Stale News is Lead Story on Page 1 of The Straits Times

A one-year old piece of news emanating from India is today’s lead story on page 1 of The Straits Times. It is about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to develop 100 smart cities across the country.

Even Indian newspapers did not find it fit to feature that on page 1 of their editions and buried it inside.

The Straits Times lead story today

The Straits Times lead story today

I am confused as to what yardstick The Straits Times applied in picking it as the Page 1 lead.

Formal Launch: The only thing new about the piece is that Mr Modi formally launched the Smart Cities mission yesterday. That was only a formality as Mr Modi had announced the plan soon after he became Prime Minister more than a year ago.

The relevance for Singapore is that the country could be among those involved in building the smart city infrastructure in India. About 17 other countries are also expected to play a part in the mission.

Even that is stale news as Singapore, which is already helping build a capital city for the state of Andhra Pradesh, has been in the reckoning from the start. So what made The Straits Times carry it as the lead story today?

G Joslin Vethakumar


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