10 must-reads for today

Children showing support for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party at a roadshow in Varanasi, India, yesterday.
Children showing support for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party at a roadshow in Varanasi, India, yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS

The decision by India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to field Hindu ascetic Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who has been linked to a 2008 bomb blast that some described as India's first instance of Hindu terror, could be a tricky one. Analysts said while the move is aimed at consolidating Hindu votes, it could turn out to be counterproductive.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said legislation is an essential part of the solution to the spread of fake news by those who set out to manipulate opinions and influence elections.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe