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Bicam OKs Bill strengthening State Pension Fund

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - The Social Security System (SSS) announced in a statement on Tuesday that senators and congressmen comprising the bicameral conference committee approved the bill seeking to amend the 21-year-old charter of the state-run pension fund.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

MITI to improve Investment Incentives

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is looking to improve investment incentives that would give win-win results for both the investors and nation, says Minister Datuk Darell Leiking.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Death Penalty and Whipping are never the Solution to combat Corruption or any other Crimes

"The Malaysian Bar had unequivocally opposed the recent proposal, mooted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (“MACC”) and various other parties, to introduce the death penalty and caning as punishments for corruption", says its president George Varughese.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Malaysian Bar

PH Embassy Hosts ASEAN Anniv in Prague

PRAGUE, Oct 5 - The ASEAN’s relationship with the Czech Republic, as well as with the European Union as the organization’s dialogue partner was highlighted during the ASEAN Day celebration held on 24 September 2018.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Community Mediation Centre achieves International Accreditation

The Community Mediation Centre (CMC) received international accreditation for its community mediation service and training, as it turns 20 this year. At its annual Mediators’ Appointment Ceremony and Appreciation Dinner, Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Law and Health Edwin Tong, thanked the CMC’s volunteer mediators for their contrib ...
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

NLA: All Major Draft Laws will be enacted before End of Year

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - A vice president of the National Legislative Assembly has confirmed that the legislature will enact all major laws before the end of the year.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Insurance Commission launches Workshop for Provincial Personnel

CHAINAT, Oct 7 (NNT) - The Office of the Insurance Commission (OIC) has held a workshop aimed at strengthening the operations of its regional branches.
Date: 07 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CJ calls on PNP to arrest Ozamiz Judge's Killers

MANILA, Oct 8 (PNA) - Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro called on authorities to leave no stone unturned in investigating the killing of Ozamiz City Executive Judge Edmundo Pintac on Monday afternoon.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tourism Accessibility Bill hurdles House on Final Reading

MANILA, Oct 8 (PNA) - A measure seeking to give road access to all tourism sites in the country hurdled third and final reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC stresses Importance of Charity in Today’s Society

MANILA, Oct 8 (PNA) - A Supreme Court (SC) ruling stressed the significance of charity in modern society.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ministry, SME Bank join hands to develop Women Entrepreneurship

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and its agencies will be working together with the Small Medium Enterprise Development Bank (SME Bank) to help boost women’s participation in business.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Debt Collector sentenced to Death for Drug Trafficking

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 8 (Bernama) - A debt collector was sentenced to death by the High Court here today after he was found guilty of trafficking in drugs, three years ago.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Repeal of Sedition Act should be at next Parliament Sitting - Gobind Singh

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 (Bernama) - The repeal of the Sedition Act should take place at the next sitting of Parliament, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Call to adhere to Rules, Laws in Force in Quake-Hit Sulawesi

PALU CITY (Sulawesi), Oct 8 (Bernama) - The Malaysian mission in Indonesia has advised all Malaysian NGOs sending humanitarian aid to quake-hit Sulawesi to adhere to the instructions of the Indonesian authorities.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLA to deliberate More Draft Laws during October 11-12

BANGKOK, Oct 7 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has scheduled more sessions to deliberate draft laws next week.
Date: 07 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA resolves to pass First Reading of all Draft Local Election Laws

BANGKOK, Oct 5 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has resolved to accept all draft laws related to provincial and local elections for further deliberation.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

JBC opens Application for SC Justice Post

MANILA, Oct 7 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the application for Associate Justice post in the Supreme Court, for the replacement of Associate Justice Noel Tijam who will retire on Jan. 5, 2019.
Date: 07 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Comelec amends Rule on Substitute Candidates

MANILA, Oct 5 (PNA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has amended its rule on substitute candidates particularly for those who will withdraw their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in the May 2019 midterm polls.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesia, Singapore to hold Annual Leaders' Retreat in Bali

Jakarta, Oct 5 (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Singapore will carry out the Indonesia-Singapore Annual Leaders` Retreat in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Oct 11, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson has said.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Indonesia, New Zealand to continue to improve Economic Cooperation

Jakarta, Oct 5 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and New Zealand agreed to continue to improve economic cooperation at the 8th Joint Ministerial Commission meeting.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

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Duterte will ‘definitely’ Order Oil Excise Tax Suspension

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will soon order the temporary suspension of the second tranche of excise tax on fuel, but has yet to decide whether it will heed a senator's suggestion to suspend it "now or sooner."

