MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, March 6, 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.

Committee of Supply debate: MHA, MOE and MTI

Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean is expected to respond to MPs' comments on whether the Home Team has enough manpower to cope with a changing threat landscape when Parliament sits later this morning. DPM Teo and his ministry colleagues are also expected to comment on whether Singapore is prepared to deal with the threat of terrorism, cybercrimes, and drugs at the Committee of Supply debate.

The annual debate sees MPs speak about the spending plans of each of the 15 ministries and the Prime Minister's Office.

Later today, MPs will also debate the spending plans and policies of the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Topics they will touch on include meeting growing aspirations for higher education, better career counselling, the culture of tuition and special schools. MPs are also set to speak about the economic outlook and tourism. - ZAKIR HUSSAIN

Rochor Canal gets fresh look under ABC Waters project


Strategically located against an alluring backdrop of modern and historical buildings, the Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) project at Rochor Canal is set to enhance the vibrancy of downtown Singapore. It is just the latest project to be completed.

ABC Waters is a long-term initiative that aims to transform Singapore's drains, canals and reservoirs into streams, rivers and lakes that are also recreational spaces. More than 100 potential sites have been identified for ABC Waters Implementation by 2030. - SAMANTHA BOH

Singapore Computer Society IT Leader Awards


Four individuals will be lauded for making significant contributions to Singapore's information, communication and technology industry. The Singapore Computer Society will give out its IT Leader Awards at a ceremony during a gala dinner on Friday evening. - IRENE THAM

China's finance minister to speak on economic reforms


China's finance minister Lou Jiwei and National Development and Reform Commission chief Xu Shaoshi will meet reporters today to speak on the country's economic growth and reform measures. This comes a day after Premier Li Keqiang announced a growth target of around 7 per cent for 2015, lower than last year's 7.5 per cent. Mr Lou is expected to signal how the central government will finance infrastructure projects and welfare plans, after it took away the financing rights of local governments last year. - LEE SEOK HWAI

RHB and DMG to announce new stake-holding details


RHB Banking Group and DMG & Partners Securities will be making an official announcement on new stake-holding details and the unveiling of a new corporate identity for DMG & Partners Securities in Singapore. Mr Mike Chan, chief executive officer of RHB Investment Bank and Mr Robert Huray, chief executive officer of DMG & Partners Securities, will also share DMG's blueprints for 2015. - MICHELLE LEE

HSBC Women Leaders' Forum

In conjunction with HSBC Women's Champions 2015 taking place from March 5-8 at the Sentosa Golf Club, HSBC is organising the Women Leaders' Forum, which honours the success of female leaders in their own fields and discusses the changing role of women in today's society. - MOK FEI FEI

HSBC Women's Champions second round


Former world No. 1 Park In Bee and Tseng Ya-ni will be aiming to extend their one-shot lead at the top of the HSBC Women's Champions leaderboard as the US$1.4 million (S$1.9 million) tournament enters its second round. Among their closest challengers are 2012 champion Angela Stanford, who is a shot back in third, as well as a clutch of world-class golfers led by world No. 1 Lydia Ko. - JONATHAN WONG

LionsXII to take on MSL league leaders Felda United


The LionsXII's Malaysian Super League match against newly-promoted Felda United on Saturday is the last in a run of four straight away games for Fandi Ahmad's team. Having acquitted themselves well with a win, a draw, and a loss, the litmus for the Singapore outfit's credentials will come against the MSL table toppers. - CHUA SIANG YEE

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