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DPM: drafting of 11 National Reform Plans completed

BANGKOK, Jan 28 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreau-ngam said the government has completed the drafting of the 11 national reform plans.
Date: 28 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Vetting Committee: Extension of MPs Law in line with NCPO’s Timeframe

BANGKOK, Jan 28 (NNT) - The extension of the enforcement of the organic Members of Parliament Bill coincides with the timeframe given to political parties to update their membership and status.
Date: 28 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Industry Min, Chamber of Commerce to meet on Monday over Minimum Wage Rises

BANGKOK, Jan 27 (NNT) - The Ministry of Industry and the Thai Chamber of Commerce are determined to find measures to assist small and medium enterprises affected by the minimum wage increases.
Date: 27 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CA junks Plea for Writ of Kalikasan Vs Zambales Mining Firms

MANILA, Jan 28 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) denied the motion for reconsideration filed by some residents of Sta. Cruz, Zambales to reverse its earlier ruling denying their petition for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan with Permanent Environmental Protection Order (PEPO) against all mining operations in the province.
Date: 28 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill of an Act to amend the Family Code of the Philippines

This Bill proposes to eliminate vestige of gender-insensitive provisions of the Family Code, and strengthen the equality of men and women, particularly in their family relations.
Date: 22 January 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1658 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Indigent Children Free Medical and Dental Service Act

This Bill seeks to provide free medical and dental assistance to indigent children in order to make health services adequate to all.
Date: 22 January 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1657 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Thailand agrees to enhance Regional ties during ASEAN-India Summit

NEW DELHI, 26 January 2018 (NNT) - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was satisfied with the outcome of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit which has agreed to enhance regional ties for mutual and sustainable economic growths.
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA continues working on Draft MPs Election Law

BANGKOK, Jan 26 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly on Thursday continued working on the draft law governing the election of members of parliament, during which many lawmakers voiced their support for a delay of 90 days in its effective date.
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Reform Plans Now completed, set to implement from April: DPM

BANGKOK, Jan 25 (NNT) - The Deputy Prime Minister, Wissanu Krea-ngam, said the drafting of 11 national reform plans is now completed, with inputs from the general public welcomed prior to the implementation in April.
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

New Tax Deductions proposed to help SMEs cope with Minimum Wage Hike

BANGKOK, Jan 26 (NNT) - Next week, Thailand's Ministry of Finance will propose to the Cabinet an increase to tax deductible expenses, as a way of helping businesses shoulder the minimum wage hike which is set to take effect in April. Businesses, especially small and medium sized enterprises, are expected to be impacted by the minimum wage hike ...
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Indonesia, US maintain Momentum for Bilateral Relations

Jakarta, Jan 26 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government had received the visit of Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Susan Thornton, as a part of the effort to maintain the momentum in the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and the United States.
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Enforce Court Verdicts, Justice Ministry told

The Ministry of Justice has been instructed to strengthen the leadership and guidance of its Party Committee and administrators at every level in order to address its deficiencies in the correct way.
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Dental (Amendment of Second Schedule) Order 2018

This Order by the Minister, after consulting the Council, is to amend the Second Schedule of the Dental Act 1971.
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 10 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Why update to Medical Act matters

The proposed Healthcare Services Bill, which will replace the 1980 Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act, will have key changes including the complex issue of making health records scheme compulsory and banning some therapy treatments.
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

House pushes Bill strengthening Crop Insurance in PH

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure seeking to strengthen crop insurance services in the country with additional government support to raise agricultural production of farmers.
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Congressional Leaders reach Compromise on Cha-cha

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - House and Senate leaders have forged an agreement to first reach a consensus on the general features of the federal government being envisioned to break the deadlock on Charter change (Cha-cha), Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Thursday.
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Free College Education Law to save Lives of Students - Nograles

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - House Appropriations Committee Chairman, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles believes the free college education law that will be implemented beginning this year will prevent the all-too familiar tragedies that confront local students, particularly the less-fortunate ones.
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Full implementation of RH Law to cut Poverty: NEDA

MANILA, Jan 25 (PNA) - The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is drafting an Executive Order (EO) mandating all Local Government Units (LGUs) to implement the Reproductive Health (RH) law, which it deems vital to the government’s goal of accelerating poverty reduction in the country.
Date: 25 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill of the Act converting Bicol Sanitarium to Bicol Regional Geriatric Medical Center

This Act converts the Bicol Sanitarium in the Municipality of Cabusao to Bicol Regional Geriatric Medical Center (BRGMC), to provide quality and affordable health care services to all ages.
Date: 22 January 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1654 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Act amending Sec 9 of Presidential Decree No. 651

This Bill seeks to amend Section 9 of Presidential Decree No. 651, which mandates the immediate registration of births and deaths and provides penalties for violations thereof. This amendment is to increase the penalty for failure to register or falsification of the civil status.
Date: 23 January 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1665 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

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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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