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PRRD signs Philippine Innovation Act

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law which would harness innovation efforts to help the poor and the marginalized and enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to be part of the domestic and global supply chain.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

The House approves Science and Technology Bill

Jakarta, Jul 16 (ANTARA) - The House of Representatives (DPR) passed a science and technology national system bill into law at its plenary session here on Tuesday.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

National Forestry Act and Wildlife Conservation Act will impose Heavier Penalties

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The law on wildlife conservation needs to impose stern penalties on poachers and wildlife trafficking activities to protect the endangered species, according to the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry,
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs Law imposing Heftier Fines for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill which will impose heftier penalties for gender-based sexual harassment including catcalling and wolf-whistling in public spaces.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD signs Law granting 20% Fare Discount to Students

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - Like senior citizens and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), students will now be granted a 20 percent discount on all public utility vehicles as long as they present their school IDs.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Moratorium on Bangladesh Workers Could be lifted Next Month - Kulasegaran

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 15 (Bernama) - The moratorium on migrant workers from Bangladesh is expected to be lifted next month the soonest, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Two Court Workers sacked for Dishonesty, Misconduct

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has ordered the dismissal of two lower court employees --a clerk of court, who took out from court a computer set containing information on drug cases; and a court sheriff, for soliciting money from a complainant.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Banking reforms taking Shape, Consolidation expected: CBM Vice Governor

Myanmar’s banking and financial services industry is making progress in complying with international-standard regulations, which were imposed in 2017 in a bid to reform the industry, U Soe Thein, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), said at a financial education talk recently.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Act 466 Amendment also covers Workers of Other Industries - Lee

PORT DICKSON, Jul 13 (Bernama) - Amendments to the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act (Act 466) in Parliament will enable not only the estate workers to receive health and security facilities properly but it would also be extended to workers of the other industries.
Date: 13 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Couples required to fulfill Conditions to go through Fast Track Divorce Process - JAKESS

SHAH ALAM, Jul 10 (Bernama) - The fast track divorce process introduced by the Selangor Syariah Judiciary Department (JAKESS) is not merely to end a marriage without steps taken for the couple to reconcile, according to the department.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Singapore to review Procedure on notifying Petitioner of Clemency Outcome

SINGAPORE, Jul 10 (Bernama) - Singapore is reviewing a procedure, in particular to notify the prisoner and the petitioner of the clemency outcome some time in advance of the notification of the execution date.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC asserts Independence over GMA quip on Acquittal from Plunder

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - A Supreme Court (SC) official on Wednesday said the court acted independently in acquitting former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on plunder charges filed against her two years ago.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC suspends Law Professor for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) sanctioned a lawyer in connection with an anonymous complaint filed against him in 2002 for sexually harassing students at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government seeks to minimize Budget Burdens and Debt Distress

The government has outlined measures to boost national revenue for 2020 while ensuring the effectiveness of state investment projects.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Algerian receives NIne - Month Jail Term in Denpasar

Denpasar, Bali, Jul 9 (ANTARA) - The Denpasar state court has sentenced Algerian defendant Mohammed Kherici (34) to nine months in jail for stealing two cameras from a room in a hostel, which he was sharing with a guest.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Couple fined RM4,500 for Cheating Nurse

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 9 (Bernama) - A Nigerian national and his Malaysian wife were fined RM4,500 by the Magistrate's Court here today on a joint charge of cheating a nurse into handing over RM1,550 in cash earlier this month.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Kelantan's move to withdraw Royalty Suit shows Spirit of Federalism - Azmin

KOTA BHARU, Jul 9 (Bernama) - The Kelantan government's decision to withdraw its lawsuit against the Federal government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) over oil royalty claims shows the spirit of federalism between the state and Federal governments, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Illegal Waste Disposal : Three Companies get RM15,000 Fine Each

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 8 (Bernama) - Three construction waste disposal companies were fined RM15,000 each by the Sessions Court here today after they pleaded guilty to disposing scheduled solid wastes at unauthorised areas around Johor Bahru, from July 2018 to January this year.
Date: 08 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Defamation Suit : Liew, Azwanddin looking into Out of Court Settlement

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - Deputy Defence Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong and Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Datuk Azwanddin Hamzah are exploring the possibility of an out of court settlement in the suit over the publication of two articles on social media on the communist uniform issue.
Date: 08 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court rejects Another Postponement, Najib's 1MDB Trial to commence August 19

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is facing 25 corruption and money laundering charges involving RM2.28 billion of 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) funds, will commence on Aug 19 as fixed earlier.
Date: 08 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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Go Online to partner with 8 Million MSMEs

Jakarta, Jul 1 (ANTARA) - The Communications and Information Ministry is targeting eight million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be partners of the Go Online program. Involving MSMEs and marketplace in the country, Go Online is a collaborative program between the government, MSMEs, and online shopping platforms to level digital market access and build a digital economy in Indonesia.

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CUEPAC urges Government to review Minimum Wage

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jun 30 (Bernama) - The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) has urged the government to review the minimum wage in an effort to reduce the people’s cost of living.

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MITI calls SMEs to sign up for IR4.0 Assessment

GEORGE TOWN, Jun 28 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector to sign up for the National Policy on Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment (Industry4WRD-RA).

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