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Immigration (Temporary Authorised Place of Entry and Departure) Notification 2018

This notifies that Changi Exhibition Centre is an authorised airport in Singapore for persons who arrive and depart by air on any aircraft performing in or to be displayed at or chartered for, the Singapore Airshow 2018, from 30 January 2018 and 15 February 2018.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 52; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Smoking Ban comes into force at 24 Beaches

BANGKOK, Feb 1 (NNT) - The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has begun enforcing a ban on smoking at 24 beaches in a bid to reduce the amount of cigarette waste.
Date: 01 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Judge refuses Bail for Two Journalists

A local court judge on Thursday rejected the request by two journalists of Reuters international news agency to post bail while facing trial for possession of classified documents.
Date: 02 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

House moves to abolish ERC

The House Committees on Government Reorganization and Energy initially discussed House Bill 5020 seeking the abolition of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and replacing it with the Board of Energy as an attached unit of the Department of Energy (DOE).
Date: 01 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

National Mariculture Program gets Boost

The House committee on appropriations has approved the funding for a bill seeking to create a National Mariculture Program that would involve marine fisheries and aquaculture technology and research, financial and marketing assistance, and other services for the benefit of fisherfolk and local communities.
Date: 01 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Tarlac Lawmaker bats for Institutionalization of Pre-Hospital Emergency Care System

Rep. Victor Yap (Second District, Tarlac) urged the passage of House Bill 539 otherwise known as the “Pre-hospital Emergency Care Act” seeking to institutionalize a national pre-hospital emergency medical care system and establish the supervision, control and regulation of the practice of pre-hospital care professionals.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House moves to regulate Use of Treatment Technology for Trash

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6893, seeking to regulate the use of treatment technology for municipal and hazardous wastes to pave the way for the necessary and modern solution to the perennial garbage problem that has been a major headache of the government.
Date: 28 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House sets January 18 as "Araw ng mga Kasambahay"

The House committee on revision of laws chaired by Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas (6th District, Pangasinan) approved on Tuesday House bill 6285 seeking to declare January 18 of every year a non-working holiday as "Araw ng mga Kasambahay."
Date: 30 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Transparency key to having Fair Deferred Prosecution Agreements

Deferred Prosecution Agreements may be adopted for the offences committed by companies, announced Law Minister K. Shanmugam.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Water Resource Legislation Act Drafter travels to Yala for Information

YALA, Jan 31 (NNT) - The head of a National Legislative Assembly (NLA) special committee drafting a new water resource act, has traveled to Yala to seek information on the local water situation and how to fairly set water usage and management.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Prelates back Bill on easier Marriage Annulment

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - Two Roman Catholic prelates backed the proposed law in the House of Representatives that removes the judicial process for the annulment of marriage.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Judiciary to assess its Independence, try to make System More People-Friendly

The Union Supreme Court will conduct an assessment of its independence following the transition of the country to democracy after decades of military rule and try to make the judicial system more accessible to the people, according to a new five-year judicial strategic plan released on Monday.
Date: 31 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Rules of Court (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 1 February 2018.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 51; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Telemedicine to be regulated: Health Ministry

Industry bodies has warned medical practitioners of the potential pitfalls of telemedicine amid the rise in virtual platforms offering health consultations and electronic medical certificates.
Date: 27 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

No more e-Cigarettes, Shisha from February as New Law kicks in

Prohibition on the purchase, use and possession of emerging and imitation tobacco products will come into force from February 1, following the  first phase of the implementation of the amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act.
Date: 27 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

King Prajadhipok's Institute calls for NLA to consider allowing Direct Public Proposal of Legislation

BANGKOK, Jan 29 (NNT) - King Prajadhipok's Institute has handed documents to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) seeking a legal framework to allow members of the public to propose laws, in keeping with the new Constitution.
Date: 29 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Human RIght's Commission of Malaysia on Right to Education

KUALA LUMPUR, JANUARY 24 - With reference to the Government’s announcement that stateless children will be allowed to attend public schools in Malaysia, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) is informed that the decision applies only to children whose citizenship application is pending. The consequences of the position taken by th ...
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)

Solons want PEZA Law amended to enforce Revised Fire Code

The House Committee on Public Order and Safety is considering the inclusion of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) under the control of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on the matter of fire suppression and containment, through a bill amending Section 9 of Republic Act 7916, otherwise kno ...
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

TWG to harmonize Bills on Larger Motorcycle License Plates

The House committees on transportation and public order and safety chaired by Reps. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes) and Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo), respectively, approved the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will fine-tune proposals to use larger license plates to curb motorcycle crimes.
Date: 27 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Proposed "Emergency Volunteer Protection Act"

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 6743 seeking to encourage volunteerism during emergencies by protecting volunteers from liability. The bill declares that the inculcation of volunteerism as a way of life rekindles in every Filipino the time-honored tradition of bayanihan to foster social justice, solidarit ...
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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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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