What's Next: April 5, 2017

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi takes part in a European People Party (EPP) summit.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi takes part in a European People Party (EPP) summit. PHOTO: AFP

Ex-Italian PM Berlusconi goes on trial

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi goes on trial in Milan today for alleged witness tampering and payoffs in a previous case related to his infamous "Bunga Bunga" sex parties. The 80-year-old tycoon is suspected to have bought the silence of call girls and others in relation to charges he faced for soliciting minors for prostitution and abusing his power.


Ex-politician's thoughts on leadership

A book by former senior minister of state for law and home affairs Ho Peng Kee will be launched today.

It details Associate Professor Ho's journey in local politics from 1991 to 2011, as well as leadership matters.

The launch at the National Library will be attended by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.


Release of US non-manufacturing PMI

The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) will release today data for the non-manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) in the United States. ISM's manufacturing PMI released earlier this week had showed the seventh consecutive month of expansion at 57.2, just above the consensus estimate among economists. Analysts saw the increase as part of a global recovery.

Services PMI is expected to follow suit.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2017, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe