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Duterte to sign Bill abolishing Road Board

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law a bill abolishing irregularities-ridden Road Board “as soon as” it is submitted to him, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NA defers approval of amended Land Law

The National Assembly (NA) has yet to approve a draft amendment to the Land Law, pointing out the need for further refinement to address all its deficiencies.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Dewan Negara passes 2019 Supply Bill

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) - The Dewan Negara today approved the 2019 Supply Bill which has allocated RM314.5 billion for government expenditure.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Việt Nam Courts should be more prepared to handle Foreign Investor v State Investment Disputes

HÀ NỘI, Dec 15 - The Presidential Office held a press conference in Hà Nội yesterday to announce the President’s order to promulgate nine laws which were adopted at the sixth session of the 14th National Assembly.
Date: 15 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court orders Detention of Five assault Suspects

Banteay Meanchey provincial court ordered the detention of five suspects for assault, following a complaint made by three victims, who worked at a restaurant and night club in Poipet city, said the provincial court on Sunday.
Date: 17 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Cabinet decides to place Tabung Haji under Bank Negara Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 (Bernama) - The Cabinet has decided that the Tabung Haji (TH) will be placed under the supervision of the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Fuziah Salleh.
Date: 17 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Decree 20 has impact on Property Sector

HÀ NỘI, Dec 15 - The implementation of Decree 20/2017/NĐ-CP (Decree 20) has affected the production and business activities of enterprises, especially in the real estate sector.
Date: 15 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News

NLA accepts Draft Amended Arbitration Act

BANGKOK, Dec 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand (NLA) has accepted in principle the draft amended Arbitration Act which would allow foreigners to serve as arbitrators in Thailand.
Date: 15 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Public Limited Companies Act amended to introduce Business Management with Electronic Tools

BANGKOK, 14 December 2018 (NNT) - The Department of Business Development (DBD) has amended the Public Limited Companies Act to introduce more business management using electronic tools to improve the competitiveness and cut down the costs.
Date: 14 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Finance Minister: State Welfare Card Holders given 5% VAT Refund

BANGKOK, Dec 11 (NNT) - The Finance Minister has revealed that state welfare cardholders will receive a 5% VAT refund after spending the recently delivered 500-baht subsidy.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Senate ratifies Tax Amnesty Bill

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill granting a one-time opportunity to those who have failed to pay their tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and prior years - including estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts - to settle their liabilities.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government considering New Cyber Law, Minister says

A Cyberlaw will be drafted to take action against those who insult the country and people and commit crimes over any communications network, said Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications U Thar Oo.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Congress grants Martial Law Extension until end of 2019

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2019.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Batam drafts Plastic Use Restriction Regulation

Batam, Riau Islands, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The regional government of Batam City, Riau Islands Province, is now drafting a regulation on the restriction of plastic use in various internal official ceremonies.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Court rejects Najib's Bid to pay RM500,000 Bail in Installments

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today rejected former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's request to pay in instalments the RM500,000 bail imposed on him in the case over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) final audit report. Najib had pleaded not guilty to a charge of using his position as prime minister to ...
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

President’s Order to promulgate Nine Laws announced

Hanoi, Dec 11 (VNA) - The Presidential Office held a press conference in Hanoi on December 11 to announce the President’s order to promulgate nine laws which were adopted at the sixth session of the 14th National Assembly.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

House OKs Draft Federal Charter on Final Reading

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading its proposed federal charter.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

New Law to better serve Lao Diplomatic Mission Overseas

Members of the National Assembly (NA) yesterday passed a newly drafted law to better facilitate Laos’ diplomatic mission in foreign countries and to protect the interests of the nation and Lao expats overseas.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Donations to Political Party now Tax Deductible

BANGKOK, Dec 9 (NNT) - The government has announced that donations to political parties are now tax deductible to encourage people to support the role of political parties.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

House OKs Bill lowering Government Retirement Age to 56

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a measure lowering the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 to 56.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Appeal Court hears Case of Couple sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment

The Appeal Court heard on Monday, the case of a couple sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the murder of a woman in June 2016.

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Union leaders Set to Appeal

All six union leaders convicted for their roles in the 2013 Veng Sreng Boulevard protests plan to bring their case to the Appeal Court, spurred on by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s assertion that three of the six men were not involved in the violent protests.

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DSI holds Cyber Crime Seminar, proposes Cyber Security Bill

BANGKOK, Dec 18 (NNT) - Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has organized a seminar on cyber security, while proposing a national cyber security bill.

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Min of Labor's five NY Gifts

BANGKOK, Dec 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has introduced five measures in support of employers and employees alike, calling them New Year’s gifts to the people.

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SC to decide on Bangsamoro Law's Constitutionality

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - Malacañang said Tuesday it will let the Supreme Court (SC) decide on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) after a group of framers of the 1987 Constitution asked the high court to declare it unconstitutional and void.

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Organizations appeal against Withdrawal of Trade Favour by the EU

In a joint statement released yesterday, businesses and trade unions appealed against the withdrawal of the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) currently enjoyed by Myanmar.

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Laos, Luxembourg review Rule of Law and Legal Education Programmes

Government officials met with representatives of the Luxembourg government in Vientiane yesterday to review the progress of the LAO-031-Legal Teaching and Training and Promotion of the Rule of Law Concept project and make plans for the year ahead.

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Najib's Legal Team' fail to get Letter of Appointment of Lead Prosecutor

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) - The defence team in former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd case has failed to get the letter of authorisation (fiat) on the appointment of lead prosecutor Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah after the High Court here today ruled that there was no legal requirement for the prosecution to do so.

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SMEs are ‘Engine of Economy’

The Ministry of Commerce declared on Saturday that it will solve market issues hindering the development of Cambodia’s Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). But the announcement was met with scepticism by business owners in the Kingdom.

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Land Bank, TFBL ink Deal on Loan Program for Rebel Surrenderers

MANILA, Dec 17 (PNA) - In line with the ongoing efforts to reintegrate former rebels (FRs) and their families to mainstream society, Task Force Balik-Loob (TFBL) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Dec. 13 for the facilitation of loans to the former as part of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

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Prosecution to apply to Transfer Case of Businessman who offered Bribe to Tengku Adnan to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 (Bernama) - The prosecution in the case of a businessman charged with giving bribe of RM1 million to former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will file an application to transfer the case, which is at the Sessions Court, to the High Court here.

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Seminar talks Human Rights Promotion

Hanoi, Dec 14 (VNA) - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, remains relevant today, heard a seminar in Hanoi on December 14.

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International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Asset Recovery discussed

Hanoi, Dec 13 (VNA) - International judicial cooperation in criminal asset recovery was the main topic of a workshop held in Hanoi on December 13.

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Supreme Courts of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia bolster Cooperation

The supreme courts of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have agreed to strengthen bonds in the combat against criminals and the settlement of trans-border civil cases.

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Indonesia, Vietnam commemorate 63 Year of Bilateral Relations

Jakarta, Dec 16 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Vietnam are commemorating 63 years of bilateral relations through fashion diplomacy at the 2018 International Fashion Fair in Vietnam, as stated in a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi received by ANTARA here Sunday.

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Complaint against New Chief Justice to be reviewed

The Yangon regional parliament will review a complaint against new Yangon Chief Justice U Hla Aye, whose nomination was confirmed on Wednesday, a regional lawmaker said.

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Police Officer in Court to answer Charges on Unnatural Sex

KANGAR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - A senior police officer with the rank of Superintendent today was charged in the Sessions Court here for two counts of molestation and two charges of unnatural sex against two women, last year.

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Pushing SMEs, enhancing Bank's Role, Main Goal of New SME Bank CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 (Bernama) - Pushing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to strive further and to enhance SME Bank Malaysia Bhd ’s role in providing financial assistance to targeted SMEs is the main goal of its newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Aria Putera Ismail.

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