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Divorce obtained vs Foreign Spouse Abroad also valid in PH

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday upheld the validity of a divorce case filed by a Filipina in another country against her foreign husband. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the decision during magistrates’ summer session in Baguio City on Tuesday. “The Court, voting 10-3-1, ruled that a foreign divorce secured by a Filipino against a foreign spouse is also considered valid in the Philippines, even if it is the Filipino spouse who files for divorce abroad,” Te said.

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Cabinet gives Nod to New Government Pension Fund Law

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Apr 24 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved the draft Government Pension Fund Act, which raises the contribution ceiling from 15 percent to 30 percent of salary.

Myanmar, Vietnam agree to raise Blateral Trade over $1Billion by 2020

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
Myanmar and Vietnam have agreed to raise bilateral trade and have set a target of exceeding $1 billion in trading value by 2020.

12 Firms’ Executives sentenced for embezzling State Money

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
Heavy penalties face 13 top executives of 12 companies, a law court in Oudomxay province ruled recently, with the executives imprisoned, fined and ordered to repay multibillions in kip of state money that was embezzled.
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Scope for greater consolidation of Casino Regulation

Date: 21 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
As the gaming landscape in Singapore is getting increasingly complex, consolidation of casino regulatory functions have a high scope, said the Second Minister for Manpower and Home Affairs during the annual Workplan Seminar of the Casino Regulatory Authority.

Gallop Stable loses Appeal in Animal Cruelty Case

Date: 21 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Gallop Stable, which manages around 150 horses and ponies, has lost its appeal to overturn a conviction of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate veterinary attention to one of its mares.

Man who duped US Songwriter of $792K jailed for a Year

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
An American conman, who scammed a singer-songwriter of US$600,000 (S$792,000), was jailed for a year in a Singapore district court in connection with money-laundering offences.

SC junks Petitions to oust Ombudsman Morales

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the consolidated petitions filed by a lawyer and former Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) general manager Al Vitangcol seeking to order Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to immediately vacate her post for supposedly overstaying for five years.

SC orders Comelec to comment on Mayor’s Plea vs Recall Petition

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to comment on the petition filed by San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez seeking to halt the poll body's resolution approving the recall petition filed by losing mayoralty candidate and former San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora.

Labour Ministry withdraws Licenses of over 40 Job Agencies

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population has withdrawn the licenses of over 40 employment agencies during the past three years, it said in a statement.

Ex-Company Director, Assistant Managers escape Jail but face Fine

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 24 (Bernama) - A former director and two ex-assistant account managers of a seaweed-based investment company convicted for accepting deposits from the public without a licence escaped prison in their appeal but still have to pay fine.

Criminal Intimidation: Married Couple fined RM2,500 each

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PETALING JAYA, Apr 24 (Bernama) - A housewife and her husband were each fined RM2,500, in default four months jail, by the Magistrate's Court here today, for making a threat on a woman following a misunderstanding that her husband was in a relationship with the victim.

Daesh Support: Appeals Court upholds Zoo-Keeper's 10 Years' Prison Sentence

Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Apr 24 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal here today upheld the 10-year prison sentence on a former zoo-keeper who pleaded guilty to giving support to Daesh militant group and possessing terrorism-related items two years ago.

Digital Entrepreneurs urged to get Copyrights

Date: 21 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Apr 21 (NNT) - Amidst the growing digital stream of information being transmitted worldwide through the internet, the public sector has urged entrepreneurs, especially those in the digital industry, to have their intellectual property copyrighted to add value to their product and increase income.

Abdul Hamid Bin Suki v Small Medium Enterprise Development Bank Malaysia Berhad

Date: 16 April 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 856 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Section 121 of the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014 takes effect on 20 April 2018

Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
Section 121 of the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014, which introduces new sections 202A and 202B of the Companies Act (the “Act”) takes effect on 20 April 2018.

CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore
The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger ...

Former Singapore Customs Officer jailed for fraudulently obtaining GST Tourist Refunds

Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
Pang Yeow Biah, 61, a former Singapore Customs officer was convicted for fraudulently obtaining Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) tourist refunds under the Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (“eTRS”).

