MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, April 24, 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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Teochew temple gets United Nations conservation award

Yueh Hai Ching Temple at Philip Street, which can trace its roots back to 1826, will receive the Unesco Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Merit in a ceremony at Mandarin Orchard on Friday. Dr Timothy Curtis, chief of the culture unit in the Bangkok office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), will present the award to Mr Jamie Teo, chairman of the restoration sub-committee of Teochew social welfare organisation Ngee Ann Kongsi, which manages the temple. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong will be the guest of honour at the ceremony. - MELODY ZACCHEUS

State Courts starts new community justice division


Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon will launch a new division of the State Courts, which will oversee community disputes, on Friday (April 24). The Community Justice and Tribunals Division will comprise the Small Claims Tribunal and the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunal that will be set up under the Community Disputes Resolution Act passed last month. The division will also administer the Protection form Harrassment Act that took effect in November last year.(2014) - K.C. VIJAYAN

URA to release final data on private home transactions


The Urban Redevelopment Authority releases today the final data on private home transactions for the first quarter. It had earlier disclosed flash estimates, which showed that the private residential property price index slipped 1.1 per cent in the first three months of 2015 from the preceding quarter. - RENNIE WHANG

United Overseas Bank to hold AGM


United Overseas Bank will hold its annual general meeting for shareholders today. - MARISSA LEE

Biggest-ever commemoration marks 100th anniversary of Gallipoli campaign


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Australian Prime Minister Britain's Prince Charles Tony Abbott, as well as representatives from other countries will mark 100 years since Allied soldiers launched a campaign against forces of the Ottoman Empire in the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli on Apr 25, 1915. Some 130,000 troops perished in the subsequent nine months of fighting over control of the Dardanelles shipping lanes that ended in defeat for the Allies, which included Australia, Britain, France and New Zealand. Singapore is represented by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Grace Fu. -LEE SEOK HWAI

Singapore to hold 2016 World Rugby Sevens Series


It will be held just one week after the iconic Hong Kong Sevens, but Singapore is confident of scoring with its own unique flavour and identity when it also stages the World Rugby Sevens Series next April. The Singapore Rugby Union said it will position the two-day extravaganza at the Sports Hub as one for the family to dispel any perception that such tournaments cater only to raucous revellers. - SANJAY NAIR

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