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House approves Bill granting Benefits to Day-Care Workers

Manila, Oct 23 - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6550 which seeks to grant benefits and privileges to day-care workers.  House Bill No. 6550 or the proposed “Magna Carta of Day Care Workers,” seeks to improve the social and economic welfare of day-care workers in recognition of their vital role in providing pre-school education and social development services to children. The measure defines day care workers as persons primarily engaged in the provision of early child development services and programs such as care, social development, education, protection, and other needs of children aged four years old and below in all government-sponsored day care centers.

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House sets Pension System for Ombudsman Workers

Date: 22 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6578 that provides retirement benefits and hazard allowance to workers of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB).

Policies on SME Development may be reviewed - SME Corp

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
SERI KEMBANGAN, Oct 23 (Bernama) - Policies related to the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) may be reviewed to strengthen the sector's contribution to the economy.

Excise Dept: 90% Progress made on implementing 2017 Excise Tax Act

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Oct 23 (NNT) - The Excise Department has reported that the enforcement of the new 2017 Excise Tax Act has made 90% progress.
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How the New Vehicle Import Policy could disrupt the Car Market

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Media Article; Source: Myanmar Times
On October 16, the Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles Importing officially released a set of new rules stating that only left-hand-drive vehicles can be imported into Myanmar from 2018 onwards.

Businessman guilty of GST Fraud, sentenced to 24 Weeks’ Imprisonment

Date: 20 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
Oct 20 - Businessman Foo Tee Suan (“Foo”), who was the sole-proprietor of FTH Enterprise (“FTH”), partner of F&T Top System Enterprise (“F&T”) and Hwa Rong Import & Export (“HRIE”) and director of Hwa Rong Enterprise Pte Ltd (“HREPL”), has been convicted for making false entrie ...

House acts to provide Pinoys Comprehensive Mental Care

Date: 22 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
With at least one study claiming that one out of every three Filipinos grapples with mental issues, the House of Representatives passed on second reading a measure that would address the growing need for a national mental health system that really works for Filipinos needing psychological care.

Doc cleared of All Allegations of Professional Misconduct

Date: 21 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A doctor has been cleared of all allegations of professional misconduct, by the Court of Three Judges after overturning the decision of a disciplinary tribunal.

Mandatory Mediation may be expanded to Non-Salary Disputes

Date: 21 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The ministry of Manpower considers expansion of the scope of the Employment Claims Act to provide for mandatory mediation in non-salary-related disputes also.

New Scheme guides Firms in handling Staff Grievances

Date: 21 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A new Tripartite Standard on Grievance Handling scheme has been launched by the Ministry of Manpower to guide employers to handle unhappiness in the workplace before it escalates into disputes.  

Van Driver resorts to Massage Chair for Cash

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - A van driver was sentenced to five days in jail and RM500 in fine or another one month by the Ampang Magistrate's Court after pleading guilty to stealing RM145 from a massage chair at a laundromat.

Kota Kinabalu High Court dismisses Shafie's Remand Review Application

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KOTA KINABALU, Oct 23 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected the application by former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for review of his remand by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Parliament: Two Bills withdrawn

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - Two bills scheduled to be presented for the second reading in the Dewan Rakyat sitting today were withdrawn.

Medical Assistant jailed for Possession of Daesh-Related Items

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - A medical assistant at a government hospital in Pahang was sentenced to three years' jail by the High Court here today for possession of items related to the Daesh terrorist group.

MAVCOM (Amendment) Bill 2017 tabled for Second Reading

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) (Amendment) Bill 2017 which seeks to empower the Commission to impose a financial penalty, and to impose and collect charges on passengers at airports in Malaysia for regulatory services rendered by the Commission, was tabled for second reading at the Dewan Rakyat sitting t ...

SC suspends Work in NCR, Bulacan, Pampanga for ASEAN Summit

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in courts in Metro Manila and in the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan on November 13-15 in connection with the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits.

CA affirms P70-B PLDT, Globe Buyout of SMC Telco Assets

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the legality of the PHP70-billion buyout of telco assets of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecommunications.

RAPP must abide by Regulations: Environment Minister

Date: 23 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara
Jakarta, Oct 23 (ANTARA News) - Forestry and Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya expressed regret that the governments efforts to ensure that PT RAPP, or April Group, abides by the regulation have been misinterpreted as a permit revocation to trigger public unrest.

