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'Everyone has Right to choose a Lawyer'

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said that lawyers should not be made to feel that they will be hounded online for taking up certain cases as all accused persons have the right to get a lawyer of their choice.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

House moves to lift Suspension of Registration of New 4Ps Beneficiaries

The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 1522, urging the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to lift the suspension of registration of new beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) which took effect in July 2016.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

CDC yet to complete Summary of Objections against Draft Election Laws

BANGKOK, Feb 6 (NNT) - The Constitutional Drafting Commission has not yet completed a summary of objections to two draft election laws, which is needed for the setting up of joint committees to amend them.
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Thailand, Laos agree to take their Digital Industry to another Level

BANGKOK, Feb 5 (NNT) - Thailand and Laos have signed a MoU on ICT and digital technology development in the hope of elevating the mutual trade and investment of the neighboring nations.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SC upholds One-Year Martial Law Extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the four consolidated petitions seeking to halt the full-year extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday's regular en banc session of the magistrate ...
Date: 06 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Law Society of Singapore v Chan Chun Hwee Allan

Legal Profession - Disciplinary Proceedings; Legal Profession - Professional Conduct - Breach
Date: 30 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 21; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Senate passes National Energy Efficiency Framework on Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - Voting 18-0, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House approves Bill strengthening Freedom of Expression

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure strengthening the right of the people to free expression. Voting 212-5, lawmakers approved House Bill 6834, otherwise known as the "New Public Assembly Act." The bill aims to ensure the people of their constitutional rights to “free ...
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves National School Feeding Program Bill on Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 5 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading Senate Bill 1279 or the "National School Feeding Program Act" which seeks to institutionalize school feeding programs across the country to combat hunger and undernutrition among students.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Myanmar Universities still not Autonomous: Academics

The higher education law that was recently released is being criticised by students and teachers for not giving universities the autonomy they require to increase efficiency and competitiveness, although some improvements are under way.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry issues First ECC but Online Database urged

A public online database of EIAs should be established asap. The environment ministry has released the first round of environmental permits, while public online access to those documentations is urged. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) has just issued the ministry’s first Environmental Complia ...
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Laos, Vietnam sign 12 Deals to broaden Cooperation

Laos and Vietnam yesterday signed 12 cooperation agreements to enhance relations and broaden cooperation between the two neighbours at their Cooperation Committee meeting in Vientiane.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Thailand agree to fight Drug Trade, Boost Connectivity

Fighting drug and human trafficking as well as boosting connectivity and economic cooperation are among the most significant agreements reached between Laos and Thailand last week.
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

UDS v UDR

Family Law - Matrimonial assets - Division; Family Law - Maintenance - Child
Date: 31 January 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCF 3; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Bankruptcy (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules comes into operation on 1 February 2018.
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 54; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

City Harvest Case: Final Verdict triggers Review of CBT Law; Shanmugam to make Ministerial Statement

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam remarked that the relevant portions of the Penal Code will be reviewed by the ministry after the apex court’s decision to uphold the reduced sentences of six former City Harvest Church leaders.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Copies of Last Two Organic Bills presented to CDC, EC

BANGKOK, Feb 3 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has already forwarded copies of the last two organic bills to the charter drafters and Election Commissioners for review. NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, announced on Friday that the assembly has submitted the Organic Members of Parliament Bill and the Organic Members of the Sen ...
Date: 03 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SC approves Bar Exams Fee Hike

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - To cover the expected hike in operational costs and other logistical expenses in the conduct of the Bar examinations, the Supreme Court (SC) has approved an increase in the examination and admission fees for this year’s Bar examinations.
Date: 04 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Former TESDA Exec, Wife convicted of Graft

MANILA, Feb 2 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has convicted a former provincial director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and his wife for graft.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesian Men jailed, fined for establishing Illegal Youth Society

TAWAU, Feb 2 (Bernama) - The Magistrate's Court here today sentenced two Indonesian men to jail and fine for promoting and establishing an unlawful Sulawesi-based youth society, Pemuda Panca Marga here.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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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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Government improves Business Service Quality to attract Foreign Investors

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (NNT) - The government is enhancing the quality of its business service to attract more foreign investors, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

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Social Ministry to return Ten Thousand Migrant Workers from Malaysia

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - The Social Ministry is planning to return 10 thousand Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia this year, Sonny Manalu the social rehabilitation of human trafficking director, stated here on Wednesday.

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Indonesia re-appointed to lead IFAD Session

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia once again led the 41st session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), according to the Indonesian Embassy in Rome.

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Three New Judicial Commissioners of High Court appointed

Tan Puay Boon, Mavis Chionh and Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed as the Judicial Commissioners of the High Court by the President Halimah Yacob.

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Group urges DOLE: release Rules on 'Workplace Romance'

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A group called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue guidelines on workplace romance policy to prevent employers from implementing oppressive management prerogatives.

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Departing Lawyer urged NLD Government to get their Acts together

ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.

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Singapore RCEP Meeting crucial, says Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The next Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting, which will be held at the ministerial level on March 2, 2018, will be a crucial one to discuss the progress of the trade deal.

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