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Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 April, 2013, 3:29am

Court ponders Sands' Macau dealings

Las Vegas Sands' interests in Macau enter the spotlight as a trial begins in Nevada. The breach-of-contract case is being brought against the casino operator by one-time consultant Richard Suen Chi-tat, who claims he is owed US$5 million for introducing Sands bosses to Chinese officials to facilitate its entry into Macau. Sands chief Sheldon Adelson has been summonsed to give evidence.


Chance to own a morsel of El Bulli

Hong Kong bidders have a chance to get their hands on mementos from one of the world's most famous restaurants at a Sotheby's auction in the city. Wines, chefs' aprons and custom-made dishes and cutlery from Ferran Adria's celebrated El Bulli restaurant go under the hammer, as does a chance to dine with the chef in Spain. The Catalan restaurant closed in 2011 despite being voted the world's best on five occasions.


First meeting for new Bank of Japan chief

The world's economists keep a close eye on Tokyo, where the Bank of Japan begins its first two-day policy meeting under Haruhiko Kuroda, its new governor. Kuroda says he wants to combine two different schemes that the central bank uses to purchase government debt, reinforcing expectations of bold monetary stimulus. Kuroda is looking to aggressively expand the central bank's balance sheet and achieve 2 per cent inflation in two years.


African leaders discuss rebel takeover

The 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States holds a summit in Chad attended by central African heads of state to consider responses to the rebel takeover in the Central African Republic. Rebel leader Michel Djotodia has vowed to run the republic until elections in 2016 after seizing power last month following the collapse of a power-sharing deal with the government of ousted president Francois Bozize.


Henan governor reveals industry plans

Henan province's new governor, Xie Fuzhan sets out plans for industrial development centred on the airport in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, as he gives his first press conference. Xie, former chief of the State Council's research office, was chosen to head the northern province in last month's government reshuffle. Henan is a fertile yet relatively poor province, with an economy based on agriculture.


Indian Premier League back in action

Cricket fans are in for a treat as the star-studded Indian Premier League begins its sixth season. The competition is known as much for controversy as for glitz and glamour, and this year's promises to be no exception, with Sri Lankan players banned from playing in the southern city of Chennai due to rising tension in the state of Tamil Nadu over Colombo's treatment of its Tamil minority.