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NLA’s 2nd Vice President confirms No Discussion on Amendment of EC Act yet

BANGKOK, 15th August (NNT) - A vice president of the National Legislative Assembly has confirmed that there has not been any discussion on an amendment of the Election Commission Act at this stage.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Special Committee to Study All Electoral Laws

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 16 (Bernama) - The government hes set up the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) to review the electoral system and regulations in the country.
Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Laws on Minimum Marriage Age to be Streamlined - DPM

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) – Efforts are being made to streamline all legislations in the country to set the minimum marriage age limit at 18 years.
Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Cabinet approves One Stop Service center to facilitate Public Queries

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved the proposed setting up of a new One Stop Service center to facilitate public queries and business transactions.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

House okays prohibiting Discriminatory Acts vs Women Employees

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure prohibiting acts of discrimination against women in the workplace.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Kelantan imposes Strict Action against Transvestites

KOTA BHARU, Aug 15 (Bernama) - A man who dresses as a woman or behaves like a transvestite or both, in Kelantan can be fined up to RM1,000 or jailed at least six months or both, said the State Syariah Chief Judge Datuk Daud Muhammad.
Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Cabinet adjusts Tax Incentives to boost Tourism, MICE in Minor Cities

BANGKOK, Aug 14 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved changes to the tax measure aimed at boosting tourism and MICE, or meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, in secondary provinces.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Islamic Banking Bill hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Aug 14 (PNA) - A bill seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Mandalay revokes Permits for 57 Apartments over Nonpayment

The Mandalay government has revoked the permits for the sale of 57 apartments under the government affordable housing programme after those who were given the rights to buy these units failed to make payment after one year.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Committee tackles Bill addressing Domestic Violence

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) this week continued its deliberations on a measure seeking to define domestic violence against individuals, including members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, other than women and children.
Date: 11 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves "Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act" Proposal

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 7735 which seeks to replace the quantitative import restrictions on rice with tariffs and create the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.
Date: 12 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Appeals Court allows Jamil Khir's Bid to strike out Appeal by Pemangkin

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 13 (Bernama) - Former Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom succeeded in his application to strike out an appeal by Yayasan Pembangunan Anak Yatim/Miskin (Pemangkin) and two others in a civil lawsuit.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLA approves Enactment of New Copyright Act

BANGKOK, Aug 12 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has voted to pass a new version of the Copyright Act.
Date: 12 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

PCC gives Nod to Grab-Uber Deal

MANILA, Aug 10 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) Chairman Arsenio Balisacan announced Friday the antitrust body has given the green light to go ahead with the acquisition deal between transport network companies (TNCs) Grab and Uber.
Date: 10 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government rejects ICC Jurisdiction on Northern Rakhine Case

The government on Thursday said it would not engage with the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing Myanmar is not a party to the Rome Statute that established the tribunal.
Date: 10 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

BI bars Entry of blacklisted Aussie Professor

MANILA, Aug 9 (PNA) - The Bureau of Immigration (BI) confirmed that it has barred the entry of Australian professor Gill Hale Boehringer on August 8.
Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesia to again revise import Regulations following Complaint by US

Jakarta. Aug 8 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has agreed to revise its import regulations again following a complaint lodged by the United States (U.S.) with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Aug 2.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Sabah abolishes Communal Grants, replaces it with Individual Land Titles

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 8 (Bernama) - The Sabah state government has decided to abolish the granting of land through communal grants and to replace it with individual land titles to enable the people in the state to have their names on their respective land titles.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Cabinet approves Higher Education Act

BANGKOK, Aug 7 (NNT) - The cabinet on Tuesday (Aug 7th) has approved the Higher Education Act.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Access to National ID Data either by Court or Owner's Consent only

MANILA, Aug 8 (PNA) - The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday allayed fears of unauthorized data access to the National ID System, clarifying any retrieval will only be allowed under two circumstances-- the presence of a court order or the owner's consent.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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CJ Bets face JBC Grilling Over Income, Properties in SALN

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - The contents of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth were among the issues raised by members of the Judicial Council (JBC) in Thursday's public interview for aspirants vying for the Chief Justice post.

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Reyes, Tejano-Ang Wrap up JBC Interview for CJ Post

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr., and Judge Virginia Tejano-Ang of the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte were the last two aspirants for Chief Justice who went under questioning by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday.

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De Castro to revive Key Reform Projects once picked as CJ

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Despite her imminent retirement from the judiciary in less than two months, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Thursday said she will be able to introduce reforms in the Supreme Court (SC) once named Chief Justice.

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Bersamin: No Pressure Felt from Gov't in Rulings on Cases

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin on Thursday said he has never felt any pressure from other government branches in rendering decisions on various cases.

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Court of Appeal Judge reprimanded by His Superior over Dissenting Judgment

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) – A Court of Appeal Judge has today disclosed that he had been reprimanded by a top judge for writing a dissenting judgment in unilateral conversion of M.Indira Gandhi case two years ago.

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Judicial Activism has Led to Renaissance in Administrative Law, says Academician

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) – There is more judicial activism now which has led to a renaissance in administrative law, according to an academician.

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Cabinet acknowledges Progress in Thailand-Myanmar Cooperation in fighting Drug Trade

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged progress made in Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar in tackling drug problems in the border area.

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NLA whip to decide on proposed Amendment of EC Act - VP Surachai

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly whip will be the person responsible for the ultimate decision to proceed with a proposed amendment of the Election Commission Act, says the legislature’s Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai.

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CA confirms Poll Exec, Foreign Service, Military Officers' Appointment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Marlon Casquejo and several foreign service and military officers hurdled the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday.

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House installs Yap, Pichay as New Deputy Speakers

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday elected two new deputy speakers following the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership.

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Five CJ bets to face JBC Interview Thursday

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The five candidates for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) will walk into the line of fire with their Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview set on Thursday.

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IRD to build ICT System enabling Tax Payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).

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Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.

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Exercise of Freedom must be in accordance to Federal Constitution - Eddin Syazlee

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The exercise of individual’s right to freedom, be it freedom of religion or speech, must be done in accordance to the provisions in the Federal Constitution, says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith.

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International Malaysia Law Conference 2018

The 4-day International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”) 2018, the flagship biennial event of the Malaysian Bar themed “Raising the Bar: Innovate. Integrate. Emulate.” is underway.

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IMLC 2018: Change of Government an impetus for strengthening the Rule of Law, says Sultan Nazrin Shah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The recent change of government in Malaysia has given a fresh impetus to strengthen the rule of law in the country, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said today.

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1Mine urges Government to postpone SST

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government has been urged to postpone implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) come Sept 1 until a directive on the newly passed tax law is clearly outlined.

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Seizure of Equanimity made according to Legal Procedures - Liew Vui Keong

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong told the Dewan Rakat today that the seizure of the superyatch Equanimity was made according to Malaysian procedures and laws.

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