Obama turns his attention to budget battle US President Barack Obama will use today's fifth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers to turn his attention from foreign policy to a looming budget battle with Congress. Obama will deliver a speech warning against "more self-inflicted wounds from Washington" as Congress considers a new budget and debates an increase in the US$16.7 trillion debt ceiling. The speech is aimed at Congress and the deadlines lawmakers must meet to avoid a government shutdown on October 1. Amendments to be tabled for stamp duty bill Housing officials will attend the Legco's bills committee on the Stamp Duty (Amendment Bill) this morning. The bill will double stamp duty for all buyers of residential and non-residential properties, except for Hong Kong permanent residents who are first-time buyers. Some lawmakers plan to table amendments to the government proposal which is yet to be approved. Industrial park reopens as Korean tensions ease Easing tensions between the two Koreas will be on show with the reopening of a the jointly run Kaesong industrial park. Kaesong, established in 2004 as a rare symbol of inter-Korean co-operation, is funded by the South and sits 10 kilometres inside North Korea. Previously immune to slides in North-South relations, it finally fell victim to military tensions following the North's nuclear test in February and closed in April when Pyongyang withdrew its 53,000-strong workforce. Nominations open for Afghan presidential poll Nominations open today for Afghanistan's presidential election with no clear favourite to replace Hamid Karzai. Karzai, barred from running for a third term in the April poll, has led Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion that brought down the Taliban. Prominent members of the anti-Karzai opposition have formed a coalition, including Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai's only rival in the 2009 election who is tipped to run again. Trial to start of alleged airport bomber The trial of a disabled migrant worker who allegedly set off explosives in Beijing's international airport opens tomorrow in a district court in the capital. Ji Zhongxing, 34, was the only person injured in the July 20 incident. The former motorcycle taxi driver alleges that a beating by police in 2005 left him paralysed. New indoor swimming complex opens A new indoor swimming complex opens in Victoria Park today. The HK$800 million facility features the city's largest pool spectator stand with 2,500 seats and strengthens the city's bid for next year's Fina World Cup short-course titles. The facility is built next to the current outdoor pool which will be replaced by a handball court and skating rink. The new complex has two heated pools and will treat its water with ozone instead of chlorine.