MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Feb 10, 2015

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.

Anwar Ibrahim's fate decided

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will learn the final verdict of a sodomy charge today, after nearly seven years and countless court hearings.

The Federal Court is set to convene at 9am to decide whether to overturn a conviction or uphold a five-year jail sentence that would likely end the former deputy prime minister's career and rob the ideologically disparate opposition of its unifying figure. - SHANNON TEOH

Release of DBS Group Holdings' full-year results


Singapore banks will begin to release their full-year results this week, with DBS Group Holdings kicking off today before the market opens.

The consensus estimate for DBS's net profit for the fourth quarter ended Dec 31 is $841 million, according to a Bloomberg poll. This is lower than the $967 million the bank earned in the same period last year. Analysts will watch keenly the bank's trading income, which could have been affected by slower capital markets in the last three months of 2014. - MOK FEI FEI

Cast of Dragon Blade in town


The East-meets-West period action film Dragon Blade boasts of an international line-up and the stars will be in Singapore today for a press conference as well as the movie's gala premiere. Fans of action star Jackie Chan, Korean hunk Choi Si Won of boyband Super Junior and American actors John Cusack and Adrien Brody can catch them on the red carpet, which starts at 8pm at Golden Village VivoCity.

Follow @ST_LifeTweets for live updates from the glittery event. - BOON CHAN

Shilla Duty Free stores open at Changi Airport


Visitors to Changi Airport can expect a new shopping experience with the grand opening of Shilla Duty Free stores today. The Korean retailer has set up shop across all three terminals at Changi, selling 190 brands of duty-free perfumes and cosmetics.

Its brand ambassadors - South Korean pop group TVXQ and Chinese actress Angelababy - will add glamour to its opening. - KARAMJIT KAUR

India election: Modi could suffer crucial blow


Will India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffer its first major setback in the Delhi state election and lose to Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as predicted by exit polls?

Votes are being counted and the results will be out this afternoon. AAP is the first party to put up a credible opposition to BJP, which swept to power last May. A loss in the Indian capital will be a severe blow both to Mr Modi and the BJP. The party needs to win state elections in order to gain control of the Upper House of Parliament, so that Mr Modi can push through reforms on land acquisition, tax and other issues. - NIRMALA GANAPATHY

SBS Transit to unveil full-year results


SBS Transit is releasing its full year results today after the market closes. The public transport operator is expected to benefit from the global oil price slump, which began to accelerate early last December.

This expectation has been priced into the stock, which has risen 11 per cent to $1.89 so far this year. - DENNIS CHAN

SEA Games memorabilia on sale at more places


If you have a soft spot for a soft toy of Nila, the mascot for the upcoming Singapore SEA Games, but are not sure where to buy it, relax.

The event organisers are expanding the number of outlets for sports fans to pick up Games memorabilia, from T-shirts to toys. And since many folks live close to an NTUC supermarket or a Cheers store, stocking up on such mementoes will now be as easy as buying bread or milk. - JONATHAN WONG

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