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NLA passes Legislation allowing Citizens to re-register for Social Security

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - Citizens without social security can now re-register for coverage following National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approval of a law ensuring equal access to basic benefits. The NLA has passed legislation to do with allowing those with lapsed social security to re-register for the privilege drafted by a special committee a ...
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

House oks Free Dialysis for Indigents

The House committee on health approved a substitute bill requiring government hospitals to provide free dialysis treatment to indigent patients.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

NLA establishes Committee to revise Bills on MPs and Senators

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (NNT) - Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has established a committee to revise the draft organic laws on the election of Members of Parliament and the selection of Senators.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Construction Company fined RM7,000 for breeding Aedes Mosquitoes

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - A construction company was fined RM7,000 by the Magistrate's Court here today for allowing Aedes mosquito larvae to breed at four spots in the company's premises in November last year.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Doctored Headline: Five in Facebook Group apologize

The administrators of a Facebook group have tendered an apology for not taking action against a post which used an amended headline and had impugned the impartiality and integrity of the Court of Appeal.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Joint Committee to revise Draft Organic Laws on MPs and Senators

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (NNT) - First Vice President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) Surachai Liengboonlertchai has expressed his belief that the draft organic laws on Senator selection and MP election would not be boycotted.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

PCOO eyes Creation of FOI Advisory Committee

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Wednesday it is eyeing the creation of a special committee to oversee the implementation of the executive branch’s Freedom of Information (FOI) program.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesian, Singaporean Foreign Ministers discuss Progress in Bilateral Cooperation

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi received a visit from her Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan in Jakarta on Wednesday to discuss the progress in bilateral cooperation.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Indonesia, Iran seek to elevate Bilateral Ties

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Iran seek to further explore the potential cooperation between the two countries, Minister of Information, Technology and Informatics Rudiantara has said.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

NLA to set up Joint Committee to work on Two Draft Organic Laws on Election

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly is planning to set up a joint committee to work on the two draft organic laws on the election.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet accepts Draft Law on Management of Historical Sites

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given a green light to a draft law concerning the management of historical sites, ancient artifacts and national museums.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

PH, China agree on Restraint Vs Activities that complicate Sea Row

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Philippines and China have agreed to exercise "self-restraint" on activities that will complicate and escalate tensions in region.
Date: 13 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Contract Renewal of Costly Consultant raised Red Flag - SC IT Chief

The continued renewal of the contract of Helen Macasaet, an Information Technology (IT) consultant hired by the Supreme Court (SC) with the approval of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, raised a red flag, according to head of the Management Information Systems Office (MISO) of the SC.
Date: 07 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Divorce talks hasten with TWG Creation

The House committee on population and family relations chaired by Rep. Sol Aragones (3rd District, Laguna) on Wednesday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will consolidate all four bills on divorce namely, House Bills 116, 1062, 2380 and 6027.
Date: 08 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House creates P100M Trust Fund for more Research at PH Rise

The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 1636, urging the executive department to allocate funds for additional scientific research and feasibility studies in the area east of Luzon, known as the Philippine Rise, including marine exploration for mineral deposits and other resources therein which may be used as alternative sources o ...
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

President briefs Indonesian Diplomats on boosting Country's Economic Diplomacy

Jakarta, Feb 12 (PNA) (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo in Jakarta on Monday briefed Indonesian diplomats on boosting the country's economic diplomacy to promote the nation and seek business opportunities.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Anti-Smoking Groups want Government to control Sale of Electronic Cigarettes

Alarmed by the rising use of electronic cigarettes in the local market, anti-smoking groups want authorities to control the sale of the product as it leads to health hazards.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Zunar gets Leave to challenge Home Minister's Order on Book Ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - Cartoonist Zunar was granted leave by the High Court here today to initiate proceeding for a judicial review on the Home Minister's order in banning, as well as sale and publication his book, 'Sapuman: Man of Steal'.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ma Kar Sui Anthony and Others v Yap Sing Lee and Another Appeal

Tort - Defamation - Defamatory Statements; Tort - Defamation - Damages
Date: 06 February 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 30; Source: Singapore Law Watch

House oks Bill to boost Benguet Socio-Eco Development

Social, economic and political development in Benguet province is expected to accelerate soon after the House of Representatives, voting 225-0 without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 6974 seeking to create the Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, and Tublay Development Authority (BLISTTDA).
Date: 10 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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Cabinet reorganizes funding for Economic and Public Service Enhancement

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Cabinet has resolved to increase the efficiency of public services by taking out a loan of 800 million baht while also approving over 5 billion baht to strengthen the domestic economy.

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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Ministry of Justice launches Mobile Campaign to promote Knowledge of Laws

AYUTTHAYA, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Ministry of Justice has launched a mobile campaign to educate people about laws and provide legal advice.

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DCA is now known as CAAM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government's commitment to spur the nation's aviation industry to greater heights.

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Commerce Ministry keen to help SMEs expand Production Bases

BANGKOK, Feb 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce will assist Thai small and medium enterprises in their endeavors to expand their production capacity to meet the demand for their goods in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, also known as the CLMV region.

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Justice Ministry campaigns for Legal Awareness among Thais

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (NNT) - A transit advertising campaign is being organized by the Ministry of Justice in various provinces to raise awareness of the law and the justice system among public members and state agencies.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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