MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, May 18, 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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Honouring those who have provided quality service

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will attend the Singapore Service Excellence Medallion award ceremony today. The awards recognises individuals who have delivered quality service in their various industries. - JESSICA LIM

Poly students celebrate graduation day

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Temasek, Ngee Ann and Singapore polytechnics begin their graduations today. Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin is attending the Ngee Ann Polytechnic session where he is expected to speak about SkillsFuture - a scheme to encourage lifelong learning. - AMELIA TENG

28th SEA Games promises "a complete digital experience" for spectators


Organisers will elaborate today on some of the digital tools that have been developed for the event. The June 5 to 16 extravaganza will make use of new digital media elements such as social media interaction, worldwide live streaming on YouTube channel and multi-cam coverage via mobile applications to offer a complete digital experience for both spectators and the general public. - SANJAY NAIR

All eyes on fate of migrant boat in "maritime ping pong" between Malaysia, Thailand

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Fears are mounting over the fate of about emaciated 300 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants on board a boat that has been denied permission by both Malaysian and Thai authorities to land in either of the two countries for the past week, amid the worst migrant crisis embroiling South-east Asia since the Vietnam War. The boat has been towed back out to sea twice by the Thai navy, only to be intercepted by Malaysia as it got close to the country. Malaysia is hosting a meeting on Wednesday with Thailand and Indonesia on the crisis, which has seen 3,000 migrants wash to shore in the region with thousands others believed to still be adrift at sea following a crackdown on human smuggling by Thailand. - LEE SEOK HWAI

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