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Tax Neutrality for Islamic Banking hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - A bill seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House committee on ways and means, chaired by Quirino Rep. Dakila Cua, approved an unnumbered substitute bill that seeks to expand the Islamic banking system in the Philippines. The House panel specifically deliberated on the bill's feature that mandates a neutral tax treatment between Islamic banking transactions and conventional banking transactions.

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EC approves Draft Amendments for Local Election Law

Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 22 (NNT) - The Election Commission has resolved to endorse the draft law governing local and provincial elections.

Court tells Hospital to pay K30 Million for Wrong Diagnosis of HIV

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The Mandalay district court on Tuesday ordered the City Hospital Mandalay to pay a patient K30 million (US$22,744) for misdiagnosing him of being afflicted with HIV.

EC wins Appeal to set aside Leave for Judicial Review granted to 28 Segamat Voters

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 21 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today overturned a High Court´s decision which granted leave to 48 Segamat Parliamentary voters to commence their judicial review challenge on the inclusion of the names of 949 army personnel and their spouses as voters in the constituency.
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IRAS releases Consultation Papers on e-Commerce Transactions

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has published two consultation papers on Feb 20 regarding taxing e-commerce transactions for businesses and individuals buying digital services from overseas providers.

Buyer's Stamp Duty Hike a preferred tool to Wealth Taxes

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Buyer's Stamp Duty hike in the budget has received praise from tax consultants and other experts as they think it is easier to implement and less disruptive than other alternatives.

Court rules against Sale of Beauty World Food Centre

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The collective sale of the Beauty World Food Centre has stalled as the High Court found that three trustees had fallen short in their duty to obtain the best price for the stallholders.

Borrowing Plan will help fund Higher Infrastructure Spending

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Singapore is looking to ramp up its spending on infrastructure by borrowing to fund its projects, and plans to use the country's national reserves to guarantee such borrowings.

House pushes Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, has approved House Bill 7134, seeking to provide policies and prescribe procedures on surveillance and response to notifiable diseases, epidemics, and health events of public health concern.

David James Roach's Extradition Request and Accompanying Assurance

Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs
The Singapore Government is working with UK authorities on the extradition of David James Roach to Singapore. As part of the extradition proceedings, the UK Government has requested an assurance that if Roach were to be found guilty by a Singapore Court of robbery, the sentence of corporal punishment will not be carried out.

Employers told to observe Proper Pay Rules on February Holidays

Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reminded employers in the private sector to strictly follow the proper pay rules on February 25, the 32nd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Public Sector PWRDs to receive Higher Amount of EC Carer’s Allowance upon President’s Approval of Increase

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment
Recognizing the need to continually enhance benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) and make it more responsive to the welfare and development needs of Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has approved an increase in the amount of Carer’s Allowance from P575 ...

ECC increases the Amount of Livelihood Package for PWRDs, Transportation and Meal Allowance

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment
In an effort to provide a meaningful package of services to Persons with Work-Related Disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has recently increased the amount of its livelihood starter kit to P20,000-P30,000 from its previous amount of P10,000.

NLA Special Committee holds Forum on Water Resources Bill

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - The special committee in charge of drafting Thailand's water resources bill has held a forum to gather input, before submitting it for Cabinet approval.

Cabinet accepts Equitable Education Fund Bill

Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given approval to the draft Equitable Education Fund Act but has refused to provide the fund with a subsidy increase of 5 percent per year.

Palace: Rappler given Enough Time to avail of Legal Remedies

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday said that it has given online news site Rappler “ample time” to avail of legal remedies in relation to its ownership issue at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) but still failed to address its problem.

IC to complete Study on Insurance Capitalization Cap Next Month

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Insurance Commission (IC) targets to complete next month its study on the proposed capitalization cap of PHP900 million instead of PHP1.3 billion by year 2022 for insurance companies.

PCC urged to hike P1-B Notification Threshold

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has received requests to hike the current PHP1-billion notification threshold for merger and acquisition deals.

Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved

Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
The illegal import of cars continues to be a problem in Laos despite orders issued by the government last year to crack down on the issue.
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IRAS releases Consultation Papers on e-Commerce Transactions

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has published two consultation papers on Feb 20 regarding taxing e-commerce transactions for businesses and individuals buying digital services from overseas providers.

Buyer's Stamp Duty Hike a preferred tool to Wealth Taxes Borrowing Plan will help fund Higher Infrastructure Spending IC to complete Study on Insurance Capitalization Cap Next Month more

PCC urged to hike P1-B Notification Threshold

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has received requests to hike the current PHP1-billion notification threshold for merger and acquisition deals.

PCC voids Udenna-KGLI Deal, fines Firms Proposed Decision on Seven Tuition and Day Care Centres for Price Fixing Conduct MyCC proposes Penalty on Seven Tuition and Day-Care Centres more

Court rules against Sale of Beauty World Food Centre

The collective sale of the Beauty World Food Centre has stalled as the High Court found that three trustees had fallen short in their duty to obtain the best price for the stallholders.

Improved Infra, eased Regulations to boost Trade, Investments in ASEAN Partner's Shares in Firm worth $15K, Court rules Appeals Court strikes out Khairy's Notice of Appeal more

Mosaic Layer jailed 18 Years for Girlfriend's Death

MUAR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - A mosaic layer was sentenced to 18 years' jail by the High Court here today for causing the death of his Singaporean girlfriend four years ago.

