MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, March 26, 2015

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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Special Parliament session in memory of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Parliament will sit at 4pm today for a special session to pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Eleven MPs, including Defence Minister and Leader of the House Ng Eng Hen, and Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang, will speak on the contributions made by Singapore's founding Prime Minister and their impact on the country. Only invited guests will be admitted to the sitting, which is expected to last about two hours. - FIONA CHAN

Indonesia's Jokowi looks to woo China


Indonesian president Joko Widodo is in China today to drum up investor interest in Southeast Asia's largest economy, as Indonesia looks to deepen bilateral trade and infrastructure links with the Asian giant. This visit is the second leg of Mr Joko's East Asia tour. Earlier he met Japanese premier Shinzo Abe in Japan, and the two nations agreed on tighter cooperation on defence and security matters. - RUPALI KAREKAR

New York's Times Square shares its success story


Over the last two decades, Times Square in New York has transformed into one of the world's top tourist destinations. What made this transformation possible? How did Times Square maintain its vibrancy over the years? And what can Singapore learn from it?

Mr Tim Tompkins, president of Times Square Alliance, will share the success secrets of the iconic attraction, at a lecture by The Centre for Liveable Cities today. - MELISSA LIN

IMAS 16th Annual Conference opens in Singapore


Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, is guest of honour at the IMAS 16th Annual Conference on investing. - MOK FEI FEI

Boao Forum for Asia conference begins in Hainan


The annual Boao Forum for Asia conference opens today in China's Hainan province with the host nation welcoming dignitaries from countries including Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Uganda to hold discussions on topics ranging from regional development to politics and security and people's livelihood. The meeting is meant to promote solidarity and cooperation among Asian nations as well as push for regional integration. - RUPALI KAREKAR

National high jumper Michelle Sng aiming for SEA Games glory


An athlete often needs a great leap of faith to sustain a bid to reach the next level in his or her sport. High jumper Michelle Sng has had to battle doubts and uncertainties
after injuries stymied her progress.

Now, the 27-year-old, who last week broke her national record which she had set in 2007, is hoping that home fans will get to jump for joy when she takes part - and performs well - in the upcoming SEA Games. - JONATHAN WONG

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