MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, August 3, 2015

The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) at Block 701, Hougang Ave 2.
The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) at Block 701, Hougang Ave 2. PHOTO: ST FILE

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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Opposition parties to meet

Singapore's opposition party leaders will hunker down tonight to iron out their differences and avoid three-cornered fights that may split their vote share in the upcoming General Election, allowing the ruling People's Action Party an easy win. The meeting will also be watched for signs of unity or discord among the splintered entities. 

AHPETC case in court

The Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) at Block 701, Hougang Ave 2. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Court of Appeal will sit today over the Ministry of National Development (MND)’s appeal against the High Court’s rejection of its bid to appoint independent accountants to the Workers’ Party (WP)-run town council. Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, along with Judges of Appeal Chao Hick Tin and Andrew Phang, will hear MND’s arguments from Attorney-General’s Chambers deputy chief counsel for litigation Aurill Kam, and the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC)’s from Mr Peter Low. It will also hear an application by the Housing Board (HDB) in June to join the MND as a co-plaintiff and co-appellant in the matter.

What will Singapore look like in 50 years?

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam will launch the World Scientific's latest book at an event at the Singapore Art Museum. PHOTO: ST FILE

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will launch today the World Scientific’s latest book, Singapore 2065: Leading Insights On Economy And Environment From 50 Singapore Icons And Beyond. The book collates the insights of leading Singapore thinkers on what the Republic will look like in 50 years. 

Obama to unveil climate change plan

 Emissions rise from stacks of the Duke Energy Corp Gibson Station power plant at dusk in Owensville, Indiana, US., on July 23, 2015. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

United States President Barack Obama is set to unveil the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants as he aims to cement his legacy on climate change. The White House will release the final version of America’s Clean Power Plan, which will seek to slash carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 per cent from 2005 levels in 2030, a 9 per cent increase over a previous proposal. The regulation will usher in a sweeping transformation of the US electricity sector, encouraging an aggressive shift toward more renewable energy away from coal-fired electricity. Mr Obama has called the plan the “biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken” to fight climate change. 

Greece's main stock exchange to reopen 

In this file picture taken on June 15, 2015 people walk through the lobby of the Athens Stock Exchange. Greece's main stock exchange will reopen on Monday after being closed for five weeks by the Greek debt crisis. PHOTO: AFP

The spotlight will be on Greece’s embattled banks when the Athens stock exchange reopens today after its activity had been halted for nearly a month. The banks have seen outflows of billions of euros from deposits over the past six months and may need additional capital.