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No governing Law makes Digital Currency Investment risky: SEC

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - Investment in digital cryptocurrency has high risk as there is no existing law to protect investors from possible damages, and that investors have no legal way to file complaints for compensation, says SEC.
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Indonesia renews Commitment to end Violence against Children

London, Feb 18 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has renewed its commitment to continue to halt all forms of violence against children during an international conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on Feb 14 and 15.
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Proposed Secretariat to encourage Staff to vote crucial

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The proposal for employers to set up a secretariat to monitor employees going out to vote in the 14th General Election should be implemented specifically by companies with a large number of employees.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House to fine-tune E-Govt Bill

The House committee on information and communications technology on Wednesday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will fine-tune House Bill 262, seeking to create the Electronic Government, also known as E-Government, which aims to lessen, if not eliminate, corruption in government transactions.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

NLA establishes Committee to revise Bills on MPs and Senators

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (NNT) - Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has established a committee to revise the draft organic laws on the election of Members of Parliament and the selection of Senators.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Former Utusan NUJ Chairman allowed to challenge Wrongful Dismissal

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - A former chairman of the Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Bhd (UMMB) chapter of the National Union of Journalist (NUJ), Amran Ahmad was today allowed to challenge the decision of the Industrial Court concerning his wrongful dismissal for issuing a slanderous statement against the management of the publishing company.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House OKs Creation of New Government Housing Body

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to issue Regulation on e-Learning: Minister

Palembang, S. Sumatra, Feb 13 (ANTARA News) - The government will issue a regulation on online learning program (e-learning) in the near future, Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education M Nasir stated here, Monday.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Income Taxes not covered will be collected according to Specified Rates

The Ministry of Planning and Finance (MOFP) submitted a proposal that will enable income not declared in the past to be taxable at the appropriate rate under the 2018 Union Tax Law. The proposal was submitted to Parliament on Tuesday.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Myanmar Times

Development Monk of Trat agrees with Financial Institutions for the People Bill

BANGKOK, Feb 12, (NNT) - The monk who founded the Sajja Sasomsap Association in Trat province has endorsed the principles behind the community banking bill, believing the law will provide communities with easy access to startup capital.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Government to remove Withholding Taxes from April 1 to support Businesses

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is planning to stop levying withholding tax starting April 1 onwards in a bid to boost the economy, it revealed during a weekend discussion. The discussions, which took place with the Yangon Regional Government, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other business associations, ...
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court dismisses KiniTV, Directors' Constitutional Bid

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today dismissed the application by video news portal KiniTV and two of its directors to refer the constitutionality of the two charges against them to the High Court.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Wildlife Protection Law being amended to carry Harsher Penalties

BANGKOK, Feb 12 (NNT) - The committee of Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) in charge of natural resources and the environment is preparing to seek approval for an amended wildlife protection bill that would increase punishments for poaching.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Energy Ministry revokes 22 Regulations

Jakarta, Feb 12 (ANTARA News) - The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has revoked 22 regulations that were hampering the investment process.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Zunar gets Leave to challenge Home Minister's Order on Book Ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - Cartoonist Zunar was granted leave by the High Court here today to initiate proceeding for a judicial review on the Home Minister's order in banning, as well as sale and publication his book, 'Sapuman: Man of Steal'.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DOLE to issue 'Total Ban' on OFW Deployment to Kuwait on Monday

MANILA, Feb 10 (PNA) - Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday a total deployment ban order of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cabinet approves 10 Draft Laws

The government cabinet on Friday approved amendment drafts to nine laws and one newly drafted law in its extraordinary meeting in a move towards pursuing the rule of law.
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Concept Paper on Cryptocurrency to be finalized this Month - BNM Governor

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Bernama) - A concept paper on cryptocurrency will be finalised this month and made available for the public to decide on the future of this form of currency, said Bank Negara Malaysia Governor, Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim.
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLA passes Draft Law on SME Promotion into effect

BANGKOK, Feb 8 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has approved the draft law on the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Anti-Graft Body disappointed with Constitutional Court's Decision

Jakarta, Feb 9 (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is disappointed with the Constitutional Court (MK)'s decision rejecting a request for a judicial review of the legislative institution law regarding the House of Representatives' right of inquiry into the anti-graft body.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Commerce Ministry keen to help SMEs expand Production Bases

BANGKOK, Feb 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce will assist Thai small and medium enterprises in their endeavors to expand their production capacity to meet the demand for their goods in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, also known as the CLMV region.

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Justice Ministry campaigns for Legal Awareness among Thais

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (NNT) - A transit advertising campaign is being organized by the Ministry of Justice in various provinces to raise awareness of the law and the justice system among public members and state agencies.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Government improves Business Service Quality to attract Foreign Investors

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (NNT) - The government is enhancing the quality of its business service to attract more foreign investors, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

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Social Ministry to return Ten Thousand Migrant Workers from Malaysia

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - The Social Ministry is planning to return 10 thousand Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia this year, Sonny Manalu the social rehabilitation of human trafficking director, stated here on Wednesday.

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Indonesia re-appointed to lead IFAD Session

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia once again led the 41st session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), according to the Indonesian Embassy in Rome.

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Three New Judicial Commissioners of High Court appointed

Tan Puay Boon, Mavis Chionh and Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed as the Judicial Commissioners of the High Court by the President Halimah Yacob.

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Group urges DOLE: release Rules on 'Workplace Romance'

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A group called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue guidelines on workplace romance policy to prevent employers from implementing oppressive management prerogatives.

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Departing Lawyer urged NLD Government to get their Acts together

ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.

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Singapore RCEP Meeting crucial, says Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The next Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting, which will be held at the ministerial level on March 2, 2018, will be a crucial one to discuss the progress of the trade deal.

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