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Court records Consent Judgment in Suit filed by Neelofa against Rotikaya

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) - The High Court here today recorded the consent judgment of a suit filed by popular TV host and actress Neelofa against the operator of news portal Rotikaya after both parties agreed to settle the matter amicably through the mediation process.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

New Policies for FDI to be announced: MITI

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) - New policies for strategic areas of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) would be announced next year, says International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

MITI completes Anti-dumping Probe on Galvanized Iron Imports from China, Vietnam

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) - The Ministry of the International Trade and Industry (MITI) has completed an anti-dumping investigation on imports of galvanised iron coils/sheets from China and Vietnam following a petition from a domestic producer.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Budget 2019 Measures will kick-start Housing Market in 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) - The exemptions and initiatives, in particular the waiver of stamp duty on transfer instruments and loan agreements for residential homes, announced in the 2019 Budget are expected to kick-start the housing market moving into 2019 and beyond, says Knight Frank Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

National Commodity Policy to be improved

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 8 (Bernama) - The National Commodity Policy will be improved with the inclusion of a new direction and targets for the nation’s agro-commodity industry, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SCS Negotiations, moving forward with 'Astonishing Amity'

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday reported that China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are moving forward with "astonishing amity" in the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea negotiations.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

NBI to probe Link between Lawyer's Death, Sagay Massacre

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to determine whether Tuesday’s murder of lawyer Benjamin Ramos is related to the October 20 massacre of nine sugar farmers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senators push for Creation of Department of Culture

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - Around 10 senators are pushing for a Senate bill which will create and appropriate funds for a new Department of Culture "in recognition of the vital role of Filipino culture in nation building."
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Random Mandatory Drug Test for College Students starting 2019

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - Students in universities, colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will be required to undergo mandatory random drug testing come academic year 2019-2020.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

21 Bills to be tackled in upcoming 10th Regular Sitting of Parliament

The 10th regular sitting of the Hluttaw will start on November 12 and is expected to debate reports about the budget, taxes, and national debt for the fiscal year 2017-18.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

High Court rules Shafie rightful CM of Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 7 (Bernama) - The High Court here today ruled that the appointment of Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the new Chief Minister of Sabah is constitutional and therefore he is the rightful chief minister of the state.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Government urged to furnish Details on sharing of Tourism Tax Revenue

KANGAR, Nov 6 (Bernama) - The Federal government has been urged to furnish finer details on the sharing of 50 per cent tourism tax revenue with the respective state governments.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House approves on Second Reading Bill creating Metro Bataan Development Authority

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure which seeks to create the Metro Bataan Development Authority.
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

MA63 Documents to serve as Evidence on Sarawak's Rights

KUCHING, Nov 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak government will use documents related to the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63), which were obtained from London, to support any claim to protect the rights of the natives of Sarawak.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Tun Zaki appointed CJ of Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 (Bernama) - Malaysia's former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has been appointed Chief Justice of Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Sandiganbayan junks Objection to evidence on Overpriced IT Kits

MANILA, Nov 6 (PNA) - For being devoid of merit, the Sandiganbayan has turned down the objection of one of the accused in the graft case against former Bacolod City Representative Monico Puentebella, in connection with the alleged overpriced PHP26-million IT (information technology) packages in 2005.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PH, South Korea conclude Seventh Policy Talks

MANILA, Nov 6 (PNA) - The Philippines and the Republic of Korea successfully concluded their 7th Policy Consultation meeting in Manila on Tuesday with both countries agreeing to continue working together to reinforce the long-standing friendship and mutually beneficial partnership.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC asks Parties to comment on 700 MHz Suit

MANILA, Nov 6 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday asked parties to comment on a suit challenging the validity of the "co-use agreement" between the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co./Smart Communications, Inc. (PLDT/Smart) and Globe Telecoms, Inc. for the use of certain frequencies, including the coveted 700 megahertz (MHz) frequency.
Date: 06 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Committee Approves Bill Renaming Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Lapu-Lapu-Cebu International Airport

The House Committee on Transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes) approved House Bill 8170 which seeks to rename the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) to Lapu-Lapu-Cebu International Airport (LCIA).
Date: 04 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill Strengthening the National Museum of the Philippines Approved

The House Committee on Ways and Means chaired by Rep. Estrellita Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija) approved a substitute bill which seeks to strengthen the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) to enable it to fulfill its mandate more effectively.
Date: 03 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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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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