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Government to ban Imports of Non-recyclable Solid Waste, particularly Plastic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 (Bernama) - The government will ban imports of all non-recyclable solid waste, particularly plastic, says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

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House approves Disaster Resilience Department Bill

MANILA, Oct 1 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Central Provident Fund (Public Sector Employees) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

These Regulations come into operation on 1 October 2018.
Date: 28 September 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 601; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Government enacts Tougher Forest Law

The Myanmar parliament has enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison in a bid to conserve the country’s fast-dwindling forests.
Date: 26 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Protected Places (No. 9) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 26 September 2018.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 585; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Committee approves SGMA's Bill on Shark Conservation

The House Committee on Natural Resources chaired by Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (2nd District, Cebu City) approved House Bill 7912, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to regulate the catching, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, importation, and exportation of all sharks, rays, chimaera ...
Date: 23 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Straws Ban for Traders and Food Outlet Operators - Federal Territories Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The ban on the use of plastic drinking straws effective Jan 1, 2020, is aimed at traders and operators of food outlets who are licence holders, and not at the public.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House to push for Open-Pit Mining Ban

MANILA, Sept 20 (PNA) - House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is determined to ban open-pit mining following President Rodrigo Duterte's directive against this type of mining during his State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SAP Go backs Law allowing forced evacuation to achieve Zero Casualty

MANILA, Sept 20 (PNA) - Enacting a law allowing authorities to forcibly move out hard-headed residents in an identified danger area in times of natural disasters may be one of the measures to attain zero casualty, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go said Wednesday.
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government to help Miners gain Public Trust with Responsible Mining Rules

MANILA, Sept 19 (PNA) - The government has vowed to work with mining companies to build public confidence in the mining sector.
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House okays Disaster Resilience Department Bill on Second Reading

MANILA, Sept 18 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), a legislative priority of the Duterte administration.
Date: 18 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Forestry Ministry demands Execution of Court Verdict against MPL

Pekanbaru, Riau, Sept 11 (ANTARA News) - The Forestry and Environment Ministry has demanded payment of Rp16.2 trillion in fine ruled by the Supreme Court against PT Merbau Pelalawan Lestari (MPL).
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the Environmental Public Health Act and to make related amendments to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 39/2018; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Government drafts Post-quake Reconstruction Action Plan

Jakarta, Sept 10 (ANTARA News) - The central and local governments are drafting an action plan on the post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

New SOP to deal with open burning in Peat Soils - Yeoh Bee Yin

KLANG, Sept 1 (Bernama) - A new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be drafted soon to holistically address open burning activities particularly in areas with peat soil like Johan Setia here, said Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change Minister Yeoh Bee Yin. She said the SOP, which is expected to be drafted within a month, wo ...
Date: 01 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Forestry Ministry demands Execution of Court Verdict against MPL

Pekanbaru, Riau, Sept 11 (ANTARA News) - The Forestry and Environment Ministry has demanded payment of Rp16.2 trillion in fine ruled by the Supreme Court against PT Merbau Pelalawan Lestari (MPL).

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Government to ban Imports of Non-recyclable Solid Waste, particularly Plastic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 (Bernama) - The government will ban imports of all non-recyclable solid waste, particularly plastic, says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

Straws Ban for Traders and Food Outlet Operators - Federal Territories Ministry New SOP to deal with open burning in Peat Soils - Yeoh Bee Yin Amend Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997- WWF - Malaysia more

Government enacts Tougher Forest Law

The Myanmar parliament has enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison in a bid to conserve the country’s fast-dwindling forests.

Foreign Investment permitted in Mining Sector under New Government Regulations Clashing with the Law, SEZ Body to resurrect Dawei Megaproject Consultation on Draft Mining EIA Guidelines begins more

House approves Disaster Resilience Department Bill

MANILA, Oct 1 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).

Committee approves SGMA's Bill on Shark Conservation House to push for Open-Pit Mining Ban SAP Go backs Law allowing forced evacuation to achieve Zero Casualty more

SEA Framework to be adopted in Water Resource Management

BANGKOK, Aug 22 (NNT) - The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has held a second meeting on an environmental policy and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to further improve water resource management in Th ...

Government considers banning e-Waste Import Cabinet proposes Amendments to Hazardous Substances Act Cabinet gives Green Light to Community Forest Bill more

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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SIAC signs Memorandum of Understanding with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution for resolving international disputes.

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Duterte will ‘definitely’ Order Oil Excise Tax Suspension

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will soon order the temporary suspension of the second tranche of excise tax on fuel, but has yet to decide whether it will heed a senator's suggestion to suspend it "now or sooner."

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Indonesia's proposal on Tuna Labeling approved by Asean Ministers

Jakarta, Oct 15 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s proposal on the ASEAN Tuna Eco-Labeling (ATEL) policy has been approved and endorsed at the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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IMF-WB - Indonesia to use OECD Recommendations to set up Policies

Nusa Dua, Bali, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will use a recommendation on tourism development from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation Development) as one of the references in setting up policies.

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Deterrent Punishment must be imposed if Death Sentence to be abolished - AADK

BANGI, Oct 15 (Bernama) - The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) urged the government to decide on appropriate punishment for drug offences, if the mandatory death sentence to be abolished, says its director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.

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