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Ministry wants to reduce Tax on Locally Made Auto Parts

Hanoi, Feb 20 (VNS/VNA) - The Ministry of Finance has asked the Government to amend its laws to eliminate the special consumption tax on locally manufactured auto parts and components, a move which could reduce prices of locally assembled cars.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Kampong Speu Court releases Self-Proclaimed Okhna

Kampong Speu Provincial Court on Tuesday temporarily released So Sarim, the self-proclaimed okhna who allegedly refused to repay money belonging to villagers who sold their land through him, on condition that he must find ways to pay off his debt.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

"Super Deductible Tax" Incentives to be completed in March: Mulyani

Jakarta, Feb 20 (ANTARA News) - Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that fiscal incentives in the form of tax cuts to industries that undertake vocational education and training activities as well as for building research and development centers (RnD) in Indonesia are targeted to be completed in March 2019.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Parliament approves Constitutional Amendment Committee by Two-to-One

The committee to amend the constitution was approved by a vote in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) on Tuesday.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ex-cop gets Three Months Jail for possessing 10 Bullets

BALIK PULAU, Feb 20 (Bernama) - A former policeman was sentenced to three months’ jail by the Sessions Court here today for possessing 10 bullets at his rented house in Bayan Lepas near here, on Saturday.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Proposal to strengthen the Energy Regulatory Commission hurdles Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9053 or the proposed “Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Act” which seeks to strengthen the ERC by expanding and streamlining its bureaucracy, upgrading employee skills, as well as augmenting employees' benefits.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Cabinet endorses Emergency Fund

BANGKOK, Feb 19 (NNT) - The Cabinet on Monday addressed a proposed ministerial regulation to do with emergency security funds.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

SC upholds Boracay Closure

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - Malacañang's Proclamation No. 475, which ordered the temporary closure of Boracay for rehabilitation last year, has been upheld by the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC upholds Third Martial Law Extension

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled to uphold the constitutionality of Malacanang's Proclamation No. 216 extending martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC stresses Rules on Jurisdiction in Estafa Cases

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated the importance of following the rules on lower courts' jurisdiction, particularly in cases relating to estafa.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA orders Case vs Party-List Solon to proceed

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its earlier decision for a lower court to proceed with the indictment of a party-list lawmaker and several others for illegally refilling Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanks.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Judge rejects Exception of Musician Ahmad Dhani

Surabaya, E Java, Feb 19 (ANTARA News) - Surabaya District Court's Chief of the Judge Panel R. Anton Widyopriono rejected an exception put forward by prominent musician Ahmad Dhani's lawyer and decided to proceed with witness examination in an alleged defamation case.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Thai Courts to have Bailiffs once Law put in Place

BANGKOK, Feb 17 (NNT) - Thailand will soon have bailiffs who will handle the task of arresting those who violate bail conditions.
Date: 17 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

Permits for Jade and Gem Mine Blocks to expire this Year

The permits for some jade and mine blocks in Myanmar will expire this year, U Thet Khaing, deputy director of Myanma Gems Enterprise has told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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