KATHMANDU (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - A new Information Technology bill proposed by the KP Sharma Oli administration giving sweeping powers to authorities to block social media platforms if they are not registered in Nepal has raised alarm, as rights advocates say it curtails freedom of speech online and increases surveillance of personal data.

NEW DELHI (DataLEADS/ANN) - The multi-billion-dollar Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France has become the most controversial political issue for Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi.

PENANG, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily/ANN) - Singaporean tourists visiting Malaysia last year dropped 14% when compared to figures in the previous year while non-Asean tourists increased close to 20%. Brunei tourists also declined by 17%. 

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, yesterday, told American officials including Assistant Secretary to the US Department of State Thomas L. Vajda that the United States should not place too much emphasis on human rights and democracy when working in Sri Lanka. He said so at a roundtable discussion on the Indo-Pacific Region held at the Taj Samudra in Colombo.   

JAFFNA ( The Island/ANN ) - Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was also Northern Province Development Minister said yesterday that the Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbour would be developed into a commercial port and its surrounding area transformed into an economic hub with Indian assistance.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Votaries of the British Empire often described the Indian Civil Service (ICS) as the steel frame which held the British-Indian empire together.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - A puerile controversy has erupted at a critical juncture.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - First light on Friday virtually shut the window on an immediate strike to counter the outrage at Pulwama, so now there will be the routine high-level security meetings, visits to the site where a car bomb took the lives of some 40 CRPF personnel, etc, and hopefully the think-tank on national security will formulate and implement a strategy that will go beyond avenging the deaths ~ counting bodies is a zero-sum game.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam Motohiko Kato hosted a farewell ceremony for twelve Brunei students yesterday. 

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The danger in Failing to see harassment as purely political is that the issue is never adequately addressed.