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Royal Gazette publishes NCPO’s Order to lift Political Ban

BANGKOK, Dec 12 (NNT) - Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has finally lifted political restrictions imposed since 2014, allowing political gatherings and election campaigns ahead of next year’s general election.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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

Heritage Regions Bill submitted ahead of UNESCO Deadline

The Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry yesterday submitted to the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw) a new draft law for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage regions, which is a UNESCO requirement for Bagan to be included in the list of world heritage sites.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Kachin Activists imprisoned for Peaceful Protest

A court has sentenced three Kachin ethnic activists to half a year in prison for raising the plight of civilians trapped by fighting between the Tatmadaw and a Kachin armed group. The court’s decision has come under fire for further stifling the already-deteriorating freedom of speech in Myanmar.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

No More Regular Legalization for Illegals - Home Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Home Ministry will no longer undertake the legalisation of illegal immigrant workers on a regular basis.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

House passes "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Bill"

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8637 or the proposed "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act" which seeks to protect and enhance the rights of all people to human dignity, reduce social, economic and political inequalities, as well as remove cultural inequities.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill on PNPA and NPTI transfer to PNP

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8628 which seeks to transfer the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better achieve the goal of having a highly ef ...
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves "Teacher Protection Bill"

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Ramon Durano VI (5th District, Cebu) on Monday approved the substitute bill to House Bill 58 or the proposed “Teacher Protection Act” authored by Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers).
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Appeal in Scammer's Case leads to new Sentencing Structure

A Taiwanese man convicted over his role as a runner in a cash laundering scam was sentenced to 51/2 years in jail on appeal, in a case that produced a sentencing framework for such offences in future.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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

Sandigan junks Bail Plea of Enrile's Ex-Chief of Staff

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, a chief of staff of then senator Juan Ponce Enrile, to post bail for her plunder case for lack of merit.
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

Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court upholds Decision on TNB's Negligence in Bertam Valley Floods

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 11 (Bernama) - Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) lost its appeal today to set aside a High Court decision which found the company negligent for causing floods in Bertam Valley, Cameron Highlands in 2013.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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