MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, March 11, 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.

Budget Debate 2015: Day 7

MPs will debate the budgets of at least three ministries today: National Development, Transport, and Environment and Water Resources.

MPs like Dr Teo Ho Pin (Bukit Panjang) are expected to speak on park connectors, Mr Png Eng Huat (Hougang) will speak on pet ownership, while Nominated MP Rita Soh, an architect, is slated to raise the issue of Government support for sustainable green buildings.

On Transport, Mr Cedric Foo (Pioneer) will speak on commuter experience with public transport, a hot issue given recent breakdowns and service disruptions, while Mr Low Thia Khiang (Hougang) is expected to raise the issue of a women's cabin on the MRT.

Both Mr Foo and Mr Low are also likely to speak on Changi Airport's Terminal 5.

As for National Development, MPs will raise issues from littering and dengue to food waste and hawker centres. -- ZAKIR HUSSAIN

Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants organises Budget 2015 seminar

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The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants is organising the Budget 2015 seminar in which experts will discuss updates of recent corporate and Individual tax developments, how firms and individuals are impacted by the tax changes and how best they can leverage on the policies. -- MARISSA LEE

GSK chief executive in Singapore

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Sir Andrew Witty, global chief executive of pharmaceutical giant GSK, is visiting Singapore. He is expected to make an announcement today relating to the group's Asia business and its Singapore operations. -- JACQUELINE WOO

Obama administration presents to Congress case for military force in battle on ISIS

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, Defence Secretary Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey are due to testify before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in what is the first step of a months-long process that is meant to end with Congress's approval of the use of military force in the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A draft war powers resolution introduced by President Barack Obama last month outlined a limited role for US forces but many questions about the implementation will likely be left up to lawmakers to hash out. -- JEREMY AU YONG

Japan marks four years since 2011 tsunami disaster

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Japan marks four years since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the country's north-eastern coast, unleashing a tsunami that left some 20,000 dead or missing and triggering a serious accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. As many as 80,000 of the hundreds of thousands of evacuees still live in temporary housing. Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said on Monday said the government will draw up another five-year reconstruction plan after the existing one expires, will attend ceremonies to mark the anniversary. Tokyo's subway trains will also stop for a minute at 2.46 pm (1.46 pm Singapore time), the time the quake struck. -- LEE SEOK HWAI

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