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Police Reform Committee agrees with Proposed Centralization of Investigative Work

BANGKOK, 21st September 2017 (NNT) - The police reform committee has agreed with the proposal on the centralization of tthe force's investigative work across the country while pledging to make efforts to ensure independence of the law enforcement department.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

PH signs Treaty banning Nuclear Weapons

MANILA - The Philippines has signed a United Nations (UN) treaty banning nuclear weapons, as it called on other member states to join the international community in making the world a safer place.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves Bill postponing Barangay, SK Elections to May 2018

MANILA - The Senate on Wednesday passed on third and final reading a bill postponing barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth) elections to May 2018 instead of holding it next month.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Council of State: New Committees must be set up Only when needed to avoid Overlapping Duties

BANGKOK, 21st September 2017 (NNT) - Thailand’s Council of State has shared its view on how Thailand can set up new committees under the authority of new related laws.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Government will disallow any Gay Party in Malaysia - Zahid

MANILA, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The Malaysian government will not allow the gay event or party planned for Sept 30 in Kuala Lumpur, said Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government agrees to introduce Guidelines on Herbal Medicine Clinical Trial - Dr Hilmi

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The Health Ministry has agreed to introduce proper guidelines for herbal medicine clinical trial next year, says its deputy minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House to harmonize Bills on Poverty Tracking and Monitoring Systems

The House committee on poverty alleviation chaired by Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza (Party-list, TUCP) has created a technical working group (TWG) that will consolidate two bills proposing data collection through community-based monitoring system (CBMS) and geo-tagging for the effective and faster implementation of national development projects, e ...
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House junks Impeach Rap vs COMELEC Chair Bautista

Voting 26-2, the House committee on justice chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) on Wednesday dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against Commission on Elections (COMELEC) chairman Juan Andres Bautista after finding it insufficient in form.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

TWG to fine tune Clean Air, Solid Waste Management Laws

The House committee on ecology chaired by Rep. Estrellita Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija) on Wednesday approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will fine tune House Bill 2286, seeking to amend the Clean Air Act of 1999 and the Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
Date: 21 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

S'pore, China establish Framework for resolving Belt and Road Disputes

Mediation centres from the two countries inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly serve Singapore and Chinese companies investing in China and Singapore respectively as well as companies investing in other markets under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singaporean appointed to Top UN Mediation Panel

Former top UN official Noeleen Heyzer was appointed to the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Court: Vandalism includes more than Damage to Public Property

The acts of vandalism destroying or damaging public property may have nothing in common with affixing or displaying a poster, but both acts carry criminal liability under the Vandalism Act.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Duterte formally declares September 21 as National Day of Protest

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has formally declared Thursday, September 21, as National Day of Protest, following earlier announcements he made last Monday.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CDC to submit Draft Law on Constitutional Court procedures to NLA during September

BANGKOK, 20th September 2017 (NNT) - The Constitutional Drafting Commission is determined to submit the draft law on the Constitutional Court procedures to the National Legislative Assembly before the end of this month.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

State Governments need not worry of Amendment to Education Act - Mashitah

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) - State governments should not be worried of the proposed amendments to the Education Act 1996 (Act 550) as the federal government's involvement is meant to synchronise the safety and financial aspects of all 'tahfiz' religious schools.
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

UNICEF welcomes Amendment to Education Act to register Tahfiz Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) - United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the recommendation of the special task force led by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to amend the Education Act 1996 to allow the registration of private Islamic education institutions including private tahfiz schools. UNICEF Representa ...
Date: 20 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

PRRD realigns OP Offices, repeals AO 103

Malacanan on Tuesday issued Executive Order (EO) No. 40 in a bid to strengthen the functional arrangements in the Office of the President.
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the President

AIPA Committees adopt Anti-Drug, Anti-Marine Pollution, Food Security, Child Protection Resolutions

The Committees on Social, Economic and Organizational Matters of the ongoing 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) adopted several resolutions which aim to address important regional concerns such as the drug menace, marine environment pollution, food security, access to financial services in the ASEAN, and strength ...
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

AIPA and Observer Countries vow Stronger Cooperation in Fight vs Climate Change, Terrorism, Illegal Drugs

Delegates of the ongoing 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) conducted dialogues with several observer countries among them China, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, European Union, Australia, and India wherein they tackled issues and challenges facing the region and the global community.
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

38th AIPA General Assembly successful and productive

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and other lawmakers today considered as successful and productive the just concluded 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) as a number of significant resolutions about social, economic and organization matters were passed by the delegates during the plenary session and that constructi ...
Date: 19 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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Work in all Courts Nationwide suspended Thursday: SC

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Thursday, September 21, in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of the said date as National Day of Protest.

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Budget 2018: 13,837 Ideas, Proposals from the Public received

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today that 13,837 ideas and proposals were received through the Budget 2018 'crowdsourcing' campaign carried out for 15 days from Sept 4 to 18.

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Malaysia-Thailand to ink MoU on Security Cooperation

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (Bernama) - There will be closer security cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand with the establishment of a Joint Committee on Security Cooperation, according to a cabinet resolution document released by the Thai government.

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MAS sets up International Advisory Panel for Cyber Security

Singapore, 20 September 2017 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that it has established a Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP), comprising cyber security thought leaders from around the world.

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SC asked to order Refund of Excess SMS Fee to Subscribers

MANILA - The Bayan Muna partylist filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to compel the country's major telecommunication companies to give a refund to their subscribers for overpriced text message rates amounting to more than PHP17.7 billion.

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Policymakers urged to study Proposed Shift to Federal System

MANILA - State think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) on Tuesday urged policymakers to undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed shift to a federal form of government which could address uneven developments in provinces and regions.

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BSP to continue Payment, Settlement Operations on September 21

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ) will continue its payments and settlement operations on Thursday despite Malacanang's suspension of works in government offices and schools nationwide for that day.

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Indonesia, Croatia agree to strengthen Economic Cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Croatia have agreed to enhance economic cooperation, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

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Indonesia, Namibia agree to enhance Bilateral Trade Cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi has held a bilateral meeting with her Namibian counterpart Netumbo Nandi-Ndiatwah, and the two ministers agreed to intensify cooperation to boost bilateral trade.

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High Taxes, Competition choke Cheroot-Makers

Myanmar's traditional mini cigar, the cheroot, is near extinction as manufacturers struggle with high taxes, high production costs and stiff competition from imported and local cigarettes.

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EPF to boost Investments in Shariah-Compliant Private Equity Funds

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) - The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is prepared to increase its investments in shariah-compliant private equity (PE) funds, said its Investment Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Mohamad Nasir Ab Latif.

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BNM seeks More Focused Delivery of Mandates under Malaysian Development Financial Institutions

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is planning to work with the leadership of local financial institutions and other stakeholders in government to address a more focused delivery of mandates under the Malaysian Development Financial Institutions.

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