MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Aug 17, 2015

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

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

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Hospital to roll out new robotic system

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital has rolled out a new robotic bottle dispensing system that will enhance efficiency and improve overall patient experience. Deployed at the hospital’s Emergency Pharmacy, the system is able to autoload, pick, assemble and label bottles of medication, replacing the usual manual tasks involved. The system also features an innovative flag label that allows patients to read the original medication labels on the bottles, which include drug facts and ingredients. - ZHAKI ABDULLAH

Airline to launch route from Yangon to Singapore


Myanmar National Airlines is celebrating the launch of its first international route from Yangon to Singapore, the first of five new routes which will be launched by next year. The airline's chief executive, Captain Than Tun, along with Changi Airport Group senior advisor Wong Woon Liong, will share more details on the latest development for both the carrier and travellers between Singapore and Myanmar. - KARAMJIT KAUR

South Korea to begin annual military exercises

A U.S. Marine during the Combined Joint Logistics Over The Shore (CJLOTS) exercise, at a seashore in Taean, South Korea on July 6, 2015.  PHOTO: REUTERS

South Korea begins its annual "Ulchi Freedom" military exercises today, involving tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops in war games that simulate a North Korean invasion. As in previous years, the two week-long joint drill has drawn protests from the North, which last week threatened the “strongest military counter-action” should they go ahead. This year's exercises also come after a land mine explosion earlier this month severely injured two South Korean soldiers patrolling the demilitarised zone, an incident blamed on North Korea that has ratcheted up tensions between the countries. - JEREMY LEE