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Government to allot 2% of Excise Revenue to Older Persons Fund

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - Two percent of excise tax revenue will be deducted and allotted to the Older Persons Fund to help the elderly getting by on low incomes. According to Finance and Economics Adviser to the FPO Pornchai Teeravej, the Elderly Persons' Bill, which requires that an amount of 2% of excise tax from alcohol and tobacco that does not exceed 4,000 million baht per year must be transferred to the Older Persons Fund, has been approved by the NLA. The transfer will be made in 30 days after an announcement has been made in the government gazette.

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House okays Medical Scholarship Bill on Final Reading

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a medical scholarship program to address the shortage of doctors in the country.

Government, Development Partners discuss Law on Climate Change

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
Government officials from the central provinces together with development partners are meeting in Vientiane to discuss the draft of a law on climate change.

Government to set up Cyber Crime Special Committee

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) - A special committee has been set up by the government to combat cyber crime in the country.
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Guidelines on the Issuance of Clearance for Customs Release of Radiation Devices

Date: 18 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Food and Drug Administration
Pursuant to Section 1(a) of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 480 entitled "Creating Radiation Health Office in the Department" dated 06 June 1974 as amended by PD No. 1372 and under Republic Act No. 9711 also known as "The Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009", the Center for Device Regulation , Radiation Health, and Research (CDRRHR) of the Food a ...

Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman
Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code of Conduct and Ethical standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).

Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman
The Office of the Ombudsman obtained the conviction of ex-Mayor Ramon Talaga of Lucena City, Quezon Province, along with the city’s Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) members, namely; Planning and Development Officer Ofelia Garcia, Budget Officer Ester Matibag and Assistant City Treasurer Mercedita Capulong for violation of Section 3(e) of ...

House finalizes Bill improving Nurse Profession

Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House committee on civil service and professional regulation chaired by Rep. Mario Vittorio Mariño (5th District, Batangas) is finalizing a bill which seeks to provide a comprehensive nursing law towards a quality health care system.

Police to push for Forfeiture of Cars used in Illegal Races

Date: 18 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The traffic police to push for forfeitures of vehicles used in illegal races as a warning to errant motorists who wilfully disregard the safety of other road users.  

Singapore to raise Taxes as Government Spending increases

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
  Singapore will be raising its taxes as government spending on investments and social services grows, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

House approves Mental Health Bill on Third Reading

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a proposal seeking to establish a national mental health policy to enhance the delivery of mental health services in the country.

CA affirms Dismissal of Ex-Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld the Office of the Ombudsman's order dismissing Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog from his post over allegations of ill-gotten wealth.

Man fined RM3,000 For Unlawful Possession of Foreign Passports

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PETALING JAYA, Nov 20 (Bernama) - A man was fined RM3,000, in default three months' jail, by the Magistrate's Court here today after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of foreign passports.

Court dismisses Suit by Entertainment Journalists against Shila Amzah

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) - The High Court here today dismissed a defamation suit filed by two entertainment journalists against singer Shila Amzah and her father, ND Lala, over statements they allegedly issued at a press conference three years ago.

Four Men jailed 15 Years each for Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
JOHOR BAHRU, Nov 20 (Bernama) - Four friends were sentenced to 15 years' jail each by the Sessions Court here today after they were found guilty of gang-raping a 14-year-old girl two years ago.

Jail, Whipping for Youth who stabbed Chinese National

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) - A 21-year-old youth was today sentenced to seven years jail and three strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here for robbing and stabbing a Chinese national.

Court allows Application by Four Amanah Members to strike out Suit by Batu PAS over Property

Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed an application by four Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) members to strike out a suit by PAS and its Batu divisional leader Azhar Yahya for the return of two units of shop lots in Batu.

Bursa Malaysia Securities Publicly Reprimands Multi Sports Holdings Ltd and 5 Directors and Fines 3 Directors

Date: 01 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bursa Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 - Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (635998-W) (Bursa Malaysia Securities) has publicly reprimanded Multi Sports Holdings Ltd (MSPORTS) and its 5 directors for breaches of the Bursa Malaysia Securities Main Market Listing Requirements (Main LR).  In addition, 3 directors of MSPORTS were also fined a total of RM1,656,000 as a ...