SMC working on Sentencing Guidelines

Date: 20 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Singapore Medical Council is working on sentencing guidelines to help disciplinary tribunals decide on penalties.
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CA affirms P70-B PLDT, Globe Buyout of SMC Telco Assets

MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the legality of the PHP70-billion buyout of telco assets of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecomm ...

MyCC accepts Undertaking from the Sand Operators of Four Districts in Kelantan CCS consults on the Proposed Merger of Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) SA and Luxottica Group SpA CCS consults on the Proposed Poultry Slaughtering Hub more

Policies on SME Development may be reviewed - SME Corp

SERI KEMBANGAN, Oct 23 (Bernama) - Policies related to the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) may be reviewed to strengthen the sector's contribution to the economy.

House pushes for Shorter Processing of Permit or License Time for Listed Companies to weed out Untimely Information Disclosure China Orient Asset Management Corporation v Alexma Corporation Sdn Bhd more

Van Driver resorts to Massage Chair for Cash

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - A van driver was sentenced to five days in jail and RM500 in fine or another one month by the Ampang Magistrate's Court after pleading guilty to stealing RM145 from a massage chair at a l ...

Medical Assistant jailed for Possession of Daesh-Related Items Labourer Jailed for causing Hurt on Sister, Niece over Drinking Bottle Unemployed Man fined for Possession of Stolen Rings more

Kota Kinabalu High Court dismisses Shafie's Remand Review Application

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 23 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected the application by former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for review of his remand by the Malaysian Anti-Corruptio ...

CA affirms Bail for 3 suspects in Vhong Navarro Case Kota Tinggi CCRC Trainee's Family win Civil Suit SIB fails to get Documents on Cabinet Decision pertaining to use of the Word 'Allah' more

House sets Pension System for Ombudsman Workers

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6578 that provides retirement benefits and hazard allowance to workers of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB).

House approves Bill granting Benefits to Day-Care Workers Mandatory Mediation may be expanded to Non-Salary Disputes House Tackles reforms in Retirement Benefits of Uniformed Services more

Former Cashier fined for making Unauthorized Withdrawal with Customer's ATM Card

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 (Bernama) - A cashier of sports shop was fined RM6,000, in default eight months' jail, by the Sessions Court here today for unauthorised access to computer material by dishonestly withdrawing money b ...

Singtel fined $500,000 for Net Outage Aviva fined $6,000 for Data Breach Patents and Designs Legislative Amendments to enter into force on 30 October 2017 more

Businessman guilty of GST Fraud, sentenced to 24 Weeks’ Imprisonment

Oct 20 - Businessman Foo Tee Suan (“Foo”), who was the sole-proprietor of FTH Enterprise (“FTH”), partner of F&T Top System Enterprise (“F&T”) and Hwa Rong Import & Export ...

Excise Dept: 90% Progress made on implementing 2017 Excise Tax Act Effective Policy needed to tax Income from Digital Advertisements Study of New Tax Plan on more

How the New Vehicle Import Policy could disrupt the Car Market

On October 16, the Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles Importing officially released a set of new rules stating that only left-hand-drive vehicles can be imported into Myanmar from 2018 onwards.

New Scheme guides Firms in handling Staff Grievances MAVCOM (Amendment) Bill 2017 tabled for Second Reading New Rules on Imported Vehicles coming in 2018 more

RAPP must abide by Regulations: Environment Minister

Jakarta, Oct 23 (ANTARA News) - Forestry and Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya expressed regret that the governments efforts to ensure that PT RAPP, or April Group, abides by the regulation have been misinterpreted as a ...

Indonesia, Saudi to draft New Term on Migrant Workers Pemerintah RI, cq Menteri Negara Bumn RI, cq PT Perkebunan Nusantara II (dahulu PT Perkebunan Nusantara IX), DKK v PT Binjai Duraman Indah Lestari, DKK Indonesian Worker escapes Death Penalty in Malaysia more

National Assembly to debate New and Amended Laws

The National Assembly (NA) will debate nine newly drafted laws and amend seven existing laws at its upcoming fourth ordinary session, which will open on Monday.

Oudomxay legalises Foreign Workers Beware of Illegal Transactions by Fake Banks, Public warned Mineral Law to be amended for Better Mining Management more

Van Driver resorts to Massage Chair for Cash

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - A van driver was sentenced to five days in jail and RM500 in fine or another one month by the Ampang Magistrate's Court after pleading guilty to stealing RM145 from a massage chair at a l ...

