India declares day of national mourning for Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday

India declares day of national mourning for Mr Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday

India has declared a day of national mourning on Sunday as a mark of respect to Singapore's founding prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday at the age of 91.

The national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country, and there will be no official entertainment, according to a statement on India's Ministry of Home Affairs website.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will be attending the state funeral for Mr Lee. It will take place on Sunday afternoon, starting with the procession from Parliament House to the University Cultural Centre at 12.30pm. The funeral service will then be held from 2pm to 5.15pm, before the body of Mr Lee makes its final journey to Mandai Crematorium.

Mr Modi had hailed Mr Lee as a "far-sighted statesman" and "a lion among leaders" upon news of his passing.

huizhen@sph.com.sg

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