MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, July 28, 2015

Singapore's total bank lending in November increased from the previous month central bank data showed on Dec 31.
Singapore's total bank lending in November increased from the previous month central bank data showed on Dec 31.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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Fare Free Friday for POSB cardholders

POSB will be launching Fare Free Friday - a service that provides unlimited free public transport (on the MRT, LRT and buses) to POSB credit/debit cardholders. This will be for every Friday from July 31 till the end of the year. It is part of POSB's SG50 celebrations. - ADRIAN LIM

Coronary artery disease hits Singaporean Asians harder

A study has found that coronary artery disease affects Asians more than their Western European counterparts. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Coronary artery disease affects Asians earlier and more severely than it does Western European populations, a local study has found. The disease is the underlying cause of most heart attacks, and is the third-most common cause of death here. In particular, Malay and Indian patients had the earliest onset and the most severe disease, despite being diagnosed younger. - LINETTE LAI

Great Eastern Q2 results out today

The second quarter financial results for Great Eastern will be released later today. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Insurer Great Eastern Holdings will be announcing its second quarter financial results at a media briefing today. - RACHAEL BOON

Hong Kong's panda Jia Jia celebrates 37th birthday

Jia Jia, a 36-year-old giant panda, at the Hong Kong Ocean Park, China on July 9, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Jia Jia turns 37 today in Hong Kong, becoming the world’s oldest panda in captivity. Birthday celebrations are being planned at  Ocean Park  for the female panda, whose age is said to put it on a par with a human centenarian. Jia Jia’s caregivers say it is in great condition.

The  previous Guinness World Record title for the world’s oldest panda belonged to Du Du, which died at 36 in the Wuhan Zoo in 1999. The average lifespan of giant pandas in the wild is 14 to 20 years, and 30 years in captivity.