Anti-Fake News Act not to deny Freedom of Expression, but protects Individuals, Country

Date: 21 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KULIM, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The people should be made to understand that the recently gazetted Anti-Fake News Act is not intended to deny them of the right to express their opinion in the social media, said Communications and Multimedia Ministry Deputy Secretary-General (operations) Datuk Dr. Mohd Ali Mohamad Nor.
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Anwar withdraws Bid for Leave over Challenge on Royal Assent

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today withdrew his application to seek leave to commence a constitutional challenge to nullify a provision in the Federal Constitution which allows bills to become l ...

ConCom proposed Charter strengthens PH claim on WPS DOJ to comply with SC Decision voiding Travel Ban Circular SC: 2011 DOJ Order barring GMA from leaving PH unconstitutional more

Gallop Stable loses Appeal in Animal Cruelty Case

Gallop Stable, which manages around 150 horses and ponies, has lost its appeal to overturn a conviction of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate veterinary attention to one of its mares.

Man who duped US Songwriter of $792K jailed for a Year 12 Firms’ Executives sentenced for embezzling State Money Ex-Company Director, Assistant Managers escape Jail but face Fine more

Cabinet gives Nod to New Government Pension Fund Law

BANGKOK, Apr 24 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved the draft Government Pension Fund Act, which raises the contribution ceiling from 15 percent to 30 percent of salary.

Labour Ministry withdraws Licenses of over 40 Job Agencies Government approves Minimum Wage Increase Abdul Hamid Bin Suki v Small Medium Enterprise Development Bank Malaysia Berhad more

Digital Entrepreneurs urged to get Copyrights

BANGKOK, Apr 21 (NNT) - Amidst the growing digital stream of information being transmitted worldwide through the internet, the public sector has urged entrepreneurs, especially those in the digital industry, to have thei ...

MyCC Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Law Communications Stop Order a big step to prevent Information Leaks Courts (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Big Box Corporation Pte Ltd more

Federal Court dismisses Dr Mahathir's Leave Application to appeal over RCI Panel

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today dismissed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's application to obtain leave to appeal over his challenge on the appointment of the chairman and a member of the Royal Commission I ...

Appeals Court orders Trial of Building Consultant accused of insulting PM to proceed Lakshmi Anil Salgaocar v Jhaveri Darsan Jitendra and Another Special Court on Sexual Crimes against Children set to dispose off Cases within Six Months more

Former Singapore Customs Officer jailed for fraudulently obtaining GST Tourist Refunds

Pang Yeow Biah, 61, a former Singapore Customs officer was convicted for fraudulently obtaining Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) tourist refunds under the Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (“eTRS”).

GST Exemption for ECRL Project benefits People Revenue Regulation on Sweetened Drinks still under Review Government needs to impose Tax on e-Commerce Industry more

Financial System remains stable: BI

Jakarta, Apr 23 (ANTARA News) - The financial system remains stable and the bank intermediation function continues to improve, Bank Indonesia (BI) Executive Director for Communications Agusman stated.

Government to shut down remaining 43 Red Light Districts Penal Code Revision to solve overcrowding in Prisons: Minister Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation more

12 Firms’ Executives sentenced for embezzling State Money

Heavy penalties face 13 top executives of 12 companies, a law court in Oudomxay province ruled recently, with the executives imprisoned, fined and ordered to repay multibillions in kip of state money that was embezzled.

Government approves Minimum Wage Increase SMEs to access Finance via Laos-China Cooperation Scheme New Legislation rewards well-behaved Prisoners more

Ex-Company Director, Assistant Managers escape Jail but face Fine

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 24 (Bernama) - A former director and two ex-assistant account managers of a seaweed-based investment company convicted for accepting deposits from the public without a licence escaped prison in their ap ...