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Indonesia's proposal on Tuna Labeling approved by Asean Ministers

Jakarta, Oct 15 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s proposal on the ASEAN Tuna Eco-Labeling (ATEL) policy has been approved and endorsed at the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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IMF-WB - Indonesia to use OECD Recommendations to set up Policies

Nusa Dua, Bali, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will use a recommendation on tourism development from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation Development) as one of the references in setting up policies.

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Deterrent Punishment must be imposed if Death Sentence to be abolished - AADK

BANGI, Oct 15 (Bernama) - The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) urged the government to decide on appropriate punishment for drug offences, if the mandatory death sentence to be abolished, says its director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.

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Parliament building declared Smoke-Free Zone

PUTRAJAYA Oct 15 - Smoking-designated corners inside the Parliament building have been declared as smoke-free zones, effective today, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

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Launch of Professional Mobility Framework, Social and Sustainability Bond Standards

The ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) met in Singapore and launched two key initiatives to drive a more connected and sustainable ASEAN capital market. These initiatives complement the measures introduced by the ACMF on collective investment schemes, corporate governance, disclosure standards and capacity building.

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IPOS Assistant Chief Executive speaks at INTA Asia-Pacific Conference

Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan spoke at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Asia-Pacific Conference 2018, which took place on 11 Oct in Sydney, Australia.

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Total Abolition of the Death Penalty - The Right Time to Do the Right Thing, says Bar

The Malaysian Bar has wholeheartedly welcomed the decision of the Malaysian Cabinet to totally abolish the death penalty in Malaysia. "We commend the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Datuk Liew Vui Keong, for making the announcement on 10 October 2018, which coincided with the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty. We look forward to seeing the legislation being tabled and passed by both houses of Parliament in the Parliamentary session that begins on 15 October", said the President of the Malaysian Bar, Mr. George Varughese.

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Singapore and Indonesia sign Bilateral Investment Treaty to promote Stronger Economic Ties

Singapore and Indonesia signed an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, also known as the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Indonesia, today. Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, who is attending the Leaders’ Retreat as part of the Singapore delegation, signed the agreement with Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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New EODB Law to impact 2020 doing Business Survey

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Rowel S. Barba said on 10 October that the new Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Act can significantly affect the country’s rankings in the upcoming 2020 Doing Business (DB) Survey if government agencies strictly implement the law.

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SC advocates Sustainable Investing at InvestSmart Fest 2018

InvestSmart® Fest 2018, an investor education initiative by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), was officiated by Yang Berhormat Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

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Singapore needs to regain Edge in Legal Tech, says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has urged the Singapore Academy of Law to strive to get the legal profession to step up in the area of legal technology, and help the country regain its status as the world leader.

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EC clarifies New Election Law to Press Members

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has clarified the new election law to press members.

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NLA approves Committee to vet Election Commission Candidates

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved the establishment of a committee to vet the two Election Commission candidates.

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369,148 Ordinance Violators apprehended in Metro Manila: NCRPO

MANILA, Oct 12 (PNA) - Close to 370,000 persons in Metro Manila were apprehended for violation of local ordinances since June this year.

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Indonesia, Japan sign MoC on Law and Human Right

Jakarta, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Law and Human Right, the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo said in a statement received here on Saturday.

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Indonesia, Thailand Ombudsmen sign Memorandum of Understanding

Jakarta, Oct 13 (ANTARA News) - The Chairman of Ombudsman Commission of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Amzulian Rifai, and the Chairman of the Royal Thai Ombudsman signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Indonesian Ombudsman and the Royal Thai Ombudsman in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct 10.

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ASEAN Secretariat seeks to improve Engagement with Private Sector

Jakarta, Oct 12 (ANTARA News) - The ASEAN Secretariat held the First ASEAN Economic Community Dialogue recently to seek a more proactive two-way communication with the private sector on matters related to the ASEAN Economic Community.

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