders, who will address questions posed by studio audience. - JASON OU

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