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Dr M, ASEAN Leaders to address Trade War Concerns in Bali

BALI (Indonesia), Oct 10 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to arrive here Thursday to join fellow Asean leaders address deep concerns that the ongoing tariff war and protectionist tendencies will rob the benefits that international trade should rightly deliver to the global populace.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Randhir Singh A/L Bhajnik Singh v Sunildave Singh Parmar

Evidence – Burden of proof – Evidentiary value of admissions – Section 17 of the Evidence Act 1950

Statutory declaration – Law regarding statutory declaration – Appropriateness or validity of statutory declaration to seek repayment of a loan

Date: 25 September 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 307; Source: Federal Court Registry

Immediate Moratorium on Use of the Sedition Act 1948 is Crucial, Pending Its Repeal

The Malaysian Bar have claimed that it is heartened by the statement reportedly made by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo, that the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 (“Sedition Act”) “should take place at the next sitting of Parliament”.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Malaysian Bar

NLA to pass Backlog of Legislations before End of Term

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will pass legislations before the end of its term, said NLA Vice President Surachai Boonlertchai.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Congress recalls Coco Levy Fund Bill

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - Congress has decided to recall the coco levy bill from the Office of the President to introduce an amendment that would save the measure from being vetoed, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Tuesday.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace condemns Ozamiz Judge's slay

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday condemned the killing of Ozamiz City Executive Judge Edmundo Pintac, who was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Ozamiz City on Monday.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate repeals SSS Law; expands Coverage to OFWs

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) may soon avail of programs offered by the Social Security Systems (SSS), as part of reforms introduced in a Senate bill overhauling the SSS charter.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC sets Interview of Two More SC Justice bets on October 18

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Tuesday set a public interview for hopefuls applying for the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice on Oct. 18.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

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House absent at Court during Advocates' Law Judicial Review Session

Jakarta, Oct 18 (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR) did not attend the Constitutional Court (MK) session on the judicial review of Article 16 Law No.18/2003 regarding advocates immunity rights.

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Solon files Bill on Overtaking Cyclists

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure requiring a minimum distance of 1.5 meters for motorists overtaking cyclists.

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Hontiveros optimistic PRRD will sign Pet Bills into Law

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte would sign several bills that she authored and sponsored into law.

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JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted its public interview for two aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice vacancy following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

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PM tables Mid-Term Review of 11th Malaysia Plan in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today tabled the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP - 2016-2020) in the Dewan Rakyat.

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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