What's Next: Sept 30, 2017

People wave Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) as they attend a closing rally in favour of the banned Oct 1 independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept 29, 2017.
People wave Esteladas (Catalan separatist flags) as they attend a closing rally in favour of the banned Oct 1 independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept 29, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Catalonia independence vote tomorrow

Catalonia is holding an independence referendum tomorrow, even as the central government in Madrid has vowed to do everything to stop the vote.

With the support of a Spanish judiciary that has ordered the suspension of the referendum, Madrid has shut down websites and advertising campaigns that have promoted the vote in the north-eastern region, home to 7.5 million people.


Events to mark seniors' day

Even as societies around the world get older, ageism remains a reality, says the United Nations. In 2014, governments around the world adopted a resolution at the Economic and Social Council that recognised ageism as "the common source of, the justification for and the driving force behind age discrimination". In Singapore, some events have been planned to mark International Day of Older Persons tomorrow.


China manufacturing data out today

China is set to release its official manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) today for this month. Economists are expecting the figures to come in at 51.5 for this month, dipping marginally from last month's 51.7. They say China's factories likely cranked up activity for the 14th straight month in September following a year-long building boom, though the pace of growth may have eased slightly from August.

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