What's Next: October 08, 2016

Crucial election in Georgia

A close parliamentary election in Georgia today is being seen as a test of stability in the former Soviet state after a car bombing and a shooting marred the run-up to the vote.

Criss-crossed by strategically important oil and gas pipelines and traditionally buffeted between Russia and the West, a fifth of Georgian territory remains under the control of pro-Russian separatists.

Raising awareness of mental illness

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Monday, a slew of activities are being held this weekend to raise awareness of the illness.

They include The Make A Difference Race 2016 - Light Of Hope, organised by Touch Community Services, which will take place this evening at Gardens by the Bay East.

China's PMI out today

The private services purchasing managers' index (PMI) in China will be released by Caixin today. Beijing has been counting on a strong service sector to pick up the slack as it tries to shift the economy away from a dependence on heavy industry and manufacturing exports. A similar official survey released earlier this month showed activity in China's service sector expanded at a slightly faster pace, with the reading at 53.7 last month from 53.5 in August.

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