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New Crypto Currency Laws designed to help Thailand Match Global Digital Trend

BANGKOK, Apr 19 (NNT) - Thailand is hoping that new crypto currency laws will help it catch up with the fast-paced global digital trend.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Indonesian Government issues Bonds in Double Currencies

Jakarta, Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has issued dollar-denominated bonds and euro-denominated bonds worth US$1 billion each.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

GST Exemption for ECRL Project benefits People

BENTONG, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The exemption on Goods and Services Tax (GST) granted to the contractor of East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) will benefit the people in the end, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Bernama

Concom Sub-Committee adopts ‘Federated Regions’ in Draft Charter

MANILA, Apr 18 (PNA) - A sub-committee of the Consultative Committee (Concom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution has voted and adopted the term “federated regions” in the new Constitution it is drafting under a federal-presidential system.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ to comply with SC Decision voiding Travel Ban Circular

MANILA, Apr 18 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday it would abide by the Supreme Court (SC) decision declaring as unconstitutional the circular it has earlier issued for being violative of the right to travel under Article III, Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government needs to impose Tax on e-Commerce Industry

Jakarta, Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Transaction trends are currently shifting from the conventional system of direct cash payment to an online cashless system by capitalizing on the latest technology used in online trade or e-commerce activities.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Thai Cabinet approves Amendments to Lottery Law

BANGKOK, Apr 17 (NNT) – Thailand's cabinet has passed a new draft Government Lottery Office (GLO) Act, which contains several changes to existing legislation.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

President revises National Action Plan for Human Rights

Jakarta, Apr 17 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed a presidential regulation amending presidential regulation number 75 of 2015 concerning national action plan for human rights for the 2015-2019 term.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Federal Court rejects Anwar's Bid to attend hearing of his Constitutional Challenge

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 17 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today dismissed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's request to be present in court next week to follow the proceedings of his application to nullify a provision in the Federal Constitution which allows bills to become law after 30 days without the king's assent.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Landmark EO on 'endo' seen by Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants the Executive Order (EO) seeking to scrap labor contractualization or “endo” released on or before Labor Day (May 1), his spokesperson said Monday.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Constitutional Court reviews International Agreement Law

Jakarta, Apr 16 (ANTARA News) - The Constitutional Court here on Monday continued the hearing to review Law No. 24 of 2000 on International Law that had been sued by a group of civil society organizations in Indonesia.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Foreign Insurers can't choose Alternative Initiatives for Divestment

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 15 (Bernama) - Foreign insurers, who have repatriated about RM16.5 billion between 2008 and 2017 in the form of dividends but didn't contribute as much as expected for the development of the domestic industry, can't choose alternative initiatives with their promise to divest stake, said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).
Date: 15 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House acts to raise 2019 Mindanao Budget

A Technical Working Group (TWG) of the House Committee on Mindanao Affairs, chaired by Rep. Maximo Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro), has started discussing the proposal to raise the 2019 budget for Mindanao, with the goal to uplift the socio-economic conditions in the region, especially in its poor provinces.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House seeks to provide Retirement Benefits and Welfare Assistance for OFWs

It does not have to be the end of the road for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose employment days may soon be over.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

More LGUs to be charged over Open Dumps, Waste Law Violations

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) is set to file this year before the Ombudsman more cases against local government officials reportedly violating Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, such as those who allow open dumps in their communities.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

House pushes for Retirement Benefits for OFWs

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - A House of Representatives panel has formed a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate three bills seeking to provide retirement benefits and welfare assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Armed Robbery: Two Friends sentenced to 12 Years' Jail, Whipping

PETALING JAYA, Apr 13 (Bernama) - Two friends were sentenced to 12 years' jail and ordered to be given seven strokes of the rotan each by the Sessions Court here today, for committing armed gang robbery in January.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court of Appeal dismisses Segamat Voters' Stay Application

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 13 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today dismissed an application by 48 voters in the Segamat parliamentary constituency of Johor to stay the gazetted notice of the Fourth Quarter Supplementary Electoral Roll which contained 949 new entries they objected to.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House Panel okays Two Pro-Entrepreneurship Bills

MANILA, Apr 12 (PNA) - A House of Representatives' panel has approved the funding provisions of two bills designed to promote entrepreneurship in the country. The House committee on appropriations passed House Bill (HB) No. 3335, known as the "Government Employees' Entrepreneurship Development Act", and HB 5158 or an "Act providing a socialize ...
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Mandalay Government to seize Idle Farmland

Special teams have been formed to confiscate vacant, fallow and virgin land in seven districts of Mandalay Region on which farming still hasn’t started four years after they were approved for cultivation, said the regional government.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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Government will not raise GST Rate - DPM Zahid

BAGAN DATUK, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The government has given an assurance that the country's Goods and Service Tax (GST) of sic per cent will not be raised, even after the 14th General Election.

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Government approves Sekolah Menengah Chong Hwa's Federal Land Lease Application - Wan Junaidi

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 17 (Bernama) - The government has approved the application of Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Chong Hwa, Sentul, for a 1.2 hectare of federal land under 99 years' lease for the purpose of building the school's sports complex.

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World's First Crypto Currency Guarantee against Theft

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - In a world's first, GoldCrypto will protect and guarantee its cryptocurrency tokens from any theft through hacking.

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DILG has New Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of two retired Philippine National Police (PNP) officials as the department’s new undersecretary and assistant secretary.

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Indonesia calls on UNESCO to legitimize 19 Cultural Properties

Jakarta, Apr 16 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is striving for its 19 cultural properties in the temporary list of World Heritage Center of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be recognized soon.

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Sri Mulyani named Best Finance Minister in Asia Pacific

Jakarta, Apr 16 (ANTARA News) - Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, was named the best Finance Minister in Asia and the Pacific for 2018 by Hong Kong-based financial magazine FinanceAsia for the second time in a row.

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