ASEAN Leaders adopt Landmark Declaration that promotes a “Culture of Prevention” to achieve a Peaceful, Inclusive, and Harmonious ASEAN Community

Date: 16 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs
MANILA, Nov 16 - Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the “ASEAN Declaration on Culture of Prevention for a Peaceful, Inclusive, Resilient, Healthy and Harmonious Society” during the 31st ASEAN Summit held in Manila.
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House seeks to strengthen PCIC

The House committee on appropriations chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1stDistrict, Davao City) approved a substitute bill seeking to strengthen the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) and improve its capa ...

New Version of Public Debt Management Act brought into effect Finance Minister issues Clarifications on State Assistance for Low-Wage Earners New Payment Services Bill to exemplify ‘Risk-Specific, Activity-Based’ Approach more

CCS initiates In Depth Review of proposed Merger between Maritime Products Suppliers

CCS received a notification for decision on 10 August 2017 on whether the proposed acquisition by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (“WMS”) of sole control over Drew Marine’s technical solutions, fire, sa ...

Draft Bill against Real Estate Monopolies sent to Attorney General Most Reports received by MyCC are Bid-rigging Cases CA affirms P70-B PLDT, Globe Buyout of SMC Telco Assets more

Government to revoke Permits of Companies not complying with Plastic Wastes Importation

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 18 (Bernama) - The government will immediately cancel the approved permits (AP) of companies which failed to comply with regulations on the importation of plastic wastes said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and L ...

Sandiganbayan upholds Estrada Bail Singapore prohibits all Commercial Trades with North Korea Pengarah Syarikat Didakwa Buat Pernyataan Palsu more

Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters

Felix Aguhob, Regional Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Office No. IX, Tumaga, Zamboanga City, was slapped with a fine equivalent to his one month salary for violation of Section 5(a) of Code ...

Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project CA affirms Dismissal of Ex-Iloilo City Mayor Mabilog Man fined RM3,000 For Unlawful Possession of Foreign Passports more

Australian Crash Victim settles Claim for $1.07M

An Australian, who suffered serious head injuries in a traffic accident in Orchard Road settled the claim for damages for for $1.07 million, significantly lower than his initial claim for $6.7 million.

More Clarity needed on Jurisdiction of Civil, Syariah Courts - former CJ S'pore urged to take Lead in Ethics Code for Arbitration SembMarine settles Contractual Spat with Marco Polo more

Court allows Application by Four Amanah Members to strike out Suit by Batu PAS over Property

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed an application by four Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) members to strike out a suit by PAS and its Batu divisional leader Azhar Yahya for the return of two ...

NLA’s First Vice President receives Petition on Disclosure of Deliberation of Land and Building Tax Act Entrepreneurs given 30 Days to move off Encroached Land Amendment to Land Code on Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau in May 2018 - Uggah more

Government, Development Partners discuss Law on Climate Change

Government officials from the central provinces together with development partners are meeting in Vientiane to discuss the draft of a law on climate change.

National Assembly passes 2018 Development Plan, 15 Laws NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy Revised Laws the Key to boosting Revenue Collection more

Man fined RM3,000 For Unlawful Possession of Foreign Passports

PETALING JAYA, Nov 20 (Bernama) - A man was fined RM3,000, in default three months' jail, by the Magistrate's Court here today after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of foreign passports.

Court dismisses Suit by Entertainment Journalists against Shila Amzah Four Men jailed 15 Years each for Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl Jail, Whipping for Youth who stabbed Chinese National more

Court denies Bail for Magwe Sayadaw

The petition to grant bail to the detained Magwe Sayadaw U Par Maukkha was denied by judge Daw Soe Mar Aye at Kamayut township court on Tuesday.

All Yangon Taxis have until Year-End to register their Vehicles Parliament OKs Revisions to IT Monitoring Proposal Bus Company loses YBS Licence after Complaints of Poor Service more

Guidelines on the Issuance of Clearance for Customs Release of Radiation Devices

Pursuant to Section 1(a) of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 480 entitled "Creating Radiation Health Office in the Department" dated 06 June 1974 as amended by PD No. 1372 and under Republic Act No. 9711 also known as "The F ...