IRB Counters will open Nationwide this weekend Criminal Intimidation: Married Couple fined RM2,500 each Daesh Support: Appeals Court upholds Zoo-Keeper's 10 Years' Prison Sentence more

LTO inaugurates License Plate-Making Facility

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has inaugurated Tuesday its own license plate making plant which will help facilitate the issuance of vehicle license plates to address its backlog.

Divorce obtained vs Foreign Spouse Abroad also valid in PH Gadon faces Fourth Disbarment Rap SC junks Petitions to oust Ombudsman Morales more

Scope for greater consolidation of Casino Regulation

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Cabinet gives Nod to New Government Pension Fund Law

BANGKOK, Apr 24 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved the draft Government Pension Fund Act, which raises the contribution ceiling from 15 percent to 30 percent of salary.

Digital Entrepreneurs urged to get Copyrights Campaign for Elimination of Sexual Harassment in Public Transportation System NLA approves Amendment to Thai Ship Act more
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Scope for greater consolidation of Casino Regulation

As the gaming landscape in Singapore is getting increasingly complex, consolidation of casino regulatory functions have a high scope, said the Second Minister for Manpower and Home Affairs during the annual Workplan Seminar of the Casino Regulatory Authority.

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Hackathon Team finds Answers to making Digital Signatures More Secure for Legal Documents

Singapore, Apr 23 - In another step to nudge the legal profession into the digital age, a group of young technocrats have come up with an answer to privacy and cyber security concerns in using digital signatures on legal documents.

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LTO inaugurates License Plate-Making Facility

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has inaugurated Tuesday its own license plate making plant which will help facilitate the issuance of vehicle license plates to address its backlog.

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Gadon faces Fourth Disbarment Rap

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Another disbarment complaint has been filed before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) against lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon, the complainant in the impeachment case against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

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No Disclosure of sensitive Info on Vote Recount: Robredo Lawyers

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo said on Monday it has not violated the gag order in connection with the ongoing recount of votes for the 2016 vice presidential poll.

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Ombudsman to sue ex-DA Chief, 23 Others for Alleged Garlic Cartel

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Former Agricultural Secretary Proceso Alcala and 23 others will be facing graft charges before the Sandiganbayan after the Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to sue them for the alleged garlic cartel which controlled garlic importation and pushed garlic prices to the roof.

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Government to collect Tax to fund Telecoms in Rural Areas

Funds will be collected from a tax on telecoms operators starting in June to extend the telecommunications network to remote areas of the country that do not yet have access, said an official of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

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IRB Counters will open Nationwide this weekend

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 24 (Bernama) - The e-Filing and tax payment service counters at all branches of the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) nationwide will be operational this weekend, beginning April 27.

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Singapore to host ASEAN Summit on April 25-28

SINGAPORE, Apr 24 (Bernama) - Singapore will host the 32nd ASEAN Summit and related meetings for four days from April 25, 2018, as part of its Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018.

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Digital Entrepreneurs urged to get Copyrights

BANGKOK, Apr 21 (NNT) - Amidst the growing digital stream of information being transmitted worldwide through the internet, the public sector has urged entrepreneurs, especially those in the digital industry, to have their intellectual property copyrighted to add value to their product and increase income.

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Duterte appoints 17 New Trial Court Judges

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed 17 new municipal and Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges, which include the daughters of a Supreme Court magistrate and a retired justice of Court of Appeals justice.

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Financial System remains stable: BI

Jakarta, Apr 23 (ANTARA News) - The financial system remains stable and the bank intermediation function continues to improve, Bank Indonesia (BI) Executive Director for Communications Agusman stated.

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SMEs need More Funding, Support System to expand further

Efforts to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) over the past three years have so far not been sufficient to generate meaningful growth for the economy, experts said.

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ASEAN Members agree to improve E-form D Function

BANGKOK, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Thailand and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries are improving their utilisation of the Electronic Certificate of Origin (e-Form D), which has been transmitted online between them, to better facilitate regional trade and business operators, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

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IRB: 16 Companies, 15 Individuals declared Bankrupt

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Sixteen companies and 15 individuals were declared bankrupt after failing to settle RM8.18 million in arrears to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

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