10 must-reads for today, South Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

1 Big money in India polls

India’s tycoons are playing a pivotal role in the Asian giant’s most expensive election ever. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid has received huge financial backing from corporate India, raising fears about the integrity of the world’s largest democratic process. 

2 DPM on S’pore’s approach

In his opening address to the 7th Singapore-China Forum on Leadership in Yan’an, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean spoke on Singapore’s approach to achieving its people’s aspirations for better lives – through better policies, engagement and people development. 

3 New drugs, new menace

New psychoactive substances (NPS) are a big problem here and around the world. Rogue chemists can tweak an existing drug and turn it into an adulterated one, which remains legal and can evade detection. Between 2008 and last year, nearly 900 NPS were discovered and documented worldwide, with more than half of these in Asia. 

4 Sticky issue in Aussie polls

When Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an election for next month and then listed why Australians should vote for him, he mentioned various policy areas, but pointedly omitted climate change. A shrewd political operator, he had good reasons not to mention it. 

5 EU’s China challenge

While Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Europe tour went well, in reality, the European Union’s differences with Beijing are significant and growing, says global affairs correspondent Jonathan Eyal.

Mr Sim Eng Sua with a photograph of his missing father, Mr Sim Toh Hock.
Mr Sim Eng Sua with a photograph of his missing father, Mr Sim Toh Hock. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

6 Still missing after 15 years

Retired construction worker Sim Toh Hock left his home for breakfast one morning 15 years ago and never returned.

His son Sim Eng Sua wants a declaration of the presumption of death, which may be granted if the court finds that circumstances show he has disappeared without a trace for more than seven years. 

7 New fire-fighting system

A $163.5 million project to equip the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway and Central Expressway tunnels with the latest fire-fighting system is under way. Design and installation of the water-mist systems began in December 2017 and are expected to be completed by 2022. 

8 Shift to profit-taking likely

Investors are likely to shift to profit-taking mode as many companies have rallied this year. Investors will also be listening in on developments from the United States and Japan trade talks taking place today and tomorrow. 

9 Amazing rugby comeback

Down 19-0 at half-time, South Africa looked dead and buried as Fiji coasted in the defence of their HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens title yesterday. But the Blitzboks rallied to score three late tries, before a penalty conversion with 10 seconds left gave them a 20-19 final win at the National Stadium. 

10 HK film to open S’pore fest

Hong Kong writer-director Oliver Chan’s debut feature Still Human (2018) is the opening film for the Singapore Chinese Film Festival on Thursday. The film, about a Filipino domestic helper and her employer who uses a wheelchair, picked up awards for Best Actor and Screenplay at the 25th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards last month.

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Millennial slang

The Straits Times books correspondent Olivia Ho quizzes assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath on terms that millennials use. http://str.sg/millennial


Cycling coast to coast

The Coast-to-Coast Trail is a 36km trail that stretches from Jurong Lake Gardens in the west to Coney Island Park in the north-east. Enjoy the sights while taking a bike ride from one end to the other. http://str.sg/connector

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