Ombudsman fines DAR Exec for failing to reply to Letters Ex-Lucena City Mayor convicted over P30M Computerization Project House finalizes Bill improving Nurse Profession more

Police to push for Forfeiture of Cars used in Illegal Races

The traffic police to push for forfeitures of vehicles used in illegal races as a warning to errant motorists who wilfully disregard the safety of other road users.  

Singapore to raise Taxes as Government Spending increases First Six charged under Organised Crime Act MinLaw asks Singapore Legal Practice to clarify Links with UK Barristers’ Chambers more

Government to allot 2% of Excise Revenue to Older Persons Fund

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - Two percent of excise tax revenue will be deducted and allotted to the Older Persons Fund to help the elderly getting by on low incomes. According to Finance and Economics Adviser to the FPO Pornc ...

Meechai: Draft Members of Parliament Act completed CDC: Local Elections can be organized by Third Party CDC maintains Primary Vote System in Members of Parliament Bill more

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New OFB Bank to cover all Overseas Filipinos

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has welcomed Malacanang’s approval of the acquisition by the Land Bank of the Philippines of the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (PPSB), which, he said, will pave the way for a financial institution that will cater not only to the country’s migrant workers, but to other overseas-based Filipinos as well.

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Singapore's Fintech Dive now delves for Proof beyond Concept

The partnership between Singapore and Hong Kong to build a blockchain-powered trade network may set the standard for other jurisdictions to follow in financial technology.

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Juvenile Council helps Child Offenders through Art

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC) kicked off its 6th JJWC Week on Sunday through an on-the-spot poster painting contest emphasizing the importance of promoting restorative justice and giving youth offenders who have gone astray a "second chance" to correct their mistakes.

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Far-reaching Bill for Cyber Security 'Not uncommon'

The far-reaching Bill to beef up cyber security is justifiable in the light of the potential damage from state-sponsored cyber espionage, says experts.  

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Self-Regulation, Digital Literacy, Best Ways to counter Fake News

MANILA, Nov 18 (PNA) - Self-regulation and digital literacy are the best antidotes to fake news, according to advocates of freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.

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Sereno Camp insists on CJ's Right to Counsel

MANILA  Nov 17 (PNA) - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday insisted anew that she has the right to have counsel and to cross-examine the witness during the impeachment proceedings against her before the Congress.

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President Jokowi urges Novanto to follow Legal Process

Jakarta Nov 18 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on House Speaker Setya Novanto to be willing to follow every legal process initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

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IPOPHL MOU on Intellectual Property with the Russian Federation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation (Rospatent). The MOU was signed by IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago and Rospatent Head Grigory P. Ivlev. The MOU serves as the bilateral framework to improve the administration and effectiveness of the intellectual property systems in the Philippines and the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony was held on 13 November 2017 at the Coconut Palace.

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Supply of Lift Spare Parts for Maintenance of Lifts in HDB Estates: CCS consults on Proposed Voluntary Commitments by Suppliers

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 15 to 28 November 2017 and invites interested parties to provide feedback on two proposed commitments separately provided by (i) BNF Engineering (S) Pte Ltd (“BNF”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for BNF brand of lifts, and (ii) C&W Services Operations Pte Ltd (“CWO”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for Ulift brand of lifts.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority expands Co-operation in FinTech

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) signed a FinTech Co-operation Agreement which lays out a framework for co-operation and referrals between the two regulators.

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Singapore and Hong Kong launch a Joint Project on Cross-Border Trade and Trade Finance Platform

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Singapore today to jointly develop the Global Trade Connectivity Network (GTCN), a cross-border infrastructure based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), to digitalise trade and trade finance between the two cities and potentially with an aim to expanding the network in the region and globally.

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Managing Director of BAC Raja Singham appointed as Pioneer Mentor at the Launch of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network

Manila, Philippines, Nov 13 - Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College (BAC) Raja Singham was appointed as a Pioneer Mentor of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), which was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) on Sunday, 12 November. Touted as the largest mentoring programme in the region, AMEN is the flagship programme of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and is designed to facilitate the scaling up of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the ASEAN region through mentorship. Successful entrepreneurs, business practitioners and academicians from across the 10 ASEAN member states made up the 143 pioneer mentors present at the launch.

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