Bus Owner jailed, Fine RM11,000 for Corruption Human Trafficking Prevention Youth Program pushed SC acquits Two Men of Rape Charges more

EC wins Appeal to set aside Leave for Judicial Review granted to 28 Segamat Voters

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 21 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today overturned a High Court´s decision which granted leave to 48 Segamat Parliamentary voters to commence their judicial review challenge on the inclusion of the ...

PT Atlantic Permata Hotel v Nurohadi DKK Theresia (Tjia Ming Hoei) v PT Gistec Prima Menteri Perhubungan RI v PT Sari Indo Prima Line more

Employers told to observe Proper Pay Rules on February Holidays

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has reminded employers in the private sector to strictly follow the proper pay rules on February 25, the 32nd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Public Sector PWRDs to receive Higher Amount of EC Carer’s Allowance upon President’s Approval of Increase ECC increases the Amount of Livelihood Package for PWRDs, Transportation and Meal Allowance Saiful v PT Harindo more

PCOO declares War Vs Disinformation

DAVAO CITY, Feb 20 (PNA) - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday enjoined public information officers and communicators to join the PCOO in waging war against disinforma ...

Graphic Designer gets Jail, fined RM30,000 for Improper Use of Network Facilities ICT Committee impels Telcos to halt All Activities that prey on Subscribers’ Prepaid Load Policy on Government’s Social Media Use undergoes Final Consultation more

Irrigable Lands’ Conversion Ban hurdles House’s Third Reading

MANILA, Feb 20 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure penalizing the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes to ensure food security in the countr ...

House okays Bill on Irrigable Lands' Conversion Ban Those using Banned Construction Material risk Legal Action - Noh House OKs Creation of New Government Housing Body more

Tax Neutrality for Islamic Banking hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - A bill seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House committee on ways and means, chaired by Quirino Rep. ...

Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved Reit ETFs to enjoy Tax Transparency Reforms open Opportunities for e-Vehicles in PH more

72 Summonses issued during Chinese New Year Operations in Perlis - JPJ

KANGAR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The Perlis Road Transport Department (JPJ) issued a total of 72 summonses for various offences in conjunction with a 2018 Chinese New Year Special Operation last night.

DPWH undertakes Access Audit on Implementation of Accessibility Law Johor mulls imposing Surcharge for reloading Touch N Go at CIQ House Panels approve Abolition of Road Board more

Jurike Paseki DKK v Kepala Kantor Pertanahan Kabupaten Minahasa Utara DKK

Date: 08 August 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 306 K/TUN/2017; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Sarkawi DKK v Bupati Kapuas PT Atlantic Permata Hotel v Nurohadi DKK Saiful v PT Harindo more

Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved

The illegal import of cars continues to be a problem in Laos despite orders issued by the government last year to crack down on the issue.

Cabinet approves 10 Draft Laws Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic Enforce Court Verdicts, Justice Ministry told more

Mosaic Layer jailed 18 Years for Girlfriend's Death

MUAR, Feb 21 (Bernama) - A mosaic layer was sentenced to 18 years' jail by the High Court here today for causing the death of his Singaporean girlfriend four years ago.

Bus Owner jailed, Fine RM11,000 for Corruption EC wins Appeal to set aside Leave for Judicial Review granted to 28 Segamat Voters Redelineation: All must concur with Court Decision - DPM more

Court tells Hospital to pay K30 Million for Wrong Diagnosis of HIV

The Mandalay district court on Tuesday ordered the City Hospital Mandalay to pay a patient K30 million (US$22,744) for misdiagnosing him of being afflicted with HIV.

Government urged to draft Mental Health Care Policy Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal more

House pushes Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases

The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, has approved House Bill 7134, seeking to provide policies and prescribe procedures on surveillance and response to notifiable diseases, epidemics, and health events ...

Employers told to observe Proper Pay Rules on February Holidays Public Sector PWRDs to receive Higher Amount of EC Carer’s Allowance upon President’s Approval of Increase ECC increases the Amount of Livelihood Package for PWRDs, Transportation and Meal Allowance more

IRAS releases Consultation Papers on e-Commerce Transactions

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has published two consultation papers on Feb 20 regarding taxing e-commerce transactions for businesses and individuals buying digital services from overseas providers.

Buyer's Stamp Duty Hike a preferred tool to Wealth Taxes Court rules against Sale of Beauty World Food Centre Borrowing Plan will help fund Higher Infrastructure Spending more

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Cabinet reorganizes funding for Economic and Public Service Enhancement

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (NNT) - Thailand's Cabinet has resolved to increase the efficiency of public services by taking out a loan of 800 million baht while also approving over 5 billion baht to strengthen the domestic economy.

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DTI updates MSMES on PH’s Free Trade Pact

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, Feb 21 (PNA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is boosting its Free Trade Arrangements (FTAs) with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEPT) ASEAN plus 6, PH-EU (27 countries) and Asia Pacific (APEC’s 21 member economies).

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Start-ups, SMEs Call for Greater Access to Loans by Foreign Banks

Start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are now calling for equal treatment of foreign and local banks as this will give them more options to borrow money for growth.

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More Support for Firms to innovate and go International Companies

The government will provide more support to firms that buy solutions and for those that develop their own innovations or team up with partners, in the form of tax reliefs.

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Ministry of Justice launches Mobile Campaign to promote Knowledge of Laws

AYUTTHAYA, Feb 20 (NNT) - The Ministry of Justice has launched a mobile campaign to educate people about laws and provide legal advice.

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DCA is now known as CAAM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been transformed into the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) effective today in line with the government's commitment to spur the nation's aviation industry to greater heights.

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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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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