MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, March 19 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.

SG50: Conference on ageing in Singapore

A conference on ageing in Singapore over the next 50 years will kick off on Thursday. The SG50 scientific conference on ageing is organised by the Singapore Gerontological Society, and will feature various symposiums on the topic. - LINETTE LAI

Yingluck Shinawatra rice subsidy case

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Thailand's Supreme Court will decide today whether to accept the case against ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the rice subsidy scheme implemented by her administration. If it chooses to hear the case - and she is convicted - she stands to be jailed for up to 10 years.

The scheme is estimated to have cost over 500 billion baht (S$21 billion) - something which she argues is not a loss but an investment in farmers. But she was impeached by the military-appointed interim assembly in January over the same issue and banned from politics for five years. - TAN HUI YEE

A*Star holds 2014 Year in Review briefing

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The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) will hold its 2014 Year in Review briefing covering issues like its R&D efforts to promote economic growth through joint labs and major public-private partnerships, bringing R&D outcomes to the market and spurring the creation of high-value jobs. It will also highlight key findings from the 2013 National R&D survey. - CHIA YAN MIN

Lazada shares their strategy

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Lazada group CEO Maximillian Bittner and Lazada Singapore CEO Martell Hardenberg will meet the press to share their strategy to becoming South-east Asia's number one online shopping mall. - JACQUELINE WOO

Swimming: Day 3 of Singapore National Age Group Championships

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The Singapura Finance 46th Singapore National Age Group Championships enters its third day of the senior events. National swimmer Tao Li is aiming to qualify for two SEA Games events tomorrow in the women's 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle. - CHARLES ONG

Football: Singapore v Cambodia

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Singapore’s SEA Games football squad continue their Games tune-up by taking on Cambodia’s Under-22 team. - DEEPANRAJ GANESAN