Kota Kinabalu High Court dismisses Shafie's Remand Review Application Parliament: Two Bills withdrawn Policies on SME Development may be reviewed - SME Corp more

How the New Vehicle Import Policy could disrupt the Car Market

On October 16, the Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles Importing officially released a set of new rules stating that only left-hand-drive vehicles can be imported into Myanmar from 2018 onwards.

YCDC to withhold Licenses of Factories violating Waste Rules Effective Policy needed to tax Income from Digital Advertisements New Rules on Imported Vehicles coming in 2018 more

House sets Pension System for Ombudsman Workers

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6578 that provides retirement benefits and hazard allowance to workers of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB).

House acts to provide Pinoys Comprehensive Mental Care House approves Bill granting Benefits to Day-Care Workers SC suspends Work in NCR, Bulacan, Pampanga for ASEAN Summit more

Businessman guilty of GST Fraud, sentenced to 24 Weeks’ Imprisonment

Oct 20 - Businessman Foo Tee Suan (“Foo”), who was the sole-proprietor of FTH Enterprise (“FTH”), partner of F&T Top System Enterprise (“F&T”) and Hwa Rong Import & Export ...

Doc cleared of All Allegations of Professional Misconduct Mandatory Mediation may be expanded to Non-Salary Disputes New Scheme guides Firms in handling Staff Grievances more

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PH, WIPO sign Agreements on designating PH as International Authority on IP, Establishment of IP Center in the PH

GENEVA, Oct 23 - The Philippines and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) signed a cooperation agreement on establishing a National Training IP Center in the Philippines. Both also signed another memorandum of agreement (MOA) designating the Philippines as an international searching and preliminary examining authority on Intellectual Property (IP).

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DOF seeks US Assistance in setting up Tax Academy

The Department of Finance (DOF) is seeking a possible grant from the United States in establishing the Philippines’ first tax academy, which will serve as a training institution that will provide revenue officials and employees continuing professional education on improving tax collection competence and efficiency.

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Bank Indonesia holds Policy Rate: Global Economy improves, Domestic Economic Recovery continues

The BI Board of Governors agreed on 18th and 19th October 2017 to hold the BI 7-day Reverse Repo Rate at 4.25%, while maintaining the Deposit Facility (DF) and Lending Facility (LF) rates at 3.50% and 5.00% respectively, effective 20th October 2017. The decision was consistent with efforts to maintain macroeconomic and financial system stability, while stimulating the domestic economic recovery but remaining mindful of prevailing domestic and global economic dynamics. The current policy rate is considered adequate to maintain inflation within the target corridor and current account deficit at a sound level.

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Jump in Molestation Cases in First Nine Months

According to the latest figures released by the police, there has been a jump in outrage of modesty cases in the first nine months of this year.

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CJ calls on Law Schools to reinvent themselves

Chief Justice has urged law schools to rethink curricula and admissions procedure amid changing legal practice and tech disruption.

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AIBIM wants Government to channel Incentives for SMEs via Islamic Banks

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) - The Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM) hopes the government will use Islamic banks as the platform for its incentives allocation especially those aimed at boosting the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).

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BOC mulls Scrapping Use of 'Green Lane' for Shipments

MANILA, Oct 23 (PNA) - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is eyeing the abolition of its green lane whose use is currently suspended.

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Laos protecting Benefits, Rights of Workers Overseas

Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has been successful in protecting the benefits and rights of Lao workers employed abroad, especially in Thailand, according to a leading official.

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Promote 'Standing Break' among Employers, DOLE urged

MANILA, Oct 22 (PNA) - A labor group urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to effectively disseminate information on its new “standing break” order for workers.

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JBC to interview 7 CA Post Aspirants

MANILA, Oct 22 (PNA) - Some seven trial court judges vying for the position that will be vacated by retiring Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Leoncia Dimagiba are set to be interviewed by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Wednesday, 25 Oct.

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Budget 2018 should boost Bumiputera Economic Dominance - Gabem

MACHANG, Oct 22 (Bernama) - The Federation of Malay Economic Bodies (Gabem) hopes that Budget 2018 that will be tabled on Oct 27 will boost the Bumiputera economic dominance to a higher level through various development agenda.

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SRX Operator sues Major Consultancies over its Valuation Service

A new writ summons has been filed by StreetSine Singapore Pte Ltd alleging "conspiracy" among the defendants including Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers to injure its business and reputation by intentional misrepresentation.

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